All of the wondrous software-based efforts we hear about clearly need something for the software to run on: an efficient, software-centric, hardware-based cloud configuration we call carrier cloud. Most everything on operators’ lists of transformational goals can be done with the carrier cloud, but the big question is really how the carrier cloud will get deployed in the first place.
We have transitional strategies for 5G wireless built on current wireless deployments, but no significant carrier cloud deployments currently exist. So, how will carriers get there, and what infrastructure do they need to exploit? The answer is 5G can play a role, and that role could accelerate the software-based cloud transformation overall. While 5G may be the main driver, other short-term drivers can help get the job done.
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