The recent development in technologies due to pandemic has changed modern business models and every persons’ daily life as we know. Concepts such as edge computing, cloud computing, and the internet of things are bringing new challenges to the table.
Until now, cloud computing had primarily catalyzed technological change, leaving its potential for driving business innovation virtually untapped. Yet cloud has the power to essentially change competitive aspects by providing an innovative platform for creating and delivering business value.
Talking of cloud computing, most telecom providers rely on a large computing infrastructure running a diverse set of applications to deliver, manage, and bill services.
By choosing the right cloud service models for enterprises, businesses can reduce internal computing resource demands and release the surplus for use by paying customers.
Doing so decreases internal expenses and increases revenue streams — a win-win situation for both telecom cloud providers and customers.
By examining some fundamental items ahead of time, telecom providers ensure that they can achieve and maintain quality cloud services for their customers.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is internet-based computing that shares hardware and software resources and information can be provided to the computer and other equipment.
The whole operation is much like the grid. Cloud computing will be the next major change since the big change to client-server in the 1980s. Users no longer need to understand the details of the infrastructure, do not require professional expertise, and do not need direct control.
Cloud computing describes an Internet-based new addition in IT services, usage, and delivery model that typically involves the use of the Internet to provide dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources.
As the cloud is previously often used to represent the telecommunications network, it is later also used to represent the internet and the underlying infrastructure.
Typical cloud computing providers often provide common network business applications that can be accessed through software such as a browser or other Web services, while software and data are stored on the server. Among the key elements of cloud computing, it also includes a personalized user experience.
Cloud computing can be considered to include the following levels of services:
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS). It typically provides a common online business application that is accessed through a browser, and software and data can be stored in the data center.
Cloud computing has many characteristics, such as highly dynamic utility computing or elasticity, and the ability to access and pay for more or fewer resources, such as central processing units (CPUs) and storage, as demand increases or decreases.
Virtualization technology and broadband connectivity are what make this possible. In simple terms, virtualization allows traditionally course-grained physical resources to be split into fine-grained virtual resources that can be allocated on-demand over a broadband connection.
Why Do Telecom Service Providers Require Cloud Technologies?
As virtualization and data-center technologies and characteristics mature, some telecom applications will move into the cloud environment. Others will be delivered as SaaS.
This will provide the benefits of cloud technologies to operators. It will also improve vendors’ managed services offerings, which actually provide benefits that are similar to clouds to operators that do not want to invest in or run their own cloud solutions.
Network service providers can address numerous concerns that relate to cloud computing. Given the control they exercise over access transport networks, they can provide secure quality-of-service (QoS) connectivity to and from the data centers.
Moreover, these service providers’ customer-connectivity offerings can be flexible in terms of bandwidth. As opposed to large parts of the global internet industry, the nature of the communication industry, with its locally regulated markets, has given rise to a strong local presence, providing a good foundation for addressing enterprises and consumers.
Cloud computing gives network service providers new opportunities to move up in the information and communication technology (ICT) value chain.With the control they have over the communication infrastructure, telecom service providers have two significant benefits when compared with cloud providers from other industries.
Firstly, they allow domestic and business connectivity. As a consequence, telecom service providers can instantiate cloud functionality that users can access with a minimum of latency.
Second, network service providers can tailor connectivity to the needs of their users; for example, by dynamically upgrading the connectivity between sites involved in high-definition video production.
In other words, they can allocate – on demand and for an arbitrary period of time – the cloud server resources, such as data centers, and the high-bandwidth pipes that interconnect the data centers and users.
Better still, telecom service providers can take cloud computing one step further by combining dynamically scalable communication with the cloud service offering.
Emphasizing the significance of adaptive connectivity, this next phase of innovative cloud computing could be called cloud Networking as a Service (NaaS). This concept is based on the idea of a unified management framework for computing and communication.
Rather than managing network and computation facilities as separate entities, with limited or no authority over the underlying resources, cloud networking can optimize resource allocations by considering network and computing resources as a unified whole.
How Telecom Service Providers Are Embracing Cloud Technologies To Rejuvenate Their Business?
To Broaden The Scope Of A Business, Strengthen Capacity
For traditional telecommunications companies, its business scope is limited to telephone communications-related business, and with the development of the Internet and the rapid progress of smartphones, people are no longer conﬁned to home with a network cable to connect to the Internet.
Due to the change to portability and trends of wireless and high-speed usage, the traditional business has long been unable to meet the needs of the users. Broaden of business scope is necessary. Through cloud computing, businesses can be expanding to mobile internet, entertainment, shopping, payment, oﬃce, and so on.
1) Increased infrastructure coverage and upgrading of equipment to accommodate more high-speed users.
2) To develop its own integrated information service system. Without it, business and operational capacity will greatly reduce.
3) Develop user resources, as users are the most important element in cloud computing. Through a long period of development, telecom operators have accumulated and cultivated a large user group. Their needs and user experiences cannot be ignored. When combined with cloud computing, this user group will be even larger. It is an important matter to develop and establish the telecom operator within this large user base.
Establish A Platform To Nurture Ecosystems
More and more enterprises, especially Internet companies have begun to notice the concept of the migration of ecosystems. Platform construction is a long-term planning and investment, and once the platform is built, it will have its own vitality in which the development of this platform will have more innovation and development.
Telecom operators can cooperate with Internet businesses to complement each other. It is very important to create an ecosystem for today’s multi-network integration in which it will provide enterprises and the overall industry considerable development and vitality.
As cloud computing gains traction, more and more applications and data are being moved from user premises and equipment to the internet. Without access to networks, services and data will not be available for the users, and being connected is becoming a necessity.
By choosing the right cloud service model, enterprises achieve the immense potential for flexibility, speed, and efficiency of all business processes and activities. As connectivity through the cloud increases the value of access networks and provides network service providers with new business opportunities.