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Simon Stanley
November 2017
Smart network interface cards (NICs) offload low-level functions from server CPUs, dramatically increasing network and application performance. By using the right smart NIC and providing the best software support, service providers can significantly enhance the services they offer. This report covers the market and applications for smart NICs, examines the technology and devices inside smart NICs and profiles 18 of the leading vendors.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
November 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers about emerging technologies. The focus group was asked about technology exploration, target service provider transformation strategies and virtualization and automation. The results clearly illustrate that many service providers are well on their way to using emerging technologies to improve their networks, make their products and services more competitive and, as much as possible, reduce churn.
Steve Koppman, Contributing Analyst
October 2017
This report examines the current state of MSO efforts in managed security services (MSS) in North America. It assesses MSO MSS strategies and examines major market trends and issues, including MSO strengths, obstacles to growth and the roles of partnerships. Further, it defines the most significant components of MSS and profiles several significant North American cable companies in relation to their activities in the managed security services market.
October 2017
Automation is driving wrenching change and innovation in almost every part of the global economy. For CSPs, automated networks are an essential requirement to service the growing automation of industrial, enterprise, healthcare and government customers. In short, CSPs are faced with a stark choice: Automate or die. This report delivers Heavy Reading's perspectives on the challenges and promises of automation as they relate to the telecom sector, based on the input of seven different analysts.
Craig Leddy
October 2017
In order to fulfill its promise of multi-gigabit mobile broadband, 5G requires an extensive backhaul network and widespread distribution of small cell devices. This offers a significant opportunity for cable providers. This report identifies emerging backhaul service strategies for cable providers, as well as current opportunities and challenges in the market. It also identifies 12 technology suppliers that have signaled their interest in working with U.S. cable providers on mobile transport needs.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
October 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are SD-WAN experts. This focus group was asked nine questions about deployment, challenges and benefits of the technology and revenue related to SD-WAN. The results clearly illustrate that while SD-WAN is clearly seen as a de facto technology going forward, answers to practical questions about the technology haven't been as easy to divine.
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation
October 2017
This report is based on an online survey of our Video Transformation Advisory Board (VTAB), a group of senior industry decision-makers at network operators, broadcasters and OTT providers. It addresses eight hot-button issues related to OTT video services and explores VTAB members' current thinking on these issues. The survey included 14 industry executives, gaining insights and commentary from key figures who influence the video experiences of tens of millions of homes daily.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
September 2017
Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council circumvents traditional industry hype to ascertain how CSPs are really responding to important industry technologies and trends. This report was generated from the first Q&A with service providers on the Thought Leadership Council that are experts on IoT. They were asked nine questions about revenue potential, investment and deployment strategies for IoT. The results were significantly more guarded than market forecasts would suggest.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
September 2017
This report explains the functions and processes an IoT monetization solution encompasses; the key challenges to successfully monetizing the diverse range of pricing and business models covered by IoT; and the alternatives that CSPs are considering for IoT monetization solutions. The report covers two IoT service providers and examines the factors driving their IoT monetization technology choices. It also profiles 11 vendors of IoT platforms, multi-industry subscription billing and telco-oriented billing solutions.
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.
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5G Core & the Service-Based Architecture
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
11/23/2017 4:00:00 AM
A new Heavy Reading white paper analyzes various aspects of the new 5G core network design known as Service-Based Architecture (SBA).

Ubiquitous SDN Acceleration Is Coming
Simon Stanley
11/15/2017 9:00:00 AM
NICs have evolved many times, and the smart NIC is the next step, offering a programmable resource that can be configured to provide additional CPU offload functions for different applications.

AI & Machine Learning in NFV/SDN: Key Takeaways
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
11/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
Operators are applying artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to leverage the power of their new programmable, software-based networks.

Telco Data Analytics Europe: Key Takeaways
Sandra O'Boyle, Senior Analyst CEM & Customer Analytics, Heavy Reading
11/8/2017 4:00:00 PM
This year's show evinced healthy interest in effectively using data and analytics to run telecom businesses better, but how well are operators actually doing with it?

Test Analytics to Future-Proof Fiber Network Rollout
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
11/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
FTTx rollouts need a more automated process for collecting and analyzing test results, and analytics could provide the answer.

Data Center Interconnect for the Web-Scale Era
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
11/7/2017 3:30:00 PM
Driven by web-scale Internet companies, three key trends – disaggregation in terminals, open line systems and 100G+ transponders – are reshaping the DCI market.

CSPs Embrace Machine Learning & AI
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
11/7/2017 12:10:00 PM
The most recent Thought Leadership Council survey finds that while communications service providers (CSPs) are exploring numerous emerging technologies, most are heavily involved in machine learning.

5 Reasons to Ignore Automation
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading
10/24/2017 5:15:00 PM
Heavy Reading has just released a report on the coming automation age and how it will affect telecom industry ecosystems.


What Color Is That Optical White Box?
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
10/24/2017 2:00:00 PM
The future of 'optical white box' was a topic of discussion, debate and some confusion at Light Reading's recent NFV and Carrier SDN event in Denver.


Cable 5G Backhaul Forecast: Clear as Mud
Craig Leddy
10/16/2017 1:35:00 PM
Cable is well on the path to meeting 5G backhaul and small cell requirements; however, cable may face competition from mobile network operators (MNOs) and find challenges in technology and ...

Managing VMs: Harnessing the Power of Mobility
Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
10/12/2017 4:00:00 PM
Taking the pulse of NFV and SDN deployments.


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