Mobile Cloud Computing: Embracing Network as a Service
Source: University of Cape Town
The recent emergence of Cloud Computing in the IT world has brought much hype and opened doors for new revenue streams and business models. The movement towards an all IP-based communication system has led to the IMS being accepted as the Next Generation Network (NGN) service control provisioning platform. The Telecommunication industry has realized the benefit of deploying their own Mobile Cloud where they can offer network capabilities/ resources (e.g. presence, location, and payment) to 3rd Party ASPs through standardized gateways. The use of Open Mobile Alliance - Policy Evaluation, Enforcement and Management (OMA PEEM) for resource exposure is a key component for embracing the concept of NaaS, as well as the GSMA OneAPI for cross-network service providers.