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Cloud-native architecture for CSPs: big efficiency and speed gains, but challenges remain

Caroline Chappell Research Director
John Abraham Principal Analyst, Research

"Shifting to a microservices-based cloud-native architecture is an important part of CSPs' strategy to transform and future-proof support infrastructure, and become digital service providers."

Digital transformation projects are prevalent in the telecoms industry, and communications service providers (CSPs) are focusing on designing the support systems framework of the future. CSP software architecture that is used within B/OSS and network elements are monolithic and too slow, complex and inefficient to support the rapid pace of change in the digital economy. CSPs are evaluating, and are in the early stages of adopting, the microservices-based architecture that is widely deployed by Internet companies.

This report provides:

  • a brief review of current thinking around cloud-native architecture for CSPs
  • a brief discussion of the importance of cloud-native BSS and how cloud-native differs from cloud-ready
  • a brief analysis of how cloud-native architecture can affect OSS vendors
  • a discussion of how cloud-native VNFs are gaining ground within CSPs
  • an overview of the key inhibitors that can slow down widespread adoption of cloud-native architecture in the near term.