It is expected that future implementation options for the entities of the 3GPP system include various technologies for virtualization. Network and service providers make use of different information in several different ways which also may vary from network to network and from time to time. Hence, entities of the 3GPP system that have been implemented with virtualization options should be managed in the same manner as entities implemented with non-virtualization options, to the extent possible.
Virtualized 3GPP entities still require some underlying hardware resources. One of the NFV business objectives is that VNFs are procured independently from the underlying hardware resources. The underlying hardware resources are expected to be administered independently from the virtualized entities required for the 3GPP system.