Facing Up to the Software-Defined Operator

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We see five major trends leading towards the overall picture of the ‘software defined operator’ – an operator whose boundaries and structure can be set and controlled through software. This presents threats as well as opportunities for industry players selling and wanting to sell to telcos.


Format: PDF filePages: 15 pagesCharts: 5Author: STL research teamPublication Date: March 2014

Table of Contents

  • The Challenges of the Software-Defined Operator
  • Three Vendors and the Software-Defined Operator
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • Cisco Systems
  • The Changing Role of the Vendors
  • Who Benefits?
  • Who Loses?
  • Conclusions
  • Platform provider or platform consumer
  • Define your network sharing strategy
  • Challenge the coding cultural cringe

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: An architecture overview for a software-defined operator
  • Figure 2: A catalogue for everything
  • Figure 3: Ericsson shares (part of) the vision
  • Figure 4: Huawei: “DevOps for carriers”
  • Figure 5: Cisco aims to dominate the software-defined “Internet of Everything”

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 2, 2014, business, cisco, congress, Devops, Ericsson, GSMA, Huawei, Innovation, mobile, model, operator, operators, Software Defined, Strategies, Strategy, Telco, Telecoms, transformation, Virtualisation, world