So, it seems it’s not just us who feels this way about the Software-Defined Central Office. A study by consultants Arthur D. Little, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica outlines the importance of the telecoms industry moving to a more virtualized, converged and cloud-based architecture for its access networks – which they refer to as a CCO (Converged Central Office PoD).
This, they say (and we couldn’t agree more!), will enable the industry to meet three current challenges - demand growing faster than revenues, technology convergence and the increasing value delivered by third parties within their ecosystems.
Dr. Hans-Jörg Kolbe, Head of Deutsche Telekom’s Access 4.0 DevOps organization notes: “It is important for us to further develop the disaggregated Central Office and cloud technology to broaden our partner community, in order to attract the best technology and thinking into building our future networks based on the Access 4.0 design.”
The report argues that the new CO pod architecture can be used to catapult the telecom fixed and mobile access industry production model into a cloud-like future. And more than that, the architecture provides a safe place for each operator to innovate and explore new services, and to transform skills, operations, and business processes to benefit from improved agility.
You can watch some of the key contributors of the report discuss its findings and implications in an ONF panel discussion below.
Arthur D. Little is a global consultancy and serves most of the Fortune 1000 companies, in addition to other leading firms and public sector organizations. For further information on the Who Dares Wins! report, click here or visit www.adlittle.com.