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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.

Understanding the IETF's Control Plane Roadmap
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/30/2019

Automated control of optical is set to move from labs and single-vendor deployments into the mainstream in the coming years – with 5G as a driver.

Top 10 Takeaways After 19 Years as a Telecom Industry Analyst
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/30/2019

Reflections and predictions from a career in the telecom industry.

Supersizing the C-Band
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/21/2019

The Super C-band development from Huawei adds an additional 50% to a standard C-band implementation.

Tracking Telco Progress in Open Networking
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/15/2019

My musings and observations on OpenStack, the open source community, what's working and what could work better.

How BT Is Applying AI to Support Its Programmable Network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/10/2019

AI and machine learning are already key components in the closed-loop control of BT's programmable network.

Service Management Modernization – Benefits & Challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/15/2019

Taking a Pulse on Network Automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/28/2019

Automation offers the best hope for managing today's vastly complex networks – so what's the hold-up?

Securing 5G Networks: Making Sense of Security Service Requirements
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/28/2019

The good news is that service providers understand which tools and capabilities they will need to not only successfully implement 5G security services, but also differentiate them.

Wooing the Video Customers of Tomorrow
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/25/2019

Consumers are increasingly seeking simple, easily searchable and personalized viewing experiences anywhere, everywhere and all in one place.

Optical Networks for the Next Decade
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/18/2019

The ON2020 group is looking to address the optical transport challenges presented by the predicted surge in user traffic on carrier networks.

Securing 5G Networks: The Commercial & Technical Realities
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/15/2019

The focus on business readiness at Mobile World Congress served to reinforce the importance of fully addressing the business of security requirements.

Securing 5G Networks: Addressing Control Plane Challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/12/2019

Without question, the additional requirements that the 5G control plane supports will inject additional complexity into security enforcement.

Securing 5G Networks: Do You Want Automation With That Slice?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/7/2019

The scope of 5G security changes is so broad that it is a tall order to address all the resulting challenges in lockstep.

Breaking Down the Barriers Between IT & Network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/6/2019

Automation plays a critical role in the ongoing digital transformation of the telecom industry.

How A/B Testing Supports VNF CI/CD
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/5/2019

A new Heavy Reading white paper explores various approaches to Continuous Delivery/Deployment in the telecom domain.

Orange, Vodafone to Unveil Common Approach to NFVi
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/27/2019

The two operators have been working to develop a number of NFV infrastructure (NFVi) configurations to meet the needs of different types of virtual network function (VNF) deployments.

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