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Building a solid foundation for open optical networking
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/14/2021

Disaggregation and open optical networking (including 400ZR), the hottest optical topics of 2021, began with the introduction of the open line system several years ago. Today, CSPs have a growing ecosystem of partners to work with as they move toward open optical networking.

Most mobile operators looking for help with open RAN adoption
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/14/2021

SPONSORED: A recent Heavy Reading survey indicates that the majority of carriers with mobile network businesses are looking for external guidance to help them accelerate their open RAN adoption.

Bringing OTN to the edge with PON
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/29/2021

SPONSORED: The combination of OTN and PON can enable carriers to deploy an all-optical network that provides high-availability, low-latency connections across the network to enterprise and home customers.

Open RAN platform acceleration needed to deliver on operator expectations
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/24/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from Heavy Reading's Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Operator Survey show that hardware acceleration is critical to delivering the performance and cost savings improvements expected from Open RAN.

Open source software expected to drive open RAN deployments
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/9/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from Heavy Reading's 'Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Operator Survey' show that carriers are shifting to open source for their RAN software.

Why open RAN needs flexible hardware acceleration
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/4/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from Heavy Reading's 'Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Operator Survey' show that many operators will deploy a mix of open RAN acceleration techniques.

Toward a common 4G/5G core network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/27/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's "Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey" explores the importance of a common 4G/5G core.

Automation in the 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/23/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's 'Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey' explores the adoption and implementation of 5G core infrastructure and services automation.

Cloud infrastructure for the 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/20/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's 'Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey' explores preferences for cloud infrastructure platforms.

Beyond connectivity – quantifying and monetizing the 5G effect
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/8/2021

SPONSORED: 5G monetization will be more profound than 2G, 3G and even 4G network monetization. 5G will fuel the adoption of a multi-vendor, end-to-end programmable and automated service delivery model that will transform how CSPs deliver high-value services to their customers.

An IP over DWDM renaissance at 400G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/5/2021

SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

SmartNICs take center stage
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/19/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from a Heavy Reading and Intel survey show that smartNICs are set to have a big impact on the transition to cloud-native architectures and digital service platforms.

Disaggregating routed and optical networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/11/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Why Remote MACPHY makes sense in APAC
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/8/2021

SPONSORED: As service providers in the Asia-Pacific region seek to ramp up capacity to meet traffic surges during the COVID-19 pandemic, they should consider upgrading their networks to a remote MACPHY architecture.

Open and disaggregated transport comes of age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study' suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

New SD-WAN managed services survey: Key service differentiators and challenges have a lot in common
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/25/2021

SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's "The Carriers Speak" report show that both the key differentiators and challenges for SD-WAN managed services focus on how to meet enterprise business needs.

5G networks and the public cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/13/2021

How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

New report highlights SD-WAN management challenges and key role of automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/7/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'The Carriers Speak: The Future of Managed SD-WAN Services' report suggest that SD-WAN SPs are focused on automating processes to accelerate growth of the service and monetize it more effectively.

Standalone 5G core security: Standards multiplicity and key management singularity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/17/2020

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms that effective 5G security strategies will encompass multiple standards and single key management.

5G fronthaul 2020: Focusing on practical scenarios
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/16/2020

As discussed at Light Reading's 5G Transport & Networking Strategies event, operators are looking at practical approaches to converged fronthaul transport, but they need to act quickly.

Cox Communications: A network automation success story
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/15/2020

SPONSORED: Cox has built a team dedicated to driving network automation across the organization and is already seeing early successes.

Standalone security: Strategic attributes and implementation concerns
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/11/2020

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms there is no shortage of 5GC SA-related security concerns to be addressed before commercial launch and that the right mix of security strategy attributes will be vital to minimizing apprehension.

Standalone security: The impact of slicing and total cost of ownership
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/3/2020

SPONSORED: Many enterprise customers expect that 5G security slices will be fully hardened and automated as 5G cores (5GC) are commercialized.

Going the virtual CMTS route
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/25/2020

New Light Reading e-book sponsored by Harmonic highlights some of the early advances made by cable operators and vendors in virtualizing the industry's access networks and expanding their capacity.

New report highlights MEC drivers and how carriers will build out the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/18/2020

SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's 'Edge Computing in Telco Networks' report show that in this early stage of the MEC market, service providers are relying on a lot of DIY with assists from vendors and platform providers.

