Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Cable Eyes the Enterprise Prize
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/29/2016 | 3 comments
Cable has grown dramatically in the small- and midsized business (SMB) market, hitting the $12 billion mark, and is now heading into the enterprise business market.
Achieving the Right Price Point for vCPE
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/20/2016 | 1 comment
Containerization is at last enabling CSPs to cost-effectively serve smaller customers with individualized network features – as early NFV supporters envisaged more than three years ago.
NFV Drives Shift to Open Platforms
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/22/2015 | Post a comment
COTS platforms and white box switches are at the core of New IP networks, which service providers will use to deliver next-generation cloud and mobile services.
Optical Encryption's Value Shouldn't Be a Secret
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/21/2015 | 5 comments
Encryption is not new to the telecom industry; however, encrypting at Layer 1, the lowest optical layer, is new and is causing a stir between those who feel it may interfere with public safety issues and those who feel it offers solutions for encryption issues.
Fueling the Distributed CCAP Debate
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/13/2015 | 1 comment
Even as MSOs roll out integrated CCAP systems, cable engineers are heating up the debate over next-gen approaches that would shift at least part of the CCAP gear and functions from the headend to the network.
LTE-A Components Deliver on Bandwidth, IoT
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/3/2015 | Post a comment
The latest LTE components support the LTE-A functions required to deliver high bandwidth up to 600 Mbit/s at one extreme, and very low-power, sub-1 Mbit/s for IoT/M2M applications at the other.
Sorting Out Cable's Gigabit Strategy
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/26/2015 | 2 comments
Cable operators are exploring how to introduce gigabit services after vendors unveil the first DOCSIS 3.1 modems and related gear at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
High Cost Ratios Limit 100GE Growth
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/16/2015 | Post a comment
Although 100G will become a major part of the wavelength market, the high ratio of 100GE to 10GE prices is keeping many potential buyers from migrating to higher bandwidth levels.
IoT Billing Presents Complex Puzzle
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/15/2015 | 8 comments
As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more prevalent, billing for those services becomes more confusing, driving the need for new billing solutions in the market.
Carriers Need Better Service Assurance
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/14/2015 | 3 comments
As global mobile data traffic continues to soar, service providers are finding service assurance increasingly important to help prevent churn, and providing service assurance without compromising end-user privacy will be key.
Cable's Four Paths to Gigabit Internet
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/13/2015 | 3 comments
Many cable companies are moving toward gigabit Internet speeds and finding that rolling it out requires some balancing to realize return on investment whilst appeasing customers.
HKT: A Consolidation Case Study
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/12/2015 | 2 comments
Following HKT's acquisition of CSL, the Hong Kong carrier partnered with Huawei on network integration and to supply a future unified network.
How to Monetize WiFi (Part 2)
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/12/2015 | 7 comments
As cable operators boost the quality of their WiFi networks to carrier-grade levels, they must also boost the quality of their customers' experience.
IoT Security & Where Virtualization Fits In
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/9/2015 | 7 comments
As telecom operators dig deeper into the NFV and SDN worlds, they are finding that with more virtualization comes more security risks. That opens up opportunity for security improvements and new services.
Need for Flexibility Helps FPGAs Forge Ahead
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/7/2015 | 1 comment
FPGA and ASIC usage grows in the telecom market. FPGAs and ASICs are widely used in networking and telecom systems, from complete SoC designs to simple connections between different interfaces on merchant silicon devices.
Making History With 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/7/2015 | 3 comments
The research and development (R&D) race is on for 5G, with many vendors working toward a common goal: developing the technologies that will become 5G and its industry standards.
Placing Bets on DOCSIS 3.1
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/2/2015 | Post a comment
Huawei joins a slew of equipment vendors seeking to make their mark in the North American cable space with products for both cable's new DOCSIS gigabit spec and CCAP.
How to Monetize WiFi (Part 1)
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/30/2015 | Post a comment
Now that cable operators have invested heavily in WiFi, the big question is how they can optimize and monetize their wireless networks most effectively.
Facebook: IPv6 Is a Real-World Big Deal
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/25/2015 | 5 comments
Facebook software engineer Paul Saab revealed that IPv6 now accounts for almost 50% of Facebook's 4G smartphone traffic in the US – and that's just the start of it.
Narrowband Cellular IoT Offers Clean Slate
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/2/2015 | 1 comment
As the GSMA promotes low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology as essential for the Internet of Things, could narrowband cellular IoT become the clean-slate solution of choice?
IT Servers Need Tweaking for NFV
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/4/2015 | 7 comments
One of the most significant changes that network functions virtualization will introduce into the CSP environment is the use of generic IT servers rather than purpose-built, dedicated hardware platforms to run network applications and services.
Analytics: Out of the Hype Cycle
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/20/2015 | 4 comments
Big data and analytics has been a hot topic for some time, but the value proposition is only now emerging from the hype cycle fully formed, with a mandate for commercialization.
Metro Traffic Makes Way for 200G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/16/2015 | Post a comment
By 2017, metro traffic is expected to increase dramatically. 16QAM modulation that provides 200G over 100G lines will be a significant market presence with potential substantial adoption.
Follow the Open Source Road
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/15/2015 | Post a comment
Open source does not obviate all company secrets. It does, however, make it possible for companies to devote more of their precious resources on areas where they can truly differentiate and add value.
Cable's Cloud-Based UI Makeover
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/14/2015 | 2 comments
Cable providers are rolling out cloud-based user interface (UI) platforms that offer better TV guides, richer graphics, search features and branded experiences for video content.
The Digital Service Provider
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/24/2015 | Post a comment
To thrive in the Internet age, operators must transform themselves from 'communications service providers' into 'digital service providers.'
Bringing Together NFV MANO & OSS
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/16/2015 | Post a comment
In part 3 in a series of blogs on 'Accelerating NFV Implementation,' Caroline Chappell considers how the NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack needs to work with OSS functions to operationalize NFV.
From The Founder
Light Reading sits down at CES with the head of Cisco's service provider video business, Conrad Clemson, to discuss how NFV and cloud security relate to video, the challenge of managing 4K/8K traffic, the global expansion of Netflix and virtual reality.
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