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5G Core - Procurement & Sourcing Strategies

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Report Summary:

Communications Service Provider (CSP) sourcing executives need to broaden their procurement criteria beyond today’s focus on network element functions – moving not only down to the details of decomposed VNFs and microservice functionality but also up to PaaS/IaaS software platforms and the system level for End to End (E2E) service activation and assurance.

The five critical success factors suggest a framework for CSP sourcing that targets:

  • Common PaaS Strategy
  • Ability to Simplify Systems Integration
  • Design for automation
  • Process independent data management for service agility
  • CSP business models that align costs to revenues

As 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA) is implemented as Cloud Native software running on highly scalable, low latency platforms that facilitate automation and enable service agility, CSPs will find themselves moving along the path to profitable 5G services.

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Table of Contents

Business Drivers for 5G ‘Out of Synch’ with Sourcing Process

  • Software Licensing and Pricing to Reflect new Dynamic Software Instantiation and Upgrade
  • ‘Win-Win’ approach to 5G Core Sourcing needed
  • Shift to Cloud Native moves away from Silos and Stacks to Software Service Platforms
  • Implications for Sourcing Process

Five 5G Critical Success Factors

  1. CSPs need Common PaaS Strategy across Multiple Services
  2. Ability to Simplify Systems Integration
  3. Design for automation
  4. Process independent Data Management essential for Service Agility                        . 12 Factor App. – Best Practices for Cloud Native Services Software
  5. CSP Business Models must Align Costs to Revenues
  • New Revenues from Myriads of Niche Services
  • New Business Models support Experimentation with New 5G Services
  • Significant TCO savings will balance slow growth in 5G revenues

Sourcing the Platforms for 5G Infrastructure

  • Industry Partnerships Address Roadblocks to enable Multi-Vendor Interoperability


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