Study of mobile operator´s strategy for core network modernisation

An infrastructure supplier mandated Northstream to study mobile operators’ potential transition to virtualized and cloud based solutions for their Telecom and IT platforms. Mobile operators are pressured to improve the efficiency and flexibility in their networks, and this study focused on understanding whether improvements and cost savings can be achieved via virtualization of in particular core network platforms. It was assumed that Mobile operators envisage generic multi-purpose hardware solutions on which new and modified software and applications can be added as needs arise, and our study focused on challenges and requirements involved in such a transition.

In combination with research and internal thought process, Northstream interviewed selected mobile operators to discuss and understand needs, requirements, challenges and plans associated with network transformations. Based on the analysis, Northstream provided our client with advice and an improved understanding of the emerging environment in which their network solutions must fit.