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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.

Taking Control of the Telco Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/20/2019

Digital warriors from major telcos gathered at a recent Action Week organized by the TM Forum to find out how their peers are building new IT architectures that encourage service development and innovation.

Virtualization Is Progressing, but What About Cloud & Automation?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/14/2019

Communications service providers are about a fifth of the way towards their virtualization targets.

Is There a 5G Edge Advantage for Mobile Operators?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/13/2019

Edge networking and edge cloud are closely associated with 5G. It's not an overstatement to say edge computing is inherent to 5G architecture.

TalkTalk's OSS Rationalization
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/6/2019

Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw talks to the team at UK operator TalkTalk about their efforts to revamp their all-important support systems.

The Self-Publishing Network – What Can it Do for You?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/28/2019

No, it's not a self-help group for struggling authors...

Using AI for Smarter Cable CX
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/24/2019

A new Tractica report looks at how cable providers are mining their big data and using data-based methods to boost network performance, resolve service issues and manage customer care.

Navigating the Fiber Gold Rush
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/23/2019

In a comprehensive new study conducted for Incognito Software Systems, Heavy Reading finds that communications service providers must implement new OSS strategies to support their next-generation fiber-based services.

Key Takeaways From the UK Network Operators' Forum
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/16/2019

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/2/2019

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/24/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/14/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/14/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/12/2018

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?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/26/2018

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'
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/14/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/13/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/6/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/31/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/22/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/19/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/18/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/18/2018

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?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/15/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/10/2018

Collecting large volumes of data is one thing. Making sense of it is another.

ECOC 2018 Optical Workshop Delivers Compelling Vision
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/9/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/5/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/5/2018

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?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/5/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/4/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/1/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/1/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/27/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/25/2018

Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.

5G Transport Gets a Reboot in NY
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/24/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/17/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/13/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/12/2018

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

When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.

The Programmable Switch Era Is Here... At Last!
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/7/2018

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?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/5/2018

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
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2018

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.