Telecommunications networks have been and remain a crucial aspect of strategy for enterprises that are looking to leverage 3rd Platform technologies and accelerators and effect digital transformation (DX). To help their customers achieve their DX goals, communication service providers (CSPs) are continuing to develop their enterprise segment and seeking to become the ICT partner of choice for enterprise customers and to enable their customer's successes through software-defined networking, hybrid cloud deployments, and managed services. CSPs are also moving along the path to becoming "digital" as they transform their networks to incorporate software-defined and virtualization paradigms. CSPs are also investing in analytics, software, and processes that will provide the "digital glue" that binds all these new initiatives together and enables them to monetize their investments.
IDC telecommunications analysts selected key issues and predictions that will impact enterprise communications and networking in 2017. Key issues are advances in wide area networking, software-defined networking and cloud connect, mass adoption of application programming interface (API) tools and integrated portals, IoT network technologies, 5G migration, and the rise of analytics and edge computing.
Compared with their global peers, Asia's CSPs will have some key differences. For example, 5G networks will not really kick into gear until 2020 as much of the region is still grappling with 4G rollouts. This trend will also impact other predictions such as analytics and edge computing, pushing out adoption further down the line. On the other hand, the rapid expansion of Asian economies has meant that enterprises are also growing rapidly and looking at new technologies to connect their brand and remote offices. With multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) being too expensive for most, IDC believes that enterprises are becoming increasingly comfortable with deploying hybrid networks that combine MPLS-style reliability and quality of service (QoS) with more cost-effective internet connectivity for lower-priority applications. Asian enterprises are also becoming more comfortable with the cloud and are moving resources, whether this is for unified communications or more business-critical applications. The hybrid approach that is being embraced means that enterprises will continue to have resources on multiple clouds, opening up opportunities for "cloud connect" services.
Broadband, Ethernet switch, Hybrid clouds, Internet of things, Networking virtualization, Software as a service, Technology buyer, Telecommunications infrastructure, Unified communications and collaboration