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Millions of smartphone users now connect across open source networks. Managing locations, upgrading modules, securing systems, and sharing information is just easier with open source software.

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In this issue: Telecommunications

  • 100% of telcos in the Fortune Global 500 rely on open source
  • FEATURED A telco survival guide
  • Survey says: Telco representatives around the world believe in OpenStack
  • Customer spotlight: Swisscom builds flexible, scalable OpenStack cloud
  • More to learn: How to build a complete telco cloud using open source software | Is NFV ready for containers? | NFV helps telcos save money on WAN infrastructure
  • Recommended | Red Hat news and more | Related events

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From the editor

100% of telcos in the Fortune Global 500 rely on open source

That’s right. All of them.* Fact is, one of the processes helping telcos roll out new services—network functions virtualization (NFV)—has Linux® and OpenStack® at its core.

Millions of smartphone users now connect across open source networks. People do so much in so many places that managing locations, upgrading modules, securing systems, and sharing information is just easier when communications service providers (CSPs) don’t have to deal with sluggish, expensive proprietary software.

*Red Hat client data and Fortune Global 500 list, 2015.

See how telcos use open source


Featured story

A telco survival guide

Telcos: Quick, can you define "reliability"?

If you think it’s about providing stable service given a consistent environment, you’re right—but not for long. “Reliability” is beginning to mean providing the highest-quality service, especially during the most adverse conditions.

Today’s tech-savvy customers are reinterpreting familiar network service terms like reliability, availability, manageability, performance, and security. Operating based on traditional definitions won’t cut it anymore. To better compete and innovate, now’s the time to embrace and adapt to the new interpretations.

Read the blog post


Survey says

Telco representatives around the world believe in OpenStack

  • 86% of survey respondents think OpenStack is essential or important to their business.
  • 74% currently engage with OpenStack.
  • 99% are considering containers for both virtual network functions (VNF) and business applications.
  • 80% use—or are testing—new 5G use cases with OpenStack.
Source: "Heavy Reading Survey: 86 Percent of Global Telecoms Report OpenStack Important or Essential to Their Success." by Heavy Reading. October 11, 2016.

Customer spotlight

Swisscom builds flexible, scalable OpenStack cloud

Swisscom, a leading telco and IT services provider, wanted to win new customers and compete globally. By implementing a flexible cloud platform, Swisscom has achieved faster, more agile development and can easily scale apps in response to customer demand. These capabilities have opened new lines of revenue from corporate and residential customers.

Watch the Swisscom video


More to learn

Blog post: Is NFV ready for containers?

Some industry proofs-of-concept demonstrate an advantage to containerizing network functions and running them as Linux containers rather than virtual machines.

Read more

Computer Weekly: NFV helps telcos save money on WAN infrastructure

The main reasons for NFV adoption by telcos are escalating infrastructure costs and the change in network usage because of mass adoption of cloud computing.

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