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Thought Leadership Council: CSPs Concerned About Impact of Future Tech on Security
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.
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Multi-Terabit Switch Chips & Software
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.
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Thought Leadership Council: CSPs Not Hesitating to Move Network Functions to Edge
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.
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5G RANs: Vendors' Emerging Portfolios
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.
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Cable's Fiber Outlook Gets Clearer with Coherent Optics
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.
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Thought Leadership Council: CSPs Increasingly Rely Upon Automation in IoT Networks
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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AI in Telecom Operations: Opportunities & Obstacles
September 2018
As the complexity of communications networks grows, CSPs are realizing that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will be key to automating their operations and enhancing the customer experience. This report provides an overview of AI/ML, outlines the key telecom use cases and discusses the challenges of applying AI/ML to the networking domain. The report also provides real-world examples from 10 CSPs using AI/ML, summarizes key AI-focused initiatives, and profiles 16 vendors with AI-based offerings focused on the telecom industry.
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Multicore Processor & Switch Survey 2018
September 2018
This report analyzes the current and projected use of multicore processors and switch chips 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 telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers and 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.
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5G/LTE Base Station, RRH, CPE & IoT Components: A Competitive Analysis
August 2018
As the mobile industry prepares for the introduction of 5G services, we have seen significant investment in components to implement 5G/LTE macro and small base stations, C-RANs, RRHs, CPE and handset modems, and IoT systems. The latest components support 3GPP Release 13/14 LTE-Advanced Pro with throughput up to 2 Gbit/s and 5G New Radio with throughput up to 5 Gbit/s. This report analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing 5G, LTE and related components for base stations and user devices, including IoT/M2M.
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5G Test & Measurement
August 2018
This report describes the very broad range of test & measurement activity happening now, and how that activity will evolve over the next couple of years as networks start to be rolled out and services are switched on. It describes the specific challenges for testing that are a consequence of 5G – such as the use of higher frequency bands, denser networks and network slicing – and reviews the supply side of the market. Finally, this report profiles 11 vendors that provide test solutions developed or used in the 5G ecosystem.
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NFV Orchestration: Evolving Ecosystems & Solutions
August 2018
NFV orchestration has expanded beyond its original specification, with new solutions that can manage both virtual and physical network functions, and provide rich service templating/modeling and policy management capabilities. This report highlights the strategies of leading NFV orchestration solution suppliers, discusses how the market is likely to evolve in the near term, and explores the leading open source orchestration projects. Finally, the report profiles 14 leading vendors with compelling offerings in the NFV orchestration market.
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Blockchain Opportunities for CSPs: Separating Hype From Reality
August 2018
This report explores the drivers for adoption of blockchain by communications service providers (CSPs) and evaluates the main opportunities for blockchain in the telecom sector. The report also considers how to evaluate whether blockchain is appropriate for a particular use case and examines the main use cases that CSPs are investing in currently. Finally, the report profiles seven blockchain technology vendors with interesting propositions in this market.
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Thought Leadership Council: Open Source, Automation Not Easing Path to Virtualization
August 2018
CSPs are on the road to virtualization, but it's neither a certain path nor one that is necessarily being made easier to traverse through automation. This report is based on a focus group that was asked 10 questions about virtualization, security and multi-access edge computing (MEC) in relation to automation. The results indicate that CSPs are frustrated with certain aspects of automation, especially as it relates to open source, but are continuing to develop plans for virtualization.
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OSS/BSS Vendor Landscape: Industry Outlook & Company Analysis, 2018
July 2018
This report analyzes who does what in the OSS/BSS market, how big the market is, and how revenue is divided among the key vendors. The report also examines how the market fared in 2017, how profit margins have evolved over 2015-2017, how M&A activity has evolved over the last year, and what the prognosis is for 2018 and beyond. Having profiled this market's largest vendors in last year's edition of this report, this edition profiles 31 smaller vendors that have come onto our radar in the last year.
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Telecom Billing Vendors Gear Up for 5G & IoT
July 2018
This report provides an overview of the issues telecom billing vendors and their CSP customers face and how they are facing them. It examines the structure of the billing vendor market and its participants, assessing major issues, including competition with OTT companies, dealing with new digital services, 5G and the IoT, the roles of virtualization and the cloud, billing system proliferation and convergence, and the emergence of a new variety of partnerships. Finally, this report profiles seven significant vendors in the billing market.
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Air Attack: Cable Adding New Wireless Weapons
July 2018
This report provides a comprehensive update of U.S. cable providers' wireless activity, including WiFi and MVNO mobile services, and adoption of emerging capabilities, including CBRS, LoRa and 5G. It includes a status report of the top four cable providers and a table of 19 suppliers serving the U.S. cable industry with wireless equipment and solutions.
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5G Focus Group: CSPs Ready 5G Backhaul Sans Clear Vendor Relationships
July 2018
While nearly half of the panelists in our latest Thought Leadership Council forum say their companies will have 5G-ready backhaul in place by 2020, almost none have made a final decision on which vendors they will use. This focus group was asked 10 questions to ascertain deployment plans, vendors, budgets and obstacles for 5G backhaul. The results clearly indicate that CSPs have a good grasp of and are well on their way toward deploying 5G backhaul, despite not having made firm choices of the vendors they'll use for those deployments.
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WiFi Prospects in a 5G World
June 2018
Just like 3G, 4G and LTE, 5G isn't kicking WiFi to the curb. Mixing WiFi with LTE and 5G networks offers mobile operators numerous market opportunities. This report explores recent patterns in WiFi deployment and improvements to the technology. It reviews the likely impact of business models, installed base of legacy infrastructure and vested interests – all of which will influence the evolution of the market – exploring how WiFi and 5G are likely to fit together.
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B/OSS Transformation Focus Group: B/OSS Automation Plans Equate to Cautious Optimism
June 2018
Service providers on our Thought Leadership Council are cautiously optimistic about B/OSS automation, with more than half already taking steps to automate B/OSS. This focus group was asked 10 questions about their deployment plans, technology, drivers and obstacles for B/OSS automation. These service providers clearly have realistic goals and expectations for this technology, but they're also cognizant of the challenges they face as they continue to integrate automation.
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Universal CPE: The Ultimate CPE Solution?
May 2018
Universal CPE (uCPE) systems are a key market opportunity created by the development of SDN and cloud services. uCPE solutions are continuing to develop with new processors, better system integration and more efficient virtualization solutions. This report covers 18 vendors that offer uCPE hardware platforms, software platforms or integration services. The report also covers the leading processors for uCPE platforms and service provider approaches to uCPE systems, with specific information on AT&T uCPE platforms.
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Emerging Technologies Focus Group: Operators – Prove Machine Learning's Applicability
May 2018
This focus group was asked nine questions about machine learning to ascertain current and future plans, how well it's understood and influences impacting the technology. The results clearly indicate that service providers are integrating the technology when and where it's understood and most obviously applicable; however, widespread adoption of machine learning for service providers will lag until applicability is proven.
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LTE & 5G for Private Networks
April 2018
The prospects for private networks based on public cellular network standards have never been greater. This report looks at the use cases for private LTE and future 5G networks, examining why LTE and 5G are better able than public cellular technologies of the past to meet the needs of enterprises and other organizations with specific requirements. Further, this report looks at the models for deployment and integration with network operators' public services, describes the market supply-side and profiles 12 leading vendors.
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Move Over, Alexa, Cable's Jumping Into the Internet of Things
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.
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SD-WAN Focus Group: Security Good for Now, but Don't Rest on Laurels
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.
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FTTH & 5G Fixed Wireless: Different Horses for Different Courses
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.
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Edge Computing: 2018-2019 Market Outlook
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.
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100/400G Components Survey: 2018 Market Outlook
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.
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IoT Focus Group: Service Providers Assured About IoT Security
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.
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Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Networks
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.
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Multicore Processors Accelerating Network Virtualization: A Competitive Analysis
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.
