Cloud native: Just another technology generation?

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Cloud native networking offers operators a promise of efficiency, automation and innovation to underpin their future in the coordination age. But it should also mean a new operating model, new skills and organisation that few feel they are ready for.


Format: PDF filePages: 31 pagesCharts: 11Author: Philip LaidlerPublication Date: January 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Table of Figures
  • Preface
  • Cloud native networking: Telecoms’ latest adventure
  • Telcos’ business model is reaching end-of-life
    • Understand, then emulate the operating model
    • The coordination age – a new role for telcos
    • 5G: Just another G?
    • Cloud native: Just another technology generation?
  • Different perspectives: Internal ability, timing …and what it means to be a network operator
    • Organisational readiness, skills and culture
    • Target operating model and ecosystem
    • Assembly versus Engineering
    • Wider perceptions across the business functions
    • Operator segment 1: Risk of complacency
    • Operator segment 2: Align for action
    • Operator segment 3: Urgent re-evaluation
    • Operator segment 4: Stay focused and on track
  • Appendix 1
    • Interviewee overview
  • Appendix 2
    • Defining Cloud Native
    • There is consensus on the meaning of cloud native software and applicability to networks
    • Agreement on the benefits: automation at scale for reliability and faster time to market
    • …and changing supplier relationships

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Telcos’ route to growth is through innovation at scale
  • Figure 2: Different visions for building and running cloud native networks
  • Figure 3: Telco cloud native operator matrix
  • Figure 4: The telecoms industry is reaching the end of its last growth cycle
  • Figure 5: Tech companies are more highly valued than telcos
  • Figure 6: Telco vs tech-co investment models
  • Figure 7: New challenges for telecoms in the Coordination Age
  • Figure 8: New business models for the Coordination Age
  • Figure 9: Different visions for building and running cloud native network
  • Figure 10: Telco cloud native operator matrix
  • Figure 11: Interviewee Profile Summary


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G, Cloud, cloud-native, NFV/SDN, telcos, Telecom, Telecoms