Service Providers are also known as Telecommunications Service Provider (TSP) or Communications Service Provider (CSP). Basically, they refer to someone who provides services.
Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are also referred to as Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) or Wireless Service Providers (WSPs). Even though CSP is a generic term, it generally always refers to MSP.
The term “Digital Service Provider” applies to any company that distributes media online. In the case of telcos, it’s an organization that has moved on from offering core, traditional telecom services, to providing mobile broadband access, services, content and apps, all sold directly from the device.
Analysys Mason provides this simple equation to explain how a CSP can transform into DSP
Another way of representing this is to compare CSP & DSP as shown in the table below
We made a tutorial on this topic, the slides and video is embedded below. If you want to jump directly to the DSP part, move to 2:35 in the video.
Finally, another term that gets thrown around often confuses people is Telco & Netco
Telco stands for Telecommunications Company, which basically means Mobile Network Operator.
NetCo or Network cooperation is the practice of a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) sharing part of its Radio Access Network (RAN) with another MNO.
There are other terms like Towerco & Infraco that probably deserve their own post.
- 3G4G: MNO, MVNO, MVNA, MVNE: Different types of mobile operators
- The 3G4G Blog: Quick tutorial on Mobile Network Sharing Options
- The 3G4G Blog: How MOCN RAN-Sharing Works
- Connectivity Technology Blog: Different Types Of Service Providers
- Operator Watch Blog: Jio is the Largest Mobile Network in India by Subscriber Numbers