Saturday, October 6, 2018

Service Providers Embrace Open Source

The global telecom industry has come a long ways from the days of proprietary platforms, solutions and network elements. Consider the heavy service provider membership in the Telecom Infra Project, an effort to develop open source platforms for communications and mobile networks.

A survey of 150 mostly-technical professionals from 100 companies finds 73 percent are “extremely” or “mostly” confident that open networking solutions can achieve the same level of performance as traditional networking solutions.

Some 59 percent of respondents say they currently are using open networking solutions and some 84 percent of those that are not, plan to do so within the next three years.

Still, technology immaturity is the biggest concern for 46 percent of respondents. The next closest concern, at 23 percent, was performance itself.

As you would expect, cost savings are the driver. Some 75 percent of respondents say cost savings are the expected outcome of deploying open networking solutions.

The survey of 150 networking professionals from 100 communications service providers globally, included 48 percent who  work for converged service providers owning both fixed and mobile networks.

Mobile service providers were 25 percent of the sample, while wireline, cable and satellite operators made up 22 percent. Some 57 percent are in North America; 17 percent from Europe and 14 percent from Asia.

Respondents from Central/South America comprised eight percent of the sample, and those from Middle East/ Africa represented four percent.

Survey respondents worked in technical roles. Nearly 25 percent work in engineering and 20 percent say they work in network design and planning. Some 19 percent work in network operations and 11 percent in research and development.

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