Digital Transformation Tracker (DTT) by TM Forum

A few weeks ago, TM Forum presented their third Digital Transformation Tracker (DTT), a survey that was carried out from June to August 2018 and evaluates the progress of the telecoms industry’s digital transformation.

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In this report, TM Forum looked at whether CSPs and their suppliers are confident about their prospects for success and brings the attention to the progress operators are making with network transformation. The respondents were 160 CSP from 66 unique companies operating in 40 countries, and 76 suppliers from 39 unique companies.

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TM Forum hoped that the results of these trackers would show a clear sense of direction for the telecoms industry, but it was not the case. The results revealed slower-than-expected progress towards network transformation, even though 44% of CSPs agreed that it plays an integral part in their digital transformation success. One year is not a long time in the telecoms business, and the state of digital transformation in the third quarter of 2018 does not differ much from that in the third quarter of 2017.

Furthermore, there is evidence that CSPs are moving, albeit slowly, from the awareness and planning phases to implementation, with 45% of CSP respondents stating their companies have now started the transformation, up from 40% in the first survey.

Despite the slow progress, virtualization is moving in the right direction among CSP organizations. Almost a third (32%) of CSPs examined reported they are deploying NFV in the packet core, and 36% are deploying NFV at the mobile edge or have deployed virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE). Fewer respondents admitted not having virtualization on their agendas – 30% in the first DTT survey, compared to 23% today.

The fact that the last three survey results have been consistent demonstrates the robustness of the survey. It means that it is possible to state that the results are truly representative of the global telecoms sector.

To access the full report, refer to TM Forum web page.

If you would like to read a full summary of each part of the report, go to:

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3 (coming soon)
  • Part 4 (coming soon)
  • Part 5 (coming soon)

About TM Forum

TM Forum is an association of over 850 member companies that generate a combined US$2 trillion in revenue and serve five billion customers across 180 countries. They drive collaboration and collective problem-solving to maximize the business success of communication and digital service providers and their ecosystem of suppliers. They support their members, as they navigate their unique digital transformation journeys, by providing practical and proven assets and tools to accelerate execution, and by creating digital and physical platforms that facilitate collaborative problem solving and innovation.

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