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Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst
Vol. 13, No. 5, July 2015
This report examines the new requirements emerging from telcos that are looking to migrate network functions from proprietary, dedicated hardware platforms to standardized IT servers. It highlights the strategies of leading vendors to support telcos' need for performance, availability and scalability, and how the cloud and telecom environments differ, including the impact of using common infrastructure for all services in a telco data center. The report profiles 10 server platform, components and software suppliers.
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Guy Zibi, Managing Director, Xalam Analytics
July 2015
This report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the dynamics that underpin mobile profitability in Africa. Building on extensive quantitative analysis, a dozen interviews with market players and one of the region's most extensive quantitative databases, the report offers some answers to some of the most critical questions facing African operators today.
Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider
Craig Leddy
Vol. 10, No. 2, July 2015
This report provides an update on cable's cloud user interface (UI) progress and the opportunities and challenges ahead. It includes profiles of 20 software suppliers that offer cable guides, UI solutions and related content discovery tools, including several relative newcomers that exhibited at INTX 2015.
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Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
Vol. 15, No. 6, July 2015
This report provides a market reality check on the status of 200G adoption. The report briefly provides an overview of this activity, then assesses market trends and circumstances. Finally, this report profiles six key market players.
Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider
Simon Sherrington
Vol. 6, No. 3, July 2015
This report examines LTE D2D, summarizing the progress of standardization and highlighting noteworthy trials. It offers a timeline to potential service introductions, reviewing the hurdles that must be overcome before services can be introduced. It shows that this concept offers a great opportunity for operators seeking to grow revenues. It also includes forecasts for the proximity-based marketing business in the U.S., with detailed discussion of the underpinning assumptions.
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Graham Finnie, Consulting Analyst
Vol. 13, No. 4, June 2015
All around the world, mobile operators face the same challenges, including: market saturation, intensifying competition, flat or declining ARPU, rising data traffic and high churn. To meet these challenges, operators need to focus much harder on improving the customer experience, which requires building much closer links between network service quality and the customer experience. This report examines the background to this effort and describes the emerging toolset that can help to make it happen.
Heavy Reading Components Insider
Simon Stanley
Vol. 11, No. 2, May 2015
This report analyzes current and projected use of 100G optical modules and PHY semiconductor components by equipment vendors, based on an exclusive worldwide survey. These devices are critical components in many types of networking equipment, from long haul to the access edge, data center and core of the network.
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Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
Vol. 15, No. 5, May 2015
This report presents and analyzes the results of the survey, including demographic data on survey participants, as well as results and commentary for several key survey questions. Further, the report includes FIIRP scores and comparative ratings for all 17 organizations included in the survey, as well as summary conclusions.
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Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
Vol. 15, No. 4, May 2015
This report presents four case studies of public-private partnerships for U.S. Gigabit Cities. It discusses the concerns that led to partnership proposals, how these were addressed, and the projects' results at their various stages, derived from documentation and recent interviews with nine representatives of cities and operators of various kinds.
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Danny Dicks
Vol. 15, No. 3, April 2015
This report examines the emerging market for commercial, connected drones. It describes the emerging value chains and functional stratification of technologies that make up a connected drone, examines the most significant issues facing the sector, summarizes the development of drones as network nodes, and profiles 14 companies in the industry.
Heavy Reading Components Insider
Simon Stanley
Vol. 11, No. 1, April 2015
This report analyzes high-performance Ethernet switch devices, embedded SDN and operating system software and innovative SDN switch systems, identifying the key requirements and highlighting their advantages for equipment manufacturers and service providers. The report also reviews vendor strategies and surveys component features, performance and flexibility in this important market.
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IT Servers Need Tweaking for NFV
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst
8/4/2015 2:03:00 PM
One of the most significant changes that network functions virtualization will introduce into the CSP environment is the use of generic IT servers rather than purpose-built, dedicated hardware ...


Optical Innovation Puts Focus on DCI, SDN
Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
7/29/2015 7:25:00 PM
Metro data center interconnect (DCI) and transport SDN were the key themes of Optical Innovation Forum 2015.

An Ultra-Broadband Future for Asia/Pac
Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
7/28/2015 2:05:00 PM
Huawei-hosted conference considers ways to achieve ultra-broadband connectivity for Asia/Pacific by 2020.


How Business Enablement Systems Could Change CSP DNA
Teresa Mastrangelo, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
7/21/2015 5:16:00 PM
The growth of broadband is exposing the limitations of current OSS/BSS infrastructure and driving a shift to a new paradigm -- the business enablement system (BES).

Analytics: Out of the Hype Cycle
Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
7/20/2015 12:55:00 PM
Big data and analytics has been a hot topic for some time, but the value proposition is only now emerging from the hype cycle fully formed, with a mandate for commercialization.


Metro Traffic Makes Way for 200G Transport
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
7/16/2015 11:10:00 AM
By 2017, metro traffic is expected to increase dramatically. 16QAM modulation that provides 200G over 100G lines will be a significant market presence with potential substantial adoption.

Follow the Open Source Road
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst
7/15/2015 12:56:00 PM
Open source does not obviate all company secrets. It does, however, make it possible for companies to devote more of their precious resources on areas where they can truly differentiate and add value.

Cable's Cloud-Based UI Makeover
Craig Leddy
7/14/2015 12:50:00 PM
Cable providers are rolling out cloud-based user interface (UI) platforms that offer better TV guides, richer graphics, search features and branded experiences for video content.


Proximity-Based Services May Be Closer Than You Think
Simon Sherrington
7/14/2015 5:30:00 AM
Long Term Evolution Device-to-Device (LTE D2D) technology is opening up exciting opportunities to operators. These opportunities may just lead to insane growth, possibly billions of dollars in ...

The Service-Oriented Mobile Core
Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
7/7/2015 5:10:00 AM
To unlock the virtual core opportunity, mobile operators need new service models, with associated revenue, to drive the business case.

The Digital Service Provider
Teresa Mastrangelo, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
6/24/2015 6:16:00 PM
To thrive in the Internet age, operators must transform themselves from 'communications service providers' into 'digital service providers.'

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Network operators start seeing savings from NFV in the first year, according to a study by Affirmed Networks and ACG.
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