Is anyone old enough to remember the slogan, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen”? In the ads, when someone mentioned the broker’s name, the room would go silent and everyone strained to hear the advice. Let’s vary that a bit for our own selfish purposes. When telecom service providers speak about their network needs, everyone should listen, especially when it’s about service layer architecture requirements and differentiating themselves from over-the-top (OTT) players.
Network operators talked to trusted telecom consultant Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp. who sums up what he learned about carriers’ four main service layer architecture needs .
Here are the main things he discovered in his conversations:
- Operators want their service layer architectures to be able to handle partnerships, an ecosystem, if you will;
- They need modular components that can be put together in various ways – kind of like Legos — to accommodate different experiences;
- While tradition dictates that standards are the way to go, operators aren’t so sure standards-setting will work quickly enough for them;
- And finally, there’s vendor commitment – and that’s a whole issue to itself.
As you plan out your network architecture, make sure you read up on the details from the survey here.