ATIS, a body driven primarily by the service providers, has announced its own initiative for what it calls the Service Oriented Network or SON. While nobody is positioning this explicitly as a repudiation of either the vendor support for the service layer or standards progress in defining standards there, we’re hearing that it’s both.
Operators have been disenchanted with the response of vendors to their pressure to develop flexible solutions for hosted service features to let them compete better with OTT players. They’ve also been unhappy with the debate and dallying in the standards area. Now they are apparently launching a thinly veiled threat to drive the process themselves.
We’ve also heard that at least two and as many as four vendors will announce service-layer strategies/products this fall.