Software Is the Name of the (New) Game in Telco

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By Don Alusha | 4Q 2020 | IN-5994

 

Software Grows in Importance

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Software is growing to be a key dimension of the industry. Network Equipment Vendors (NEPs) are increasingly supporting open interfaces, cloud platforms, and open software architectures. This shift has been in motion for some time, and it is further emphasized by Open RAN, inherently an open software approach. Ecosystem flexibility stands to be the key driver of software in telcos. Communications Service Providers (CSPs) seek to diversify their supplier base, drive new growth, and sustain the lead they have on strong cellular and low-latency connectivity.

Regardless of region, size of operator, or cost/pricing structure, open APIs, modularity, and cloud technologies are bound to be core building blocks of new value creation. Furthermore, alignment with industry initiatives (e.g., TM Forum’s Open Digital Architecture) will almost certainly be the underpinning pillars behind new, software- and cloud-centric growth in the industry.

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