CSPs worldwide have embarked upon a journey toward a new digital operating infrastructure, which is software driven and cloud-service delivery based. However, during this digital technology transformation they will face profound challenges to master the shift from traditional Telco network-based to cloud-based service delivery across several functional and technical domains. CSPs are embarking upon an evolutionary path that unifies cloud instances of SDN/NFV, OSS/BSS (e.g. Paas/SaaS/Iaas) and Enterprise IT. Coupled with microservices, container based service design principles and cloud integration services, CSPs endeavor to create synergies between their various cloud domains and drive flexibility and agility across their cloud deployments.
Early adopter CSPs such as AT&T, Verizon, Swisscom and Telefonica, are planning for a unified Telco cloud approach that helps them to overcome operational and interoperability challenges across their discrete Telco cloud instances. CSPs that rely on outside suppliers for this journey often realize that many suppliers lack a holistic Telco cloud offering to support unified, cloud based digital infrastructures. Telefonica UNICA was one of the first strategic, unified cloud-based infrastructure transformation projects in the industry-consisting of a holistic software-driven cloud based architecture embracing all internal, external and enterprise operations.
We evaluate eight Telco cloud vendors and their unified Telco-cloud based offerings in the CSP market in the following report: Competitive Landscape: Holistic Cloud Offerings for Communications Service Providers
Due to market immaturity, this report offers strategic advice by evaluating the vendors’ Telco cloud vision, strategy and future product roadmap. The report also evaluates key suppliers demonstrated, initial proficiency to scale cloud in an integrated fashion, incrementally across multiple domains, based on early market deployments.
CSPs follow different cloud sourcing strategies, and use products in different ways. On one end of the spectrum is an open and independent architectural approach driving a reduction of complexity. This is typically a CSP holistic home built cloud, such as AT&T´s ECOMP which is available as open source platform to the wider industry through ONAP. The other extreme is sourcing all solutions from a single vendor who takes as much responsibility for the outcome as possible (often providing proprietary stacks), with many cloud sourcing variants in between. Some forward-thinking, innovative CSPs such as Swisscom, consciously put their bet on full stack pre-integrated Telco Cloud vendor solutions, to get a grip on cost, efficiency and flexibility. A fully integrated, interoperable, cloud and virtualization Telco stack will also pave the evolutionary technology adoption path from SDN/NFV to network slicing to 5G and IoT in the future. In other words, vendors which are well positioned in the end-to-end Telco Cloud stack market, are also likely to take market share in corresponding future network and/or IT technology markets such as digital technology platforms and ecosystems, Data/AI, IoT and 5G.
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