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Three Smart Cities
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.
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Charting the Path to Network Automation & Disaggregation: Carrier SDN Survey Analysis
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).
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Automation Focus Group: CSPs Start Automating Sans Overall Master Plan
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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SD-WAN Creating a Generational Moment for Cable
February 2018
This report reviews U.S. cable provider plans to offer SD-WAN and move up-market to attract enterprise customers. The report explores the state of cable business services, key market challenges, SD-WAN components and complementary technologies. It includes an analysis of the supplier market and a chart of nine key SD-WAN technology suppliers that are playing or appear to be positioned to play a role with cable providers.
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IoT & Mobile Operators: 10 Capabilities for Success
January 2018
As the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to gain traction across a multitude of industries, this report identifies 10 forward-looking capabilities that are essential for mobile operators. For those that are already IoT players, this is a checklist of factors that operations, technical and commercial teams should already be considering. For those preparing to enter the IoT space, it can provide a strategic guide against which priority investments can be determined. And for the "wait and see" camp, it should be a wake-up call and manifesto for rapid change -- otherwise, future survival is not assured.
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Gfast Rollout Starts With Amendment 3 Chipsets
January 2018
We expect the rollout of Gfast systems and services based on the latest chipsets to start in 2018 and ramp during 2019. This report details and analyzes chipsets from the leading vendors in this important market as network operators plan the rollout of Gfast and the latest VDSL2 services. The report profiles the vendors and reviews specific chipset families, identifies the key features and highlights the advantages they hold for system developers and service providers.
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Securing the Cloud: A Market Perception Study
January 2018
The adoption of a virtualized and distributed cloud is shaking the technological bedrock that underpins the core principles of telecom operations. Based on an exclusive survey of CSP decision-makers, this study explores how CSPs are managing the new security demands of the cloud, as well as their strategies to mitigate risks through the deployment of new security capabilities. It also explores CSPs' plans to drive new revenue streams by selling managed security services to the enterprise.
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U.S. Converged Fiber Access Infrastructure: 2018-2021 Outlook
January 2018
This report examines drivers for converged access network deployment, along with forecasts for 2018-2021. It goes into depth about the needs of the various verticals, including smart cities and smart grids. It also looks at trends that will drive, enable or impede new deployments. In particular, the report discusses the expected retirement of copper infrastructure, fiber to the lightpost (FTTL), the financial condition of incumbents and efforts to close the broadband divide.
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5G Focus Group: Vendors Needed to Fulfill 5G Network Buildouts
January 2018
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are 5G experts. This focus group was asked 12 questions about 5G deployment plans, revenue opportunities and how the market is shaping up. The results clearly indicate that 5G vendors have an outstanding opportunity to educate and market their portfolios to service providers in every market.
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I Cable Robot: Can Artificial Intelligence Make Cable Smarter?
December 2017
This report discusses cable's growing use of AI to improve service, including network management, daily operations and customer experience. It includes recent cable provider initiatives for customer care, use cases for data-driven disciplines and a chart of technology suppliers that provide data management products for cable.
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B/OSS Transformation Focus Group: Hefty Budget Increases Expected Through 2023
December 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service provider employees who are B/OSS experts on Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council (TLC). This group was asked 12 questions about revenue, deployment and technology related to B/OSS transformation. The results show that CSPs are eager to invest in transforming their B/OSSs, with budget increases of at least 5 percent a year through 2023 – even as they acknowledge that doing so will not be a painless endeavor.
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C-V2X: Coming on Fast in the Inside Lane
November 2017
With the future of the connected car up for grabs, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) systems are gaining speed, and may surpass dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) systems in traffic safety applications around the world. This report explores ongoing connected car test and trial activity, specifically in the context of integrated traffic and safety systems. It considers the different technology options, examines recent car connectivity trials and reviews the emerging supply chain.
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Smart NICs: Accelerating Virtualized Applications
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.
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Emerging Technology Focus Group: CSPs See Big Promise in Machine Learning
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.
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Cable Operators Target SMBs With Managed Security Services
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.
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Telecom Automation: Heavy Reading Perspectives
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.
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Cable's 5G Backhaul & Small Cell Prospects & Challenges
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.
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SD-WAN Focus Group: Path to Success Still Uncertain
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.
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Video Focus Group: Operators Chase "Double-Sided" Revenue From OTT
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.
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IoT Focus Group: Revenue Growth Will Be Hard Work
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.
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IoT Monetization: Beyond Billing
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.
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Telco Optical Systems Beyond 100G
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.
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Converged Access Infrastructure
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.
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Intent-Based Networking: Automating Next-Generation Networks
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.
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MANO & the Future of CSP Automation
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.
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Investigating the 5G Core Network & System Architecture
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.
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CORD & the Future of CSP Automation
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.
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Metro Data Center Interconnect Forecast & Analysis
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.
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Utility Applications for LPWA: Smart Metering & More
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.
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Cable Looks to SD-WAN to Boost Business Services
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.
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From 25/100G to 400/600G: A Competitive Analysis of Optical Modules & Components
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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FTTx: State of the Market
June 2017
This report examines the evolution of PON technologies. It reviews the key technologies for FTTH, FTTB and FTTC, considers the state of advancement beyond gigabit networks into multi-gigabit deployments, and compares the positioning of leading FTTx technology vendors. It also explores the relationship between fiber and copper, and considers how fiber and wireless will interact as 5G technologies come on stream.
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Future of Virtualization: The Force (Finally) Awakens
June 2017
The Future of Virtualization Indexes track CSP progress in deploying virtualization. Since the previous survey, CSPs appear to have achieved notable progress on developing and deploying their high-priority functions. This report provides the findings of Heavy Reading's fourth survey on the Future of Virtualization Indexes, based on data gathered in April 2017.
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TM Forum Live! Highlights: Eight Key Takeaways
June 2017
TM Forum Live! is the key event in the OSS/BSS world's calendar. This report presents our views on eight hot topics -- transformation, DevOps, microservices, APIs, open source, automation and AI, service assurance, and vendor selection -- citing specific examples of cases discussed at the show and summarizing input from both telecom operators and their technology partners.
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Test & Measurement Meets Virtualization's Challenges
May 2017
This report covers test and measurement (T&M) solutions for virtualized networks and how they are impacting customers across the market. It further examines what vendors are doing with the technology, as well as the trends and challenges they face, profiling 14 prominent providers of T&M solutions.
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Ten Steps to a Fast, Smart Cable Access Network
May 2017
The cable industry is embarking on its boldest effort yet to transform the access network into a smart network that supports higher speed, greater efficiency and more intelligent routing. The report analyzes 10 technologies that cable providers are adopting, as well as challenges the market should expect to face. Further, it profiles five MSOs and their upgrade plans in the near future.
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OSS/BSS Vendor Landscape: Industry Outlook & Company Analysis
May 2017
This report examines the OSS and BSS market, including the product offerings of technology vendors that have grown to address the support system requirements of communications service providers (CSPs). The report explores who does what; how big the market is; how the revenue is divided among the key vendors; how the market fared in 2016, and the prognosis for 2017; how profit margins have evolved over 2015-2016; and how M&A activity has evolved over the last 12 years. The report also briefly profiles 19 leading vendors in this market.
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LTE-Advanced Pro: Deployment Progress
March 2017
This report reviews LTE-Advanced Pro technology development and deployment, highlighting the key networking features and showing how far vendors and operators have gotten in terms of developing, trialing and deploying the technologies. It also profiles leading mobile RAN system vendors, as well as a leading LTE-A Pro chipset vendor, showing how far they have come in terms of implementing, trialing and deploying Release 13 networking features.
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Pay TV Faces New Security Threats: Are Providers Ready?
March 2017
Today, pay-TV service providers and content companies face a wider variety of security threats than ever before, and most are ill-prepared to deal with them. This report assesses the new threats facing pay-TV providers, including video piracy and cyberattacks. It discusses the widening array of vulnerabilities that are exposing providers, as well as new solutions for protection. The report includes an overview 10 pay-TV security suppliers that offer products in the U.S. cable market.
