NFV proposes a new approach to the implementation and operation of network functions, and may inspire the development and deployment of new types of network functions.

The open demonstration of NFV concepts in a Proof of Concept (PoC) helps to build industrial awareness and confidence in NFV as a viable technologyProofs of Concept also help to develop a diverse, open, NFV ecosystem. Results from PoCs may guide the work in the NFV ISG by providing feedback on interoperability and other technical challenges.

Whether by means of exhibits made at specific events, demonstrators running in laboratories, or even full temporary deployments on experimental networks, any given PoC not only impacts its immediate audience, but the cumulative set of PoCs also provides a measure of industry impact from these NFV concepts. 

PoC Framework

NFV ISG has developed an NFV PoC Framework to coordinate and promote multi-vendor Proofs of Concept illustrating key aspects of NFV ISG work.

The goal for the NFV ISG PoC Framework is to build awareness and confidence and to encourage the development of an open ecosystem by integrating components from different players.

The NFV ISG PoCs are scoped around NFV use cases and architectural framework. They feedback their findings and lessons learnt to the NFV ISG and help to progress the specification work.

In order to help the PoC projects to focus on the most relevant aspects, the NFV ISG maintains a list of Hot Topics for which specific feedback from the Proofs of Concept is requested.

The PoC Process Diagram illustrates the PoC process, roles and responsibilities.

The PoC Framework document describes the NFV PoC Framework and includes the templates for PoC Proposals and PoC Reports.

The NFV wiki contains all the latest information related to NFV PoC activity: PoC details, Hot Topics, templates, guidelines...

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CTI Support

The ETSI Center for Testing and Interoperability (CTI) has experience in supporting the organization of technology evaluations and interoperability events (in many ways similar to PoCs).

This experience may be useful to assist the PoC teams with test expertise, administration and project management support.

NFV ISG PoC Teams may request CTI assistance by contacting CTI_Support@etsi.org.


The following NFV Proofs of Concept are developed according to the ETSI NFV ISG Proof of Concept Framework. NFV Proofs of Concept are intended to demonstrate NFV as a viable technology. Results are fed back to the NFV Industry Specification Group.

Neither ETSI, its NFV Industry Specification Group, nor their members make any endorsement of any product or implementation claiming to demonstrate or conform to NFV. No verification or test has been performed by ETSI on any part of these NFV Proofs of Concept.

NFV ISG PoC Projects

More details about NFV ISG PoC projects and PoC Framework on the NFVwiki.