Under the theme of “SDN and NFV, Awaken the Force of the Network”, participants shared the future of telcos’ networks in the All Cloud transformation process from the prospective of business processes, open ecosystem philosophy and business innovation in the cloud era. Intelligent discussions around telco’s opportunities and business successes were also openly discussed.
In the digital era, greater network flexibility and operational agility are needed. This is achieved by enabling the All Cloud network focusing in four areas – equipment, network, services, and operations.
The forum started with the welcome speech by Mr. He Weijie, Huawei President of Marketing and Solution Sales, Western Europe. He said, “Operator’s aim for digital transformation is to develop more business opportunities, generate more content, gather more partners, provide ROADS (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social) user experience and improve operational efficiency all at once. The All Cloud network, open platform and agile IT system provide technology support to operators to accomplish digital transformation in the most effective way. Within our continued spirit of complete openness, Huawei continues to invite more partners to jointly build the open ecosystem for an All Cloud transformation.”
When talking about the challenges of All Cloud transformation that operators face, Emir Halilovic, Program Director, EMEA, IDC, said, “Facing the rapidly changing customer demands, operators need to provide businesses with greater agility. Digital transformation is an in-depth conversion process starting with network transformation. Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies provide tools for network virtualization and enables operators to establish an integrated telecom cloud. This transformation must be all-encompassing and include changes in operators’ organization structure, business processes and business models in order to achieve ultimate business success.”
Full All Cloud transformation will be achieved in steps: the three stages are Virtualization, Cloudification, and Cloud Native. Currently, the industry is in the transition stage from Cloudification to Cloud Native which consists of deploying software microsystems; with these micro-services, the entire software system will be able to easily and efficiently respond to vertical industries’ business needs.
Leo Ma, Huawei Vice President of Product Management, West Europe, shared the concept and practice of cloud transformation from Cloudification to Cloud Native in detail. He said, “Business and technology are the two motivations for operator’s network All Cloud transformation. On the business side, due to the decreasing of the demographic dividend in the B2C market, operators have shifted the strategy from B2C to a B2B market, both will require greater flexibility, robustness, and agility; lower operational and maintenance costs as well as more innovative business models. For the technology aspect, the need for network features such as web slices, micro-services and separation of the control and media layers are required with the development of 5G, video and the Internet of Things (IoT).”
In the spirit of openness, cooperation, and mutual benefits, Huawei officially unveiled the Huawei European OpenLab during the forum. The opening of the European OpenLab is an important step for Huawei to accelerate the development of the open SDN/NFV ecosystem in Europe. It serves as an integrated verification base for operators with cloud transformative solutions, in order to support their digital transformation journey. Huawei will continue to expand the scale of the OpenLab to meet the growing demand within Europe and its surrounding areas. The European OpenLab will also work closely with the other Huawei OpenLabs across the world to build a global pre-integration, pre-verification and joint innovation platform to support operator network reconfiguration and digital transformation.
Think big, start small! Huawei has already partnered with a number of world-leading operators in network architecture transformation and joint innovation. Each transformation journey is unique and specific to that operator; as such, Huawei has prepared several commercial deployments for typical network scenarios and worked together with operators to design the future Network 2020.
Today, we are one step closer to an All Cloud world and to the full awakening of the force of the network!