Shaking Up Telco ‘Network-as-a-Service’ Strategy Requires Startup Incubation

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By Reece Hayden | 2Q 2022 | IN-6557


Partnership Ecosystems are Emerging, but More Needs to be Done


Deutsche Telekom were an early starter in the partnership ecosystem; in 2012, they created ‘hubraum’ to bring startups and leading telecoms together to drive use cases/applications to market. Over the last year, more telecoms have begun to realize the opportunity of a partnership ecosystem for innovation. Telefonica has driven ‘Alaian’, a global alliance between six of the world’s leading telecoms, an arrangement seeking to bring together and connect expertise to create innovative customer-focused solutions. It also highlights that selected 5G startups will be able to access knowledge, resources, and a pool of investment funds that members make available for them. Although this is a good start, it is by no means complete. The issue is that, with the exception of Telefonica, the members are not the industry ‘giants’. This reflects the continued skepticism surrounding telecom-telecom partnerships. However, it is encouraging that telecoms have realized the potentiality of open startup-led innovation within the 5G mark…

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