Tag: nfv

Telco cloud deployments from 2014 to July 2020 (chart)

After a slight drop in the overall number of deployments in 2019, 2020 is set to be a year of modest growth. The data for 2020 is split up into completed, ‘pending’ and estimated additional deployments. We have recorded 63 completed deployments between January and July 2020. Pending deployments (totalling 72) are those previously announced that we are expecting to …

Why telco cloud hasn’t delivered yet? (chart)

We believe that the reason it has not yet delivered is linked to how the technology has been deployed, both in terms of the technical architecture, and how the telco has organised itself to operate it. Most telco cloud deployments to date fall into two categories, driven by the operator’s starting point in making the decision to proceed: A function-first …

The open RAN: Disaggregated and flexible (chart)

Introducing RAN architecture   Three layers of Open RAN There are now many distinct technologies and standards emerging in the radio access space that involve a shift away from traditional, proprietary radio hardware and network architectures, driven by single vendors, towards new, virtualised platforms and a more open vendor ecosystem. We have adopted ‘the open RAN’ as an umbrella term …

5G core virtualisation is not aligned with wider telco cloud strategies

The goals of 5G core virtualisation are not aligned with wider telco cloud strategies

5G needs virtualisation. In relation to the mobile packet core, specifically, there are four main reasons for this: Scalability: to enable the capacity of the mobile core to be scaled up flexibly and dynamically to support rapidly growing data volumes Cost: the replacement of dedicated hardware appliances supporting network functions by Virtual Machines (VMs) – and other modes of Virtualised …

Telco Cloud July Update: Huawei & 5G SA – the start of NFV’s decline?

It’s still all change in the telco cloud space. This month, the focus has shifted away from hyperscale computing players, back onto traditional network equipment players. Huawei continues to dominate industry news, and we’re hearing about challenger function vendors too. More below. And look out for our webinar on Open RAN, where we explain what will really happen over the …

Telco Cloud June Update: Hyperscalers vs. Telcos, NFV Goes Mainstream

Are hyperscale cloud players attractive telco partners, or are they going after the connectivity business? The industry is awash with questions. We look at some of this below – as well companies to watch. Meanwhile, we’re seeing several networking technologies moving along the maturity curve. Our data shows that NFV is now mainstream. Technologies that were previously just hype (Open …

Telco Cloud May Update: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft (+ Open RAN)

With the “current situation” testing the resilience of networks the world over, the future of telecoms is front-of-mind for many. Are we moving to a new world of fixed network dominance? What will this mean for 5G investments? And what role will telco cloud play in enabling it? These questions are top of our agenda at the moment. We’ve also …

what is AI analytics and automation worth to telcos

A3 for telcos: Mapping the financial value

We consider the potential financial value of adding analytics, AI and automation (A3) into a telco’s processes. Our modelling assesses the value of A3 in more than 150 processes across core network operations, customer care channels, and sales and marketing.

5G Bridging the gap from hype to reality

5G: Bridging hype, reality and future promises

What should telcos do to bridge the gaps between current hype, actual performance, and future promises on 5G? We argue that a data-driven and forensic approach to roll-out and marketing will be the key, particularly in the uncertain economic environment driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, and review the timelines for future applications.

Telco Cloud March Update: What’s coming for Telco Cloud in 2020?

What’s going on in the world of telco cloud? This month was supposed to be Mobile World Congress and as a result there has been a lot of noise. Our recent work has highlighted the importance of automation and orchestration. With that in mind, I’ve picked out a few of the more interesting announcements. You are welcome to disagree – …

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