Many Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) are already in a journey to unlock commercial value from isolated data. Data lakes are increasingly seen as a competitive advantage to streamline operations and pursue new revenue streams. To that end, 5G cloud data management solutions are expected to serve as a bellwether of new industry alliances and partnerships that tackle the challenge of calibrating siloed, dispersed and distinct datasets under a single control plane. Major vendors like Ericsson, Nokia and Openwave (an Enea company) have launched telecoms-centric solutions designed under a cloud-native architecture, including open APIs and standardized interfaces. Other vendors such as Accedian and Cloudera provide complementary analytics frameworks that address performance management, data engineering and data warehousing use cases hosted in cloud or on premises.
This report discusses core technology pillars of a common data layer, including data diversity, carrier-grade availability and data standardization. The report also discusses components of cloud data management solutions from the lens of webscale companies. Finally, this report presents key use cases that are expected to create new value for the industry by leveraging a broader analytics framework in addition to historical telco-specific subscriber data.