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vCPE Test & Measurement: A Market Takes Shape
February 2017
This report, part of Light Reading's Testapedia initiative, surveys the means and methods of monitoring and assuring the performance of vCPE. The market for tools to monitor vCPE is dependent on the challenges inherent in vCPE implementations, and the development of the market for vCPE itself, so this report also characterizes the vCPE market. It includes overviews of companies that provide the pertinent tools and services.
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Analytics-Driven CEM: A Strategic Asset for CSPs
February 2017
Big data analytics is an increasingly essential tool for CSPs in managing customer experience management (CEM) – the process of managing all customer touchpoints to ensure a positive relationship with a brand. This report looks at the state of CEM in CSPs today, analyzing the market trends that are driving the next wave of customer experience, the competitive landscape for CEM vendors, and how vendors are meeting CSP needs for CEM solutions.
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Cable & SDN/NFV: Moving Toward Implementation
February 2017
This report reviews the posture of U.S.-based MSOs regarding these new technologies at this early stage of their emergence. It discusses key issues involved in terms of operators and technologies, reviews various areas where the MSOs are implementing or considering virtualization-based technologies and profiles several of the most pivotal industry players in this domain, concluding with a view to the future.
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Terabit Switch Chips & Software for SDN & the White Box Era
January 2017
This report details and analyzes high-performance Ethernet switch devices, embedded SDN and operating system software and innovative IP solutions, identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers and service providers. The report also reviews vendor strategies and surveys component features, performance and flexibility in this important market.
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Cable Bets on Full Duplex for Symmetrical Broadband
January 2017
To overcome its upstream limitations, the cable industry is rallying around full-duplex Docsis (FDX), which enables multi-gigabit upstream speeds. This report explores FDX, including the market drivers, requirements and challenges. It includes an update on Docsis 3.1, recent MSO activity and how the supplier market is shaping up.
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Network Virtualization: The Road Gets Longer
January 2017
The Future of Virtualization Indexes track CSP progress in deploying virtualization. CSPs remain devoted to network virtualization, but progress has been somewhat slow, and their timetables appear to be slipping. This report provides the findings of Heavy Reading's third survey on the Future of Virtualization Indexes, based on data gathered in November 2016.
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The African FTTH Boom: Last Mile Fibre Dynamics, Economics and Outlook in African Markets
December 2016
This report takes an extensive look at FTTH adoption patterns across the continent, including key infrastructure, market structure and regulatory drivers along with current and projected levels of homes passed and connected.
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Industry 4.0: Opportunities for Telecom in Manufacturing
December 2016
This report assesses the roles that telecom operators and their vendors might play in the manufacturing revolution. It defines Industry 4.0, how that fits with other visions of the industrial future and what role connectivity will play in enabling manufacturers to revolutionize the ways they run their operations. Finally, it profiles companies from parts of the value chain to show how they address the Industry 4.0 opportunity.
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Multicore Processors Driving Network Virtualization: A Competitive Analysis
December 2016
This report surveys high-performance multicore processors for virtualized networking applications, including general-purpose multicore processors, integrated multicore processors, I/O processors and network processors. The report also reviews the strategy, product mix and product architectures of multicore processor, IP and software vendors. This report covers 20 vendors, and uses information and product documentation supplied by these vendors, detailing more than 90 devices or groups of devices.
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Next-Gen OSS for Hybrid Virtualized Networks
December 2016
This report discusses how OSS needs to evolve to meet the needs of hybrid NFV networks. It explores interactions between OSS and NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) and considers the various open source initiatives that are attempting to define how OSS must change to support the new, dynamic environment of NFV. The report also reviews the next-generation OSS work done by ETSI and TM Forum, as well as Vodafone's proposed OSS architecture under project Ocean.
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Fog Computing: Opportunities & Challenges for CSPs
December 2016
Fog computing (a.k.a. fog networking) is the latest potential disruptor for CSPs and their technology suppliers. This report presents Heavy Reading's current thinking on fog computing and its likely role in the development of next-generation networks and services. For this initial look at fog and its potential impact on CSP networks and services, we've focused on five basic aspects of fog deployment: the conventional core network, mobile networks, CSP data centers, IoT systems, and security. Subsequent reports will provide deeper dives into these areas and other aspects of fog computing and networking.
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Four Use Cases for Cable NFV & SDN Virtualization
November 2016
This report explores virtualization for cable and the four use cases that appear to be most prominent in the industry's agenda. Included is an analysis of the supplier market, including the latest products for virtual CCAP (vCCAP).
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Low-Power, Wide-Area Networking: Opportunities & Options
October 2016
This report considers the types of IoT applications that might be served by LPWA technologies deployed as public networks, it compares the technical capabilities of the various technologies and the network deployment implications. It reviews market traction of each technology and profiles 13 organizations that are providing (or developing) LPWA solutions for customers.
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The Composable Telco
October 2016
Traditional approaches to software automation are increasingly insufficient for telcos' needs. To move their businesses forward into the software-driven, virtualized future, telcos require a way to combine building blocks of software automation on demand, in response to specific business needs – or in a word, "composability." This report helps readers understand the drivers for the composable telco, examines the key building blocks of composability, and explores the innovative approaches that service orchestration vendors are taking in this area.
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Webscale Internet Companies: New Drivers of the Network Equipment Market
September 2016
This report describes, analyzes and quantifies the nature and extent of the influence that Webscale Internet companies (WICs) exert on today's network equipment market, making it essential reading for anyone in the networking industry who wants to understand where these firms are at today, where they're headed, and what the implications are for how their own company engages with them in the telecom ecosystem. It is based in part on an exclusive Heavy Reading online survey of network equipment vendors and CSPs, revealing what these communities are currently thinking about the WICs and the impact on the market.
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Multicast ABR to Keep Cable IP Video Streams Flowing
August 2016
This report explores multicast ABR for cable, including its benefits, implementation, supporting technologies and key challenges. Included is a Supplier Comparison chart of technology companies that support M-ABR and provide products and solutions for IP video delivery by U.S. cable service providers and content providers.
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Test & Measurement for NFV
August 2016
This report examines the approaches being taken in testing, measuring and monitoring a virtualized network, and the way the vendors' offerings are changing. Virtualization is blurring the lines between test/measurement and service assurance, and the layers of the technology stack are collapsing – and this report looks at the impact of this on vendors and their service provider customers. In addition to providers of T&M probes and other tools, this report profiles a testing services consultancy that has documented an NFV testing framework, as well as a high-level service assurance solution provider that is competing with assurance platforms built by probe vendors.
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Multicore Processor Survey: 2017 Market Outlook
August 2016
This report analyzes the current and projected use of multicore processors 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 telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers and 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.
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Data Center Outsourcing: Rise of the Reseller
July 2016
This report examines the data center investment and service strategies of the world's biggest telecom operators. It reviews the trends shaping the data center industry and analyzes how the value chain is evolving. It also profiles a selection of leading carrier-independent data center operators and data center solution providers and pinpoints what they have to offer telecom operators.
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Future of Virtualization: Focus on Hypervisors
July 2016
This report examines hypervisors, using data collected from 10 companies that provide such solutions. It analyzes vendor investment strategies, challenges the market faces and trends expected over the next 18-24 months, and offers a detailed comparative analysis of solutions.
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Taking Flight: Cable's New Routes to Wireless Mobility
July 2016
This report explores cable's WiFi mobility options, the market drivers, opportunities and challenges. Included are updates on WiFi activities by the four largest cable providers and profiles of 12 suppliers that promoted WiFi products and solutions during the INTX 2016 cable and broadband convention in May 2016.
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The Future of Virtualization Index Report – Spring 2016
June 2016
The Future of Virtualization Indexes -- part of Light Reading's Virtuapedia initiative -- track CSP progress in deploying virtualization. These indexes will be updated twice a year, providing an industry-wide scorecard for tracking the transition to virtualized networks and services. This report provides the findings of our second Future of Virtualization survey, based on data gathered in May 2016.
