Market research firm Ovum highlighted a new trend in the telecommunications industry that suggests carrier data centers are evolving into "strategic service hubs".
To follow multi-national corporations (MNCs) and attract new business, carriers invest additional capital in their offering to be able to offer additional information technology services (ICT).
As global carriers are expanding, Ovum said that there are varying strategies that depend on available funding, existing services and partner opportunities. However, the trend to consolidating data centers in a home region and offering a single major data center location in new markets appears to be typical strategy, even if some carriers prefer partnering with third-party cloud providers as well.
“This may seem like conflicting trends but it is all about focus and concentrating on fewer, higher quality data centers to provide global advanced and cloud-based ICT services," said Ovum analyst Mike Sapien.
However, a heterogeneous environment of ecosystem partners that are likely to be different in each market, telecommunications companies will have to custom develop the presence of a service portfolio in each data center to ensure global availability for their advanced cloud services, Ovum noted.
“Some enterprise customers of the global carrier may be a potential partner either in sharing risk, or in providing related services to other non-carrier customers, such as storage services. This shows that there is room and a need for the global carriers to differentiate by developing their individual ecosystem of partners,” Sapien concluded.