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Mobile players choose their partners as they join the cloud-native dance

The first crop of 5G network deployments may look very little different from 4G networks, except for their spectrum and antennas, but the mobile operator community now knows for sure that it will have to adopt a dramatically different architecture if the business is to continue to be sustainable. Otherwise, while they are crushed under their debt mountains and the ongoing cost of running their physical, manual networks, others will deploy cloud platforms and all the tools of the webscale world, to steal away the most lucrative parts of the mobile business by leveraging agile, low cost technologies. This was highlighted in the past week by the annual conference devoted to the Kubernetes container technology, a cornerstone of modern cloud-native…

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