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DDoS Attacks: Opportunities & Threats for CSPs
June 2016
This report analyzes recent patterns and trends in the nature of DDoS attacks and their impact on CSPs. It explores the growing threats to network availability and security from ever more sophisticated attacks, as well as from network transformation with SDN and NFV, and highlights the key requirements for protecting network infrastructure against DDoS attacks. Finally, the report examines shifts in the market landscape for CSPs that are looking to monetize DDoS protection as a service.
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400G Components Come Out of the Shadows
June 2016
This report examines 400G components, including what's driving demand and the solutions available. We are still early in the development of the 400G market, but we now have a critical mass of components becoming available for 400G so companies can start developing and deploying initial systems. This report explores the market and the applications of 400G components. Finally, the report profiles 19 vendors in the market.
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Antenna Technology for 5G Networks
June 2016
This report analyzes the market for antennas, looking at the applications in development and considers how they fit into the 5G movement. Further, the report examines beamforming, and profiles 10 leading players in the market.
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Cable Operators Think Bigger With Ethernet Services
June 2016
This report examines the current state of MSO efforts in the U.S. Ethernet services business as this segment is poised to change structurally with the merger of three significant players. It examines MSO strategies, as well as major market trends and issues, and estimates Ethernet transport market shares. Finally, this report profiles significant U.S.-based cable companies (including one specialized data subsidiary) in the Ethernet services market.
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Future of Virtualization: Focus on IoT Platforms
May 2016
This report examines application enablement platforms for the IoT, utilizing data collected from nine companies that provide such solutions. It also analyzes where the market is today, as well as investments vendors are making into the technology and trends expected over the next 18-24 months. Further, the report discusses vendor strategies and profiles. Finally, it provides a detailed comparative analysis of solutions.
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Blockchain & Its Impact on the Telecom Industry
May 2016
This report analyzes the market for blockchain solutions and services, looking at the applications in development and considering what they mean for telecom network operators and vendors, including their implications for cost-cutting, revenue growth or supply-chain evolution. The report also examines the value chain for blockchain-based products and services, and profiles nine innovative players active in the development and supply of relevant blockchain platforms, products or services.
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Cable Mining Its Big Data to Improve Service Performance
April 2016
This report describes the ways that cable providers are exploring big data analytics to improve performance on a variety of fronts. It identifies five key performance indicator areas where cable providers are seeking to apply big data: network performance, service performance, customer care, predictive modeling and virtualization. The report also includes a comparison of key data analytics suppliers that are working with U.S. cable providers.
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COTS Platforms for the New IP Era: A Competitive Analysis
April 2016
This report identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing COTS platforms for telecom and cloud applications. The report is based on a series of interviews conducted with a wide range of vendors during the first three months of 2016, along with product information supplied by vendors. In total, the report contains detailed information and analysis on 275 products from 45 COTS platform vendors.
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Transforming Data Center Infrastructure for NFV, SDN & Cloud
April 2016
This report examines why NFV, SDN and cloud are so important to CSPs, and explores their impact on data center infrastructure. It discusses the architectural considerations CSPs must make, including leveraging open source, whether to use a centralized or distributed architecture, and how to scale virtualized resources. It also highlights the strategies that leading vendors are following to support telcos by presenting an overview of six NFVI solution suppliers.
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CDN Competitors Go Small to Take on Akamai
April 2016
This report examines the current state of the CDN market, reviews the continuing evolution of the CDN model and estimates market shares of major CDN providers. It also examines emerging market trends and issues, including the development of value-added services, such as security services. Finally, the report profiles 11 market players with significant impact on this segment.
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Preparing for Virtual Reality
February 2016
This report analyzes the state of the market for VR technology and services. It assesses the impact that different VR applications will likely have on telecom operators by considering application throughput and latency requirements, and assesses which applications will likely be mass-market and which will remain small-scale. It describes the elements that make up the technology and service value stack for VR and profiles 14 innovative players across the broad VR market.
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Cable Has Its Eyes on the Enterprise Business Prize
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.
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IoT Platforms: Chasing Value in a Maturing Market
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.
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The Future of Virtualization Index Report
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.
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COTS, ATCA & White Box User Survey: 2016 Market Outlook
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.
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The Lower the Better: Encrypting the Optical Layer
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.
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The African Fiberco "Big Three": Seacom, MainOne, Liquid Telecom & the Case for African Fiber Consolidation
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.
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Can Cable Deliver a High-Quality WiFi Experience?
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.
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Programmable Transport: Use Cases Emerge as Capability Improves
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.
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The African Data Center Rises: Colocation Demand, Supply, Forecasts & Business Models
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.
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LTE Base Station, Handset & IoT/M2M Components 2015: A Competitive Analysis
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.
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Heavy Reading 2015 Carrier Ethernet Survey
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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Service Assurance Proves Vital to Understanding Networks
October 2015
This report examines the service assurance market, providing eight vendors' definitions of service assurance, as well as which features they include in their solution. It discusses drivers and challenges in the industry and includes a comparative analysis of solutions available. Finally, it examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that will likely occur over the next 18-24 months.
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Billing Vendors Vary in Reactions, Solutions to IoT
October 2015
This report examines the IoT billing market, utilizing data collected from 12 IoT billing providers. The report analyzes how IoT is impacting billing and billing solution trends, discusses drivers and challenges in the industry, and offers a comparative analysis of IoT billing solutions available. Finally, it examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that are likely to occur over the next 18-24 months.
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40/100GE Service Update: Growth Takes Off Though Cost Ratios Lag
October 2015
This report updates earlier reports on this subject, reviewing how both U.S.-based and some international carriers are addressing UHB Ethernet services. It explores significant issues affecting adoption of 100GE and 40GE services, including a market forecast of U.S.-based UHB services and reports on how various carriers are deploying and selling services.
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Security in a Virtualized Network Environment
October 2015
This report considers how virtualization changes security in telecom. It digs into the challenges of securing virtualized and hybrid network environments, and the approaches, solutions and products that are being suggested and deployed. It reviews the supply-side landscape for relevant products and profiles 14 leading suppliers, from large network equipment providers to smaller specialists.
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What Is Cable's Right Path to Gigabit Internet?
October 2015
This report provides an update on Gigabit Internet, the competition between cable and other providers and four strategies that cable operators are employing. It includes profiles of seven suppliers that are supporting cable Gigabit Internet services with Docsis, fiber and other products.
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FPGAs & ASICs for Telecom
October 2015
This report analyzes current and projected use of 100G optical modules and PHY semiconductor components by equipment vendors, based on an exclusive worldwide survey. These devices are critical components in many types of networking equipment, from long haul to the access edge, data center and core of the network.
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5G Lab Report: Status of 5G Development
October 2015
This report examines why 5G is necessary and the applications that are driving the development of its technology components, focusing on radio access. It details the timetable for standardization work of various kinds, and reviews the key technology issues in 5G development. Further, it summarizes views on the likely timetable for network and service deployment, and profiles eight major vendors that are working to advance 5G technology.
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Is Europe Ready for Gigabit Cities?
September 2015
To date, the U.S. has made most of the running in the Gigabit Cities "movement." Are European cities also ready to supply gigabit services to businesses and households? In this report, we discuss the key factors – supply-side, demand-side and regulatory – that are encouraging or retarding the supply of gigabit services in Europe. We explore the ways in which the European market is highly fragmented, but observe that the shift to gigabit services has already begun in some places.
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From 25/100G to 400G: A Competitive Analysis of Optical Modules & Components
Vol. 13, No. 6, August 2015
This report details 25/100G technologies and their application to 25G, 40G, 100G and 400G ports, identifying and analyzing the full spectrum of vendors developing optical modules and components. The report includes granular information on the components and systems, as well as insights into how the overall market and ecosystem is developing. It evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 48 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, covering more than 400 different products.
