“Here’s a thought exercise for the audience: Imagine no Internet: no data on phones, no Ethernet or wi-fi connections at home — or anywhere. No email, no Google, no Facebook, no Skype.
That’s what we would have if designing the Internet had been left up to phone and cable companies, and not to geeks whose names most people don’t know, and who made something no business or government would ever contemplate: a thing nobody owns, everybody can use and anybody can improve — and for all three reasons supports positive economic externalities beyond calculation.”
Wow! I’d never thought of it like that.
We think of the CSPs as leaders in the Internet revolution because we rely on their connections to tap into the Internet. Their commoditised, ubiquitous wires/cables. So many of the technologies that fundamental to CSP services have been developed outside CSP organisations.
Here’s another thought exercise for the audience: Imagine an OSS that allows for your CSP to prosper from the innovations of countless unknown individuals. What are the next communications technologies and services that the CSPs aren’t even aware of yet that could revolutionise the CSP and OSS industries?
OTT, Telco API, apps and content are just four innovations that are carried across their commoditised, ubiquitous bandwidth. CSPs have the opportunity to provide these opportunities because they have the privilege of massive subscriber bases. Next generations of OSS must help them leverage these four opportunities (and more? analytics on subscriber and/or network data perhaps?) just as current-day OSS help them leverage the opportunities stemming from their wires/cables.