09 Jul

Embracing and Mastering Change: Adjusting to Telecommunications’ Widespread Convergence

Telecommunications is a sphere that is ever-changing, especially as ubiquitous connectivity, next-generation technologies, and burgeoning user demand to push traditional models to their breaking point. In recent years, however, these growing demands, combined with mounting pressure from players like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon (and even Regional Bell Operating Companies), are changing the face of telecommunications even more drastically and at a faster rate than ever before. As business models are shifting to garner a critical competitive edge and facilitate superior services, consolidation and convergence are emerging as the most influential forces in the new telecommunications playing field.

The world of telecommunications has been consolidating for some time now as a result of the rise of entities like Amazon. As these now eminent OTT (Over the Top) players saw their popularity and demand rising steadily (with over 197 million U.S. subscribers expected by 2022), their need for massive amounts of bandwidth and reliable service grew to the point where they broke away from the traditional business model. Widespread dependence on fast, reliable internet means that these new titans of technology are looking to bring their operations and services in house. Now, these companies are effectively displacing media companies and traditional telecommunications companies as they opt to not only host the content but to also produce it, own the delivery infrastructure and even sell internet access.

Traditional telcos are taking the hint, however, and are responding with their own consolidation efforts, as can be seen in AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Barriers are being broken by telcos and other businesses in an effort to step into this role of the contemporary media entity, reshaping the boundaries and conventions of the industry as they go. Now, remaining competitive means taking ownership of the technology, the capabilities, the network, the content, and the delivery.

This business evolution and the emergence of an all-encompassing solution platform model, which bundles complete end-to-end strategies made up of hardware, software, network, colocation and management into one monthly cost, is clearly disrupting and re-contouring long-established telco norms. Essentially, the days of a la carte service provisioning are all but gone, and what it means to be a telecommunications provider is changing.

So, the question remains: how do companies who need to procure services on an increasingly small timeline do so with huge providers that are being slowed down by their consolidation? Luckily, MOD Mission Critical answers the call of so many businesses that are fearful of the repercussions that these large-scale telecommunications shifts may bring. MOD’s expert managed, network and data center services are built to help businesses keep their competitive edge and stabilize the uncertainty that comes with a rapidly-changing industry.

MOD delivers top-tier services with boutique-level care, individualized attention, and a human touch, ensuring that every unique requirement and demand is seamlessly met with bespoke solutions. To ensure success for all clients, MOD provides access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence (PoPs), products from over 800 suppliers and connections to 400 carriers in 200 data centers. Of course, these solutions come with the company’s deep experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries.

With one master service agreement delivering 400 carriers, 200 data centers, countless on-net buildings and more at wholesale rates, MOD clients can rest assured that their operations will remain dynamic, adaptable, scalable and agile, even as the industry continues to change.

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