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Open Source MANO Needs a Reality Check
Shades of Ray  | 
10/16/2018  |  1 comment
There's friction and a fair amount of hot air in the open source NFV MANO world and it's not doing anyone any favors.
Is Open Source the Right Approach for NFV Orchestration?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Open source MANO (management and orchestration) developments are providing network operators with something of a conundrum.
Colt Ready for Major NFV Push
News Analysis  | 
10/12/2018  |  Post a comment
After years of developments and incremental advances, Colt is set for a major three-stage telco cloud deployment that will be a big step in its migration from a legacy hardware architecture to virtualized functions.
How to Prevent Your Data Lake From Turning Into a Swamp
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Collecting large volumes of data is one thing. Making sense of it is another.
PCCW's Hughes: Carriers Shouldn't Cling to the 'Standards Snuggie'
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Snuggies may be warm and familiar but PCCW Global's David Hughes says it's time for telcos to ditch the security blanket of clinging to legacy operations.
NFV Struggles With Its Six-Year Itch
Morris Lore  | 
10/10/2018  |  4 comments
Anyone attending this year's SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague could be forgiven for thinking it was a re-run of last year's show.
Netcracker Launches Telco Cloud-as-a-Service
News Analysis  | 
10/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor offers an enterprise services software stack that can run on any cloud platform and already has Mexico's Telefónica Movistar as a reference customer.
Telia Carrier Vies to Be Prime Cloud Connector
News Analysis  | 
10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Cloud connections, not video or 5G, will be the global network operator's growth drive.
CenturyLink: NFV Meeting (Modest) Expectations
LRTV Interviews  | 
10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Bill Walker says carrier never expected NFV to cause massive shifts early on, adding that it's replacing legacy at a pace that makes financial sense.
Open APIs: The Key to the Platform Business Model
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Communications service providers (CSPs) are working towards more open architectures as they develop their next-generation networks.
Chinese Hardware Hack Threatens US Tech Supply Chain – Bloomberg
News Analysis  | 
10/4/2018  |  2 comments
Thirty companies, including Amazon and Apple, and the US government are threatened in the attack, according to a bombshell investigative report from Bloomberg.
Spirent CEO: Engineers Are Human, Too
CxO Spotlight  | 
10/4/2018  |  1 comment
In the second part of his CXO interview, Eric Hutchinson talks about AI, cybersecurity and the humanizing factor of the test company's strategic shift.
Eurobites: Beeline & Huawei Demo 5G's Potential With Russian Holocall
News Analysis  | 
10/4/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange extends telematics deal; Telia goes smart metering; Ireland guns for Facebook.
Orange's Yves Bellego on Automation, Virtualization Progress
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Yves Bellego, director of network strategy at Orange, explains how the operator is approaching automation, how it has developed a data lake and the ongoing challenges associated with NFV.
Broadband Providers Attack California Net Neutrality Law
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  3 comments
USTelecom, CTIA, NCTA and ACA band together to file suit challenging California's tough net neutrality law.
Orange Issues Telco Cloud Rallying Cry
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
'It's a standard, Jim, but not as we know it.' Orange pleads for operator consensus around NFV infrastructure, orchestration and automation requirements, but will that be enough to create scale and meet developer needs?
Verizon: Vendor AI Not Ready for Prime Time
News Analysis  | 
10/2/2018  |  4 comments
Verizon's wireline unit is developing its own machine learning internally using open source tools and 'agile' development methods.
Starhome Mach, Telarix Merger Built on Interconnect, Roaming Data
News Analysis  | 
10/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Vista Equity acquires roaming platform specialist Starhome Mach to merge it with existing portfolio company Telarix, which specializes in interconnect billing, rating and fraud management.
Eurobites: Telia Lands Norwegian NB-IoT Deal
News Analysis  | 
10/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia commits to 5G launch in early 2019; Sigfox grows its network; KPN's new hire; Orange lands in-flight connectivity deal.
Key Takeaways From Open Networking Summit Europe
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
10/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Open source may have gained support from the communications service provider (CSP) community, but there are some major challenges in making use of it.
Equinix: Scale or Die
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2018  |  1 comment
VP Bill Long tells NFV-Carrier SDN crowd that niche players and new entrants face a much riskier market, even though hardware capex requirements are much lower.
DoJ Slaps California With Net Neutrality Suit
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2018  |  3 comments
Claims that California's tough law illegally subverts federal government's deregulatory approach with 'burdensome state regulation.'
DT's Clauberg Urges Cloud-Native Caution
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The telco cloud community is excited about the impending shift towards cloud-native, but Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg has raised a big warning flag.
ONAP: Time to Move On Up?
Shades of Ray  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
ONAP has been a hot topic at the Open Networking Summit Europe event in Amsterdam and it's clear it has a lot of issues as well as a lot of carrier support.
CenturyLink's McBride: NFV 'Introduces a New Kind of Cloud'
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Says thousands of on-net buildings can be used to distribute network functions virtualization closer to the edge.
