Cloud Nets VideosJune 5, 2023

Season 3 Ep 4: Service Provider Panel at MWC

Panel with AT&T, Orange, and Telefonica at Mobile World Congress (MWC)

We talked to the panelists from AT&T, Orange, and Telefonica about disaggregation in general and about Network Cloud. They shared their perspective on the benefits of disaggregation: total cost of ownership and cost reduction, the super scalable character of the disaggregated architecture, and that innovation is a major driver for disaggregation.

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Hi and welcome.
Let me.
Right, sorry.
Hi and welcome to DriveNets, a special episode in this season three
Coming out of MWC, we had a great panel participating with several participants.
Buenas noches, Dudy.
You were there at MWC.
Give us your insight.
Okay, thank you.
Hi everyone.
So, yes, in MWC, we held a press event with multiple Tier-One operators
We had AT&T.
We had Telefonica.
We had Orange.
Three, as usual.
And there are some they talked for an hour or so.
It was very interesting.
But I think I have three main takeaways.
Three main takeaways?
This panel, let’s hear it.
So we talked to them about disaggregation, about Network Cloud, but also disaggregation in general.
And I think that the main benefits those operators see from disaggregation in general and from Network Cloud in particular are the following

One is total cost of ownership, cost reduction. At the end of the day, there are multiple reasons for that.
But Orange says, hey, this saved us 20 percent of the overall expenditure over our network.
AT&T for a specific project told us that the disaggregated model is ten times cheaper when look holistically in a TCO perspective than the classic approach that. Would be then a full TCO, not the CapEx, but the entire CapEx, managing operating power, whatever.

Okay, so this is with regards to but it’s not only a saving issue, it’s also a scalability issue because when you want to grow and AT&T mentioned that the yearly average growth of capacity of requirements from their network is about 30 percent.

The DDC architecture that they use is super scalable, and because of that, they are now running more than 50 percent of the traffic
of their network, traffic of their core IP MPLS traffic in North America over our DDC solution.
They plan to make the full transition in the next couple of years and we’re talking 600 petabytes a day running through this network.
This is very scalable and this is one of the reasons they went for it in the first time.
And it would that would mean that the modularity of the DDC is kind of an enabler to any scale that you want.
There’s a high level of flexibility.
You can do basically whatever you want with this infrastructure.
Yeah, basically whatever scale and whatever applications you want to run on this infrastructure.

And the last thing, and I think this is the most important and interesting angle is innovation.
Because all the operators mentioned that innovation is one of the drivers for disaggregation.
And this seems a bit counterintuitive, but when you think about it, and this is what Telefonica mentioned, that when you decouple hardware from software, you actually break the innovation cycles.
So you can focus on the software innovation.
And because software innovation is much, much faster than hardware innovation, this means that the time to market of new services and new capabilities for the network is much, much faster.
So this is a major driver for innovation.

This has a major impact on their top line or on their ability to be competitive, on their ability to launch new services.
And this is, I think, the big news from disaggregated chassis.
That would mean the decoupling of, say, dependency of the operator from whoever vendor from which is buying the equipment.
It’s completely decoupled. And then you have more, I’d say, freedom for the operators?
More freedom.
And the pace in which it innovates dependent is dependent only on software.
And as we know, it takes much shorter time to write new software than to develop.
So if I try to kind of recap it and maybe kind of boil it down, it’s the ability to cost less to build such a network.
The fact that the network will do what it needs to do in terms of scale, in terms of flexibility, and the ability for the network to evolve
into something which I don’t even know today, but in the future will enable me future capabilities.

One, two, three.
And if you want to see the whole event, it’s available on our website.
Sounds like a great panel.
Yeah, I missed MWC, as you can imagine.
Thank you guys for tuning in today.
And we’ll see you soon again.