Autonomous Networks: Empowering Digital Transformation For The Telecoms Industry

Service providers globally are now well underway with their digital transformation with 92.5% of those surveyed for TM Forum’s Digital Transformation Tracker saying that they were in the process of their transformation and nearly a quarter (24%) saying that they were “well on the road and reaping significant benefits”. Yet the majority (44.5%) were just starting their journey.

But are service providers ready to meet the explosive demand for connecting objects rather than people? According to Huawei’s Global Industry Vision (GIV), by 2025 there will be a total of 100 billion connections around the world. Whilst this represents a great opportunity, service providers may find it difficult to meet this demand for hyper-connectivity due to the complexity and fragmentation of their network architecture, deployment, and integration, the inefficiency of their operations and a lack of capable knowledge and skills, which are full of legacy technologies, methodologies and tools. Moreover, the legacy mindset of “build and operate” – “first, build the network facility and then think about the operations”, implies ignorance and a lack of respect for the value and importance of operations. Indeed, 5G has the potential to add to this complexity unless service providers embrace automation and simplify their networks, their operations, and their management of systems.

Autonomous Networks: Empowering Digital Transformation For The Telecoms Industry