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Content tagged with OSS/BSS posted in September 2018
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  |  2 comments
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  |  10 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  |  Post a 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.
Eurobites: Nigeria Has MTN in Its Crosshairs Again – This Time for a $2B Tax Bill
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT makes SNAP decision on SD-WAN; Telefónica Deutschland is sweet on Netcracker; DT's Langheim gets new US board role.

Ciena Bolsters Blue Planet With OSS Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
Ciena is adding to its network management automation capabilities with the acquisition of inventory specialist DonRiver.
Ericsson Links 5G Hands With Juniper & ECI, Snubs Cisco & Ciena
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
Swedish equipment vendor prefers the alternatives to a couple of long-standing partners in a 5G setting, and adds new features to its '5G-ready' baseband platform.
ADVA: Ensemble Is Putting the 'M' in MANO
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  Post a comment
The new version of ADVA's virtualization software suite adds new features, including zero-touch provisioning, service chain monitoring and multi-level security.
Feger: F5 Seeks a Bigger Service Provider Play
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Returning to its roots as a software company, F5 aims to aid service providers with virtualization and delivering enterprise applications anywhere.
Ericsson Adds Automation Smarts With CENX Acquisition
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson acquired a minority stake in automation expert CENX in 2012 and now will add the vendor-neutral service assurance specialist's technology to its own network automation and orchestration efforts.
Orange Plans '5G Plus Automation' RFP This Year
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
French telco will issue a request for proposal for 5G equipment before the year is through, and says ONAP support and automation will be key requirements.
Eurobites: Svendsen Quits Telenor Norway, Prompts Reshuffle
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fever sweeps Switzerland, Italy and the UK; Elisa spies Chinese TV opportunity; Agama targets OTT providers.
Colt Ramps Its Blockchain Efforts, Explores SDN Federation Use Case
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
Network operator sees multiple opportunities to improve inter-carrier settlement management, SDN interoperability and more using blockchain technology.
Huawei's OTF 2018: Time to Go Digital
Slide Shows  | 
9/3/2018  |  9 comments
At the Operations Transformation Forum 2018, operators and industry experts explained how the shift to digital platforms and new operations processes are essential for 5G.


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