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NFV & Telco Data Center Servers: Key Considerations & Technologies
Vol. 13, No. 5, July 2015
This report examines the new requirements emerging from telcos that are looking to migrate network functions from proprietary, dedicated hardware platforms to standardized IT servers. It highlights the strategies of leading vendors to support telcos’ need for performance, availability and scalability, and how the cloud and telecom environments differ, including the impact of using common infrastructure for all services in a telco data center. The report profiles 10 server platform, components and software suppliers.
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The Future of African Mobile Profitability
July 2015
This report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the dynamics that underpin mobile profitability in Africa. Building on extensive quantitative analysis, a dozen interviews with market players and one of the region's most extensive quantitative databases, the report offers some answers to some of the most critical questions facing African operators today.
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Looking Beyond the Network: The Case for Service Quality Metrics
Vol. 13, No. 4, June 2015
All around the world, mobile operators face the same challenges, including: market saturation, intensifying competition, flat or declining ARPU, rising data traffic and high churn. To meet these challenges, operators need to focus much harder on improving the customer experience, which requires building much closer links between network service quality and the customer experience. This report examines the background to this effort and describes the emerging toolset that can help to make it happen.
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Overlays for Data Center Networking: Drivers & Challenges
Vol. 13, No. 3, March 2015
This report analyzes the potential impact of overlay networking on the telco data center domain, including the various drivers that support its deployment, as well as the main challenges it presents. It also provides insight into the current thinking of telco data center operators as regards their attitudes, expectations and plans for overlay networking. The report also profiles 10 leading overlay networking solution suppliers, including details of their approaches, solutions and partnerships.
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NFV MANO: What's Wrong & How to Fix It
Vol. 13, No. 2, February 2015
The NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack is critical for NFV, but it remains weakly defined, leading to idiosyncratic vendor implementations. The resulting "zoo" of NFV MANO products is causing operator confusion and creating a major barrier to NFV adoption. This report analyzes the issues influencing vendors' interpretations of NFV MANO and the need for greater functional clarity. The report profiles 19 leading vendors of NFV MANO solutions and assesses their strategies, positioning and products.
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Integrated Multicore Processors for the Software-Defined Network: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 13, No. 1, January 2015
The delivery of new services based on SDN and NFV technologies depends on the latest multicore processors. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of multicore processors, IP and software, covering more than 80 products from 15 vendors. It offers detailed information on all types of high-performance multicore processors, including integrated multicore processors, general-purpose multicore processors and network processors, covering key product features, power, package and availability.
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Social CRM Best Practices for Service Providers
Vol. 12, No. 13, December 2014
Service providers need a social CRM solution to make sense of social media's structured and unstructured data, understand users' moods in real time, and perform social network and sentiment analysis. This report explores the leading drivers for social CRM, pain points that prevent service providers from having optimal social CRM today, and the social CRM best practices of advanced service providers. The report also profiles 14 vendors that offer social CRM solutions to service providers.
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2020 Vision: The Heavy Reading Perspective
Vol. 12, No. 12, December 2014
Published in conjunction with Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Reykjavik, this report explores the business and technology issues that will have the greatest impact on the telecom industry's evolution in the run-up to year 2020. Each section of the report focuses on a specific area and is written by the Heavy Reading analyst who is leading the coverage in that area. The collective expertise of our analyst team sheds light on the key enablers that will shape the telecom landscape over the next five years.
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SDN in the WAN: Service Provider Opportunities & Challenges
Vol. 12, No. 11, November 2014
In just a few short years, SDN has risen from academic obscurity to become the most transformative business and technology trend the telecom world has seen in decades. But now that the initial technology hype stage has passed, operators are grappling with the hard questions that come with concrete implementation. This report provides a realistic analysis of the opportunities and challenges for service providers as they migrate their networks to the agile, software-driven architectures of the future.
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Service Chaining in Software-Centric Telecom Networks
Vol. 12, No. 10, November 2014
Network service chaining is an emerging set of processes and technologies that have the potential to radically change how telecom networks are designed and operated. This report examines the drivers for service chaining in telecom networks and identifies the innovations and architectures needed to realize the concept. It also analyzes emerging use cases, implementation challenges and the promise to improve how operators offer cloud services in the software-defined data center.
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The Future of Routing in 4G Mobile Backhaul Networks
Vol. 12, No. 9, October 2014
SDN and NFV are radically impacting the way the industry is thinking about routers – or just routing – in the backhaul. Consistent with NFV, routing can be centrally located and accessed as virtual instances by other nodes, rather than requiring dedicated routers throughout the backhaul. As network planners grapple with expanding capacity and agility to support ever higher capacity, more powerful smartphones, and advanced apps, this report reviews the evolving role of routing in the mobile backhaul network.
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U.S. Ethernet Services Vertical Markets Update: 2014-2019
Vol. 12, No. 8, August 2014
This report analyzes the U.S. Ethernet services market, projects growth for eight major Ethernet verticals through 2019, and examines the major issues that will affect each key vertical over the next five years. The report is based on in-depth interviews with senior executives at 15 leading service providers, which collectively account for about 90% of U.S. retail Ethernet service sales, as well as an exclusive survey of U.S. companies regarding their current and future Ethernet services usage.
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LTE Base Station & Handset Components 2014: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 12, No. 7, July 2014
Semiconductor components are key to the successful rollout of LTE networks worldwide. This report analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing LTE components for both base stations and user devices. It includes detailed competitive analysis on LTE baseband, RF and application processors for user devices and base stations. The report evaluates the products and strategies of 31 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including 119 baseband, RF and application processor devices.
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A New Era of BSS/OSS Managed Services
Vol. 12, No. 6, May 2014
Service providers are increasingly turning to managed services for their BSS/OSS needs to reduce cost and delegate specific skill sets. Heavy Reading believes that BSS/OSS managed services are entering a new era – Managed Services 2.0, if you will. This report examines the leading drivers for BSS/OSS managed services and discusses operators' top priorities when choosing an outsourcing partner. The report also analyzes 17 leading BSS/OSS managed services vendors.
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The Future of Telco Data Center Networking in the SDN Era
Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2014
The need to compete against Web-based cloud providers such as Google and Amazon is driving change in telco data center networks, as telecom operators turn to SDN and NFV to support new applications. This report outlines the main drivers for change in the telco data center networking domain and analyzes the impact SDN is expected to have. The report analyzes the strategies of 12 major networking vendors, examining the various approaches they are taking to meet telcos' data center requirements.
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The Rise of Virtual EPC: A Mobile Packet Core Forecast & Analysis
Vol. 12, No. 4, March 2014
The Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is one of the key network domains identified by operators and vendors as a candidate for network functions virtualization (NFV). This report examines virtual EPC from the perspective of operators and vendors. It identifies the opportunities in this market transition and addresses the biggest challenges in virtualizing the EPC. The report also examines 11 leading EPC technology vendors, detailing their virtual EPC strategies, technologies and timelines.
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The Rise of 100G & Terabit Transport Networks
Vol. 12, No. 3, March 2014
As 100Gbit/s (100G) transport enters mass commercialization and "beyond 100G" (B100G) technology proceeds to trials, setting the stage for the terabit era, this report explores the future of optical transport networks. The report presents comprehensive forecasts for both long-haul and metro DWDM transport, with breakouts for units shipped, capacity shipped, revenue contribution by port speed, and more. The report also analyzes key enabling technologies for B100G and terabit transport, and provides a roundup of significant trial activity over the past year. Finally, the report profiles major optical systems suppliers, detailing their products and strategies for 100G as well as B100G.
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The CEM-Driven Telco: Next Steps for Adoption
Vol. 12, No. 2, March 2014
Customer experience management (CEM) has become a telecom industry mantra, but the truth is, operators are not very good at it. CEM is difficult to implement because of its cross-organizational remit and the need to manage a complex set of contributing factors. Yet 2014 looks to be a promising year for telco CEM investment: New products are emerging to enable the CEM-driven telco, where CE analytics will direct operator processes to improve customer outcomes. This report looks at the state of the CEM market from both operator and vendor perspectives and explores the next steps in telco adoption of CEM.
