It’s a harsh reality that today’s networks are still burdened by hardware-based rigidity. At the same time, there is an increasing disparity between revenues and costs as well as limited flexibility in the utilization of network resources. It has all hampered the service provider’s ability to provide new applications and services to match the sharply increasing demand.
From Hardware Rigidity to Web-Scale Flexibility
That demand is so sharp, in fact, that even by fairly conservative counts, the number of internet-connected devices is predicted to reach more than 20 billion by 2020. Providing profitable services on this scale becomes not just a question of technology, but also, and more importantly, one of economics. To shift from the traditional business focus on ARPU to one of efficiently delivering data at the lowest possible cost per bit, operators must focus on future-proof technologies that reduce cost and maximize capex resources.