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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.
Craig Leddy
December 2015
This report explores cable's WiFi deployment, the market drivers and its implications for cable providers and suppliers. Included are profiles of 10 suppliers that are supporting cable's WiFi efforts, including some newer players that are focusing on WiFi QoE.
Simon Sherrington
November 2015
This report examines SDN-enabled bandwidth-on-demand/network-as-a-service (NaaS) solutions, comparing the solutions offered by 12 leading transport network and data center networking vendors. The report also considers what hurdles are still in the way of achieving truly dynamic, multiservice, virtualized multi-vendor networks supported seamlessly with dynamic, automated bandwidth on demand.
Guy Zibi, Managing Director, Xalam Analytics
November 2015
This report provides one of the most comprehensive research currently available on the African data center market. The report offers in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis of demand for data center services in sub-Saharan Africa, along with estimates and projections of available white space supply, analysis of the colocation business model and profiles of key African colocation providers.
Simon Stanley
November 2015
This report identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing LTE and LTE-A components for base stations and user devices, including IoT/M2M. In total, the report contains detailed analysis of 133 products, including 34 LTE base station devices, PHY devices and/or MAC and control devices; 73 baseband devices and application processors for LTE and LTE-A user devices; and 26 RF devices for LTE.
Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
October 2015
This global operator survey was conducted in August 2015 to gain detailed insight into service provider perceptions on Carrier Ethernet services and underlying technologies, as well as their plans and strategies for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies in the coming one-, three- and five-year timeframes. Buyers can use this data to evaluate their own solutions and get a current understanding of the competitive landscape and a realistic assessment of operators' future plans.
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Cable Eyes the Enterprise Prize
Craig Leddy
1/29/2016 10:21:00 AM
Cable has grown dramatically in the small- and midsized business (SMB) market, hitting the $12 billion mark, and is now heading into the enterprise business market.


IoT Prospects for Wireless Operators: Good or Bad?
Danny Dicks
1/22/2016 7:00:00 AM
Although it's still in the early stages, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is changing and beginning to mature. This is leading to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform usage and falling prices.


Achieving the Right Price Point for vCPE
Caroline Chappell, Practice Leader, Cloud & NFV, Heavy Reading
1/20/2016 9:30:00 AM
Containerization is at last enabling CSPs to cost-effectively serve smaller customers with individualized network features – as early NFV supporters envisaged more than three years ago.


How IoT Forked the Mobile Roadmap
Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
1/7/2016 1:45:00 PM
After a two-decade arms race to ever greater bandwidth and speed, 2015 saw a bifurcation in the mobile industry.


NFV Drives Shift to Open Platforms
Simon Stanley
12/22/2015 5:28:00 PM
COTS platforms and white box switches are at the core of New IP networks, which service providers will use to deliver next-generation cloud and mobile services.

Optical Encryption's Value Shouldn't Be a Secret
Dan O'Shea, Analyst, Heavyreading.com
12/21/2015 12:31:00 PM
Encryption is not new to the telecom industry; however, encrypting at Layer 1, the lowest optical layer, is new and is causing a stir between those who feel it may interfere with public safety ...


Cable Seeks Cures for WiFi's Ills
Craig Leddy
12/11/2015 12:00:00 PM
Cable needs to overcome WiFi's limitations to help provide a high quality of experience for customers.


Backhaul Trends & Realities Surface in Bali
Steve Bell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
11/25/2015 9:40:00 AM
Huawei summit offers insights into how Asia-Pacific operators are evolving their networks for the emerging challenges of LTE, LTE-A and ultimately 5G.


CSP Network Security Becomes White Hot
Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst
11/18/2015 1:42:00 PM
Network security is becoming an ever bigger deal for communications service providers and the vendor community is reacting accordingly.


Fueling the Distributed CCAP Debate
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader
11/13/2015 11:30:00 AM
Even as MSOs roll out integrated CCAP systems, cable engineers are heating up the debate over next-gen approaches that would shift at least part of the CCAP gear and functions from the headend to ...


Why NFV Makes Sense for Cable Business Services
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader
11/12/2015 6:00:00 AM
With the help of NFV, cable operators can offer new managed services, roll out other services quicker, reduce their equipment load and cut operational costs.

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Infographics
Cisco's latest VNI numbers suggest the world will be using 366.8 exabytes of data on smartphones and Internet of Things devices, up from 44.2 exabytes, in 2015.
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