A cloud migration with a sunny outlook Cloud adoption is a key mantra in many industries and telecommunications is no different. CSPs continue to innovate and leverage new technologies to stay competitive. Many are already demonstrating a digital-first, cloud-first approach. Many CSPs are bringing 5G investments forward to improve network reliability and speed. 5G spend was forecasted to double in 2020 and account for approximately 21% of the overall wireless spend1. The network transformation is often being coupled with wider IT transformation. And yet, this all needs to happen when many CSPs are facing financial pressures and rapidly increasing data volumes and complexity.
CSPs are adapting fast, and we can see a lot of Tier 1 CSPs accelerating their cloud migration for 5G Core (5GC), with the likes of AT&T2, Verizon3, Vodafone4, Three5, DT6  co-developing their cloud strategies with hyperscale cloud vendors - Microsoft, Amazon and Google. Core applications like Business Support Systems (BSS) and Operations Support Systems (OSS) are evolving into a modern cloud-native, microservices based architecture. Containerised applications became commonplace in 2020, a trend that we will see continuing in 2021 and beyond. Analysys Mason has forecasted that SaaS will account for 16% of the overall BSS spending in 2023, and 12% of the total OSS spending7.

With cloud making inroads into every part of telecoms infrastructure, let’s have a look at data retention and lawful disclosure. It’s a regulatory compliance requirement in most countries to be able to disclose evidential quality data to support a nation’s fight against crime. Data retention and disclosure solutions are generally on-premise and this data or service has traditionally been kept separate and hidden due to the sensitive nature of the capability. Data volumes are already increasing and 5G and the rise of connected devices will accelerate the increase further. This should be factored in for future versions of data retention solutions.

A broader and richer set of devices and data sources demand data retention transformation

BAE Systems has long been an innovator in the Communications Intelligence space, providing purpose-built lawful interception and data retention solutions for more than three decades. We continue to invest in high quality technology solutions that are future ready and align with all regulatory and industry standards. Understanding the pulse of the market and to support CSPs’ journey towards cloud, we have been developing cloud-native versions of our solution portfolio. Read more about our containerised lawful interception solution.

Key considerations from a CSP’s perspective


Is it secure?

Security is paramount for any application that works with customer data. Securing nations and people is in our DNA. As usual with BAE Systems, the security of the system is our top priority and we have built the solution to meet official sensitive guidelines from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), UK. With Availability Zones, Regions and Hybrid Cloud options available in most countries data residency stays local. 

Is it proven?

This solution has gained traction in the UK, following stringent validation criteria and is currently undergoing live implementations. This should provide assurance to not only UK based CSPs but internationally as well.

Does it provide deployment flexibility?

Different CSPs have different deployment requirements – public, private, or hybrid. Our solution allows CSPs to either subscribe to BAE Systems’ cloud native capability - essentially like any other toolset on the cloud marketplace or embed BAE Systems’ solution in private cloud instance. Currently this runs on AWS and Azure as a container based solution.

What cost benefits can I get?

One of the big advantages of any cloud solution is reduced CapEx and on top of that our solution reduces support and maintenance costs by at least 25%. A cloud based solution also offers longer term flexibility meaning the hosting can be sized for your needs now and not five years in the future. Our approach allows scaling on demand and down-sizing means lower costs.
We would like to talk to you about your changing data retention requirements, contact us today for a free consultation. Read more about our data retention solutions now.
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1. https://telecoms.com/505787/5g-infrastructure-spend-to-double-in-2020-gartner/
2. https://about.att.com/innovationblog/2019/08/cloud_strategy.html
3. https://cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2019/dec/05/how-aws-and-verizon-partnership-reinvent-shows-way-forward-telcos-and-cloud-providers/
4. https://tech.newstatesman.com/cloud/vodafone-aims-to-move-twice-as-much-it-to-the-cloud-in-three-years
5. https://rethinkresearch.biz/articles/three-uk-taps-azure-nokia-and-others-for-its-cloud-native-core/
6. https://cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2020/dec/14/microsoft-and-deutsche-telekom-expand-partnership-for-high-performance-cloud/
7. https://www.analysysmason.com/research/content/comments/saas-forecast-comment-rma08/

Matthew Benford

Head of Product & Strategy – Telecommunications, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence