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Operators equate SDN with network automation, but struggle with its implications and immature tools

Caroline Chappell Research Director

"Vendors should not squander a large and lucrative opportunity to help operators with SDN-led network automation through poor execution and proprietary approaches."

The scale of the network automation challenge is vast and will require significant industry co-operation to achieve. Individual operators have much to learn from each other but need to start plotting their own unique journeys now, without waiting for vendors to provide 'perfect' SDN-led solutions and roadmaps.