Have you read any articles, or heard a conference speaker admonish #network #operators to avoid being dumb pipes?
This is a pretty common warning. But give a thought about what a dumb pipe actually is.
Here are some characteristics of a dumb pipe, and the related Telecoms qualities.
📲Delivers its content from point A to point B. Service Quality
📲Content delivered is the same as the content provided. Robustness
📲Delivery happens quickly. Low latency
📲Delivery occurs every time without intervention. Reliability
Clearly, not everything about a dumb pipe is bad.
Often these same articles or speakers will advocate offering higher value-adding services. “Moving up the value chain” or similar.
But any value-added will be on top of an existing dumb pipe.
The dumb pipe has to come first.
Keep that in mind when you’re warned to avoid Dumb Pipe Syndrome™
Comment with any experience you’ve had being called a Dumb Pipe.
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