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A «New» Fixed Network Access as the pillar of a distinctive asset

Transforming the Network Access Layer into a distributed, cloud-native, and multi-access Edge platform.

#Access 4.0
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The need for an Edge and Cloud-native Platform

Telecommunication Operators are facing a challenging time: the competition between investment vs revenue trends and Hyperscale Virtual players is eroding EBITDA, while legacy and complex production platforms do not allow for an agile and flexible solution to digitizing customer demand. In this scenario, it is mandatory for the Operators to transform their production platform into a much more efficient, performant one, in order to operate.

It likewise transforms into an automatized, cloud-native platform, enabling fast innovation and edge-based service evolution, mimicking the successful Hyperscalers strategy.

The Network Disaggregation technology enables the transformation of the Network Access Layer into a distributed, Cloud-native and Multi-access Edge Platform, which will represent a distinctive asset for Telcos.

The Network Access Layer becomes a distinctive asset

The Edge Platform built on the disaggregation of Access is the route Telcos should embrace to reconstruct their technology foundations and re-shape their future.
In order to ensure growth and success, Telcos must reconstruct the technology foundations around their distinctive asset, the Network Access Layer, transforming it into an Edge Cloud-native platform. 

The Access Layer, in fact, can become a distinctive asset for Telcos once it is transformed into a distributed, Cloud-native and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Platform. The capillary presence, together with the Edge capabilities and full softwarization of the Access Layer, will provide different advantages to Telco operators.

The key: Network Disaggregation transforms Fixed Access

To achieve Network Access Layer transformation, the key technology to exploit is Network Disaggregation. This technology disaggregates proprietary vertical equipment into decoupled, general-purpose hardware and software, recreating the relevant Network Functions: everything is managed by standard IT Automation tools. “Disaggregated Networking” leverages the principles of IT hyperscalers to deploy, operate, and support the network as a cloud-native infrastructure.

The implementation at scale of the Network Disaggregation Technology will allow Telcos to transform their Access Layer into a Cloud-based production and Edge platform, through which clients are served traditional Telco services with great performances at low costs, and value-added services developed to be sold to clients (B2C, B2B) or to other companies (B2B2C, B2B2B).

Why Reply?

The disaggregation and softwarization of the Telco Network technology is a paradigm shift that requires a cultural, methodological and technological transformation, especially  at the Access Layer, where little has been done so far.
Reply has unrivalled experience in this area, having been the main  partner for the Industry Forerunner Operators deployment (through to production) of  the  Disaggregation Technology.
Reply has a wealth of Telco expertise and knowledge in traditional network technologies,  as well as a deep understanding of the impact of new technologies integrated into existing networks.

Reply has multivendor troubleshooting abilities, gained through multiple projects on different vendor technologies, supporting and mediating between different vendors to  solve problems such as those that will inevitably arise post disaggregated deployment.  We have extensive interoperability test experience (regression testing, new feature testing), as well as extensive CI/CD experience in softwarized networks and infrastructures. It’s in Reply’s DNA to support clients in turning innovations into live projects. We help our customers in understanding, designing and deploying innovative solutions, while, at the  same time, building the client’s skills and capabilities for their internally sustainable journey. 

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