The ‘ROADS to New Growth’ summit at Huawei Connect 2017 has highlighted that the first priority for carrier networks must be to evolve in the direction of the cloud: become more intelligent, more agile, with a service-oriented architecture.
Yue Kun, VP of global marketing and solution sales, Huawei Carrier BG said: "To succeed in B2B, carriers must first transform their business model from helping enterprise customers own assets to offering them services, and from one-off resale to delivering continuous services. Cloud will be the platform and portal for carrier B2B services. Via the cloud, carriers will be able to develop entirely new blue ocean markets in industry, government, and enterprises with services like IoT, video, communications, computing, and storage."
Ma Hongbing, deputy GM of China Unicom's network construction department, added how the advance of technologies like artificial intelligence is driving change across chipsets, devices, content, networks, platforms, and the cloud. "The development of new services is becoming faster and more agile, the deployment of new services more flexible. Carrier networks must evolve in the direction of the cloud," he said.
Further, Chang Wenzhuo, GM of product development centre, and DGM of marketing, Guangdong branch, China Unicom shared plans of China Telecom to leverage cloud-and-network synergy as it enters the cloud services space, and how it will work with our partners to build an ecosystem for smart cloud-network services.
Yet another focus area at the summit was video. Dr. Sangchul Lee, standing advisor of LG Uplus & LG Group, said: "“Video is next voice." Carriers are developing one-stop, converged cloud services that will satisfy company demand for cloudification, private lines, and communication services. Cloud services will help improve the service experience and cut down the capital outlays required of customers, so that carriers can expand into new markets.
Eric Owen, group VP of IDC, Telecommunications, IDC EMEA, said: "The need to be agile and have the right skillset is the top two capabilities carriers believe they need in the digital age."