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Why Gfast Is About to Come of Age
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1/18/2018  |  Post a comment
The Gfast rollout, which has been stalled while network operators conduct trials and chipset vendors develop new Amendment 3 chipsets, is set to start in 2018 with a ramp-up in 2019.
NFV Service Assurance – In Need of Big Data, Small Data or Both?
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1/12/2018  |  Post a comment
NFV is shifting from a technology focus to operations, as CSPs say too much effort has been spent on VNF onboarding and too little on the reality of operations.
The Coming Fiber Construction Boom
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1/10/2018  |  2 comments
The converged fiber access market is set to grow again, especially as copper lines continue to deteriorate.
5G Experts Pit Reality Against Predictions
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1/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that opportunities abound for 5G vendors as only 15% of TLC service providers have chosen their vendors for the 5G market.
Guarded Optimism Over AI for Automation of Telco Security
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1/3/2018  |  Post a comment
The ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out complex analysis on high volumes of data very quickly could help automate many telco security activities. But is it smart to cut humans out of the loop?
Can AI Make Cable Smarter?
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12/28/2017  |  11 comments
Cable is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help tackle customer service woes, as well as proactively manage network functions and provide a better customer experience.
Three UK's Core Network Transformation Requires New Approach to Assurance
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12/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Three UK needed a more scalable technology and it needed to distribute it more widely across the country, so it turned to a combination of Nokia, MYCOM OSI and Astellia.
Fixed Wireless: Ready for NLoS Deployment?
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12/12/2017  |  Post a comment
(Sponsored.) Even in non-line-of-sight conditions, fixed wireless access can provide reliable high-speed broadband, as tests have now shown.
The 7 Deadly Sins of Digital Transformation
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12/8/2017  |  Post a comment
Gluttony. Lust. And five others. What's not to like?
B/OSS Transformation Defies IT Budget Cuts
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12/7/2017  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council survey finds that business/operations support system (B/OSS) transformation will be an important focus for service providers in the coming years.
Contenders Rev Their Engines at the Start of the V2X Race
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12/1/2017  |  Post a comment
Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) systems are gaining traction in the market, and may surpass dedicated short range communications (DSRC) systems in traffic safety applications across the world.
The Challenges of Operationalizing NFV
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11/29/2017  |  1 comment
While NFV provides an opportunity to reduce opex and improve customer experience, it also introduces additional layers of operational complexity.
5G Core & the Service-Based Architecture
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11/23/2017  |  4 comments
A new Heavy Reading white paper analyzes various aspects of the new 5G core network design known as Service-Based Architecture (SBA).
Ubiquitous SDN Acceleration Is Coming
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11/15/2017  |  Post a comment
NICs have evolved many times, and the smart NIC is the next step, offering a programmable resource that can be configured to provide additional CPU offload functions for different applications.
AI & Machine Learning in NFV/SDN: Key Takeaways
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11/10/2017  |  Post a comment
Operators are applying artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to leverage the power of their new programmable, software-based networks.
Telco Data Analytics Europe: Key Takeaways
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11/8/2017  |  Post a comment
This year's show evinced healthy interest in effectively using data and analytics to run telecom businesses better, but how well are operators actually doing with it?
Test Analytics to Future-Proof Fiber Network Rollout
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11/8/2017  |  Post a comment
FTTx rollouts need a more automated process for collecting and analyzing test results, and analytics could provide the answer.
Data Center Interconnect for the Web-Scale Era
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11/7/2017  |  Post a comment
Driven by web-scale Internet companies, three key trends – disaggregation in terminals, open line systems and 100G+ transponders – are reshaping the DCI market.
CSPs Embrace Machine Learning & AI
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11/7/2017  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council survey finds that while communications service providers (CSPs) are exploring numerous emerging technologies, most are heavily involved in machine learning.
5 Reasons to Ignore Automation
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10/24/2017  |  20 comments
Heavy Reading has just released a report on the coming automation age and how it will affect telecom industry ecosystems.
What Color Is That Optical White Box?
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10/24/2017  |  3 comments
The future of 'optical white box' was a topic of discussion, debate and some confusion at Light Reading's recent NFV and Carrier SDN event in Denver.
Cable 5G Backhaul Forecast: Clear as Mud
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10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Cable is well on the path to meeting 5G backhaul and small cell requirements; however, cable may face competition from mobile network operators (MNOs) and find challenges in technology and regulation limitations.
Managing VMs: Harnessing the Power of Mobility
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10/12/2017  |  1 comment
Taking the pulse of NFV and SDN deployments.
SD-WAN Questions Linger for CSPs
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10/11/2017  |  Post a comment
Although many service providers have already deployed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology and believe it is an integral part of their business, a clear path to vendor success and long-term revenue isn't yet visible.
CSPs See Slow Going for IoT – Report
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10/3/2017  |  1 comment
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, but the lack of standards – as well as uncertainty about its revenue potential – is a major source of frustration for communications service providers (CSPs).
