Revisiting convergence: How to address the growth imperative

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The forces of divergence and convergence have shifted in favour of the latter, with the move to cloud native and software-defined networking. We evaluate how operators can take advantage of convergence to drive greater efficiencies, scale economies and service innovation.


Format: PDF filePages: 28 pagesCharts: 09Author: Yesmean LukPublication Date: October 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Significant opportunity, high risk of complacency
    • The imperative that CSPs can no longer ignore
  • Evaluating the key drivers for convergence
    • Cost savings are a priority, but CSPs also want top line growth
  • Revisiting the concept of convergence
    • Convergence is a multifaceted problem and solution
    • CSPs take different approaches to tackle similar problems
    • Logical convergence
    • Horizontal convergence
    • Vertical convergence
    • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • A matter of how? not why?
    • History and market variance play a role
    • Understanding the key challenges
  • Taking the plunge
    • Convergence is not just a technology decision
    • Incremental steps, not radical change

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Understanding the shift in the forces of convergence and divergence
  • Figure 2: Four key drivers that CSPs are focused on
  • Figure 3: Why the interest in (and possibilities with) convergence has been renewed
  • Figure 4: Three broad categories of convergence
  • Figure 5: Logical convergence can meet short term but not long-term needs
  • Figure 6: Horizontal convergence brings operational simplicity but is not future proof
  • Figure 7: Vertical convergence further reduces complexity but may not be for everyone
  • Figure 8: Addressing all drivers requires more than one dimension of convergence


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 4G, 5G, cloud-native, Convergence, disaggregation, Divergence, EcoSystem, greenfield operators, horizontal convergence, legacy networks, logical convergence, network as a common platform, Networks, silos, vertical convergence