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Craig Leddy
April 2018
U.S. cable providers are seeking to use their device platforms and infrastructure to offer Internet of Things (IoT) products and services, seeing it as an opportunity to replace dwindling revenue from its pay-TV business. This report reviews cable's entrance into the IoT market, focusing on home automation. It examines challenges cable faces in the IoT market, including security risks and privacy concerns for consumers. Finally, the report covers 21 companies and their offerings in the market.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
April 2018
This report is based on a Q&A with service provider employees who are experts on software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN). This focus group was asked 10 questions about overall security, technology and outside influences related to SD-WAN security. The results indicate that service providers believe they're doing a good job on SD-WAN security but need to consider some enhancements to continue doing so.
Daniel Grossman, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading
March 2018
5G fixed wireless access (5G-FWA) is increasingly becoming a viable alternative to drop cables for the critical last hundred feet between a service provider's distribution infrastructure and the customer premises. This report examines the relative merits of fiber to the home (FTTH) and mmWave 5G-FWA technologies from both engineering and business perspectives. Although the report primarily addresses the U.S. market, 5G-FWA technology and strategic perspectives apply elsewhere.
Simon Sherrington
March 2018
In the next 18 months, edge computing infrastructure will become a staple component of all mobile network deployments. The edge computing opportunity has inspired a massive rush to market by a wide range of companies and has generated an awful lot of hype, as well as some interesting trials, product announcements, investments and strategic moves. This report considers what we might expect from edge computing players - most specifically mobile edge computing (MEC) - over the next 12 to 24 months.
Simon Stanley
March 2018
This report analyzes the current and projected use of 100G, 400G, 800G and other interfaces 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 those 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 and data centers.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
March 2018
This report was generated from a Q&A with service provider employees who are experts on the Internet of Things (IoT). This focus group was asked 10 questions about technology, revenue and expectations related to IoT security. The results clearly indicate that service providers believe they're doing a good job with IoT security, and the majority of service providers in our focus group are well on their way to implementing IoT security plans.
Danny Dicks
February 2018
This report examines what artificial intelligence (AI) means to the mobile telecom market, identifying the techniques that are being used, where AI processing is best carried out and what AI is used for. It maps the supply-side of the market for AI solutions used by mobile operators, identifying some representative players of various kinds. Finally, the report profiles 12 prominent companies in the AI market.
Simon Stanley
February 2018
Multicore processors are more important than ever in networking systems due to the shift to virtualized networks using SDN and NFV. This report surveys high-performance multicore processors for virtualized networking and other networking applications. It also reviews the strategy and product architectures of multicore processor, IP and software vendors. The report covers 17 vendors, using documentation supplied by these vendors to provide detailed information on almost 90 devices or groups of devices.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
February 2018
This report examines smart city initiatives in three major U.S. cities. Chicago and Boston have been relatively prominent for their projects over the last few years; and Columbus, Ohio, is positioned for significant progress as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's first Smart City Challenge. This report examines how such projects are implemented across city governments and public-private partnerships. The report also projects Columbus's future smart city plans, with implications for other projects in the U.S. and worldwide.
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
February 2018
This report assesses the evolution of SDN in carrier networks through an in-depth survey of network operators around the globe. The survey-based project builds on an unparalleled wealth of operator data and insights gained from six years of extensive Heavy Reading primary research in this area. Building on our knowledge base and past survey work, we focus this SDN study on two critical areas: disaggregation in packet-optical networks and automation in the carrier wide-area network (WAN).
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
February 2018
This report was generated from a Q&A with service provider employees who are involved with automation initiatives. This focus group was asked 10 questions about planning, likely internal impact, drivers and partners related to automation. The results clearly indicate that service providers expect positive results from automation even without following a well-developed master plan for accomplishing those results.
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Telco Journey to Cloud-Native: We Want What They've Got
Roz Roseboro, Principal Analyst – Cloud Infrastructure & Management, Heavy Reading
4/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
Find out what it takes to transition telecom networks to cloud-native architectures at the Big Communications Event in Austin in May!


The Roadmap to Reaching Zero-Touch Automation
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
4/23/2018 6:00:00 AM
At BCE, we'll dive into the topic of Zero-Touch Automation without trying to boil the ocean.

TalkTalk Puts Network & IT Convergence to Work
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
4/20/2018 9:00:00 AM
The UK quad-play provider's Colin Whitbread gets closer to the edge, using automation and more.

The Network Edge: Where Services Go to Thrive
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
4/19/2018 11:30:00 AM
A major re-architecting of the network will be needed to deliver future services, as we'll discuss during the upcoming BCE 2018.

Can Cable's IoT Dethrone Alexa?
Craig Leddy
4/19/2018 7:00:00 AM
Cable is moving into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, specifically homing in on home automation, using its advantage of existing connectivity and customers.


Service Providers Have Work Ahead for SD-WAN Security
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
4/6/2018 3:45:00 AM
Communications service providers that are specialists in software-defined wide-area networking believe they're doing a good job on SD-WAN security but need to consider some enhancements to ...

Telefónica Leverages Analytics for Data-Driven Operations
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
4/4/2018 11:15:00 AM
Telefónica's 'fourth platform' uses artificial intelligence to analyze data from underlying platforms in order to better serve customers.

Is 5G Fixed Wireless vs. FTTH a Cage Fight or a Toolkit?
Daniel Grossman, Contributing Analyst, Heavy Reading
4/3/2018 1:31:00 PM
Fiber to the home (FTTH) and mm-wave 5G fixed wireless access (5G-FWA) are not actual competitors, as they both have their strengths and places in the market

Looking to the Future With ON2020: An OFC Perspective
Simon Stanley
3/27/2018 11:15:00 AM
The ON2020 panel at this year's OFC provided insight into the challenges faced by network operators and the technologies that will be required in future optical networks.

Edge Computing for Mobile Operators: Revenue Opportunity or Defensive Necessity?
Simon Sherrington
3/22/2018 10:40:00 AM
Mobile operators should expect to see competition from global players and startups in the mobile edge computing (MEC) market over the next two years.

Densification & Next-Gen C-RAN
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
3/13/2018 11:40:00 AM
As the industry moves to 5G, the need to support reliability, low-latency, high-speed mobility, extreme density and user-level radio resource control has taken center stage.

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