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Defining the digital network and operations platform for 5G and future networks

Caroline Chappell Principal Analyst, Research

"Creating the digital network and operations platform (DNOP) is the biggest task facing would-be 5G CSPs today."

The digital network and operations platform is the cloud-native software-based network of the future. It promises to revolutionise network costs through automation and virtualisation, but building it will be disruptive to communications service providers (CSPs) and contributing vendors alike.

This report provides:

  • a definition of the digital network and operations platform (DNOP), the software architecture on which future networks such as 5G will be based
  • a discussion of the drivers for the DNOP and its potential to transform the cost base of the network
  • recommendations for operators and vendors on strategies for building/contributing to the DNOP
  • an overview of the challenges the market faces in moving to DNOP and the current state of DNOP-related initiatives.