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26 October 2022

MVNE as a service: why cloud is the best option for scale and flexibility

Safe to say that, if we’re not there already, we’re moving into the age of “anything as a service”. Cloud is now a common (and often dominant) paradigm for the delivery of a whole range of telecoms infrastructure components. So why not an entire telco or, the focus of this blog, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator business delivered as a service? Let’s look at two of the possible advantages.

Before we get to scale and flexibility, it's worth starting with a few words to remind ourselves “why Cloud?” in the first place. There are two headline advantages for Cloud vs. the traditional “On premises” model for an MVNE and they can be summarised as follows:

Deployment advantages

On premises deployments require management of both solutions and processes, which can be resource intensive for any MVNO. Cloud deployments bypass these taxing requirements. Resources are hosted on third-party premises and the user can access them as much as they want at any time. Meanwhile, they can focus on doing what they’re good at.

Cost savings

Deploy on premise and the ongoing costs of the server hardware, power consumption, and space are yours to bear. Use the cloud and you pay only for the resources you use with none of the maintenance and upkeep costs. For the average MVNO, would the money (and time) saved be better spent on growing the business?

While these key benefits can be considered standard regardless of the enterprise, there are more specific advantages that relate specifically to the concept of a cloud based MVNE. That’s where scalability and flexibility come in.

For the MVNO, scale and flexibility matter

For the MVNO, consideration of a Cloud deployment model will be dependent at root in its ability to address questions of both scalability and flexibility. What do we mean by this, and why are these considerations important?

Cloud Scalability

Scalability, in the Cloud, means having the ability to modulate the use IT resources to meet changing demands. These demands may be in areas like data storage capacity, networking, and processing power the requirements for all of which aren’t constant and may need to be scaled (up or down) at short notice.

Such changes need to be managed quickly and with no disruption, or down time. Because third party cloud providers now generally have the infrastructure required to do this, and furthermore because scaling with on-premises infrastructure is often a slow and extremely expensive process, scalability gives Cloud a significant advantage over on-premises in areas including convenience, speed, cost savings, and also disaster recovery since the need to build and maintain secondary data centers is obviated.

Cloud flexibility

In cloud deployments, computational power becomes to all intents and purposes a utility. There’s a server farm somewhere (with servers partitioned into virtualised services) and it can be drawn on demand. In other words, it’s easy to add more power when required.

This is unlike in on-premises situations, where location and cost are the user’s problem. In the cloud, resources can be created or destroyed via a simple app and this flexibility means an MVNO can deploy exactly what resources it needs literally from moment-to-moment. Put another way, the capital expense of deploying traditional hosting gear (a recurring operational expense) disappears from the balance sheet.

Combined, scalability and flexibility in the cloud enable an MVNO to do what it’s good at, focusing its resources where they can make the most impact (increasing market share) and not on investing in and managing the resources of a mobile network with its attendant problems and challenges. And, all of this is available, if your MVNE host has invested in the cloud resources and solution for you.

A complete MVNE as a service solution

Of course, advantages in scalability and flexibility are just two among many arguments that can be made for the MVNO model. But they demonstrate clearly that a single, one-stop-shop in the Cloud for real-time pre- and post-paid services, which supports multiple MVNOs, allowing each to benefit from the shared infrastructure and combined investment, while being assured of the integrity of the platform is a highly attractive and compelling proposition. That’s what Mobile Cloud from Digitalk gives you. A complete, MVNE as a Service platform, from the cloud, to host and support your MVNO business – as it grows and scales, on demand, effortlessly.

For MVNOs who are constantly looking to rapidly identify and evolve new products and services, control and agility are perquisites for success.  Leveraging Mobile Cloud dramatically reduces operational costs without compromising the availability of a comprehensive OSS / BSS infrastructure for the delivery and assurance of compelling mobile services.

Expert guidance from Digitalk

Digitalk’s Mobile Cloud, established and proven as an enabler of commercial success for MVNOs for over a decade is the foundation on which the strategies that will underpin future MVNO success can be realised. If you’d like to learn more about the concept of MVNE as a Service, please download our white paper on the subject, here.

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