In this fast-moving and dynamic environment, some common questions arise:
- Which initiatives or investments should the Service Providers make in the medium term (2015–2020) to realize the promise of SDN and NFV?
- What are the hurdles to adoption that can be planned for?
- How will the Service Providers and supplier ecosystem evolve?
- How does my progress compare to that of my peers?
This paper attempts to answer these questions by proposing a Service Provider Network Maturity Model — a framework by which Service Providers can prioritize activities, measure their progress, and benchmark against best-in-class developments.