ITU Blog: Softwarization, 5G and the new dynamics of the ICT industry

We cannot underestimate the impact that ‘softwarization’ is having on today’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry, or what will it mean for the industry of the 5G era.

Despite being expensive and error-prone, manual configuration of ICT resources was the norm for many years. In the large datacentres introduced over the past 15 to 20 years, this manual configuration became an impossible feat. The Internet companies, or ‘over-the-top’ players, managing these gargantuan datacentres began to pioneer the development of automation mechanisms – softwarization mechanisms – to configure the hundreds or thousands of servers and other resources found in a modern datacentre.

This automation is now making its way into the telecoms industry at an astounding pace…

Read the full blog article authored by Peter Ashwood-Smith, Huawei Senior Researcher and Technical VP-Optical, Chairman of the ITU-T Focus Group on network aspects of IMT-2020 (5G).

View the ITU video interview with Peter carried by the blog article.

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