New report demonstrates the role of the edge in the data-driven network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/9/2020

SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's 'Edge Computing in Telco Networks' report show that security, latency and the move to vRAN are key drivers for edge computing factors in the telco environment.

Stressing out about the network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/4/2020

SPONSORED: How are the carriers adapting to address the network stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic? They are simplifying, automating and aiming for the fully virtualized, cloud-native network.

Standalone security: MEC and DDoS implications
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/3/2020

SPONSORED: Successful investment and execution strategies in this distributed world will hinge on the ability to integrate a flexible mix of fixed, virtualized and containerized multi-interface solutions at the edge.

Accelerating the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/30/2020

SPONSORED: 5G is rolling out quickly and bringing mobile edge computing with it. Carriers need cost-effective edge solutions that can scale in terms of performance and ease of deployment and management. Leveraging FPGAs in COTS platforms may be the answer.

Carrier networks must integrate and automate to chase innovation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/20/2020

SPONSORED: As COVID-19 speeds up operator need to support a shift in how and where customers access network services, automation and development are key for success.

Making working from home really work
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/19/2020

Now that COVID-19 has prompted a broad, probably long-term shift to more remote working, it's time to upgrade residential broadband networks with business-class management platforms.

New report reveals how an expanding network is driving carriers to the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/1/2020

Technologies never roll out as quickly as expected. Barriers to implementation arise, exuberance turns to pragmatism and numbers are restated. Not so with 5G.

Accelerating open radio for 5G pico cells
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/11/2020

Radio hardware is an expensive and difficult proposition, but one way to address this barrier to market competition and bring the benefits of scale to more vendors is through open RU reference designs.

Why 5G needs better fixed broadband
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/17/2020

As the telecom industry focuses on rolling out 5G mobile broadband technology across the globe, the real key to success lies in improving fixed broadband networks and smoothing the network evolution path.

5G transport: Don't underestimate microwave
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/14/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

5G transport: Putting networks to the test
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/7/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

Toward cloud-native 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/31/2020

5G core must be part of a wider industry transition to 5G networks that incorporates massive investment in RAN, transport and cloud infrastructure.

5G transport: Upgrade motivations and the move to white box
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/29/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

5G transport: Operators focus on fronthaul
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/23/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

Fifth-generation fixed network initiative hits the ground running
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2020

The right investment in full fiber solutions using the latest technology will enable fixed line networks to continue supporting higher bandwidths and greater availability than mobile networks.

Is your BSS fit for 5G monetization?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/20/2020

The right BSS will help telecom operators ensure they have monetization systems that enable the flexibility, agility and innovation to create new 5G revenue opportunities.

Implementing automated security services: We are somewhat confident virtually here
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/7/2020

Automation is vital for raising confidence levels that 5G services and networks can be fully secured in the post-pandemic world, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

Modernizing China Unicom network operations with TianShu
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/1/2020

TianShu enables stronger collaboration between marketing, sales, planning, network planning, procurement, network construction and ongoing operations.

Optical network automation gets real
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/23/2020

The needle is moving firmly toward an automated optical future, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

5G coverage extension with NR carrier aggregation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/17/2020

5G NR carrier aggregation with coverage extension is a game changer for 5G network economics.

How customer care is transforming amid the new normal
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/9/2020

With many telecom retail outlets now facing permanent closure, digital care channels supplemented by self-service functions are becoming increasingly important for customers.

Making open RAN happen
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/3/2020

Open RAN is a new way to build mobile access networks with many benefits.

The outlook for 5G open vRAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/11/2020

With around 7 million macro cell sites deployed worldwide, the radio access network (RAN) is critical global infrastructure.

The operator opportunity for private mobile networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/1/2020

Are mobile operators central to the private mobile network opportunity? Or, with new enterprise spectrum allocations, are they destined to be usurped by vendors, systems integrators and enterprises themselves?

Mobile network operations in a 5G world
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/24/2020

To better understand how mobile operators are addressing the demands of 5G, Heavy Reading conducted a survey that examined three key areas: planning, optimization and operations.

SD-WAN security: Finding the automated migration comfort zone
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/15/2020

SD-WAN will continue to be a vital service delivery platform and automation in a security context will be valuable on many levels, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

800G rollout imminent following live trials
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/2/2020

800G single wavelength coherent is a significant development that will help meet demand for higher bandwidths from users working from home and businesses delivering services remotely.

