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%).
10/16/2017 Huawei Network Transformation SeminarThe adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
MEF is working to define, deliver, and certify dynamic communications services that are orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized and interconnected networks. In this radio show, MEF CTO Pascal Menezes talks about the challenges and the solutions that his organization is working on and provides a preview of the MEF17 conference in November.
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.