A handful of new technical and commercial developments in telecommunications networks promise to change the network landscape beyond recognition. The combination of 5G, network disaggregation/virtualisation, edge computing and private networks promise a radical shake up in who produces infrastructure, operates networks and provides services. Telecommunications equipment vendors face a radical shake up of their market thanks to Open RAN and similar initiatives, which may create big opportunities for network operators and others to innovate with new services. At the same time there is a radical shift of network capabilities to the edge. Big trends threaten to completely upset the status quo for how network services have been delivered.
This report examines the trends and looks at how they might shape the telecommunications landscape in the next decade for infrastructure providers, network operators, communications service providers, cloud developers and others.