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Converged Microwave Routers: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis
Vol. 12, No. 1, January 2014
Responding to operator requirements, microwave equipment vendors have aggressively driven their roadmaps and cost per bit down with new generations of Carrier Ethernet and other IP networking protocols. Based on a Heavy Reading survey, this report assesses mobile operator demand for Converged Microwave Routers – a single product integrating an IP/MPLS router with a high-capacity Ethernet microwave radio. As our survey explores, demand for these products will depend on the impact mobile operators expect from LTE, how they view the role of IP/MPLS in the backhaul, and the extent to which they see a real value proposition in one integrated device.
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Service-Enabling the Control Plane: The Role of Diameter Signaling in Next-Generation Networks
Vol. 11, No. 14, December 2013
Until recently, the signaling control plane was considered an important but fundamentally utilitarian network function. Now, however, the control plane is transitioning from simply providing service infrastructure to playing a significant role in service orchestration – and with the advent of control-plane-centric virtualization technologies such as NFV and SDN, the importance the Diameter-based control plane will only continue to grow. This report analyzes the evolving role of the control plane and examines the architecture options to most effectively deal with these new challenges. The report also profiles 13 leading Diameter signaling and ecosystem vendors, detailing their products, vision and market strategies.
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From 40/100G to 400G: A Competitive Analysis of Optical Modules & Components
Vol. 11, No. 13, December 2013
This report details and analyzes 40/100G technologies, identifying the key advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers. The availability of 100G interfaces is growing quickly, with semiconductor and optical module vendors continually introducing new products that deliver better performance and greater integration. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of 100G technologies together with relevant 40G and 400G technologies, identifying and analyzing the full spectrum of vendors developing 40/100G optical modules and components. The report analyzes the products and strategies of 42 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including almost 150 optical modules and more than 80 semiconductor components.
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Monetizing Data: The Role of BSS in the Digital Revolution
Vol. 11, No. 12, November 2013
We are today on the cusp of a new era in data monetization. To remain profitable, telecom operators need an underlying IT fabric that is not only real-time and flexible, but also understands the nuances of business and network policies. This report analyzes the drivers for business support system (BSS) refresh, looks at the key attributes a next-generation solution must have and analyzes 16 prominent vendors in the BSS space, based on key solution attributes that are table stakes for vendors to effectively help operators maximize their revenue potential from the digital revolution that has engulfed the communications space today.
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Mobile Network Outages & Service Degradations: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis
Vol. 11, No. 11, October 2013
As mobile operators transition to increasingly complex, IP-centric mobile networks, they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to new types of data networking outages. Several high-profile outages over the last two years have raised real concerns about the ability of even leading operators to manage a consistently high standard of service as they make this transition. Leveraging a survey of 76 online respondents, as well as detailed operator interviews, this report provides unique visibility into how mobile operators are dealing with outages and degradations in the network, the primary causes of those incidents and the impact they have on overall business performance.
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C-RAN & LTE Advanced: The Road to "True 4G" & Beyond
Vol. 11, No. 10, October 2013
C-RAN – standing for both centralized RAN and cloud RAN – is emerging as an important platform for next-generation radio access networks. The concept is based on a centralized baseband processing pool serving n number of distributed radio access nodes, which promises superior performance in coordinated systems such as LTE Advanced compared to classic cells coordinated over X2. This report analyzes the C-RAN opportunity and the challenges the industry must overcome for the technology to emerge as a mainstream next-generation radio access platform. The report also identifies the companies that are leading the market and explores operator and vendor perspectives on C-RAN.
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Managing the Virtualized Network: How SDN & NFV Will Change OSS
Vol. 11, No. 9, September 2013
SDN and NFV promise to transform the cost profile and flexibility of IP networks, but there is one very large barrier to their implementation: the impact they will have on service providers' existing network management processes and OSSs. This report explores new management approaches that are emerging to support SDN and NFV and assesses the disruption each will cause to the status quo. It discusses the next-generation OSS architectures that service provider-led standards bodies and vendors are beginning to define and how they will converge OSS, network and cloud management to operationalize the SDN- and NFV-driven networks of the future.
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SDN & NFV: A Revolution in the Making
Vol. 11, No. 8, July 2013
Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have the potential to transform carrier networks and IT, forcing established vendors to rethink their own strategies and business models. This report presents Heavy Reading's current thinking regarding SDN and NFV, leveraging contributions from five senior analysts. The report analyzes network operator plans and attitudes toward SDN and NFV; explores the implications of SDN and OpenFlow on optical networking technology; examines the orchestration and management layers that will be critical to the success of NFV and SDN; and details the impact of SDN on application delivery controllers (ADCs) in the data center.
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Ethernet & SDN Executive Council State-of-the-Industry Survey Report, 2Q13
Vol. 11, No. 7, July 2013
In April and May 2013, Heavy Reading surveyed members of its Ethernet & SDN Executive Council – a supergroup of more than 140 service and technology experts from nearly 75 service providers worldwide – to explore their views regarding the current direction and future prospects for the global carrier Ethernet market and its convergence with SDN principles and technologies. This report provides complete results of this in-depth survey, covering a full range of deployment and business issues facing carrier Ethernet service providers. Participating in this survey were executives from nearly 50 service providers worldwide, whose companies employ 95+ Executive Council members.
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Service Assurance in SDN & Cloud
Vol. 11, No. 6, July 2013
This report examines how traditional service assurance tools function in the context of today's cloud and IP networks and explains how those solutions must evolve to ensure the subscriber experience for different types of cloud services. The report further explores how the concepts of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) interact with these new service assurance challenges and analyzes the functions that a future comprehensive service assurance solution for the cloud must possess. The report also examines seven key vendors in the cloud and IP assurance space, analyzing the critical qualities for success as a cloud assurance player.
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ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast, 2013-2017
Vol. 11, No. 5, July 2013
This report identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA components and systems. The report includes not only granular information on the components and systems themselves – of interest to system OEMs and service providers – but also insights into how the overall market is developing – of interest to a wide audience, including investors. The report evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 14 systems integrators and 28 component suppliers. It also includes a market forecast for ATCA products through 2017 and presents information on the use of ATCA by 18 telecom equipment providers.
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U.S. Wholesale Ethernet Market Forecast
Vol. 11, No. 4, April 2013
A combination of accelerating bandwidth demand, greater experience and comfort with public Ethernet, continually declining costs, expanding interoperability and improving standards have contributed to increasing attention and growth for wholesale Ethernet. Most recently, this market is increasingly being driven by the shift of rapidly growing wireless backhaul to the service. This report analyzes and projects the growth of the wholesale Ethernet segment over the next four years. It forecasts the wholesale Ethernet market through 2016, analyzed by purchasing service provider types, service topologies, geographic domains and bandwidth levels. The report also profiles 11 major service providers that offer wholesale Ethernet.
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SDN, Carrier Ethernet 2.0 & Cloud Converge
March 2013
Light Reading hosted its 8th annual Ethernet Expo event in New York in November 2012. A record 35 service provider experts spoke at the event, along with representatives of the MEF, the ONF and other organizations. Nearly all of the service provider speakers are members of Heavy Reading's global Ethernet Executive Council. This report captures the perspectives of the service provider speakers, who covered a wide range of topics regarding SDN, carrier Ethernet 2.0, and cloud service and technology. This report provides unique insight into the opinions and strategies of many senior professionals shaping the carrier Ethernet and SDN markets.
