Orga Systems: Mathias Liebe's 2015 Trends

There is a lot going on in the telecommunications industry right now, whether because of the threat from more agile and fas­ter OTT players, the fast changing dynamics in the industry or telco’s own mindset of not being a dumb pipe anymore.

The telecommunications industry has come a long way and is becoming more open towards new ideas and innovation. In this course of being innovative, telcos are looking at many different technologies but only few of these technologies ac­tually stand out and virtualisation is one of them.

Virtualisation basically refers to the technology used to create virtual instances of hardware platforms, operating systems (OS), network or storage devices. Virtua­lisation enables multiple virtual in­stances running on one single plat­form at the same time, resulting in virtualised solutions to be more portable and scalable than any tra­ditional hardware-based solutions.

Communications service providers (CSPs) are looking at virtualisation from a network perspective and are preparing for the future to maximise SDN and NFV pos­sibilities. This is the situation for most of the CSPs as they make the transition to the services that they hope will secure their fu­ture. And many of them have not even thought about how they will adapt their BSS and OSS capabilities to this new dynamic digital services scenario. Beyond the cost optimisation, CSPs are leveraging virtualisation concepts to trans­form their BSS environments to innovate more rapidly, drive new revenues and stay competitive.

The two worlds – network and IT – have to be brought together, but it is hard to point out which direction to take or who should be in the driver’s seat. CSPs are already getting head start on virtualisation by implementing SDN and NFV technologies in their networks, but fast networks would be of no use if there is no suitable monetisation strategy in place. That’s where BSS systems and the effect of virtualisation on these systems come into play. A recent survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence (“Operators’ BSS Strategies”) showed that 66% of operators have deployed or are planning to deploy virtualised BSS by 2016.

Operators should work on their virtualisation strategy depending on their priority and future direc­tion. Network and BSS virtualisa­tion though are not dependent on one another but definitely help the operators to realise the full benefits of virtualisation. Mis­sion critical applications like BSS are the cornerstone in any vir­tualisation strategy and should not be ignored. How and when it should be virtualised depends upon the CSP’s customer demand and the individual business case. Ultimately, there is no doubt that virtualisation is the only way for­ward for CSPs who need to handle huge amounts of data, cus­tomer demands on new products and faster services and to stay competitive against OTT players.

Orga Systems believes that virtualisation is a cornerstone technology and an essential ingredient for future success of our customers. To support CSPs applying virtualisation technologies we initiated a comprehensive program and qualified our Revenue Management product portfolio for virtualised systems.

Mathias Liebe is the Director of Product Marketing at Orga Systems.

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