Verizon’s (NYSE: VZ) CIO Radhika Venkatraman said the carrier doesn’t plan to hire thousands of additional workers to virtualize its network functions. Instead, Venkatraman said Verizon is hoping to work with its suppliers on the transition — as long as those suppliers can make the move simple and cheap.
“The immediate answer is not hiring another thousand people and writing everything ourselves,” Venkatraman said during a recent keynote presentation at a TM Forum event, according to short article from the association. “We want to enter this journey together [with our suppliers] and solve it together.”
Venkatraman’s comments underscore carriers’ wider concerns as they work to cut costs out of their networks by moving to a software-defined network design where network functions are virtualized in the cloud. AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon and other telcos have made some tentative moves in this area, though industry observers agree that this transition could take a decade or longer.
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