CSPs expect high revenue,margin performance impact from network-led transformation: Accenture Report

98% of CSPs say growing data demands in the consumer and enterprise worlds have outstripped the current capabilities of networks.

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  • 98% of CSPs say growing data demands in the consumer and enterprise worlds have outstripped the current capabilities of networks.
  • CSPs recognize the importance of shifting towards a software-defined, cloud-based network, with 95% of executives saying it is important in achieving a cost-efficient, flexible network.

A new report from Accenture highlights how successful telco and communications industry leaders are ones that have shifted to investing in network transformation. This network-led strategy embeds new technologies to help communication service providers (CSPs) maximize revenue potential by offering new, more customized products and services through networks that run faster, better and cheaper.

Extracting more value from network investments

Based on a survey of 200 leaders within CSPs, Accenture’s “Start at the center: Network-led transformation for growth” report reveals that 82% of CSP leaders are expecting to increase network spending by 6-10% over the next three years. And they are expecting tangible results from their investments.


The study found more than three quarters (77%) of executives believe their network transformation efforts will have a high impact on their revenue and margin performance. Surprisingly, only 13% of those surveyed are accelerating their investments in next-generation networks. These leaders have higher expectations about their future performance. They expect 1.5 times revenue and 1.8 times gross margin over others in the next three years.

A cloud-based network allows for end-to-end flexible, scalable network delivery. Almost all CSPs surveyed (95%) see cloudification as important to achieve a cost efficient, flexible network and 83% believe network cloudification will transform their business.

A lack of talent and limited new tech adoption


Despite significant investments, most CSPs are facing challenges to execute network transformation holistically. Half of our surveyed CSPs have not implemented use cases that rely on network automation and analytics, a cornerstone of transformation today. In addition, when it comes to enabling, and innovating from, cloud-based solutions, only 6.5% of respondents believe their company has the right skills and internal culture to manage advanced networks.

Saurabh Kumar Sahu, Managing Director and Lead – Communications, Media and Technology, Accenture in India said, “Operating in a hypercompetitive market, telcos in India are faced with low ARPU (Average Revenue Per User), high churn rates and a complex network architecture. Cloud, data, and automation offers telcos an opportunity to use the network as a differentiator to optimize operations and introduce new products and services for enhanced customer experience and innovation-led growth. In view of future network environments, telcos also need to re- look at their talent strategy to map applicable skills.”

Accenture claims to have surveyed 200 global CSP senior technology, business & financial and offering & customer experience executives across 18 countries:  Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States. To complement the survey findings, it collected case studies focusing on the evolution of advanced CSP networks, its trans-formative impact on the business, and the best practices. According to the company, it also drew insights from experiences of many Accenture executives who are working directly with clients on their plans for CSP network transformation.