The annual gathering of the telco OSS/BSS market took place during May (2017) in Nice, France, where the industry gathered to discuss a variety of topics including virtualization, Big Data, analytics, and customer experience management, as well as how these support systems can help telcos innovate and implement leaner operations. This domain of the telco network is a relatively closed, slow-moving market, where technology advances are slow due to the business-critical nature of these systems: network control and monetization. This contradicts the nature of these systems, which are driven by software and commoditized IT platforms, something that telcos are attempting to implement across their networks. Virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), and cloud-native concepts are changing the market, telco-vendor relationships, and business models. Additionally, they are paving the way for the introduction of open-source in the telco network.
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