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Webinar Virtualization & BSS Transformation

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BSS virtualization: Key drivers and benefits with Operator examples

Virtualizing BSS whilst reducing risks and protecting legacy investment with customer case studies

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Webinar Virtualization & BSS Transformation

  1. 1. Webinar: Virtualization & BSS Transformation – Why and How Corine Suscens, Senior Marketing Manager, Openet Sean Broderick, Product Marketing Manager, Openet 18 September 2014
  2. 2. 2© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • BSS virtualization: Key drivers and benefits (Corine) • Operator examples • Virtualizing BSS whilst reducing risks and protecting legacy investment (Sean) • Case studies Agenda
  3. 3. 3© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only BSS virtualization: Key drivers and benefits Corine Suscens, Senior Marketing Manager, Openet
  4. 4. 4© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Operators will be “using virtualization to drive innovative service creation, especially the creation of services and apps that require time to market intervals of only days, even hours.” • “Many operators view NFV as a key ingredient in their OSS/BSS transformation objectives, offering an escape from the legacy 12-24 month service creation cycles that handicap their long-term competitiveness” Source: 2014 OSS/BSS Investment Trends: Top Operator Drivers and Priorities, Current Analysis Business Drivers for BSS Virtualization
  5. 5. 5© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Virtualization: create a virtual version of a computing resource • Removes one-to-one dependency of BSS software on specific hardware • Easier creation, scaling and management of instances of BSS solutions • NFV (Network Functions Virtualization): initiative by operators (2012) • Virtualization technology • Consolidate network equipment onto industry standard high volume hardware • Network functions in software • Extending virtualization/NFV to BSS • Accelerate service innovation • Learn fast and minimize risk • Facilitate new business models • Optimize costs Key Benefits of BSS Virtualization
  6. 6. 6© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Virtualization: Simplifies and accelerate service deployment process • Easier to deploy and manage software/BSS • No need to create a full new hardware based environment for each service introduction, with full procure-design-integrate-test-deploy cycle • No separate test environment • Test and launch on the same infrastructure • Test to scale production reduced from weeks to hours • Services can be rapidly scaled up or down • Rapidly deploy targeted services based on geography or customer sets Benefit 1: Accelerate Service Innovation
  7. 7. 7© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • A tier one North American mobile operator : • Introduce services in days vs months without virtualization. • Time to roll out additional capacity from days to hours (policy-based use cases) • Telefonica’s UNICA virtualization infrastructure • Deployment times from about 4 months to 4 days Accelerate Service Innovation: Operator Examples
  8. 8. 8© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Test new services with minimum risk/disruption (73.4% operators) • Easy to roll out or roll back services • Resources can easily be re-allocated • Easy to go from small scale trial to full scale production • In-service upgrades and modifications: faster, minimum disruption • Adoption of open standards with BSS software and NFV • Removes vendor lock-in and reduce needs for vendor specific skills • Simplifies integration of new components to the existing network Benefit 2: Learn Fast and Minimize Risks
  9. 9. 9© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Various BSS solutions can be deployed on a common platform • Easy to create tailored solutions for specific market segments • Open up BSS to 3rd parties (via APIs) => Multi-sided business models • Partners can directly build, launch, maintain own offers • E.g. MVNOs, OTTs, content partners, enterprise customers, IoT providers Benefit 3: Facilitate New Business Models
  10. 10. 10© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Reduce hardware costs • Consolidate hardware • Standard hardware instead of proprietary • Simplified, faster deployment process • Optimize hardware utilization • Multiple applications can co-exist on the same physical server • Hardware does no longer need to be permanently dedicated to a specific application or purpose • Hardware only needed for occasional peak load can be re-allocated during off peak periods Benefit 4: Optimize Costs (Opex &Capex)
  11. 11. 11© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only Virtualizing BSS whilst reducing risks and protecting legacy investment Sean Broderick, Product Marketing Manager, Openet
  12. 12. 12© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Rigid mobile operator processes beget rigid BSS systems • Agility needs to be more than a buzzword to enable new business models • Single supplier strategies ≠ Agility • Mobile operators persist with NEM’s in spite of a lack of domain expertise that a specialist BSS vendor can bring Single Supplier Strategies Shrinking
  13. 13. 13© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only Protect Legacy BSS Investment • Mobile operators want to protect legacy BSS investments made over many years • Operators want to squeeze the last drop of ROI out of legacy BSS investments • This approach can be to the detriment of project timelines and stymie real innovation
  14. 14. 14© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Why would an operator do this? • Reduce time to market as services down to a matter of weeks • Introduce new services such as RCS without legacy systems acting as a bottleneck • Protect Legacy BSS investment while having the flexibility to scale up as required. • Where appropriate adjunct systems can interface to existing BSS Virtualized & Non-Virtualized BSS side by side?
  15. 15. 15© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only BSS Transformation and Virtualization
  16. 16. 16© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only Technical Benefits of a Virtualization approach Easier to manage systems Linearly scalable to large TPS rates with low latencies Rapid deployment and upgrade times • Central management of all running virtual machines. • Simplifying configuration, monitoring applications and enabling system recovery • Architected to handle large volumes transactions per second • Spread across multiple data centres • Deployment in hours rather than days or weeks • The same principle applies to upgrades.
  17. 17. 17© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only In September 2013, AT&T launched the next generation of its Supplier Domain Program – Domain 2.0 – triggering a swift and broad move to a modern, cloud-based architecture. AT&T plans to simplify and scale its network by: • Separating hardware and software functionality; • Separating network control plane and forwarding planes; and • Improving management of functionality in the software layer. Virtualization in action: AT&T’s Domain 2.0
  18. 18. 18© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only Openet Large Scale Virtualized Policy Deployment • Flexible PCC : 2G, 3G, 4G LTE • Over 100M mobile subscribers. • Strong data ARPU growth • Systems used: Openet Policy Manager, Convergent Charging, Balance Manager, Mediation • Includes World’s First Virtualized Policy Solution • Sample use cases supported: • Tiered data pricing and control – e.g. speed tiers • Fair usage enforcement, bill shock notification • Dynamic services: Parental/usage controls - Data and SMS (with real-time limit / usage notifications), Service passes • Mediation for voice and data services • Pre-paid Data and Messaging Charging Control • LTE Application Policy – Video Calling and VoLTE
  19. 19. 19© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • Virtualization enables operators to keep pace with the growth of mobile data • Deployments are handling large transaction volumes necessary • Network updates and maintenance requirements can now be executed without impacting subscriber experiences • Future proofing by being compliant with network functions virtualization (NFV) • Cost effective from large scale deployments down to Tier 3 operators. Virtualized Policy – Benefits Delivered
  20. 20. 20© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only • BSS virtualization is a key enabler for innovation and will provide operators with the agility and flexibility to quickly capitalise on new revenue generating opportunities. • While adopting NFV is crucial, deploying the technology in isolation is not enough. Operators must work with BSS specialists that have experience of deploying innovative solutions that fully realize the many advantages of this revolutionary network architecture Summing Up
  21. 21. 21© Copyright 2013 Openet – Company Confidential For Use Under Non-Disclosure Only Thank you! Any questions please submit to info@openet.com www.openet.com/virtualization

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