In any scenario, systems integration is paramount to adopting open technologies. Once hardware and software are pulled apart, someone still needs to piece them back together in a time- and cost-effective manner.
Bringing new vendors into the fold will help operators boost innovation, reduce costs and increase competition. But it also introduces an enormous amount of complexity to the equation.
Ecosystem clusters and WWT's ATC
Therefore, Haysom, the Appledore analyst, told TelecomTV he believes service providers would benefit from developing “ecosystem clusters” that can prove interoperability and collaboration to help ease integration and procurement challenges while still providing the operational benefits of open, disaggregated systems.
WWT is uniquely positioned to foster the growth of such clusters given its investment in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), a virtual lab environment featuring more than $500 million in infrastructure that houses hundreds of OEMs and technology solutions under one roof.
Further, operators need to consider how they want to spend their time and resources. Service providers need to spend more time focusing on the services that touch their customers and less time on the infrastructure that doesn’t.
For service providers to be successful in an open world where they work with a variety of vendors — traditional, incumbent or startup — to build layered infrastructure stacks, integration will be paramount. This is true whether it’s happening internally or externally with a partner such as WWT.