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 pages Charts: 5 Author: David Martin Publication 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
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