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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.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
July 2018
This report provides an overview of the issues telecom billing vendors and their CSP customers face and how they are facing them. It examines the structure of the billing vendor market and its participants, assessing major issues, including competition with OTT companies, dealing with new digital services, 5G and the IoT, the roles of virtualization and the cloud, billing system proliferation and convergence, and the emergence of a new variety of partnerships. Finally, this report profiles seven significant vendors in the billing market.
Craig Leddy
July 2018
This report provides a comprehensive update of U.S. cable providers' wireless activity, including WiFi and MVNO mobile services, and adoption of emerging capabilities, including CBRS, LoRa and 5G. It includes a status report of the top four cable providers and a table of 19 suppliers serving the U.S. cable industry with wireless equipment and solutions.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
July 2018
While nearly half of the panelists in our latest Thought Leadership Council forum say their companies will have 5G-ready backhaul in place by 2020, almost none have made a final decision on which vendors they will use. This focus group was asked 10 questions to ascertain deployment plans, vendors, budgets and obstacles for 5G backhaul. The results clearly indicate that CSPs have a good grasp of and are well on their way toward deploying 5G backhaul, despite not having made firm choices of the vendors they'll use for those deployments.
Simon Sherrington
June 2018
Just like 3G, 4G and LTE, 5G isn't kicking WiFi to the curb. Mixing WiFi with LTE and 5G networks offers mobile operators numerous market opportunities. This report explores recent patterns in WiFi deployment and improvements to the technology. It reviews the likely impact of business models, installed base of legacy infrastructure and vested interests - all of which will influence the evolution of the market - exploring how WiFi and 5G are likely to fit together.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
June 2018
Service providers on our Thought Leadership Council are cautiously optimistic about B/OSS automation, with more than half already taking steps to automate B/OSS. This focus group was asked 10 questions about their deployment plans, technology, drivers and obstacles for B/OSS automation. These service providers clearly have realistic goals and expectations for this technology, but they're also cognizant of the challenges they face as they continue to integrate automation.
Simon Stanley
May 2018
Universal CPE (uCPE) systems are a key market opportunity created by the development of SDN and cloud services. uCPE solutions are continuing to develop with new processors, better system integration and more efficient virtualization solutions. This report covers 18 vendors that offer uCPE hardware platforms, software platforms or integration services. The report also covers the leading processors for uCPE platforms and service provider approaches to uCPE systems, with specific information on AT&T uCPE platforms.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
May 2018
This focus group was asked nine questions about machine learning to ascertain current and future plans, how well it's understood and influences impacting the technology. The results clearly indicate that service providers are integrating the technology when and where it's understood and most obviously applicable; however, widespread adoption of machine learning for service providers will lag until applicability is proven.
Danny Dicks
April 2018
The prospects for private networks based on public cellular network standards have never been greater. This report looks at the use cases for private LTE and future 5G networks, examining why LTE and 5G are better able than public cellular technologies of the past to meet the needs of enterprises and other organizations with specific requirements. Further, this report looks at the models for deployment and integration with network operators' public services, describes the market supply-side and profiles 12 leading vendors.
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Taking the Pulse of NFV in the Mile-High City
Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
8/16/2018 8:15:00 AM
This year's NFV & Carrier SDN event will examine the industry's progress in monetizing virtualization efforts, but will also consider the impact of process automation, which is now positioned as a ...

Separating Blockchain Hype From Reality
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
8/13/2018 12:00:00 PM
Depending on who you listen to, blockchain is either an over-hyped oddity or a milestone in legal and financial innovation comparable to double-entry bookkeeping. But how significant is the ...

AT&T VP: Using AI to Hyper-Automate Processes
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
8/8/2018 9:00:00 AM
With the use of microservices and AI, AT&T is looking to speed up and change the processes that will ultimately help it transform its network operations and become more efficient.

Digital Twins: A New Tool in the Network Management Arsenal
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
8/6/2018 4:30:00 AM
The concept of digital twins could be taken to a much higher level in areas like network planning and design, programmable networks and field service management.


CSPs See ROI From Virtualization Despite Continued Frustrations
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
8/3/2018 3:45:00 AM
More than 60% of communication service providers (CSPs) in this focus group are not sure how they will automate the orchestration of services that include both physical and virtual resources.

OSS/BSS Market Poised to Resume Growth
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
7/27/2018 2:21:00 PM
The OSS/BSS market is changing quickly thanks to the move to network virtualization and, more broadly, by the transformation of communications service providers into digital service providers.

Digging Deeper Into Three UK's Transformation Program
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
7/20/2018 7:45:00 AM
UK mobile operator Three UK is undergoing a revamp of its radio access network and supporting IT systems.

Lowering the Barriers to Telco AI With Acumos
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
7/16/2018 9:45:00 AM
The use of artificial intelligence by telcos is currently limited, but the Acumos AI Project looks set to make machine learning applications more easily created and readily available.

Cable Undergoing Extensive Wireless Transformation
Craig Leddy
7/13/2018 7:00:00 AM
Cable is moving in on the wireless market, with many exciting opportunities opening up across the board, including in WiFi, mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and 5G.

What to Expect From Nick Read, Vodafone's Next CEO
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
7/9/2018 1:27:00 PM
On July 27, Nick Read will become Vodafone Group CEO designate before assuming the role of Group CEO on October 1. What can we expect from the operator's current CFO once he's in the hot seat?

5G Backhaul Vendors Have Opportunity, Work to Do
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
7/6/2018 3:45:00 AM
More than half the communications services providers surveyed for this report expect to have 5G backhaul ready by 2020, even though they still do not know which vendors they plan to use for this step.

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