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Introduction

Many carriers have made the case for a transformation to a software-centric model for network services. AT&T put a stake in the ground, announcing its vision early in 2013, and started on a massive campaign that spread across the entire company. In this report, Ovum examines some of the major elements of the software-centric transformation of its network, including its investment and leadership in many open source initiatives.

Highlights

  • Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management, and Policy (ECOMP) is just one example of a network architecture and management model to support new services in this software-centric world.
  • ECOMP is a management platform model created by AT&T, making the company one of the first carriers and a leader in making this transformation. AT&T provided early examples for many others to follow or, at a minimum, use for comparison or benchmarking.
  • Other carriers may take different paths and will make different network architecture decisions or implement other software development methodologies, but AT&T created and shared the elements of its network architecture, software development model, and open source activities as a benchmark for comparison and reference.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand more about the major network innovation that AT&T has created as part of its transformation to a software-centric carrier.
  • Get more detail about the network innovation, network architecture, and investments that AT&T has developed as part of its transformation to a software-centric carrier.

Key questions answered

  • What network architecture and elements has AT&T created as part of its transformation to a software-centric provider?
  • Why are AT&T's efforts in its transformation noteworthy to network designers of other carriers?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Major elements of AT&T's network transformation initiative
  • AT&T's AIC and cloud-enabled network architecture
  • Development and positioning of ECOMP in the industry
  • OpenDaylight, CORD, and related open source initiatives

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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