Source: Informa Press Release
New research from Informa’s Telecom Cloud Monitor has found that European operators accounted for only 7% of the US$13.5 billion that operators committed on cloud assets in 2011. North American and Asian operators accounted for 90%, or US$12 billion.
Informa’ research highlights fundamental differences among the 127 operators worldwide currently selling cloud services. European operators are focusing on launching services at home, while North American operators are acquiring client bases and assets at home and abroad. Asian operators are pursuing a blended strategy of infrastructure investment and service launch nationally and internationally. Meanwhile, Latin American, Middle Eastern and African operators are building up domestic infrastructure and competences.
In 2011, the top five telecom cloud investors were AT&T, Centurylink, NTT, Telstra, Verizon and Windstream. Leading European operators investing in the cloud were Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Portugal Telecom and Telefonica.
• Globally, telecom operators launched a cloud service every other day in 2011, totalling 170 new services.
• In 2011, 127 telecom operators were active in cloud services, compared to only 80 in 2010.
• Five service clusters accounted for 70% of service launches: infrastructure as a service, storage, unified communications, business productivity applications, and security.