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Danny Dicks
September 2017
This report explores how demand for optical transport has changed, how coherent optics is evolving, and what the future holds for this established but dynamic technology. It examines advances in electronics that are pushing speeds faster, and the consequences for the standard optical grid spacing, looks at standardization efforts, including those led from the demand side of the market, and compares the approaches and portfolios of 11 vendors of telco-focused optical systems.
Simon Sherrington
This tracker assesses the market for policy management and deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, offering a five-year forecast of the market broken down by solution type and region. The analysis is focused on the use of DPI in the context of policy management, broadly defined, by network operators. Our estimates of the global policy and DPI market are largely based on information provided by leading vendors and global operators.
August 2017
Operators have come to recognize the inefficiency of siloed infrastructure, and are increasingly drawn to the notion of a converged fixed access platform. This report examines the trend toward converged infrastructure in the access network, exploring the synergies between business segments and trade-offs between architectural alternatives. Access convergence is synergistic with trends such as SDN, NFV, CORD, network slicing and fog/edge computing.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
August 2017
This report is an attempt to decipher what IBN really is, what work the standards development organization and open source community are doing in this area, what are the different vendor approaches to IBN and why IBN should be of interest to telecom operators, not just in the data center but also in wide-area networking.
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
August 2017
To truly benefit from NFV, CSPs will need to automate their operations, and management and orchestration (MANO) of the virtual environment will play a key role in this automation. MANO will allow CSPs to automate the configuration of the NFV Infrastructure (NFV-I), service creation and network resource optimization to achieve both lower opex and improved service agility. This report examines the state of the art in NFV MANO as NFV moves out of proofs of concept and into production.
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
August 2017
5G is the next-generation mobile networking standard that will build on the global 4G LTE ecosystem and targets a raft of new service opportunities. The report investigates a critical part of the 5G system architecture: the 5G core (5GC). Operators need a new 5GC to meet future service requirements, as the separation of control and user plane in 5GC creates opportunities for innovative deployments, such as edge computing, where the service requires very low latency or where there are very high traffic volumes.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
August 2017
This report examines Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) as an approach to CO modernization -- as vision, platform and reference implementation of a service delivery platform. It reviews the CORD organization and its governance, examines its varieties, tracks trials and identifies strengths contributing to its growing acceptance. The report also projects CORD's future outlook, including adoption levels, and discusses vendor perspectives and CORD's relationship with emerging fog networking.
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
August 2017
This report analyzes the impact of Webscale Internet companies on the metro data center interconnect (DCI) market. It forecasts the global DWDM opportunity for metro DCI from 2017-2021, including both the direct and indirect DCI equipment revenue opportunities. The report quantifies direct metro DCI DWDM revenue in 2016 and provides 2016 market share for vendors. It also assesses metro DCI product specifications across suppliers and profiles all leading metro DCI equipment vendors.
Danny Dicks
August 2017
This report examines the applications for LPWA in the utility sector and compares the leading LPWA technologies that have gained traction in the utility space (and the major competing communications approaches). Further, it looks at the supply side of the market and identifies leading vendors of communications infrastructure, components, devices and platforms relevant to utility markets. Finally, this report gives examples of how the electricity, gas and water industries use LPWA networks.
Craig Leddy
July 2017
This report explores SD-WAN options for cable providers and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Cable providers have several options to benefit from the trend as organizations embrace the WAN technology that is heralded as being more affordable and flexible than current MPLS routers. However, all service providers and SD-WAN suppliers face a market where competition is becoming fierce and the pace of adoption is unclear.
Simon Stanley
July 2017
This report 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. It evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 49 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including more than 300 optical modules and almost 150 semiconductor components.
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The Importance of BBU Emulation
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
9/22/2017 8:27:00 AM
Whether building out distributed RANs or new centralized RANs, BBU emulation is a critical step of the process to help mobile operators avoid lengthy and costly delays.

Charting the Course to Cloud-Native
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
9/20/2017 8:00:00 AM
During the "Getting to 'Cloud Native' " panel at our NFV & Carrier SDN event, we will debate what it will take to enable telcos to execute their cloud transformations, and what the supplier ...

Enterprise Services Market Is the Telcos' to Lose
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
9/8/2017 9:50:00 AM
To succeed in the enterprise market telcos need to play to their strengths.

Converging the Access Network

9/1/2017 7:35:00 AM
Fiber is making a comeback and converged access infrastructure is helping to push the market collectively towards 5G and other services.


Telco Enterprise Comms Under Threat From Cloud Rivals
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
9/1/2017 7:30:00 AM
By customizing cloud services and providing a more holistic solution to business customers' needs, traditional telcos can increase their chances of winning in the enterprise market.

Exploiting Cloud-Network Synergies to Boost Enterprise Customer Satisfaction
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
8/31/2017 10:00:00 AM
The challenge for telcos is to achieve cloud-network synergy: making cloud the gateway to develop new B2B services.

Intent-Based Marketing or Intent-Based Networking?
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
8/25/2017 7:45:00 AM
During the past year or so, vendors have taken interest in intent-based networks (IBNs), and standards development organizations have started working toward finding an industry standard for this ...


MANO's Key Value Proposition Is to Automate Operations
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
8/22/2017 1:00:00 PM
A new Heavy Reading report looks into NFV MANO's progress, including the importance of OpenStack and open source efforts.

Automating Field Tests to Boost Operational Efficiency
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
8/18/2017 5:00:00 AM
Telecom operators need to move from complex, error-prone manual test processes to more automated, consistent and streamlined test procedures where admin is minimized.

ON2020 Looks to the Future at ECOC
Simon Stanley
8/17/2017 1:45:00 AM
ON2020 has been surveying the optical networking needs and evolution strategies of leading network operators and is ready to share the results at ECOC 2017.

Gigabit LTE Takes to the Air
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
8/8/2017 3:00:00 PM
Just a few years ago, Gigabit mobile broadband was almost unthinkable. In 2017 it will be a reality.


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