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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.
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.
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Look Into the Future of Optical Networks at ECOC 2018
Simon Stanley
9/17/2018 7:00:00 PM
Key developments and research for future optical networks will be discussed during a special workshop at ECOC on Sunday, September 23.

A Phased Approach to AI Adoption in Network Operations & Maintenance
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
9/13/2018 4:15:00 AM
To meet the goals of network quality, customer experience and cost containment, operators will need to embrace even more intelligent forms of network maintenance.

Security, Network Capacity Issues Drive Need for IoT Automation
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
9/12/2018 9:00:00 AM
Communications service providers (CSPs) are slowly adopting automated processes for their Internet of Things (IoT) network architecture, with more than 80% of CSPs who participated in this month's ...

5G – Don’t Put It Off Till Tomorrow
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
9/12/2018 6:25:00 AM
When it comes to mobile technology generations, telecom operators are highly procrastinational.

The Programmable Switch Era Is Here... At Last!
Simon Stanley
9/7/2018 4:42:00 AM
Respondents to Heavy Reading's Multicore Processor and Switch Survey consider programmability as the most important differentiator in switch functions.

5G – Gee Whiz or G-Force?
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
9/5/2018 12:20:00 PM
5G looks to be much more than just a way to deliver faster wireless access… it could lead to a new way of designing, deploying and operating communication networks.

Operations at the Edge: More Locations, More Problems
Roz Roseboro, Principal Analyst – Cloud Infrastructure & Management, Heavy Reading
9/4/2018 10:00:00 AM
While more locations – perhaps orders of magnitude more – presumably mean better service performance, it also means more devices that someone needs to install, monitor, maintain and ...


CSPs Brace for Changes in Assurance Wrought by Virtualization, Automation
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
8/30/2018 9:00:00 AM
Half of the communications service providers (CSPs) in the Thought Leadership Council say they'll need to supplement their current service assurance tools as they virtualize networks.


When Disaster Strikes: A New Opportunity to Build a Fail-Safe Network
Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
8/29/2018 4:45:00 PM
Once a brick, always a brick? In preparation for disasters, users around the world are turning to technologies that use smartphones to create a resilient mesh network layer that underlies the ...


SDN & NFV: Convergence & Divergence Down in Denver
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
8/27/2018 8:00:00 AM
Since the launch of Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event, the trajectories of SDN and NFV have continued to converge while also diverging and separating more than we expected.

Inventiveness & Pragmatism Pays Off in 5G Test & Measurement
Danny Dicks
8/24/2018 7:55:00 AM
As the market continues to push toward 5G, test and measurement (T&M) will expand, offering many more opportunities for T&M vendors.

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