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Key Takeaways From the UK Network Operators' Forum
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1/16/2019  |  Post a comment
IPV6, security, DNS evolution and automation were all on the agenda at the UK Network Operators' Forum gathering in London.
New Open Workgroup to Accelerate Edge Computing
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1/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Developing an open architecture for domain-specific accelerators could empower service providers to accelerate edge computing and related applications.
Vendors Ready Themselves for 5G Capex Influx
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12/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Auctions of 5G-suitable spectrum are now generating billions. Meanwhile, vendors are waiting on a different bounty — the further billions operators will need to spend to finally realize their 5G ambitions.
Cable 5G Transport Shows Promise & Complexity
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12/14/2018  |  3 comments
US cable providers are gearing up to play a crucial role by supporting transport of 5G communications, but their aspirations are clouded by the complexity of 5G itself.
Migration Strategies for 5G Core Networks
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12/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Many operators are expected to initially deploy 5G RANs in non-standalone mode on an LTE network, migrating later to standalone mode. But that migration is less than straightforward, and there are multiple options to consider.
Open RAN, Open Innovation
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12/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Next-generation networks need innovation in the radio access network and Open RAN developments are set to disrupt the market – in a good way.
Web-Scale Companies Pioneer Open Line Systems, but Will Network Operators Follow?
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11/26/2018  |  Post a comment
The optical line system is undergoing a revolution. Web-scale providers are bringing the concept of disaggregation to optical networking in the form of the open line system (OLS). But are operators buying it?
The Acumos AI Project Is On Track but Lacking 'Apps'
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11/14/2018  |  Post a comment
The Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Project has issued its initial release on schedule but its 'app store' is still rather bare.
Network Visibility & Data Veracity – the Keys to Operational Simplicity
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11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Operators need an accurate, up-to-date network and service topology view in order to determine the 'Eulerian path' of service configuration and implementation.
Budgets Lag Despite CSP Concern Over Network Security
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11/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Most communications service providers (CSPs) surveyed for this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) report feel they are on track with network security planning, but more than 80% of respondents worry about future technology being used to launch complex attack vectors.
Data Center Switching Enters the 400G Era
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10/31/2018  |  Post a comment
The growth of public and private cloud data centers is driving a strong and growing market for high-performance switch chips, and the choices dominating operators in the market make will have a dramatic impact.
BT's McRae on Operator-Led Innovation, Telemetry & Curiosity
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10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
The BT executive shares his views on NFV, automation, in-house development, what he wants from his team and more.
Zen & the Art of OSS/BSS Transformation
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10/19/2018  |  2 comments
Zen Internet, an alternative ISP in the UK, has ambitious growth plans and is looking to a refresh of its back office software, including the introduction of SDN capabilities, to help achieve its goals.
CSPs Prove Eager to Embrace Edge Computing
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10/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Almost 70% of service providers in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey say they either already have or will move compute and application execution to the edge by 2020.
A Deep Dive Into CenturyLink's Operations Transformation & Roadmap
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10/18/2018  |  Post a comment
For CenturyLink, transformation is about enhancing its business in terms of effectiveness, cost efficiency and customer experience. So how is it trying to achieve that?
Is Open Source the Right Approach for NFV Orchestration?
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10/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Open source MANO (management and orchestration) developments are providing network operators with something of a conundrum.
How to Prevent Your Data Lake From Turning Into a Swamp
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10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Collecting large volumes of data is one thing. Making sense of it is another.
ECOC 2018 Optical Workshop Delivers Compelling Vision
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10/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Further innovation is needed if optical transport networks are to support traffic growth and there was plenty of evidence at a recent ECOC workshop that key work is already underway.
The Reality of Open Networking in CSP Transformation
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10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Survey finds that many CSPs are boldly forging a path towards the open, agile, automated and efficient networks the telecom industry requires.
Open APIs: The Key to the Platform Business Model
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10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Communications service providers (CSPs) are working towards more open architectures as they develop their next-generation networks.
Who Will Be the Also-RANs in the 5G Market?
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10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
The 5G market is set to take off soon, and vendors are racing to make their first 5G radio access network (RAN) offerings available.
Orange's Yves Bellego on Automation, Virtualization Progress
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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.
Key Takeaways From Open Networking Summit Europe
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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.
Cable's Fiber Outlook Gets Clearer With Coherent Optics
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10/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Cable is exploring coherent optics technology to better access the cable network and improve fiber networks to increase capacity tenfold.
Lifecycle Test, Assurance of 5G Vital to Its Success
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9/27/2018  |  2 comments
To really get the benefits of the applications that are possible in a 5G world, the industry first needs to transition to software-defined testing and assurance solutions that are flexible and efficient.
