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Programmable Network Platforms


Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have new opportunities to capitalize on the promise of the Pervasive Network by creating open, software-defined and programmable solutions directly linked to their differentiated market strategy. The already completed shift to full IP, together with the rapid onboarding of SDN/NFV and the new opportunities of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) for Industry x.0, are completely changing the CSPs’ business, accelerating the move from the current tightly coupled service model, in which all communication services are designed, built and totally framed into the underlying network, to a fully decoupled service model, where all communication services are designed and managed with an over-the-top approach.

Bringing that model to life, Programmable Network Platforms decouples physical network platforms and digital service platforms, setting up an optimized core systems stack for connectivity/access alongside a new real-time systems stack for all communication services. This real-time stack supports all digital communication services, enabling customer centricity and agility that is powered by insight, analytics and open APIs. Specific offerings include:

  • Telco Cloud (SDN/NFV): The Accenture Telco Cloud platform establishes a comprehensive framework for the future “Network-as-a-Service," including an open architecture blueprint, an automated operating model that leverages Agile and DevSecOps paradigms, Telco Cloud lifecycle management for infrastructure and virtual network functions (VNFs) tools, real-time intelligent operations tools, security, services onboarding, and a live open NFV/SDN showcase.

  • Automation, Orchestration and Abstraction: Automated, real-time support systems continuously test, launch and decommission services, delivering next-generation OSS strategy and design, real-time federated inventory and topology, next-generation automated service management, and end-to-end service orchestration and digital enablement.

  • Real-Time OSS—Reusability, fast time to market and cost-effective digital service design and deployment are enabled through a fully decoupled microservices-based architecture. Founded on building blocks designed with a bottom-up approach, this capability enables the seamless onboarding of new network functions into technical and commercial catalogues for B2C and B2B offerings.

  • Analytics/Deployment: Predictive and proactive analytics link the customer to the network in real time, using the added power of open-source, artificial intelligence (AI) and assisted machine learning to manage actionable, context-aware services and monetize network insights.

As the Pervasive Network becomes a reality, Programmable Network Platforms helps CSPs establish a smart path to becoming the Telco of the Future, transforming their cost base and enhancing the customer experience.