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Simon Sherrington
October 2018
A wave of large-scale 5G deployments is coming, and vendors are working hard to ensure they can supply the billions of dollars' worth of RAN infrastructure operators will need. This report analyzes key vendors' progress at this critical juncture in the evolution of the 5G market. It looks at the 5G RAN solutions they are offering now, timelines for commercial 5G technology launch, and customer trial and contract announcements. Further, the report compares some of the differences in the solutions coming to market and profiles eight leading vendors.
Craig Leddy
September 2018
Cable architecture is continuing to evolve and push more capability to the network edge. The latest move is to utilize coherent optics technology in the fiber access network to increase capacity tenfold. This report provides an update of cable's fiber deployments and assesses the prospects for coherent optics in the cable access network. It explores potential use cases and includes a chart of 19 technology suppliers that are participating in CableLabs' P2P coherent optics working group.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
September 2018
Automation is slowly but surely becoming a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) network architecture, according to the latest survey results from the Thought Leadership Council (TLC). This TLC group was asked nine questions about the impact of IoT on network architecture. The results clearly indicate that CSPs increasingly are turning to automation as they build IoT networks, and they continue to focus on security as a primary area of concern in those networks.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
September 2018
As the complexity of communications networks grows, CSPs are realizing that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will be key to automating their operations and enhancing the customer experience. This report provides an overview of AI/ML, outlines the key telecom use cases and discusses the challenges of applying AI/ML to the networking domain. The report also provides real-world examples from 10 CSPs using AI/ML, summarizes key AI-focused initiatives, and profiles 16 vendors with AI-based offerings focused on the telecom industry.
Simon Stanley
September 2018
This report analyzes the current and projected use of multicore processors and switch chips by telecom and networking equipment manufacturers, based on the results of an exclusive worldwide survey of engineers, designers, product managers and sales/marketing personnel that work for telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The responses to our survey make it clear that these devices are critical components in most types of networking equipment, from the access edge to the core of the network.
Simon Stanley
August 2018
As the mobile industry prepares for the introduction of 5G services, we have seen significant investment in components to implement 5G/LTE macro and small base stations, C-RANs, RRHs, CPE and handset modems, and IoT systems. The latest components support 3GPP Release 13/14 LTE-Advanced Pro with throughput up to 2 Gbit/s and 5G New Radio with throughput up to 5 Gbit/s. This report analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing 5G, LTE and related components for base stations and user devices, including IoT/M2M.
Danny Dicks
August 2018
This report describes the very broad range of test & measurement activity happening now, and how that activity will evolve over the next couple of years as networks start to be rolled out and services are switched on. It describes the specific challenges for testing that are a consequence of 5G - such as the use of higher frequency bands, denser networks and network slicing - and reviews the supply side of the market. Finally, this report profiles 11 vendors that provide test solutions developed or used in the 5G ecosystem.
Roz Roseboro, Principal Analyst – Cloud Infrastructure & Management, Heavy Reading
August 2018
NFV orchestration has expanded beyond its original specification, with new solutions that can manage both virtual and physical network functions, and provide rich service templating/modeling and policy management capabilities. This report highlights the strategies of leading NFV orchestration solution suppliers, discusses how the market is likely to evolve in the near term, and explores the leading open source orchestration projects. Finally, the report profiles 14 leading vendors with compelling offerings in the NFV orchestration market.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
August 2018
This report explores the drivers for adoption of blockchain by communications service providers (CSPs) and evaluates the main opportunities for blockchain in the telecom sector. The report also considers how to evaluate whether blockchain is appropriate for a particular use case and examines the main use cases that CSPs are investing in currently. Finally, the report profiles seven blockchain technology vendors with interesting propositions in this market.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
August 2018
CSPs are on the road to virtualization, but it's neither a certain path nor one that is necessarily being made easier to traverse through automation. This report is based on a focus group that was asked 10 questions about virtualization, security and multi-access edge computing (MEC) in relation to automation. The results indicate that CSPs are frustrated with certain aspects of automation, especially as it relates to open source, but are continuing to develop plans for virtualization.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
July 2018
This report analyzes who does what in the OSS/BSS market, how big the market is, and how revenue is divided among the key vendors. The report also examines how the market fared in 2017, how profit margins have evolved over 2015-2017, how M&A activity has evolved over the last year, and what the prognosis is for 2018 and beyond. Having profiled this market's largest vendors in last year's edition of this report, this edition profiles 31 smaller vendors that have come onto our radar in the last year.
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Is Open Source the Right Approach for NFV Orchestration?
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/15/2018 3:45:00 AM
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
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/10/2018 12:36:00 PM
Collecting large volumes of data is one thing. Making sense of it is another.

ECOC 2018 Optical Workshop Delivers Compelling Vision
Simon Stanley
10/9/2018 6:45:00 AM
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
Roz Roseboro, Principal Analyst – Cloud Infrastructure & Management, Heavy Reading
10/5/2018 1:00:00 PM
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
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/5/2018 5:45:00 AM
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?
Simon Sherrington
10/5/2018 2:00:00 AM
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
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/4/2018 2:15:00 AM
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
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/1/2018 11:15:00 AM
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
Craig Leddy
10/1/2018 7:00:00 AM
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
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
9/27/2018 12:05:00 PM
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 ...


Orchestration & Open Source for 5G
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
9/25/2018 6:01:00 AM
Issues relating to services orchestration have still not entirely been resolved.

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