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In August, 2010, I blogged about Qwest’s entry into the Cloud being a signal that the Telecom sector was mobilizing, and that as they did, the Cloud would migrate from a computing option, into a mainstream technology and a driving business force. Well, here we are in the first few days of February 2011 – the equivalent of about 5 Cloud years later (remember Internet years?), and the telco's have not only mobilized, they are armed and ready to attack the Cloud market from every corner of the planet.
And there is ample evidence of this from announcements made just in the last few days.
And that’s just the news that’s public. The really big stuff hasn’t even fully bubbled to the surface; but it will and soon.
Further reinforcement of this cloud-centric view came last week in the form of a conversation I had with a senior executive at a big-name global company that has a presence in every major market. My contact owns the telecom sector worldwide, and had just returned from a two-week trip to Asia where he’d met with senior telecom leaders in Korea, Japan and China. What was on their minds? The Cloud. And what was on my contact’s mind? How his company can layer Cloud Services – especially business continuity (the #1 priority identified by the telco leaders) – onto its current offerings to enrich its telecom services suite.
We discussed what’s developing within the telecom sector in other parts of the world, and to quote my prospective business partner, “Every telco that I handle is either at the cloud architectural planning or proof-of-concept stage.” A very strong statement.
It is common knowledge that Telco’s tend to take a “wait and see” approach to technology, only moving when there is clear market acceptance and the ability to utilize their mass customer base. With the amount of substantial activity occurring over the last year and clearly on the horizon for the upcoming year, its easy to make the statement that the telecom sector is red hot right now when it comes to the Cloud, and I fully expect it to stay that way in the immediate future.