Nokia, Samsung Are Beating Ericsson in 5G Sales to AT&T, Says Analyst
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  1 comment
AT&T is replacing Ericsson with Nokia and Samsung as it rolls out a 5G network, according to Michael Genovese of MKM Partners.
Vodafone's Heeran: Defining the Telco Cloud
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/25/2018  |  1 comment
Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.
Orchestration & Open Source for 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.
Vodafone & China Mobile Lead New Charge Towards Automated, Cross-Domain VPNs
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
With a contribution into ONAP that also involved Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile take the lead on defining service orchestration and automation across carrier network borders. But they're not the first to do so.
Agents Down: Vodafone's Chatbot & the Jobs Threat
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's UK business is offering customer service agents the chance to retrain as coders, as an increasingly sophisticated chatbot takes over their jobs.
The Many Faces of Digital Transformation
Slide Shows  | 
9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Digital transformation is a complex challenge but one that will help service providers revitalize their businesses, as we found out at this year's Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) in Munich.
Synchronoss CEO Glenn Lurie: Delivering the New Mobile OS
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Glenn Lurie, CEO of software platform provider Synchronoss Technologies, has his work cut out for him. He's helping carriers navigate several possible growth opportunities, like IoT, messaging and personal cloud services. Check out this interview where Lurie discusses the company's newest partnership with AT&T and new proof-of-concept with a blockchain-based mobile payments service.
The Mobile Network Is Becoming a Cloud Service
The Philter  | 
9/18/2018  |  9 comments
Affirmed Networks and others are taking virtualized EPCs and delivering that capability as a service via the public cloud.
Juniper Unveils Major Edge Cloud Push
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor launches Contrail Edge Cloud, bringing a multicloud platform to the network's edge for 5G and much more and claiming a performance advantage in a small package.
Eurobites: Orange Bolsters African Presence With Subsea Deal
News Analysis  | 
9/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom goes big in Bavaria; new MVNO targets hearing-loss sufferers; why telco customer experience (often) sucks.
Who's Doing What in the CBRS Band?
News Analysis  | 
9/14/2018  |  Post a comment
FCC filings shed light on mix of initial deployment proposals targeting the emerging, shared 3.5GHz band.
Spirent CEO Eric Hutchinson: Out of the Labs, Into the Boardroom
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/14/2018  |  Post a comment
New initiative at test system specialist aims at making company more of strategic partner, while promising to make 5G rollouts more cost-effective and faster.
Eurobites: UK Vows to Keep EU Roaming Free Post Brexit
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia shows off 8K UHD streaming over 5G; BT gives container port added backbone; 5G goes into the woods.
Just Like Ericsson, Nokia Flogs Majority Stake in Its Video Biz
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor will retain a minority stake in the video business as it follows in the wake of Ericsson and Cisco to become the third big network vendor this year to sell video assets.
Security, Network Capacity Issues Drive Need for IoT Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Communications service providers (CSPs) are slowly adopting automated processes for their Internet of Things (IoT) network architecture, with more than 80% of CSPs who participated in this month's panel citing automation as critical to their IoT networks.
5G – Don’t Put It Off Till Tomorrow
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/12/2018  |  Post a comment
When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.
Ericsson Lands $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile Weeks After Nokia Did Same
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
US service provider will now spend $7 billion with Europe's two main network equipment vendors on the rollout of 5G services.
The Telecoms.com Podcast: Puzzling Times
LRTV Documentaries  | 
9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
This week: M&A action; the 5G jigsaw puzzle; and Huaweiphobia.
Why Tier 2/3 CSPs Are Being Sidelined
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The evolution of the communications service provider (CSP) sector is creating a schism between the large, resource-heavy Tier 1 operators and the smaller Tier 2/3 players, says TM Forum Chief Analyst Mark Newman.
Altice USA's 'Full' MVNO Puts It in SIM City
News Analysis  | 
9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Operating the core network and owning the SIM card will lead to lower churn, pave the path to more control of the service and offer other benefits, CEO says.
The Operational Challenges of 5G
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about some of the challenges, such as power management, that will arise as 5G networks are deployed, and suggests that AI and analytics tools will be needed to help automate an increasing number of operational processes in a 5G world.
Haste Sounds Out ISPs on Low-Latency Service for Gamers
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2018  |  1 comment
Startup currently sells its service directly to consumers, but is discussing how that could be bundled and packaged with broadband service tiers.
Eurobites: Telia Fires Up 5G in Helsinki
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vivendi slams Elliott's management of Telecom Italia; CityFibre goes with Calix for SDN bells and whistles; Deutsche Telekom gets biometric.

5G – Gee Whiz or G-Force?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
9/5/2018  |  Post a comment
5G looks to be much more than just a way to deliver faster wireless access… it could lead to a new way of designing, deploying and operating communication networks.
Turkcell Boss Sets Out Winning Digital Playbook
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
Do not fear the data flood, was the message from Turkcell boss Kaan Terzioglu at Huawei's Operations Transformation Forum in Munich this week.
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