The 2017 edition of the Telecoms.com Intelligence Annual Industry Survey once more raises the bar for insight into the incredibly diverse telecoms business.
This year’s survey once more gathered the thoughts and perspectives of more than 1,500 telecoms professionals with a cumulative experience of 24,000 years. As usual we begin with our comprehensive sweep of the telecoms landscape, before taking a deep dive into six specific areas affecting telecoms today. From ultra-broadband to test and measurement via IoT, NFV, SDN, video and security, we examine the principal areas affecting telecoms operators today.
More than half of the respondents to the 2017 survey originated from mobile or fixed operators, so the findings you’ll come across in this report provide a uniquely significant insight into the most common challenges and mindsets of people working on the ground in the telecoms industry today.
Some of our key findings this year are:
- 77% feel positive about the telecoms industry’s prospects for 2018
- 62% say emerging technologies are critical to the industry’s long-term success
- 56% say IoT is a priority investment area for their company in 2018
- 54% of operators say their company will increase spending on SDN in 2018
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Akamai, a prominent player in distributed content delivery, is buying privately-owned DNS specialist in order to boost its security offering and its telco channel.
Nominum’s focus on the Domain Name System gives it novel insight into internet traffic and thus cyber security matters, and the operator channel has been one of its key targets. Akamai provides content distributors with a distributed cloud platform that allows them to serve their content from servers closer to the consumer, and thus more quickly.
There have been a growing number of security incidents involving both the content-owner and the operator industries, while at the same time those two worlds are increasingly colliding through both M&A, such as AT&T and Time Warner, and the fact that viewing habits are increasingly on-demand and thus reliant on telecoms rather than broadcast networks.
“Akamai knows how critical it is for carriers and enterprises to ensure their online experiences are safe, reliable and fast for their users,” said Robert Blumofe, EVP, Platform and GM of the Enterprise and Carrier Division at Akamai. “We believe this acquisition is a key investment in our security capabilities because Nominum will bring complementary technology, engineering, technical support and sales talent to better reach and serve our carrier partners and their enterprise customers.” Nominum hasn’t said anything yet.
The price of this all-cash acquisition hasn’t been published, but that aside this move seems to make sense. As well as the confluence of content and telecoms, the broader tech world is moving wholesale towards the distributed cloud – something that is in Akamai’s DNA. If as a result of this acquisition Akamai not only augments its core offering, but positions itself at the centre of those broader trends then it will surely be viewed as a success.
The rise of ransomware, phishing and other malware demands a new network-centric security approach that detects and preemptively blocks threats in order to protect SMBs, public Wi-Fi users and telecom networks before such threats cause widespread damage. By leveraging existing DNS infrastructure, CSPs can cost-effectively close the security loop and deliver an enterprise-class security-as-a-service solution to SMB customers, addressing a critical market gap while providing fast ROI.
Download this paper from Strategy Analytics to find out how forward-thinking CSPs are offering cloud-based security services to keep destructive threats off their networks and safeguard businesses from the financial and operational damages that can result from malicious attacks.