Digital transformation has had a rocky ride over the past 3 years. While AT&T and Verizon have been very bullish in their plans to re-architecture their networks for a digital services future, momentum on the ground for other tier 1 and tier 2 operators appeared more tepid in 2015 and 2016. 2017, however, has proved to be a gateway year for cloud and virtualization roll-outs. At MWC 2018, Amdocs, Ericsson, Netcracker and Nokia reported significant increases in digital transformation orders from telcos.
This was underscored by MWC briefings with Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone. All three operators have a footprint in multiple markets. What is remarkable is their aggressive approach to roll-out a consistent BSS/OSS digital transformation strategy across all the markets they are in.