Telecom — a 140-year-old industry — has accepted Open Source as today’s industry standard for transforming legacy technologies. Telecom companies are learning from the computer sector to move away from their traditional, proprietary development models towards collaborative software-focused approaches to compete against web-based firms, which are transitioning into their space.
“Open Source Software has the high ground in the telecom industry,” wrote RCR Wireless News reporter Nathan Cranford. “Open Source solutions are more affordable, innovative, secure and agile than traditional proprietary programs.”
If Communication Service Providers (CSPs) don’t get on board, they will be left behind, in a market estimated to be a $29 billion industry by 2025, according to ABI Research.
Some companies from all over the world are embracing Open Source and modernizing their infrastructures. Other businesses are slowly realizing Open Source not only plays a critical role in Telecom but provides many benefits to their organizations. Among these are reduced development and operating costs, which in turn allows them to offer savings to customers. In addition, Telecom firms can further maximize their budgets by integrating Open Source Software (OSS) which reduces — if not, eliminates — licensing fees. Additionally, they realize such Open Source platforms such as Linux, OpenStack and Kubernetes are key components of almost every LTE and 5G network on the planet.
Here’s what a few of OIN’s telecom members are up to.