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This report presents an outline of how communications service providers (CSPs) can enable services today: within, at the edge, or even outside the network using third-party platforms.


  • New service platforms give operators the tools for service innovation using existing network components.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses which parts of the network are ripe for service innovation
  • Discusses which services are being enabled today by these service platforms and which are likely to be most successful in the future

Key questions answered

  • Can SDN and NFV enable new services in the short term?
  • How are policy and network analytics vendors evolving to become service enablers?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

New telco service trends

  • Leveraging LTE capabilities

Network technologies for service innovation

  • In-network service creation: Traffic detection, network analytics, and policy
  • Network edge service creation: Internet interface
  • Third party (ItsOn, DataMi, etc.)

Deployment examples

  • Policy, SDP, and analytics contract activity is hot


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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