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Metro Packet-Optical Transport 2.0: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis
Vol. 11, No. 3, March 2013
The metro packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) product segment has grown from nothing in 2007 to more than $1.2 billion in equipment sales in 2012. However, the P-OTS market has failed to live up to expectations thus far. We are now entering a new era, in which P-OTS is poised to finally make the crossover and unseat Sonet/SDH as the dominant form of optical transport in metro and aggregation networks. As we enter this new phase, Heavy Reading issued a global operator survey to better understand operator plans, strategies and perceptions regarding the present state and future of packet-optical transport.
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Navigating the Cable IPv6 Transition
Vol. 11, No. 2, March 2013
With the number of broadband subscribers steadily expanding and the number of IP-enabled devices and services exploding, the Internet is quickly running out of available IPv4 addresses. Due to the looming shortage, many cable operators have been working to upgrade from IPv4 to the much broader IPv6 protocol. This report explores the technical and operational challenges of upgrading to IPv6 while continuing to support IPv4 for existing broadband customers. The report compares the different IPv6 transition methods available and spells out concrete, incremental steps that cable operators can take to start preparing for the new IPv6 era immediately.
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Lost in ABR: Can Multiscreen Video Survive Format Chaos?
Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2013
Adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming is a key development for multiscreen distribution. However, competing ABR protocols and requirements are forcing content distributors to manage a bewildering array of codecs, formats, bit rates and resolutions, players and standards. This report explores the growth in multiscreen video delivery, reviews the various processes required for video preparation and packaging, and examines the leading trends and developments in this space. It also evaluates the status and impact of key standards and industry initiatives. The report also includes profiles of 19 leading vendors working with service providers to prepare and package video for multiscreen distribution.
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LTE Base Station & Handset Components: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 10 No. 15, November 2012
Semiconductor components are key to the successful rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks around the world. As LTE develops, and LTE-Advanced is introduced, semiconductor vendors are developing flexible, highly integrated devices that support a complex mix of frequency bands, networks, bandwidths and performance in a cost-effective and power-efficient manner. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of LTE silicon solutions from 29 vendors, covering almost 100 different products and product families. It includes detailed analysis on LTE baseband, RF and application processors for user devices and base stations, covering key product features, as well as power, price and availability.
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The Changing Landscape of BSS/OSS Managed Services
Vol. 10 No. 14, November 2012
Service providers are increasingly turning to a managed services model for their BSS/OSS needs, to reduce cost and increase efficiency by delegating the skillset to a third-party outsourcer. Vendors are answering increased demand with greater emphasis on their expertise and end-to-end managed services that keep the operator's customer satisfaction in mind. This report examines the leading drivers for BSS/OSS managed services, discusses the key challenges service providers and vendors must overcome to succeed and offers specific recommendations for how they can do so. The report analyzes 17 leading vendors that can help service providers with their BSS/OSS managed service needs.
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Evolved Packet Core Market Forecast & Competitive Analysis
Vol. 10 No. 13, October 2012
This report reviews trends in the mobile packet core equipment market, analyzes the critical factors that operators need to consider when evaluating and deploying Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and discusses the evolution to an EPC-based common core for multiple access networks. It also considers the various EPC deployment options, including distributed versus centralized models and how the target architecture impacts advanced services, such as VoLTE and cloud. The report also identifies and evaluates differing vendor approaches to EPC product design and deployment architectures, and provides a detailed competitive analysis of the product portfolios of seven leading EPC equipment vendors.
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Revolutionizing Customer Experience With Catalog-Driven Fulfillment
Vol. 10 No. 12, October 2012
As competition increases in the telco landscape, CSPs realize they must change their business model to retain customers and increase revenue. Critical needs include close alignment between order management (OM) and the centralized catalog, which makes catalog-driven fulfillment a must-have. CSPs can also streamline product management through a product lifecycle management (PLM) approach. This report examines the need for next-generation OM solutions, evolution of centralized product catalog, what catalog-driven fulfillment means and how CEM strategies can be enhanced via strategic OM and centralized product management. The report also analyzes the products and strategies of 14 key OM/enterprise catalog vendors.
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Multicore Processors Drive the Software-Defined Network: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 10 No. 11, September 2012
Software-defined networking and policy management are key to delivering new services over wireless and wireline networks. These are just two of the many functions that depend heavily on multicore processors with high-performance 64-bit cores and hardware accelerators for packet processing, security and traffic management. Multicore processors are now widely used in systems for wireless infrastructure, including LTE, metro networks, transport networks and enterprise equipment. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of more than 80 different multicore processor products from 16 vendors. In-depth interviews with component suppliers offer insight into how the market for multicore processors is likely to develop.
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RAN Congestion Control & the Road to QoE
Vol. 10 No. 10, September 2012
RAN congestion control is emerging as a critical solution category in mobile networks, driven by very high growth in data and signaling traffic, proliferating applications and services, and the need to both control costs and improve customer QoE. Network operators have an increasing range of solutions to choose from, including innovative ideas from startups that are approaching the problem in new ways. This report examines the underlying catalysts for new investment in this area, analyzing and categorizing the various approaches being proposed. It identifies 31 companies with relevant RAN congestion control solutions and includes detailed profiles of 15 leading vendors.
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SDN & the Future of the Telecom Ecosystem
Vol. 10 No. 8, August 2012
Software-defined networking is fast emerging as a significant building block for next-generation carrier networks and services. SDN's quick ascent has the telecom industry scrambling to assess exactly what SDN is, what its deployment will mean for carrier networks, and how and where it will be used first in telecom networks. Although much remains to be sorted out, it's critical to have a basic understanding of SDN and why it's viewed as a potential game-changer. This report includes contributions from four Heavy Reading senior analysts, each offering their unique perspective on SDN as it pertains to their technology coverage area.
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Photonic Integration, Super Channels & the March to Terabit Networks
Vol. 10 No. 7, July 2012
This report explores the present state and future evolution of photonic integrated circuits (PICs). As the industry looks at modules and applications three to five years into the future, photonic integration and PICs are widely viewed as an absolute requirement. The report provides an overview of the benefits of photonic integration and includes definitions and technologies, along with a market overview, detailing the company landscape and the main market opportunities and challenges for photonic integration. This report also profiles the four main DWDM systems suppliers with in-house photonic integration expertise and 16 leading optical components suppliers active in photonic integration.
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SDM & Analytics: Reshaping the Services Landscape of Man & Machine
Vol. 10 No. 6, July 2012
SDM in conjunction with analytics is driving a sea change in how network operators manage subscriber information and provide personalized services. This report examines the factors and use cases that are motivating network operators to deploy SDM and analytics. It identifies the various functional capabilities that define SDM, including capturing the inherent differences between centralized and federated data approaches. Looking ahead, it estimates the timeframe that the mass commercialization of SDM and analytics will commence. The report also delivers a detailed competitive analysis of the products, overall vision, market strategies and long-term prospects of 14 SDM, database and analytics vendors.
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Crossing the Gi: Will Edge Caching Be the Key to Managing Mobile Traffic?
Vol. 10 No. 5, July 2012
Mobile operators are looking for solutions to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way while still preserving a high end-user QoE. Caching has been used in the wireline world for these objectives, but can it work in the mobile network? This report examines the growth of mobile traffic, analyzing the impact of video and the actions operators are considering to manage growing volumes of mobile traffic. It examines the adoption of caching by mobile operators, evaluating the primary drivers and challenges for operators using caching as a solution. The report also profiles 16 leading vendors of mobile caching solutions.
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Ethernet OAM Market Trends & Case Studies
Vol. 10 No. 4, June 2012
The rapid growth of Ethernet worldwide – and particularly Ethernet's increasingly leading role in mobile backhaul – have intensified requirements for Ethernet OAM (EOAM) tools that can detect and remedy service problems, as well as track Ethernet performance indicators such as packet delay, jitter, loss and throughput. This report analyzes the major protocols driving EOAM, examines the current status of EOAM and projects its future role in the delivery of carrier Ethernet services. The report also offers seven case studies of carrier Ethernet service providers in their efforts to deploy EOAM, offering insight into how network operators are dealing with this issue.
