July 16, 2019

TM Forum Report Highlights Enterprise Opportunity for Network as a Service

NaaS offerings promise to help service providers become more agile and deliver more valuable B2B services to digital enterprises.

Increasing agility is central for today’s communications service providers (CSPs), but it remains one of the biggest challenges to achieve even in the wake of substantial internal transformation effort. However, the changing landscape of technology away from a fixed hardware approach and to more agile software now makes it possible for CSPs to transform their businesses faster. Achieving agility is critical because it helps CSPs cast off pre-conceived notions about what they can and can’t be and changes the dynamics of how they compete.

While network as a service (NaaS) is not a new concept, the maturity of software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud, analytics and the launching of 5G sets the wheels in motion to build any new business offerings using a more efficient technology platform.

In TM Forum’s recent report, “Network as a Service: Addressing The Full Enterprise Opportunity,” a recent survey shows that enterprise market opportunity stems from the unfulfilled demand for business-to-business (B2B) services. Nearly half of CSPs are deriving less than 10% of their revenue from B2B services today. The enterprise opportunity however does not just end with infrastructure and connectivity. CSPs are already looking to extend NaaS beyond their own expertise in connectivity services to the enterprise sweet spot: value-added services.

While the demand for NaaS is clear, many service providers are struggling with the pace of technology and organizational change that is required to meet the demanding needs of the digital enterprise. Agility is the goal and yet there are very few service providers that are truly benefiting from the substantial increase in new business that NaaS promises. NaaS allows for the assembly of networking resources, applications and connectivity services into a single, turnkey software stack that can be consumed as a service and on demand, thus bringing new levels of speed and agility to core service provider processes. 

Netcracker Business Cloud is one solution set that can help service providers realize the full potential of the B2B market with a complete full-stack NaaS platform focused on helping them build and commercialize cloud service offerings for innovative, digital enterprises. By augmenting existing SD-WAN deployments or launching new NaaS services, operators can create real value from their cloud connectivity offers, expanding deeper into the B2B value chain and maximizing agility through automation.

To download your copy of TM Forum’s report , please click here. And click here to learn more about Netcracker Business Cloud and how it has become a game-changer for service providers who wish to launch B2B services faster.

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