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Analytics Helps Level 3 Read MindsAnalytics Helps Level 3 Read Minds

By deploying analytics and business policies, automation can make network change decisions as if the customer had made those decisions themselves.

Mitch Wagner

September 14, 2016

4 Min Read
Analytics Helps Level 3 Read Minds

DENVER -- NFV & Carrier SDN -- Using analytics, Level 3 can provide network services that deliver quality as good as if the enterprise customer had been managing the network personally.

"I think that's probably the most exciting arena," David Siegel, vice president for data services product management at Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), said during a Q&A presentation. Automation can eliminate the need to wait for the customer to review analytics reports, and call Level 3 to order a change. Instead, the system acts automatically.

"The system can make the decision the customer would have made," Siegel said. Later, the customer can review the decision and, if it's not to the customer's taste, the customer can review and change the business policies that led to the decision, Siegel said.

Figure 1: Analyze This Level 3's David Siegel talks analytics with Light Reading's Carol Wilson. Level 3's David Siegel talks analytics with Light Reading's Carol Wilson.

About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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