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Densification & Next-Gen C-RAN
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3/13/2018  |  Post a comment
As the industry moves to 5G, the need to support reliability, low-latency, high-speed mobility, extreme density and user-level radio resource control has taken center stage.
400G Achieves Significant Market Availability
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3/8/2018  |  Post a comment
As demand for 100G to 400G network interfaces grows, companies are meeting the challenge and many operators are already making the transition to 400G.
Web-Scale Networking: Time for Telcos to Get on Board
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3/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Telcos can make their networks more agile and efficient by learning from their web-scale counterparts.
Service Providers Get High Marks for IoT Security
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3/5/2018  |  Post a comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that communications service providers (CSPs) that are specialists in the Internet of Things (IoT) think they are doing quite well with their Internet security plans and implementation, though most still believe there is room for improvement.
ON2020 Shares Operator Visions for the Future of Optical Networking at OFC 2018
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2/28/2018  |  Post a comment
ON2020 is running a workshop at OFC where speakers from leading operators will share their visions and discuss roadmaps for optical networking.
AI Is in Diverse Parts of a Mobile Operator's Business: Here’s Why
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2/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Although artificial intelligence (AI) has been a part of the mobile network for decades, vendors have only scratched the surface in the ability of AI applications in their offerings and have started exploring more deeply.
Competition Heats Up for SDN/NFV Processing
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2/16/2018  |  3 comments
The shift to application and network virtualization by operators and CSPs requires a new generation of multicore processors that are being introduced by many vendors.
TalkTalk's 'Tech Debt' Transformation
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2/12/2018  |  1 comment
In the wake of a damaging cyber attack in 2015, Philip Clayson was tasked with creating a cyber breach remediation plan for over 600 applications across TalkTalk's consumer and enterprise divisions and to deal with the operator's 'tech debt.'
Measuring Progress in Carrier SDN
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2/9/2018  |  Post a comment
It's still hard to say whether carrier SDN is really a success or a failure, but the needle is moving on SDN commercialization – albeit not as quickly as some might hope.
Operators Adopt Bolder Strategies for Automation
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2/5/2018  |  1 comment
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that although most communications service providers (CSPs) prefer to have a solid plan in place before moving on a new market trend, it's not looking to be the same for automation, as most CSPs surveyed say they are moving forward without solid plans.
Cable SD-WAN: A Generational Moment
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2/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is the primary focus for cable in 2018, with fierce competition across the market.
Why Gfast Is About to Come of Age
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1/18/2018  |  3 comments
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.
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