Why service enablement?

Moving data from point A to point B isn't what makes the network valuable - it's delivering valuable applications and services to end users. Capabilities in the network to make this easier are service enablement.

Service enablement can be highly dependent on the specific service or application on offer, but certain technologies and topologies can support many different applications relatively easily.

Technologies such as Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), in-transit video optimisation and Content Delivery Networks (CDN) are all examples of service enablement as they make delivering applications and services easier, faster or cheaper.

When properly deployed, service enablement can make a huge difference, bringing a big improvement in network operator time and investment as well as end user experience.

WHAT DO WE NEED FROM service enablement FOR 2020?

Although not a full list, here are 3 important points.

Video optimisation

With video representing more data on our networks each year, we need it to work.

closer content

To scale applications and services, we need to keep the data as close as possible to users.

easier deployment

To keep competition going, applications and services need to be easier to deploy at large scale.

What's next?

So, we've seen how service enablement can be beneficial and some potential ways it could be implemented. How about the rest of the network?