Telco cloud: short-term pain, long-term gain

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Telco cloud came with the promise of agility and returns. Our latest in-depth research examines the evidence, why telcos still believe it will deliver, and what needs to be done to achieve that.


Format: PDF filePages: 34 pagesCharts: 5Author: David MartinPublication Date: June 2022

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Telcos have invested in telco cloud for several years: Where’s the RoI?
    • Virtualisation will go through three phases, corresponding to three deployment pathways
    • Problem: With a few exceptions, telcos cannot demonstrate RoI from virtualisation
  • Why do operators struggle to demonstrate RoI from their telco cloud investments to date?
    • For some players, it is clear that NFV did not generate RoI
    • It has also proved impossible to measure any gains, even if achieved
  • Is virtualisation so important that RoI does not matter?
  • Short-term pain for long-term gain: Why telco cloud is mission-critical
    • Cost savings are achievable
    • Operational efficiencies also gather pace as telcos progress through the telco cloud phases
    • Virtualisation both drives and is driven by organisational and process change
    • Cloud-native and CI/CD are restructuring telcos’ business models and cost base
  • Conclusion: Telco cloud benefits are deferred but assured
  • Index

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Phases of telco cloudification
  • Figure 2: Network evolution through cloudification
  •  Figure 3: Geographical distribution of STL Partners’ telco cloud benefit survey
  • Figure 4: Phases of telco cloudification
  • Figure 5: Network evolution through cloudification

Keywords: CI/CD, cloud, cloud infrastructure, cloudification, cloud-native, CNFs, COTS, DevOps, multi-cloud, NFV, RoI, telco cloud, Virtual Machine, virtualisation, VNF