While the sun has set on communications service providers (CSPs) relying on one or two large vendors to support their services and applications, creating new ecosystems should be a top priority for CSPs, but there are barriers to overcome.
In order to take advantage of cloudification, virtualization and new software models for their hybrid and next-gen networks, CSPs need to have a laser focus on expanding their ecosystems. While the transformation process will take years to complete, the end result will include more scalable and agile networks that can deliver services dynamically to customers.
According to survey earlier this year by Heavy Reading , just 14% of the respondents had an ecosystem transformation strategy in place while 41% were just starting the process. Perhaps even more surprising, 16% responded that they had yet to take any action on the ecosystem transformation plans. (See Ecosystem Transformation: Readiness & Realities.)
While there are hurdles for service providers to clear on their ecosystem migrations, there are tools that will help them along the way. Heavy Reading's survey identified a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to measure the effectiveness of ecosystem transformation. The top four KPIs were revenue growth (64%), network reliability (63%), network security (62%) and customer satisfaction (61%).
ETSI research specialist Joan Triay provides an update on what ETSI was up to in Denver recently, what to expect at the next round of ETSI NFV Plugtests and the challenges it faces with security integration.
In this Telco Transformation radio show, IHS Markit's Michael Howard will talk about the network domains that carriers are targeting for SDN, the top SDN services that are driving revenues and the deployment barriers this year. Howard will also address whether carriers are embracing open source or using vendor-specific implementations.
SDN Is a Game Changer for AT&T & Level 3 Communications (archive available soon)
Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.
In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:
Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.