The idea of x-as-a-service began with basic Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with cloud providers providing individual applications for software. X-as-a-service is also known in different terminologies like anything-as-a-service and everything-as-a-service. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Communication-as-a-Service (CaaS) were added as cloud services have evolved. With different types of IT resources now delivered, XaaS is a rather ironic term for cloud proliferation. Today’s business processes are rapidly changing, and the digitalized process with IoT platforms have made huge ripples in the technology world. Without any capital events problem, organizations can now enter into the technology market as a mobile virtual network operator (MNVO).
Philips, one of the popular companies of bulb manufacturing, implements IoT applications with its lighting expertise with omnipresent connectivity that enables the users to create long-term lighting plans with some benefits such as improved performance, energy saving, and cost reduction. Here, the company has transformed its sales from a product model to a service model by adding a connected facility, and this has resulted in making Philips as a mobile virtual network operator because of its deployment of “lighting as a service.” The Philips’ “lighting as a service” is a significant example for the new generation of MVNO.
MNaaS or Mobile Network as a Service is considered to be an essential step to become an MVNO. MNaaS provides a higher level of security to the users through its integrated virtual network capabilities and enables the organizations to develop and manage mobile network applications and cellular connectivity through APIs.
According to a survey conducted by RnR Market Research, the researchers are assuming that an increased 38 percent of growth rate can be seen in “anything-as-a-service” trend before 2020. This growth will provide new opportunities for organizations to improve their function and services to enhance their customer experience and develop new business models.
The MNaaS make the implementation of the IoT “X-as-a-Service” much easier to develop new applications and customer engagements. As an MNVO, organizations can ensure improved visibility on the service to enforce key business policies, maintain control, and enhance system security.