Telecoms cloud technology vendors and service providers: overcoming data sovereignty challenges for 5G and beyond

16 May 2022 | Research

Adaora Okeleke Caroline Chappell

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (7 slides) | Data, AI and Development Platforms

"CSPs' concerns about data sovereignty in the context of trusting critical network technology to the cloud could inhibit the adoption of a horizontal telco cloud to support 5G and 6G networks."


Communications service providers (CSPs) increasingly rely on third-party-provided cloud technologies and services to support their critical network infrastructure. However, CSPs have concerns about the level of data sovereignty that they will retain within the territories that they operate and for the enterprises that they serve. Telecoms cloud technology vendors and service providers must demonstrate to CSPs that their products and services conform to, and potentially exceed, the evolving requirements of digital and data sovereignty regulation worldwide.

Information provided in this report

  • A discussion of the regulatory challenges, including around data sovereignty, faced by CSPs that want to adopt telco cloud
  • An evaluation of the strategies that cloud technology vendors/service providers must adopt to increase CSP confidence in telco cloud
  • A suggested set of evaluation criteria for sovereign cloud
  • A call for standardisation around a data sovereignty maturity model
  • An analysis of the impact that European sovereign cloud-related initiatives will have on the regulatory frameworks of other regions and what this means for cloud technology vendors and service providers that are addressing the telco cloud opportunity


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