Unleashed Ubiquitous Connectivity
from the series „Trends for the Next Decade“ (#7)
Unleashed ubiquitious connectivity is a dream come true for everybody aiming to connect everything with no boundaries. Intuitively, this builds on universal coverage and maximum flexibility of the networks. To enable both and integrate connectivity literally into all services and devices, physics may set boundaries (as in the context of spectrum and computation), but software is the key. Thus, CSPs (Communiation Service Provider) shall explore the full potential of virtualized and cloudified networks as soon and as relentlessly as possible.
Our recommended actions (for CSPs)
#1 Create a sense of urgency beyond capex heavy spectrum auctions, namely for virtualization and cloudification of all things telco.
#2 Be prepared for a cloud-based production model, embark on the cloudification journey now.
#3 Accelerate the movement towards a cloud-centric architecture by leveraging 3GPP engagements.
#4 Consider OpenRAN as it takes over RAN, leading to more flexible and eventually disruptive networks.
#5 Do not wait for 6G to build 'real' 5G network slicing, prototype now.
#6 Consider automation as a step towards Autonomous and Self-Regulating Networks.
#7 Let AI do the heavy lifting on the lower end of the networking stack, eventually to have that part to run "on its own".
#8 Make telco IT people-business: strengthen and focus your own staff with the necessary skills for agile and dev ops-heavy work realities.