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Denise Culver, Online Research Director
December 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service provider employees who are B/OSS experts on Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council (TLC). This group was asked 12 questions about revenue, deployment and technology related to B/OSS transformation. The results show that CSPs are eager to invest in transforming their B/OSSs, with budget increases of at least 5 percent a year through 2023 - even as they acknowledge that doing so will not be a painless endeavor.
Simon Sherrington
November 2017
With the future of the connected car up for grabs, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) systems are gaining speed, and may surpass dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) systems in traffic safety applications around the world. This report explores ongoing connected car test and trial activity, specifically in the context of integrated traffic and safety systems. It considers the different technology options, examines recent car connectivity trials and reviews the emerging supply chain.
Simon Stanley
November 2017
Smart network interface cards (NICs) offload low-level functions from server CPUs, dramatically increasing network and application performance. By using the right smart NIC and providing the best software support, service providers can significantly enhance the services they offer. This report covers the market and applications for smart NICs, examines the technology and devices inside smart NICs and profiles 18 of the leading vendors.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
November 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers about emerging technologies. The focus group was asked about technology exploration, target service provider transformation strategies and virtualization and automation. The results clearly illustrate that many service providers are well on their way to using emerging technologies to improve their networks, make their products and services more competitive and, as much as possible, reduce churn.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
October 2017
This report examines the current state of MSO efforts in managed security services (MSS) in North America. It assesses MSO MSS strategies and examines major market trends and issues, including MSO strengths, obstacles to growth and the roles of partnerships. Further, it defines the most significant components of MSS and profiles several significant North American cable companies in relation to their activities in the managed security services market.
October 2017
Automation is driving wrenching change and innovation in almost every part of the global economy. For CSPs, automated networks are an essential requirement to service the growing automation of industrial, enterprise, healthcare and government customers. In short, CSPs are faced with a stark choice: Automate or die. This report delivers Heavy Reading's perspectives on the challenges and promises of automation as they relate to the telecom sector, based on the input of seven different analysts.
Craig Leddy
October 2017
In order to fulfill its promise of multi-gigabit mobile broadband, 5G requires an extensive backhaul network and widespread distribution of small cell devices. This offers a significant opportunity for cable providers. This report identifies emerging backhaul service strategies for cable providers, as well as current opportunities and challenges in the market. It also identifies 12 technology suppliers that have signaled their interest in working with U.S. cable providers on mobile transport needs.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
October 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are SD-WAN experts. This focus group was asked nine questions about deployment, challenges and benefits of the technology and revenue related to SD-WAN. The results clearly illustrate that while SD-WAN is clearly seen as a de facto technology going forward, answers to practical questions about the technology haven't been as easy to divine.
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation
October 2017
This report is based on an online survey of our Video Transformation Advisory Board (VTAB), a group of senior industry decision-makers at network operators, broadcasters and OTT providers. It addresses eight hot-button issues related to OTT video services and explores VTAB members' current thinking on these issues. The survey included 14 industry executives, gaining insights and commentary from key figures who influence the video experiences of tens of millions of homes daily.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
September 2017
Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council circumvents traditional industry hype to ascertain how CSPs are really responding to important industry technologies and trends. This report was generated from the first Q&A with service providers on the Thought Leadership Council that are experts on IoT. They were asked nine questions about revenue potential, investment and deployment strategies for IoT. The results were significantly more guarded than market forecasts would suggest.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
September 2017
This report explains the functions and processes an IoT monetization solution encompasses; the key challenges to successfully monetizing the diverse range of pricing and business models covered by IoT; and the alternatives that CSPs are considering for IoT monetization solutions. The report covers two IoT service providers and examines the factors driving their IoT monetization technology choices. It also profiles 11 vendors of IoT platforms, multi-industry subscription billing and telco-oriented billing solutions.
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Fixed Wireless: Ready for NLoS Deployment?
Matthew Cramer
12/12/2017 4:30:00 AM
(Sponsored.) Even in non-line-of-sight conditions, fixed wireless access can provide reliable high-speed broadband, as tests have now shown.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Digital Transformation
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
12/8/2017 9:15:00 AM
Gluttony. Lust. And five others. What's not to like?

B/OSS Transformation Defies IT Budget Cuts
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
12/7/2017 3:45:00 AM
The most recent Thought Leadership Council survey finds that business/operations support system (B/OSS) transformation will be an important focus for service providers in the coming years.

Contenders Rev Their Engines at the Start of the V2X Race
Simon Sherrington
12/1/2017 2:55:00 AM
Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) systems are gaining traction in the market, and may surpass dedicated short range communications (DSRC) systems in traffic safety applications across the world.

The Challenges of Operationalizing NFV
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
11/29/2017 10:05:00 AM
While NFV provides an opportunity to reduce opex and improve customer experience, it also introduces additional layers of operational complexity.


5G Core & the Service-Based Architecture
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
11/23/2017 4:00:00 AM
A new Heavy Reading white paper analyzes various aspects of the new 5G core network design known as Service-Based Architecture (SBA).


Ubiquitous SDN Acceleration Is Coming
Simon Stanley
11/15/2017 9:00:00 AM
NICs have evolved many times, and the smart NIC is the next step, offering a programmable resource that can be configured to provide additional CPU offload functions for different applications.

AI & Machine Learning in NFV/SDN: Key Takeaways
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
11/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
Operators are applying artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to leverage the power of their new programmable, software-based networks.

Telco Data Analytics Europe: Key Takeaways
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
11/8/2017 4:00:00 PM
This year's show evinced healthy interest in effectively using data and analytics to run telecom businesses better, but how well are operators actually doing with it?

Test Analytics to Future-Proof Fiber Network Rollout
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
11/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
FTTx rollouts need a more automated process for collecting and analyzing test results, and analytics could provide the answer.

Data Center Interconnect for the Web-Scale Era
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
11/7/2017 3:30:00 PM
Driven by web-scale Internet companies, three key trends – disaggregation in terminals, open line systems and 100G+ transponders – are reshaping the DCI market.

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