- Management commitment
- Organizational flexibility
- Applications platform deployment
- NGN infrastructure deployment
- Initial next-generation offers
The three telcos bringing initial next-gen services to the market are AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ). Each of their services, in its own way, allows wired-to-mobile phone handoffs, while leveraging directories, policies, and four-digit dialing features originating on enterprise PBXs and running on network-resident servers.
Another group of cooks – Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Salt SA , and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) – are getting ready to serve up some initial offers as well. Over the next 18 months, these telcos will add and subtract capabilities to better fit the new services to market requirements.
Getting that done in a fast, yet flexible manner means the carrier organizations must carry out their traditional responsibilities, but remain flexible enough to accommodate market changes, integrate acquisitions, and adapt to rapidly evolving customer demands. Additionally, the telcos must make sure hardware and software suppliers act as partners by designing and deploying the necessary capabilities in their applications platforms and next-gen infrastructure.
These and other carriers strive to align management and partner commitments while building more flexible organizations. At the same time, they will leverage their network infrastructures to make use of early IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and service delivery platform (SDP) systems that are the hallmarks of next-generation networks. With these characteristics in place, they will have the ability to introduce and refine their initial next-generation offers.
— H. Paris Burstyn, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading