Brace for the collision between telecom, public cloud

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By putting their network functions into the public cloud, are telecom network operators letting the fox into the henhouse? Or are they making a necessary evolution from stodgy, old telcos to nimble, new “tech-cos”?

Those questions are likely to drive many top-level discussions on both sides this year, as the global telecom industry’s annual $250 billion in capital expenses (capex) and the $1 trillion it spends on operating expenses (opex) hang in the balance, according to the financial analysts at Cowen.

“Cloud vendors can help address both of these areas of spend, helping telcos generate greater cost efficiencies, improve margin structures and optimize for new revenue-generating services,” they wrote.

That’s clearly what’s driving companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon into the telecom space.

“We see this year as a catalyst in the journey for telcos to become ‘tech-cos,’ and MWC will be a big moment for many of those transformations to debut,” Adolfo Hernandez, VP for the telco industry at Amazon Web Services (AWS), told Light Reading, referring to the upcoming MWC trade show in Barcelona.

Many telcos are moving their IT operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) to

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