Big Architecture - Elastic

ICT convergence has blurred the lines that once separated carriers from the world of IT, creating new service opportunities such as video, Internet of Things (IoT) and public cloud to meet user demands for a ROADS (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, Social) experience. The rapid development of these digital services and user expectations are also creating new challenges for carriers.

Carriers' operation models are shifting from network-oriented to user-oriented and service-oriented. However, moving to a service-oriented operation model does not mean reducing the focus on the network. On the contrary, an intelligent, flexible and agile network infrastructure is critical to enabling digital services.

With this in mind, leading carriers have started to launch their own network 2020 transformation strategies. Global carriers have invested many years and trillions of dollars in the construction of their network infrastructure, which has become a valuable asset for future development of carriers' digital services and a source of innovation and competitive advantage.

Unlocking the enormous value of network infrastructure is at the core of network architecture transformation and carriers are now looking to Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization (SDN/NFV) and moving networks to the cloud to make their network architecture an efficient platform for services. The objectives of network architecture transformation are fast service provisioning, agile operations and maintenance, reduced total cost of ownership.