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ajwdct
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ajwdct,
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11/23/2015 | 9:19:17 PM
Re: OPEX Savings or Problems? + Conference Summary
Thanks Mitch, but I maintain OPEX will be a critical issue for deploying white boxes in a production/live network.  They won't be as reliable as typical carrier class network equipment and the hardware/software are from different vendors leading to a systems integration/fault isolation/finger pointing problem which will increase OPEX.

Another issue raised by an IEEE member who commented on the community.comsoc.org website article I posted was "interoperability standards."  I replied that issue was being solved by open source consortiums, rather than ITU-T or other recognized standards body.

 
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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11/23/2015 | 10:21:11 AM
Re: OPEX Savings or Problems? + Conference Summary
Hi, ajwdct - It's an issue, but it's not the reason to make the change. I've seen estimates that network operators who change to virtualization won't see savings in the first year or two, because the change itself incurs costs. 
ajwdct
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ajwdct,
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11/22/2015 | 8:24:47 PM
OPEX Savings or Problems? + Conference Summary
I continue to believe that OPEX will be a key issue for white box networking.  Issues include: hardware/software integration, fault isolation and repair (fail-over and problem resolution), restoration/re-routing around failures or congested network nodes, integration with OSS/BSS, upgrades/updates to software which cause problems with other functions, etc.

Here's my conference summary: 

http://community.comsoc.org/blogs/alanweissberger/highlights-light-readings-white-box-strategies-communications-service-provider

 
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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11/19/2015 | 5:18:09 PM
Re: Open is about speed
It's more apparent in the cable space: Companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime are obviously in the video business. 

Cable providers have an advantage there, though -- cord-cutting consumers need to buy their bandwidth from somewhere, and it's likely to be the same companies from whom they're no longer buying video content. 
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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11/19/2015 | 5:15:25 PM
Re: Bet a cup of coffee? This is serious...
I agree that AT&T is likely to be a surviror. Which Tier 1 providers are likely to go down? Which smaller providers are likely to move to the head of the pack? I wonder.
Ray@LR
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[email protected],
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11/18/2015 | 10:58:23 AM
Bet a cup of coffee? This is serious...
If AT&T's Duell is prepared to bet his cup of coffee that the telco will still be a top tier comms services player in the future, then that's real committment... but AT&T (and others) will need to move even more quickly if he's not to relinquish his daily espresso quota to the Web-scalers...  
msilbey
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msilbey,
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11/18/2015 | 8:28:41 AM
Open is about speed
It's the same thing we're hearing in the cable space. Opening the technology up is about increasing the speed of innovation. Iterate constantly to continue adding value.


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