Nowadays, some traditional services (voice & messaging) are progressively offered almost for free by OTT and consequently margins of the Service Providers are decreasing steadily. In addition competition among Service Providers continues being aggressive generating a constant decrease of prices to the end user.
For these reasons, Telecom Market is facing many complex and strategic transformations to manage networks and services at lower costs. To reach this goal, Service Providers need to:
- simplify networks and get strong automation of deployment processes
- simplify and standardize hardware and software platforms whereas applications run
The technological evolution of servers and storage systems encourages the abandonment of embedded systems and the adoption of the NFV technology that extends Cloud Computing from IT context to Telco.
At the same time, for improving the infrastructure cost saving, operators tend to reduce the manpower to manage the networks not only increasing outsourcing but also designing new networks with automated services configuration and management, leveraging new technologies based on Self Organizing Network (SON) and Software Defined Network (SDN).
The massive advent of Next Generation mobile and fixed accesses (LTE and FTTx), where multimedia services are full-IP native, and the ongoing decommissioning processes are the enablers for the deployment of All IP Multimedia Communication solutions.