Hanen García, Global Telco Solutions Manager at Red Hat.
Wireless alternatives, such as Wi-Fi or 5G are eating up cable in Internet access, do you agree with that statement? In what scenarios will one and the other play a leading role?
Today wireless technologies act as a complement to fixed networksHowever, there are scenarios where, technologically, 5G networks can replace fixed networks in some use cases, such as the example of “Fixed Wireless Access”- where Internet access is made via the mobile network.
In all cases, mobile networks will continue to be complementary, but with much more prominence in areas with less population density where the cost of deploying fixed networks continues to be a barrier.
In your opinion, how important are fixed access networks in the world?
The fact that 80% of Internet traffic travels through fixed networksIt means that a great majority of transactions and delivery of digital services are made via these networks and that includes both residential and business.
“80% of Internet traffic passes through fixed networks”
The same happens with the change in television consumption that is taking place in some countries, in which they are no longer paying for cable subscription to use the new streaming platforms.
“We are still far from having access to the Internet only via wireless network”
In any case fixed network operators are investing massively in the deployment of terrestrial and marine fiber optics. We are still far from having access to the internet only via the wireless network with a high bandwidth and unlimited use, and therefore the importance that the fixed network continues to have.
What is the “transformation of fixed access” and how does it affect telecommunications operators?
The vast majority of telecommunications operators have made a technological advance by adopting virtualization technologies in their mobile networks. Now is the time to take the next step by adopting native cloud technologies in fixed access networks. This technological transformation accompanies the business demands in terms of cost reduction in access networks to support the increased capacity and growth of the network, especially with the constant deployment of fiber optics.
“The transformation of fixed access is a journey where native cloud technology, the separation of software and hardware, and automation, are the first technological stops”
In itself, the transformation of fixed access is a journey where native cloud technology, separation of software and hardware, and automation are the first technology stops. On Red hat, we are already accompanying telecommunications companies on this journey of transformation of their networks both at the infrastructure and operations level.
What are the qualities that define a good digital service provider or DSP?
Beyond technology, we are talking about transform the business as a connectivity provider towards an enabler of digital services, including the production, distribution and monetization of those same services. In this new scenario, the DSP must have the necessary agility in its infrastructure to offer new services at the pace of customer demand.
That’s where cloud-native platforms like Red Hat OpenShift and automation systems such as the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform offer telecommunications operators the flexibility and scalability necessary in their infrastructures to modernize their networks and speed up the transition to a new stage of digital service delivery.
In this context, what does a cloud native infrastructure bring to CSPs?
There are many benefits that native cloud infrastructure brings, including flexibility, scalability, performance, and security that, together with automation, provide the agility needed for the deployment and operation of fixed and mobile network services. In both mobile and fixed networks the The separation between data flow and network control is a factor that allows telecommunications operators to manage network load based on demand in real time, and this is only possible with a native cloud infrastructure, based on container platforms such as Red Hat OpenShift.
Finally, what other trends in the world of telecommunications will we see in the coming years?
Hand in hand with mass consumption digital services such as the distribution of digital content, augmented reality, and personalized services leveraged by the Artificial intelligence, we will also see the rise of edge computing and this through both mobile networks and fixed networks.
We begin to see digital services offered by new providers that will allow the mobility of the economy of countries beyond their geographical borders. The speed of telecommunications companies to realize these new business opportunities is directly linked to the quickness to embrace a new digital culture and identify the partner that will accompany them during their journey of technological, cultural, and finally business transformation.