Open Source Telecom Survey 2021 Results & Discussion, Alan Quayle


Recapitulation of 2019 and 2020 Survey Results
Review of General Survey from 2021
Recapitulation, General Survey, Project Surveys 2021 + Appendix of 2020 Results


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Open Source Telecom Survey 2021 Results & Discussion

Alan Quayle, Independent Consultant in Programmable Communications

  • This is our 3rd year of the survey, thank you for your continued support.
    • We received 114 responses to the general survey, +163 project survey responses giving a total of 277 received.
  • The general survey covered: Security, Serverless, STIR/SHAKEN, barriers and benefits of OSS, telcos and OSS, Training, IoT, and general geographic / category info.
  • Training: An interesting dichotomy is where people do not expect to pay for training when investigating a project but will pay when the project is part of their business.
    • pricing is interesting. It’s free if you just want to learn, if you want the training recognized, then there’s a fee. This enables people to investigate for free, and then if they require support, the training needs to be verified. This avoids training through support.
  • Open Source telecom software is part of a suite of open source projects used.
    • Perhaps we should investigate dominant architectures?
  • Companies that use open source make a long-term commitment to building an organization that understands open source, and is committed to owning the product, its roadmap, and the customer experience.
    • Companies successful with open source do not happen overnight, they are built over years.
  • Documentation, documentation, documentation
    • Check out Twilio – but we need to find a way to help solve this industry-wide issue.
  • Recommendations on what we need to do as an industry.