How CSPs Can Move Up the IoT Value Chain
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9/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Whatever strategy CSPs adopt in the emerging IoT landscape, a critical enabler of their IoT business will be the monetization engine.
Open Source Innovation, 'Holacracy' & Celebrating Failure
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9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Innovation should get easier now we've got NFV; at least that's the message from today's Service Delivery Innovation Summit in London.
Untangling the Operational Complexities of SDN & NFV
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9/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV is the industry's premier forum for the discussion of the impact of SDN and NFV on network operations and OSS.
ON2020 Readout Identifies New Optical Challenges
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9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
ON2020 presents its assessment of optical network requirements through 2020 and beyond, identifying new challenges and opportunities for the telecom industry.
Transport SDN's Time Has Come
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9/26/2017  |  Post a comment
Demand calls for another optical transport evolution, this time in the management of optical network resources.
The Importance of BBU Emulation
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9/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Whether building out distributed RANs or new centralized RANs, BBU emulation is a critical step of the process to help mobile operators avoid lengthy and costly delays.
Charting the Course to Cloud-Native
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9/20/2017  |  Post a comment
During the "Getting to 'Cloud Native' " panel at our NFV & Carrier SDN event, we will debate what it will take to enable telcos to execute their cloud transformations, and what the supplier community's responsibilities are in the process.
Enterprise Services Market Is the Telcos' to Lose
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9/8/2017  |  Post a comment
To succeed in the enterprise market telcos need to play to their strengths.
Converging the Access Network
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9/1/2017  |  1 comment
Fiber is making a comeback and converged access infrastructure is helping to push the market collectively towards 5G and other services.
Telco Enterprise Comms Under Threat From Cloud Rivals
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9/1/2017  |  Post a comment
By customizing cloud services and providing a more holistic solution to business customers' needs, traditional telcos can increase their chances of winning in the enterprise market.
Exploiting Cloud-Network Synergies to Boost Enterprise Customer Satisfaction
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8/31/2017  |  Post a comment
The challenge for telcos is to achieve cloud-network synergy: making cloud the gateway to develop new B2B services.
Intent-Based Marketing or Intent-Based Networking?
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8/25/2017  |  1 comment
During the past year or so, vendors have taken interest in intent-based networks (IBNs), and standards development organizations have started working toward finding an industry standard for this cost- and time-saving development.
MANO's Key Value Proposition Is to Automate Operations
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8/22/2017  |  Post a comment
A new Heavy Reading report looks into NFV MANO's progress, including the importance of OpenStack and open source efforts.
Automating Field Tests to Boost Operational Efficiency
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8/18/2017  |  Post a comment
Telecom operators need to move from complex, error-prone manual test processes to more automated, consistent and streamlined test procedures where admin is minimized.
ON2020 Looks to the Future at ECOC
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8/17/2017  |  Post a comment
ON2020 has been surveying the optical networking needs and evolution strategies of leading network operators and is ready to share the results at ECOC 2017.
Gigabit LTE Takes to the Air
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8/8/2017  |  2 comments
Just a few years ago, Gigabit mobile broadband was almost unthinkable. In 2017 it will be a reality.
Structural Issues Facing LPWA in the Utility Sector
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8/2/2017  |  Post a comment
Despite some challenges ahead, the utility sector remains a promising one for LPWA, not least because utilities themselves are seeing the benefits of becoming more digital throughout their operations, and because of the increasing coverage of networks and availability of key enabling components, such as communications modules from a broadening ecosystem.
Cable Eyes SD-WAN to Boost Business Services
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7/25/2017  |  4 comments
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is offering cable multiple system operators (MSOs) a leg up in the market, offering solutions other than fiber, such as DOCSIS 3.1; however, it is not without its challenges.
100G Growth Fuels Race to 400G & Beyond
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7/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Widespread deployment of 100G connections in data centers and across networks is driving demand for 400G solutions and funding development of 400G components.
Get Ready for Direct Detect 100G for Metro DCI
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7/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Challenging the dominance of coherent detection, direct detection modulation has re-emerged as an economically viable option in metro data center interconnection (DCI).
The Emergence of Private LTE Networks
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7/10/2017  |  2 comments
Designed-for-purpose, private LTE systems are emerging as the preferred wireless platform for enterprises with production-critical automation and mobility needs.
Challenges on the Road to C-RAN Adoption
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7/10/2017  |  Post a comment
The 'cloudification' phase ain't no walk in the park.
Automatic for the Operations People
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7/3/2017  |  5 comments
Robotic process automation (RPA) combined with AI can significantly increase the scope for automation in telecom service operations.
Beyond CPRI: Planning for 5G Fronthaul
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6/23/2017  |  Post a comment
While there is little debate that fiber-based fronthaul is the future, there is concern that the CPRI protocol, as it stands, does not scale to the demands of 5G.
DT in Cybersecurity – Good but Could Do Better
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6/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Around 1,000 delegates gathered in Munich this week to listen, discuss and clap at random at Deutsche Telekom's two-day cybersecurity event. But was there something missing?
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