Scaling Machine Learning
I stumbled upon GraphLab. GraphLab allows for scaling machine learning. It is sort of the Hadoop for Machine Learning. It recently changed to the very business friendly open source Apache license. GraphLab is written in C++ but has Java and Python APIs. Things like PageRank, Collaborative Filtering, Clustering, etc. are what GraphLab can be used for.
So what is so important about GraphLab for telcos?
Having a scalable and business friendly open source solution for machine learning will allow operators to use algorithms like PageRank for calls (Who is the most important person among a set of subscribers), Collaborative Filtering (make recommendations on which services or apps a subscriber should buy based on what others have bought that are similar), Clustering (grouping subscribers that have common features automatically and target them with promotions), etc.