But he said this could be challenging because it would mean the telco would be relying on third-party relationships.
"I've not seen enough evidence yet to say that they're going to be a global leading telco because of their software. If I look at guys like Singtel in Singapore .... [it] has a very aggressive vision for what they want a telco to be in the future and it is very much software dependent," he said.
"The challenge, even for them, is with all the resources they have to throw at the problem and all of the ability to align skills and resources ... it's still been a hell of a ride for those guys.
"If they're struggling to do it, I'd imagine there's very little chance Telstra's going to beat them to the game ... so I don't see any major move there in the next certainly five, possibly 10 years."
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