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Craig Leddy
April 2016
This report describes the ways that cable providers are exploring big data analytics to improve performance on a variety of fronts. It identifies five key performance indicator areas where cable providers are seeking to apply big data: network performance, service performance, customer care, predictive modeling and virtualization. The report also includes a comparison of key data analytics suppliers that are working with U.S. cable providers.
Simon Stanley
April 2016
This report identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing COTS platforms for telecom and cloud applications. The report is based on a series of interviews conducted with a wide range of vendors during the first three months of 2016, along with product information supplied by vendors. In total, the report contains detailed information and analysis on 275 products from 45 COTS platform vendors.
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
April 2016
This report examines why NFV, SDN and cloud are so important to CSPs, and explores their impact on data center infrastructure. It discusses the architectural considerations CSPs must make, including leveraging open source, whether to use a centralized or distributed architecture, and how to scale virtualized resources. It also highlights the strategies that leading vendors are following to support telcos by presenting an overview of six NFVI solution suppliers.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
April 2016
This report examines the current state of the CDN market, reviews the continuing evolution of the CDN model and estimates market shares of major CDN providers. It also examines emerging market trends and issues, including the development of value-added services, such as security services. Finally, the report profiles 11 market players with significant impact on this segment.
Danny Dicks
February 2016
This report analyzes the state of the market for VR technology and services. It assesses the impact that different VR applications will likely have on telecom operators by considering application throughput and latency requirements, and assesses which applications will likely be mass-market and which will remain small-scale. It describes the elements that make up the technology and service value stack for VR and profiles 14 innovative players across the broad VR market.
Craig Leddy
January 2016
This report explores cable's prospects in the enterprise market and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Much of the information was obtained at the Light Reading Future of Cable Business Services conference in December 2015, which featured extensive discussions among cable providers, vendors and industry analysts about cable's enterprise efforts. The report includes profiles of eight technology suppliers that support U.S. cable's business services.
Danny Dicks
January 2016
This report examines the market for horizontal, multi-sector platforms to enable IoT applications. It considers the opportunities for telecom operators in this market; where value resides in the process of developing, supporting and delivering an IoT application; and how much of this value can be captured through the use of a horizontal platform. The report also assesses the offerings of 10 leading vendors of IoT platforms.
Teresa Mastrangelo, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
January 2016
The Future of Virtualization Indexes - part of Light Reading's Virtuapedia initiative - track CSP progress in deploying virtualization. These indexes will be updated three times per year, providing an industry-wide scorecard for tracking the transition to virtualized networks and services. This report provides the findings of our inaugural Future of Virtualization survey, based on data gathered in November 2015.
Simon Stanley
December 2015
This report analyzes how telecom equipment manufacturers use COTS platforms and white box switches, based on an exclusive worldwide survey of engineers, designers, product managers and sales/marketing personnel that work for telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers and suppliers. These platforms are widely used in many types of networking equipment, from the access edge to the core of the network.
December 2015
This report takes a closer look at some of the trends driving the market for optical layer encryption, the benefits it can provide, how a handful of vendors are addressing the growing need and, finally, how encryption technology and the market for this capability may continue to evolve.
Guy Zibi, Managing Director, Xalam Analytics
December 2015
This report examines the strategic options available to Africa's Big Three Fibercos -- MainOne, Seacom, and Liquid Telecom -- including the dynamics of their core geographies and the state of their current network infrastructure and service portfolio. It also examines the consolidation potential of each of the fibercos, either as acquirers or as acquisition targets. We argue that there is potentially more value in domestic market consolidation than in a combination of the Big Three Fibercos; we also note that each of these companies would be a great fit for a number of players, such as Etisalat or Vodacom Business.
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Cable's Mobile Enterprise Challenges
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader
4/27/2016 10:15:00 AM
Cable operators have some key hurdles to overcome if they wish to fill the growing mobility needs of small and large businesses alike.

Cable's Mobile Enterprise Opportunity
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader
4/25/2016 4:40:00 AM
With more and more businesses seeking mobility solutions, cable operators have the chance to carve out an even larger share of the commercial market.

Cable Mines Big Data to Improve Performance
Craig Leddy
4/22/2016 10:21:00 AM
Cable is going big with data analytics, digging into its big data stores, with the hope of garnering information, simplifying operations and improving services and customer care.


Bringing NFV Into the Data Center
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
4/8/2016 3:42:00 PM
A new Heavy Reading report examines why NFV, SDN and cloud are so important to CSPs, and explores their impact on data center infrastructure.

AT&T Explores G.fast for MDUs
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader
3/31/2016 6:00:00 AM
In this first part of a new sponsored blog series, AT&T's Bill Smith explains how AT&T hopes to complement its GPON-powered GigaPower rollout with additional technologies, such as G.fast.


IoT's Year Zero
Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
3/30/2016 9:10:00 AM
Mobile World Congress served to underline how 2016 will be a pivotal year for the Internet of Things.


Why 5G? Where Is the Value?
Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
3/22/2016 5:55:00 AM
5G offers a great opportunity to re-write the industry playbook for a new era, but how that happens is important.


Gigabit 4G Radio
Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
3/11/2016 2:00:00 PM
Gigabit wireless broadband, once seen as a pipe dream, now appears close to reality.

Redefining Customer Experience Benchmarks
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
3/11/2016 5:30:00 AM
Telcos are shining the spotlight on how to improve the customer relationship beyond a transactional billing one, sell more services, and earn customer loyalty and trust.

Time to Do More With Less Spectrum
Dan O'Shea, Analyst, Heavyreading.com
3/10/2016 4:00:00 AM
Self-interference cancellation technology, allowing full-duplex use of a single frequency channel, may soon allow operators to double the capacity of their broadcast spectrum.

Making Cities Smarter & Safer
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader
3/3/2016 8:05:00 AM
Do smart cities make for safe cities? It all depends on how they use those smarts to create a safer environment for residents.


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