“Success in telco cloud starts with avoiding a repeat of history’s mistakes.”

The reinvention of telecom operators as cloud-based businesses will have profound effects on the wider industry. Not only will it be key to new levels of agility and speed, but it will enable new sources of revenue, new types of customer experience, and new ways to differentiate. But telecom has unique and demanding characteristics that make the realization of a “telco cloud” particularly challenging.

In this research note we set out a framework for CSPs’ strategies for their re-platforming onto cloud, developed in part on based on practical experience of deploying the world’s first cloud-native network in Rakuten Mobile Japan. (In a previous report, we looked at how CSPs can benefit from distributed cloud-native networks, the “Everywhere Edge”.)

This report is part of a set – with a separate blueprint for vendors detailed here.

This Research Note is published within our Distributed Cloud Infrastructure Management and Operator Strategy & Vision research modules, and is available free to subscribers of those modules, via their Appledore Digital Locker. 


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Report author: Francis Haysom, Rahul Atri
Publication date: 31/01/2023
Number of pages: 11