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Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
March 2019
The CORD AND VCO Report examines the NGCO phenomenon, prominently including the progress of CORD and the emergence of VCO as operator open-source reference designs. It examines and compares both models', highlighting strengths contributing to their growing acceptance and projecting their outlook and overall NGCO adoption against the backdrop of contrasting operator and vendor perspectives on virtualization.
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
February 2019
An SD-WAN Overview: Issues and Prospects provides an overview and reviews significant issues in relation to the emergence of SD-WAN. It looks at the meaning of SD-WAN, its major drivers and benefits, and the structure of the market and its participants - especially between software and hardware vendors and service providers (SPs). The report also projects the market outlook and assesses issues, including the growing importance and demands of the branch and increased demands for security. It then profiles several significant U.S.-based SD-WAN market participants.
Simon Stanley
February 2019
The Rise of PAM4 and 64QAM: A Competitive Analysis of Optical Modules & Components identifies key networking, optical module, and semiconductor technologies, and details their application to 25G, 100G, 200G, 400G, and 600G ports, identifying and analyzing the full spectrum of vendors developing optical modules and components. The report includes not only granular information on the optical modules and components themselves-of interest to telecom equipment manufacturers, service providers, optical module vendors, and semiconductor vendors-but also insights into how the overall market and ecosystem is developing-of interest to a wide audience, including investors. The report evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 50 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including almost 500 optical modules and more than 150 semiconductor components.
Simon Sherrington
December 2018
Spectrum auctions to enable the launch of 5G services are hot news at the moment, given the large sums of money involved. But once these auctions are complete, mobile operators will still be a long way from having an operational network, which will require significant capital investment. This paper provides insight into how much might be spent, and where and when. It estimates and forecasts 5G capex by mobile operators, including investments in the fixed transport infrastructure to serve those networks. It includes estimates for capex split by region and network segment.
Craig Leddy
December 2018
The cable industry is poised to benefit in many ways from 5G, but it must be careful to avoid getting stuck in a quagmire of complexity. This report analyzes the prospects for cable to provide 5G mobile transport services and examines the recent technologies and strategies that are being explored. It assesses the challenges that cable, mobile and technology companies must overcome to make 5G a success. The report also profiles 22 cable technology suppliers that are expanding into 5G or play roles in related fields that could lead to a 5G role.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
November 2018
This month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) forum focused on network security planning. This TLC panel was asked 10 questions about deployment plans, drivers and challenges and budgeting for network security. The results clearly indicate that CSPs feel their companies are currently doing a good or excellent job with network security; however, there are several new technologies and services that must be addressed in order to maintain necessary levels of network security.
Simon Stanley
October 2018
This report details and analyzes more than 40 high-performance Ethernet switch devices, embedded SDN, operating system software and IP solutions, identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers and service providers. It also reviews vendor strategies and surveys component features, performance and flexibility in this important market. Further, this report profiles 15 leading vendors in the market.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
October 2018
Almost 70 percent of service providers in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey say they either already have or will move compute and application execution to the edge by 2020. This TLC panel was asked nine questions about deployment plans, drivers and challenges for implementing edge solutions. The results clearly indicate that CSPs expect to reap significant benefits from this shift, including the creation of new vertical business opportunities, while shortening provisioning and gaining agility in their networks.
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.
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New SD-WAN managed services survey: Key service differentiators and challenges have a lot in common
Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing
1/25/2021 2:30:00 PM
SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's "The Carriers Speak" report show that both the key differentiators and challenges for SD-WAN managed services focus on how to meet enterprise ...

5G networks and the public cloud
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
1/13/2021 8:00:00 AM
How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

New report highlights SD-WAN management challenges and key role of automation
Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing
1/7/2021 11:00:00 PM
SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'The Carriers Speak: The Future of Managed SD-WAN Services' report suggest that SD-WAN SPs are focused on automating processes to accelerate growth ...

Standalone 5G core security: Standards multiplicity and key management singularity
Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst - Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
12/17/2020 11:00:00 PM
SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms that effective 5G security strategies will encompass multiple standards and single key management.

5G fronthaul 2020: Focusing on practical scenarios
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
12/16/2020 6:00:00 AM
As discussed at Light Reading's 5G Transport & Networking Strategies event, operators are looking at practical approaches to converged fronthaul transport, but they need to act quickly.

Cox Communications: A network automation success story
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
12/15/2020 6:00:00 AM
SPONSORED: Cox has built a team dedicated to driving network automation across the organization and is already seeing early successes.

Standalone security: Strategic attributes and implementation concerns
Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst - Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
12/11/2020 11:00:00 PM
SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's research confirms there is no shortage of 5GC SA-related security concerns to be addressed before commercial launch and that the right mix of security strategy ...

Standalone security: The impact of slicing and total cost of ownership
Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst - Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
12/3/2020 6:00:00 AM
SPONSORED: Many enterprise customers expect that 5G security slices will be fully hardened and automated as 5G cores (5GC) are commercialized.

Going the virtual CMTS route
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
11/25/2020 12:52:00 PM
New Light Reading e-book sponsored by Harmonic highlights some of the early advances made by cable operators and vendors in virtualizing the industry's access networks and expanding their capacity.

New report highlights MEC drivers and how carriers will build out the edge
Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing
11/18/2020 11:00:00 PM
SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's 'Edge Computing in Telco Networks' report show that in this early stage of the MEC market, service providers are relying on a lot of DIY with ...

New report demonstrates the role of the edge in the data-driven network
Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing
11/9/2020 6:00:00 AM
SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's 'Edge Computing in Telco Networks' report show that security, latency and the move to vRAN are key drivers for edge computing factors in the ...

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