SD-WAN security: The richness of multidimensionality
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/31/2020

SD-WAN security services strategies possess the richness to support a programmable and multidimensional application-aware security model, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

Optical cross-connect revival: A new generation of optical switching for tomorrow's networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/10/2020

Optical cross-connect (OXC) is coming back in vogue thanks to CDC ROADMs that add greater scale and automation to the photonic layer.

Laying the foundation for long-term 5G success
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2020

A successful 5G rollout is not just about upgrading existing basestations or deploying some new ones. Nor is it simply an upgrade of core network capabilities.

A new approach to upgrading optical networking at the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2020

Huawei's new Liquid OTN solution is a small granularity technology that offers some significant benefits for organizations that need guaranteed bandwidth, low latency and resilient optical connections.

SD-WAN security: Cloud integration branches out
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/28/2020

New Heavy Reading study looks at the business opportunity in cloud-based managed security services.

SD-WAN security: The impact of orchestrated services multiplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/17/2020

Providing open solutions that minimize vendor lock-in are keys to the continued growth of SD-WAN services, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

Taking the Operators' Pulse on SD-WANs: Visibility, Security & Simplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/6/2020

Light Reading/Heavy Reading and MEF have teamed up once again to launch a global SD-WAN Strategies Survey focused specifically on the opportunities for managed SD-WAN services offered by network operators to enterprise customers.

5G Networks in 2020: Show Me, Don't Tell Me
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/8/2020

It's time for the industry to walk the 5G walk.

Implementing Network-as-a-Service: Beyond Anecdotal
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/20/2019

Over the past 12 months in informal discussions with both CSPs and their vendors, it became clear that NaaS was transitioning from the promising technology column to a strategic imperative technology.

Migration to Cloud-Native 5G Core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/16/2019

One of the major issues for the mobile networking industry going into 2020 is the deployment of 5G core networks and the migration to 5G standalone operation.

An Analyst's Thoughts on the TIP Summit 2019: What Works? And What Doesn't?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/22/2019

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown takes stock of the recent TIP Summit, praising the progress made by the industry body but highlighting some blind spots.

A DEEP dive on Sunrise's digital transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/15/2019

Sunrise Communications, the second-largest telecom operator in Switzerland, reported third-quarter service revenue growth of 2.0%.

Keeping the Fiber Lines Running Smoothly
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/4/2019

With service providers installing so much fiber in their plant right now and seemingly no end in sight, the need for automated test solutions will only keep growing.

Telstra's Network & IT Transformation – Becoming a Software-Centric Organization
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/31/2019

For the Australian incumbent, reskilling an entire workforce is the route to a successful network and IT transformation.

From NFV to Cloud Native – 4 Key Themes
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/25/2019

Four key themes emerged from a recent HPE and Intel reception, 'From NFV to Cloud Native: Future Proofing Your 5G investment.'

From Virtualization to Containerization
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/21/2019

A new set of NFV challenges is emerging as operators plan the shift towards cloud-native applications and a container-based strategy.

Next-Generation Fixed Networks: The Other 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/15/2019

It's not just about mobile, you know...

MyRepublic: 'Redefining the Economics of Telco'
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/8/2019

Fixed broadband service provider developed its own OSS and BSS systems, a move that gives it cost efficiencies compared with traditional systems and advanced data analysis capabilities, according to its executives.

Evolving Service Assurance to Support 5G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/7/2019

Among the many considerations facing network operators as they make the leap into the 5G world, service assurance is right up there with the toughest, as CSP executives will explain at the upcoming Software-Driven Operations summit in London.

VEON Digs Into Digital Diversity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/4/2019

The Eurasian operator has flipped its digital strategy to give greater autonomy to its geographically diverse operating companies.

Edge Technology Options & Deployment Models
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/3/2019

With hype around all things 'edge' on the rise, Heavy Reading launched a research study to gain a realistic understanding of how edge computing will affect the future of network connectivity.

Edge Cloud Deployments – Operator Proof Points
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/30/2019

There's early evidence that network operators are getting to grips with the opportunities associated with 5G edge cloud architectures.

Migrating OSS/BSS to the Public Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/23/2019

As operational models evolve, telcos are turning to public cloud platforms to host their OSS and BSS systems, but there are still hurdles to overcome.

RJio Takes Baby Steps With Open Source for OSS/BSS
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/20/2019

Disruptive Indian operator is embracing open source as it evolves its back office strategy.

