NFV and AI: the How and the Why
With the ability to quickly analyze massive amount of consumer behavior and data, mobile devices with artificial intelligence applications might ultimately make it possible for the network itself to adapt to the needs of the end users, reconfiguring for bandwidth and speed dynamically as the end user population moves around.
In that sense, AI might create new value from virtualized networks. Network functions virtualization always has been about increasing network agility and reducing friction, allowing services and bandwidth to be immediately turned up, reconfigured or torn down.
But AI will create the business rationale for doing so.
In that sense, NFV is "how" networks can be made more liquid, and efficient enough to support many new business cases that require lower cost. AI will create the insights that drive "why" network features need to be enabled and changed.