Carriers are focusing on investing in their platforms in order to enable them to offer additional services through partnership ecosystems and thereby more effectively compete with non-traditional players such as Over-the-top (OTT) Service Providers and diversify their revenue streams. While some Communications Service Providers (CSPs) who have the cash, skills, correct positioning and advantageous geographic location are branching out into adjacent industries, other CSPs are focusing on creating a strong platform upon which third-party vendors can offer their services.
Here are some areas of investment for CSPs looking to upgrade:
- Software defined networks: CSPs are now able to transpose the principles of virtualized compute to their networks and collapse costs by 70% or more in some areas, such as the evolved packet core. Core network components can be run as virtual machines rather than dedicated hardware. Network virtualization will enable CSPs to offer platform-based services while having the agility to not only empower, but sell end-to-end solutions for instances that generate large amounts of traffic such as high-frequency trading.
- Network-based security: The proliferation of mobile devices and data-driven traffic poses many security risks to end-users. CSP-hosted network-based security solutions are being deployed to detect security threats and breaches. In order to offer additional security services to both fixed and mobile end-users, CSPs are also partnering with third party vendors.
- Application Modernization: Many CSPs have grown through mergers and acquisitions, creating hundreds of duplicate applications on various infrastructures. This has created a need for application strategy and more specifically application modernization to reduce cost and complexity. Processes are increasingly being brought into cloud-hosted environments, and applications are being modernized to streamline internal operations.
- Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC): This is an open source project that is
enabling real-time web-based communication through applications for voice, web-based video chat and social network based sharing. OEMS have been developing these applications in their innovation labs, and some pioneering vendors are offering cloud-based Web RTC services. Partnering with CSPs, these vendors can offer highly scalable end-to-end enterprise solutions, thus making the CSPs more competitive against OTT Service providers.
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