A new Enea survey conducted by the Technology Innovation Council, revealed that mobile operators are split on their 5G deployment strategies to manage subscriber data but agree on crucial factors such as Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), data ownership and edge services.
The findings laminated that 42 per cent of telecom operators are looking to deploy multi-vendor 5G cores, yet, in response to other questions, 1 in 3 (33%) want to stay with their incumbent vendor to manage subscriber data.
The report revealed that some operators are turning to new frameworks to manage their 4G and 5G cores; however, others decide on strategies on a use case basis.
The report further highlighted that most operators recognised the benefits of open, multivendor architecture – but indicated that their concerns were no single point of contact and support (36%), interoperability (30%) and a lack of operational tools (19%).
Total Cost of Ownership was the key consideration when selecting 5G subscriber data management (SDM) technology, especially for operators sticking with an incumbent vendor, the report added.
However, 39 per cent of these mobile operators had experienced rising costs along with vendor lock-ins and inflexibility because of the existing vendor.
While 5G gives operators the freedom to use multiple vendors, 83 per cent were concerned about interoperability in multi-vendor architecture, the report noted.
Stephanie Huf, SVP and CMO of Enea, said, “The survey has revealed that there is cautious pragmatism amongst operators. Many want their technology to interwork to standards, but they see full standards compatibility as less significant. Nevertheless, operators are being practical, and while many appreciate how multi-vendor architecture can transform networks – they want to ensure that they have the right skillsets and have complete control over their networks, subscriber data and total cost of ownership before taking the risk.”