Wchicken was the last time you talked to your service provider? If some time has passed, it may be time to register. Over the past few years, the world’s leading communications service providers (CSPs) have modernized their networks – from the core to the edge – to rethink their business. And everything is in the service of one goal: providing new applications and services that change the lives of businesses and consumers.
Today’s CSP is much more than just a connectivity provider. They are a sophisticated IT partner that uses the latest cloud architectures and IT software models to deliver digital capabilities that businesses can’t get anywhere else: ultra-low latency end-to-end services to power augmented reality, telemedicine, smart factories , mass protection access to end services solutions and private 5G and LTE networks. And this is just the beginning.
There is a common theme behind these innovations, and it goes deeper than the expanded flexibility and flexibility of modern CSP networks: openness. For the first time, operators are adopting open architectures and ecosystems to be able to engage with partners and customers in new ways.
Today, CSPs can combine best-in-class networking features to give businesses more personalization and choice. They can pool resources from multiple public cloud providers within a single, consistent framework. They can partner with leading application providers to leverage their unique networking and end opportunities in new ways and work together to create new business opportunities.
The best part: this transformation is not something you have to wait for. This is happening right now, all over the world. They are here just a few examples:
BUILDING AN OPEN AND FLEXIBLE CORE
BT – one of the world’s largest fixed and mobile service providers – is using open ecosystems to rethink its core network. BT can now collect network and best of breed services from multiple providers, package them into a single offer and deliver them as a fully managed service – virtually anywhere, on request.
These capabilities are fueled by an open, flexible core network and a dynamic ecosystem of construction solutions from third party network function providers. BT can combine and combine more than 200 third-party network functions that have been pre-qualified for its network to create personalized enterprise offerings. Through partnerships with 225 ISPs worldwide, they can distribute these next-generation services anywhere.
Bottom row: BT can give businesses more choice and flexibility to create positive business results. Working with the breed’s best suppliers in a variety of technology areas, they can work together to bring innovative, exciting new concepts and a differentiated customer experience to the market.
And they can do it all on an open, flexible, cloud-based digital platform. BT’s corporate customers get a choice of management, commercial flexibility and the ability to connect their systems directly to BT in powerful hybrid cloud architectures that they can control.
2 NTT DOCOMO: unlock solid rock at the edge with open RAN
Operators around the world are opening their radio access networks (RANs) to allow more choice and flexibility and to cope more effectively with the huge increase in radio traffic coming with 5G. At the top of the list of open RAN (O-RAN) innovations is NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator.
NTT doesn’t just open its own environment for third-party RAN providers and open radio interfaces. Create the 5G Open RAN ecosystem, where network providers, third-party solution providers, businesses and even other operators can test and validate new open RAN technologies.
With the lab initiative, NTT demonstrates the viability of open, disaggregated radio networks in a test bed that reflects one of the world’s most demanding environments: the Tokyo airport region. NTT is now working with other service providers – including smaller operators who could never create this type of test environment on their own – to validate new multi-retailer RAN solutions.
Through these efforts, NTT is accelerating the development of new enterprise solutions that will benefit from the huge improvements in capacity, performance, and latency that come with tomorrow’s 5G RAN to enable a new breed of consumer and enterprise services.
3 Telefonica: offering flexible, flexible services to enterprises
In Spain, one of the world’s largest multinational mobile network operators, Telefonica, is rediscovering its edge. It is transforming its global networks to use open, cloud-based, disaggregated network components. As a result, it now implements a modular, multi-vendor, software-defined architecture to deliver customized fixed and mobile offerings to corporate customers.
For example, Telefonica can combine fixed and mobile connectivity, SD-WAN and network and endpoint protection in one offer, using which provider prefers their customers. At the same time, because these services are based on modular components used in the cloud, enterprises can manage and control them using the same IT tools and processes they use in other parts of their business.
This is only the beginning. Telefonica is currently deploying new native nodes in the cloud on its own footprint and moving to an open, O-RAN-based standard that will bring powerful new real-time edge processing capabilities. Initially, businesses can take advantage of Telefonica’s own cloud services. But these new endpoints also provide an ideal starting point for deploying external loads.
Over the next few years, businesses will begin consuming next-generation corporate services that take advantage of Telefonica’s finite calculations and 5G capabilities in both public and private networks. Telefonica is already partnering with application providers and third-party enterprises to jointly create high-value use cases in areas such as augmented reality for tourism, using digital dual applications to optimize production through real-time smart factory management models. of industrial traffic and many others.
The future is bright and wide open
After years of CSP transformations, it’s exciting to see the results that put it on the market and change the way people work, live and play. The next step in the transformation, the part we are most excited about VMware, is when almost the entire network is multi-cloud, multi-vendor and cloud. It will connect and enable people, companies and machines in new ways that have never been possible before.
This article was originally produced and published by Business Reporter. See the original article at business-reporter.co.uk