On Wednesday Feb 24th at 0915 EST, 1515 Europe: we ran a TADSummit Revisited with Werner Eriksen, VP Communication Services, Telenor Digital on Building a Programmable Telco Core Network. You can view the Q&A session at the end of this weblog, or just click here. Here are the previous TADSummit Revisited sessions.
Werner Eriksen, VP Communication Services, Telenor Digital presented on Building a Programmable Telco Core Network. Introducing the flexibility developers want, and opening up the required APIs in a running multi billion dollar operation is not trivial. Telenor Digital has therefore built a full stack MVNO setup which from the ground up provides programmability that enables us to build products and services with internal and (soon) external developers.
Questions Received so far:
- Your idea of creating a parallel (MVNO) network for experimentation is great. What internal issues and barriers did you face in creating an experimental telco?
- What type of software developers did you recruit? Telco services are not see as cool or interesting by most developers.
- Do you have a copy of Telenor’s HLR/HSS, or do you have a separate HLR/HSS so the services are only addressable to your MVNO SIMs?
- Do you have user experience and product people? If so where did you hire them from?
- What are for you the top 3 open source frameworks in your experimental network?
- How do you get real users involved? What internal barriers did you face?
- How do you charge for the services?
- How do you make decisions on which services to test? What is the average time from decision to test to real customers play with the service?
- How do you make decisions on when to stop experimenting and cancel or launch a service?
- What is the relative cost of development of Telenor traditional versus experimental service development?
- What new services are you working on?
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