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Simon Stanley
February 2018
Multicore processors are more important than ever in networking systems due to the shift to virtualized networks using SDN and NFV. This report surveys high-performance multicore processors for virtualized networking and other networking applications. It also reviews the strategy and product architectures of multicore processor, IP and software vendors. The report covers 17 vendors, using documentation supplied by these vendors to provide detailed information on almost 90 devices or groups of devices.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
February 2018
This report examines smart city initiatives in three major U.S. cities. Chicago and Boston have been relatively prominent for their projects over the last few years; and Columbus, Ohio, is positioned for significant progress as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's first Smart City Challenge. This report examines how such projects are implemented across city governments and public-private partnerships. The report also projects Columbus's future smart city plans, with implications for other projects in the U.S. and worldwide.
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
February 2018
This report assesses the evolution of SDN in carrier networks through an in-depth survey of network operators around the globe. The survey-based project builds on an unparalleled wealth of operator data and insights gained from six years of extensive Heavy Reading primary research in this area. Building on our knowledge base and past survey work, we focus this SDN study on two critical areas: disaggregation in packet-optical networks and automation in the carrier wide-area network (WAN).
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
February 2018
This report was generated from a Q&A with service provider employees who are involved with automation initiatives. This focus group was asked 10 questions about planning, likely internal impact, drivers and partners related to automation. The results clearly indicate that service providers expect positive results from automation even without following a well-developed master plan for accomplishing those results.
Craig Leddy
February 2018
This report reviews U.S. cable provider plans to offer SD-WAN and move up-market to attract enterprise customers. The report explores the state of cable business services, key market challenges, SD-WAN components and complementary technologies. It includes an analysis of the supplier market and a chart of nine key SD-WAN technology suppliers that are playing or appear to be positioned to play a role with cable providers.
Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
January 2018
As the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to gain traction across a multitude of industries, this report identifies 10 forward-looking capabilities that are essential for mobile operators. For those that are already IoT players, this is a checklist of factors that operations, technical and commercial teams should already be considering. For those preparing to enter the IoT space, it can provide a strategic guide against which priority investments can be determined. And for the "wait and see" camp, it should be a wake-up call and manifesto for rapid change -- otherwise, future survival is not assured.
Simon Stanley
January 2018
We expect the rollout of Gfast systems and services based on the latest chipsets to start in 2018 and ramp during 2019. This report details and analyzes chipsets from the leading vendors in this important market as network operators plan the rollout of Gfast and the latest VDSL2 services. The report profiles the vendors and reviews specific chipset families, identifies the key features and highlights the advantages they hold for system developers and service providers.
Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
January 2018
The adoption of a virtualized and distributed cloud is shaking the technological bedrock that underpins the core principles of telecom operations. Based on an exclusive survey of CSP decision-makers, this study explores how CSPs are managing the new security demands of the cloud, as well as their strategies to mitigate risks through the deployment of new security capabilities. It also explores CSPs' plans to drive new revenue streams by selling managed security services to the enterprise.
January 2018
This report examines drivers for converged access network deployment, along with forecasts for 2018-2021. It goes into depth about the needs of the various verticals, including smart cities and smart grids. It also looks at trends that will drive, enable or impede new deployments. In particular, the report discusses the expected retirement of copper infrastructure, fiber to the lightpost (FTTL), the financial condition of incumbents and efforts to close the broadband divide.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
January 2018
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are 5G experts. This focus group was asked 12 questions about 5G deployment plans, revenue opportunities and how the market is shaping up. The results clearly indicate that 5G vendors have an outstanding opportunity to educate and market their portfolios to service providers in every market.
Simon Sherrington
This market tracker assesses the global market for cybersecurity solutions sold to communications service providers (CSPs), offering a five-year forecast of the market and analyzing 14 leading security solution vendors. Our forecast is based on a new, bottom-up market estimate, cross-checked against top-down estimates and informed by third-party surveys and analysis.
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Competition Heats Up for SDN/NFV Processing
Simon Stanley
2/16/2018 8:00:00 AM
The shift to application and network virtualization by operators and CSPs requires a new generation of multicore processors that are being introduced by many vendors.


TalkTalk's 'Tech Debt' Transformation
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
2/12/2018 5:25:00 AM
In the wake of a damaging cyber attack in 2015, Philip Clayson was tasked with creating a cyber breach remediation plan for over 600 applications across TalkTalk's consumer and enterprise ...


Measuring Progress in Carrier SDN
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
2/9/2018 9:30:00 AM
It's still hard to say whether carrier SDN is really a success or a failure, but the needle is moving on SDN commercialization – albeit not as quickly as some might hope.

Operators Adopt Bolder Strategies for Automation
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
2/5/2018 11:05:00 AM
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that although most communications service providers (CSPs) prefer to have a solid plan in place before moving on a new market trend, ...


Cable SD-WAN: A Generational Moment
Craig Leddy
2/1/2018 2:46:00 PM
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is the primary focus for cable in 2018, with fierce competition across the market.

Why Gfast Is About to Come of Age
Simon Stanley
1/18/2018 9:05:00 AM
The Gfast rollout, which has been stalled while network operators conduct trials and chipset vendors develop new Amendment 3 chipsets, is set to start in 2018 with a ramp-up in 2019.


NFV Service Assurance – In Need of Big Data, Small Data or Both?
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst – CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
1/12/2018 1:45:00 PM
NFV is shifting from a technology focus to operations, as CSPs say too much effort has been spent on VNF onboarding and too little on the reality of operations.

The Coming Fiber Construction Boom
Daniel Grossman, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading
1/10/2018 1:31:00 PM
The converged fiber access market is set to grow again, especially as copper lines continue to deteriorate.


5G Experts Pit Reality Against Predictions
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
1/8/2018 3:45:00 AM
The most recent Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey finds that opportunities abound for 5G vendors as only 15% of TLC service providers have chosen their vendors for the 5G market.

Guarded Optimism Over AI for Automation of Telco Security
Danny Dicks
1/3/2018 4:17:00 PM
The ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out complex analysis on high volumes of data very quickly could help automate many telco security activities. But is it smart to cut humans out ...

Can AI Make Cable Smarter?
Craig Leddy
12/28/2017 5:35:00 AM
Cable is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help tackle customer service woes, as well as proactively manage network functions and provide a better customer experience.


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