It is amazing how the connectivity systems within a mobile network (Backhaul/Transport) have evolved over the last two decades – from 2G voice only services to our modern LTE world where even voice could be served through a packet switched network. Such evolution is always haphazard, driven by real-time traffic demands and ends up making the network messier and messier over time.
In Lewis Caroll’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, there is a character called Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat is a grinning cat who could disappear (become invisible) and reappear at will. Sometimes, the cat would disappear but would leave its “grin” behind.
I was recently in a Panel Discussion where we were debating what would be a future telco and what would be considered a good customer experience in those scenarios. I ended up speaking about Cheshire Cat…
I recently read an article on Services in the context Enterprise Networks. The article put the size of the market at a figure that was at-least two times the size of Services for Carrier Networks. This obviously meant one of two things – the world-wide Enterprise Networks are several times larger than public carrier networks or Enterprise Networks are far more complex consuming more Services for its upkeep than that for Carriers.
Without being judgmental about these two points, there is no denying the fact that the Enterprise Networks Market is larger than that for Carriers.
As is my wont – started day dreaming ( 🙂 ) about the following terminology: Over the Top Network and Operator Agnostic Network.
The topic which I have come across in recent meetings across a wide spectrum of industry representatives is “Software Defined Networks” or SDN. Across Service Providers, Equipment Vendors, Software Vendors and System Integrators, and from East Asia to California, the most happening stuff seems to be SDN.