Anatomy of an OSS RFI Process
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/11/2019

Heavy Reading recently managed a request for information (RFI) process for a network operator – here's what happened...

Deconstructing the Telco Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

The term 'telco cloud' is used often, but it can mean different things to different people.

Getting Ready for the Visual Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

In a half-day conference at IBC in Amsterdam next week, Intel and partners will show off the visual cloud and demonstrate how it can deliver rich, immersive, interactive video experiences and graphics-based workloads.

The Edge Is Coming but Are Networks Ready?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

Edge computing brings high-performance storage, compute and network resources closer to users and devices than ever before.

Spectrum for Private Mobile Networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/23/2019

Enterprises and other organizations want to operate private mobile networks, but what are their options for getting the needed spectrum?

Light Reading Packs Double Wallop at Cable-Tec Expo
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/19/2019

For the first time, Light Reading will offer two breakfast roundtables on key tech topics at this fall's SCTE|ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans – the first on network virtualization and the second on cable and 5G.

OSS/BSS Market Snapshot: Half-Time Scores & Long-Term Outlook
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/9/2019

As a keen OSS-BSS observer, I like to parse financial disclosures to gauge the health of the market.

How Airtel Sri Lanka Revamped Its BSS
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 8/7/2019

For any operator, revamping an entire business support system (BSS) architecture in just six months and cutting IT opex by 80% as a result is a notable achievement.

Private 5G Mobile Networks for Industrial IoT
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/30/2019

Dedicated 5G campus networks, designed to meet the coverage, performance and security requirements of industrial users, are one of the most exciting – and tangible – advanced 5G use-cases under development.

Is Light Communications a Solution in Search of a Problem?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/30/2019

LiFi is the latest effort to bring optical wireless communications into the commercial communications networking fold.

Standardizing NFV Infrastructure With Bogometry, Dickering & Do-Ocracy
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/24/2019

Operators gather in Paris for three days of meetings to simplify NFV infrastructure.

Explainability Is the Key to Trust in AI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2019

If AI is to play a role in communications network operations, a high degree of trust will be required. Explainable AI might be the route to gaining that trust.

Meeting Cable's 10G Challenge Without Lots More Fiber
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2019

Cable operators may not not need to go all-fiber or adopt the new Full Duplex DOCSIS spec to deliver symmetrical 10Gbit/s speeds to broadband subscribers.

Epsilon Revamps Its Back Office to Support Pivot to Enterprise Services
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/10/2019

International wholesale operator wants to play a bigger role with enterprise customers but adding services such as data center interconnect and SD-WAN requires additional operational and business support tools.

Why Telcos Are Going (Cloud) Native
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/2/2019

While there is a fair degree of hype around the term 'cloud native' and plenty of misuse by software marketeers, it is clearly an important topic among CSP CTOs and CIOs.

BT Leverages Open Source for Fifth Generation of Network Monitoring
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/2/2019

Telcos need new ways to monitor their services and networks and some are turning to the open source community for inspiration.

Decision Time in 5G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/1/2019

What's the best way forward for operators when it comes 5G transport networks?

GSMA to Bring Standardization to NFVi Wild West
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/28/2019

A collaboration between the industry's largest trade group of mobile network operators and the preeminent open source consortium is aiming to simplify and harmonize dozens of NFVi efforts.

Acumos AI Project Adds Smarts With Boreas
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/24/2019

The latest release from The Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Project offers some interesting incremental improvements.

Future Networking Survey Highlights Challenges & Opportunities for CSP Industry
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/17/2019

What role will CSPs play as the Internet evolves to support new consumer applications?

The Rise of Network-as-a-Service
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/14/2019

NaaS growth stems from the belief that by leveraging the programmability of the cloud, CSPs can create customizable VNF-based services for anybody who requires a full scope of services and does not want to deploy their own infrastructure.

CSPs Driving Transformation via the Distributed Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/13/2019

The telco distributed cloud model is gaining support among service providers, even ahead of extensive 5G rollouts.

Charting the Timeline for 5G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/12/2019

To gain a realistic understanding of operators' views and plans for transport, Heavy Reading launched its first-ever 5G Transport Market Leadership Study with support from Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper and VIAVI Solutions.

CenturyLink's No Sweat Approach to AI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/4/2019

US operator is moving toward a more proactive and predictive operational model as it uses AI tools to extract greater value from its data, but there are hurdles to overcome.

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