Three new telco business models: Soft-net, Cloud-net, Compute-net

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Telcos must adapt to virtualisation and changing customer needs in the Coordination Age. Our three new telecoms business models offer a realistic agenda for telcos to build up the stack into the IT layer – either by themselves or through partnerships.


Format: PDF filePages: 32 pagesCharts: 10Author: David Martin, Amy CameronPublication Date: March 2019

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Three telco futures and Telco 2.0
  • Chapter 1: Three telecoms business models for the Coordination Age
  • Three new business models: but why ‘telco’?
  • Business model analysis: Telcos’ vs competitors’ strengths
  • Relationship between the Soft-Net, Cloud-Net and Compute-Net business models
  • Chapter 2: Roles of the Soft-Net, Cloud-Net and Compute-Net in a ‘driverless car-as-a-service’ ecosystem
  • A driverless car-as-a-service business involves coordination of data, processes and events across a broad supply chain
  • Soft-Nets provide the mainly wireless connectivity
  • Cloud-Nets provide the hybrid, on-demand wide-area networking
  • Compute-Nets design and coordinate the ecosystem
  • Conclusions
  • The Coordination Age: A new purpose for telecoms, and three models for realising it
  • Key takeaways for telcos

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: The three future telco business models and corresponding NFV pathways
  • Figure 2: The Telco 2.0 infrastructure and service stack
  • Figure 3: Interdependence between the three future telco business models
  • Figure 4: Two examples of the three new business models
  • Figure 5: The three new business models overview
  • Figure 6: Telcos face some fierce competition as they move up the stack
  • Figure 7: Telco expansion across the three business models
  • Figure 8: Advantages and disadvantages of vertical integration
  • Figure 9: Mapping the Soft-Net, Cloud-Net and Compute-Net roles in a driverless car environment.. 26
  • Figure 10: Types of data and corresponding compute-based services in a driverless car-as-a-service ecosystem

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G, Business Model, Cloud, cloud-native, competitors, Connected car, Coordination age, Elisa, IBM, IT services, nfv, partnering, SDN, service innovation, Virtualisation, Vodafone