The basic goal of these projects is to disaggregate the large proprietary network functions, such as the RAN or the EPC, and allow them to run on Commercial-Off-The-Shelf COTS hardware.
If they are successful, here are some impacts to expect:
1️⃣ ISVs become major players in the #telecoms ecosystem, displacing the traditional vendors.
2️⃣ Many more Linux instances will run in both public and private clouds.
3️⃣ Layer 2/3 networks become increasingly important to connect the Mobile Edge, Cores, and Clouds.
4️⃣ Future technology upgrades will more resemble the Apps on your phone than today’s forklift swap-outs. 5G will be the last G.
5️⃣ CapEx shifts to OpEx as boxes are replaced by software hosted in the Cloud. This will have huge implications for today’s capital-intensive Telecoms business.
6️⃣ A disaggregated network will be orchestrated dynamically by AI.
This list is not exhaustive. But the changes will be mind-boggling.
What do you think? How will disaggregation change the business?
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