Orchestration & Open Source for 5G
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9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.
5G Transport Gets a Reboot in NY
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
The 5G Transport event will examine how packet/optical networking, edge data centers and distributed cloud platforms can combine to support the new 5G RAN and core architecture, and the many new service types associated with 5G.
Look Into the Future of Optical Networks at ECOC 2018
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9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Key developments and research for future optical networks will be discussed during a special workshop at ECOC on Sunday, September 23.
A Phased Approach to AI Adoption in Network Operations & Maintenance
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9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
To meet the goals of network quality, customer experience and cost containment, operators will need to embrace even more intelligent forms of network maintenance.
Security, Network Capacity Issues Drive Need for IoT Automation
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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
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9/12/2018  |  Post a comment
When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.
The Programmable Switch Era Is Here... At Last!
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9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Respondents to Heavy Reading's Multicore Processor and Switch Survey consider programmability as the most important differentiator in switch functions.
5G – Gee Whiz or G-Force?
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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.
Operations at the Edge: More Locations, More Problems
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9/4/2018  |  2 comments
While more locations – perhaps orders of magnitude more – presumably mean better service performance, it also means more devices that someone needs to install, monitor, maintain and troubleshoot.
CSPs Brace for Changes in Assurance Wrought by Virtualization, Automation
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8/30/2018  |  1 comment
Half of the communications service providers (CSPs) in the Thought Leadership Council say they'll need to supplement their current service assurance tools as they virtualize networks.
When Disaster Strikes: A New Opportunity to Build a Fail-Safe Network
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8/29/2018  |  1 comment
Once a brick, always a brick? In preparation for disasters, users around the world are turning to technologies that use smartphones to create a resilient mesh network layer that underlies the current cellular network.
SDN & NFV: Convergence & Divergence Down in Denver
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8/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Since the launch of Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event, the trajectories of SDN and NFV have continued to converge while also diverging and separating more than we expected.
Inventiveness & Pragmatism Pays Off in 5G Test & Measurement
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8/24/2018  |  Post a comment
As the market continues to push toward 5G, test and measurement (T&M) will expand, offering many more opportunities for T&M vendors.
Taking the Pulse of NFV in the Mile-High City
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8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
This year's NFV & Carrier SDN event will examine the industry's progress in monetizing virtualization efforts, but will also consider the impact of process automation, which is now positioned as a ubiquitous add-on to any technology.
Separating Blockchain Hype From Reality
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8/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Depending on who you listen to, blockchain is either an over-hyped oddity or a milestone in legal and financial innovation comparable to double-entry bookkeeping. But how significant is the opportunity for communications service providers?
AT&T VP: Using AI to Hyper-Automate Processes
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8/8/2018  |  Post a comment
With the use of microservices and AI, AT&T is looking to speed up and change the processes that will ultimately help it transform its network operations and become more efficient.
Digital Twins: A New Tool in the Network Management Arsenal
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8/6/2018  |  1 comment
The concept of digital twins could be taken to a much higher level in areas like network planning and design, programmable networks and field service management.
CSPs See ROI From Virtualization Despite Continued Frustrations
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8/3/2018  |  Post a comment
More than 60% of communication service providers (CSPs) in this focus group are not sure how they will automate the orchestration of services that include both physical and virtual resources.
OSS/BSS Market Poised to Resume Growth
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7/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The OSS/BSS market is changing quickly thanks to the move to network virtualization and, more broadly, by the transformation of communications service providers into digital service providers.
Digging Deeper Into Three UK's Transformation Program
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7/20/2018  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operator Three UK is undergoing a revamp of its radio access network and supporting IT systems.
Lowering the Barriers to Telco AI With Acumos
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7/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The use of artificial intelligence by telcos is currently limited, but the Acumos AI Project looks set to make machine learning applications more easily created and readily available.
Cable Undergoing Extensive Wireless Transformation
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7/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Cable is moving in on the wireless market, with many exciting opportunities opening up across the board, including in WiFi, mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and 5G.
What to Expect From Nick Read, Vodafone's Next CEO
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7/9/2018  |  Post a comment
On July 27, Nick Read will become Vodafone Group CEO designate before assuming the role of Group CEO on October 1. What can we expect from the operator's current CFO once he's in the hot seat?
5G Backhaul Vendors Have Opportunity, Work to Do
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7/6/2018  |  Post a comment
More than half the communications services providers surveyed for this report expect to have 5G backhaul ready by 2020, even though they still do not know which vendors they plan to use for this step.
Ovum Survey Shocker: OTT Video Calling Is More Popular Than OTT Voice
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7/5/2018  |  10 comments
Mobile operators may find that all their investments in VoLTE and RCS are for naught as OTT providers win and they are left monetizing the data pipe.
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