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IP Network & Service Migration: Benchmarking Telco Progress
Vol. 10 No. 3, April 2012
The migration of fixed/mobile network and service platforms to all-IP is now inevitable, but it remains a complex, multifaceted task. So how do operators measure and benchmark progress, and what should they include in that measurement exercise? To answer these questions, Heavy Reading created the Carrier IP Migration Index (CIMIX), a leading-edge technology- and vendor-agnostic market model that can be used to calculate a numeric value of a carrier's IP readiness and sophistication. To test our index, we then asked operators in a major survey to rank the importance of each indicator and evaluate their own progress in each area.
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Ethernet Executive Council State-of-the-Industry Survey Report
Vol. 10, No. 2 April 2012
Full results from the inaugural survey of the new Ethernet Executive Council – a supergroup of more than 100 executives from nearly 75 carrier Ethernet service providers worldwide – are now available in this exclusive special report. The report provides complete results of an in-depth survey conducted by Heavy Reading in the fourth quarter of 2011 covering a full range of deployment and business issues facing carrier Ethernet service providers. Executives from more than 40 operators worldwide participated in the first-ever survey of the Ethernet Executive Council, a group founded in 2011 to foster deeper cooperation and information sharing among network operators.
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Next-Generation Mobile Security Gateways for 3G & 4G Networks
Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2012
As mobile operators evolve into full-fledged ISPs, they are increasingly vulnerable to a variety of new security threats. This report identifies some of these new security threat vectors and explores the new feature roadmaps and toolsets that mobile security vendors are bringing to market to combat them – including the evolution of key capabilities such as firewall, IPS, DPI, the 3GPP-defined SEG and DDoS protection – along with how each feature might potentially be combined to create an optimized mobile network security gateway. It also profiles 16 leading vendors of network security equipment, examining how they are positioning for these new opportunities.
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40/100Gbit/s Optical Modules & Components: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 9, No. 13, February 2012
100Gbit/s networking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the telecom industry. Cloud computing, video, remote storage and other bandwidth-intensive services are driving demand for higher-speed connectivity. The first 100G optical modules are in production, and second-generation solutions will be introduced during 2012. Established optical module and silicon vendors are pushing to deliver solutions for data center, enterprise, metro and transport networks. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of 40/100G optical modules and components from almost 40 vendors, covering more than 160 different products. The report offers detailed competitive data including key product features and analysis of vendor strategies.
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The Next-Gen ROADM Opportunity: Forecast & Analysis
Vol. 9, No. 12, January 2012
Next-generation ROADMs leverage new technologies and node architectures to bring full reconfigurability to the photonic layer for the first time. Next-gen ROADMs incorporate four innovations that separate them from previous generations: colorless, directionless, contentionless and flex spectrum functionality. This report builds on prior Heavy Reading research on the next-gen ROADM opportunity and adds a highly detailed forecast of the ROADM systems, next-gen ROADM systems and WSS ROADM components markets for 2012 through 2016. The report is based on in-depth interviews with leading equipment suppliers and subsystems suppliers selling and/or building next-gen ROADM products, as well as several leading network operators.
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OTT Traffic Control: Technology Options for Network Operators
Vol. 9, No. 11, November 2011
Burgeoning Internet usage is creating new challenges for network operators. Social networking, gaming and other applications are all driving high traffic volumes, but the most problematic application for operators is streaming video – an application that is growing precipitously. This report examines the impact of Internet video growth on operators, and evaluates operator options for caching and content delivery. It provides a detailed view of transparent caching and operator CDNs, and examines the potential for standardized CDN interconnection and federation. Finally, the report analyzes the products and strategies of 13 key vendors providing caching and content delivery solutions for operators.
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Wi-Fi Strategies for Mobile Operators
Vol. 9, No. 10, November 2011
Wi-Fi is a foundation technology for mobile data and has emerged as an essential complement to 3G and 4G services. This report analyzes the technology advances and ongoing standards work that will allow mobile operators to take advantage of Wi-Fi and enhance the overall user experience for their customers. The report addresses integration of Wi-Fi with the cellular environment, examines to what extent "managed Wi-Fi" should be made part of the end-user service, and explains why Wi-Fi integration should fundamentally be viewed as a platform for service innovation and revenue growth, not simply an offload solution to reduce network costs.
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LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 9, No. 9, October 2011
LTE is the fastest-growing wireless network technology in the world, with more than 160 operators across 62 countries committed to LTE. Semiconductor components are key to the successful rollout of LTE networks: Vendors must develop flexible and highly integrated devices that meet the performance criteria of carriers and deliver cost-effective, power-efficient solutions. This report identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing LTE components for both base stations and user devices. The report analyzes the products and strategies of 30 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including more than 70 baseband, RF and application processors from these companies.
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Mobile Network Feature Distribution Strategies for 3G & LTE
Vol. 9, No. 8, September 2011
One key aspect of the transition to a flatter, all-IP network architecture for next-generation 3G and LTE networks is the distribution of network functionality that has traditionally resided in the center of the mobile network out toward the edge, in pursuit of lower cost and better performance. This report explores the opportunities and risks of distribution, examines the business case for distributing different functions and analyzes the impact of distributing any single feature by itself, or in conjunction with others. The report profiles 17 leading suppliers of mobile network equipment and examines their product strategies and roadmaps regarding feature distribution.
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Mobile Broadband & the Rise of Policy: Technology Review & Forecast
Vol. 9, No. 7, August 2011
After years of development and discussion, policy management has finally gone mainstream, as mobile network operators scramble to deal with the mobile broadband data boom. This report examines the state of policy management today and explores what the future holds for this key market. It analyzes the core catalysts for recent growth in policy technology and considers some major use cases and important deployments. Drawing on a survey of more than 70 network operators and interviews with more than 30 vendors, the report presents a comprehensive five-year forecast for the policy market and profiles 40 leading providers of policy technology.
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Carrier Ethernet Service & Technology Trends & Issues: Europe
Vol. 9, No. 6, June 2011
Light Reading hosted its 6th annual Ethernet Europe event in London from April 12-13, 2011. A record 20 service provider experts from 19 operators and carrier Ethernet exchanges gave presentations, plus representatives of the ITU-T, EANTC, MEF, and solutions providers. Hundreds of service provider, enterprise, finance, consulting, equipment vendor, regulatory, and other professionals attended the show. This report highlights key themes emerging from service provider perspectives shared at Ethernet Europe. It offers a window into the market unavailable from any other source, including direct quotes and other candid feedback from many key movers and shakers in the carrier Ethernet industry.
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The U.S. Ethernet Over Wavelength Market, 2011-2015
Vol. 9, No. 5, May 2011
Ethernet over wavelength refers to public DWDM services using dedicated wavelengths to transmit Ethernet frames over Ethernet interfaces. Wavelengths have become the predominant transmission technology for delivery of high-bandwidth Ethernet, and Ethernet is in the process of becoming the predominant interface for wavelengths. This report analyzes and projects the growth of this critical and rapidly growing service combination over the next five years. It provides detailed market forecasts, analyzed specifically by the customer segments that purchase Ethernet over wavelength, bandwidth levels and geographic domains. The report also profiles 12 service providers that offer Ethernet over wavelength services in some form.
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End-to-End Order Management: The Mobile Operator Opportunity
Vol. 9, No. 4, April 2011
This report explores the critical role of order management (OM) solutions in the mobile industry. The report explains in depth how BPM-based, custom-built OM solutions cannot meet mobile operators' changing needs and examines operators' views regarding their existing OM solutions and their wish-lists for future solutions. It also explores how the business-to-business and supply-chain strategies of mobile operators can be streamlined with end-to-end OM solutions and demonstrates how end-to-end OM will enable mobile operators to transition from today's bundled services to more personalized services. The report analyzes the products and strategies of 13 key OM vendors in the communications market.
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ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Five-Year Forecast
Vol. 9, No. 3, March 2011
This report identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA components and systems. The report includes not only granular information on the components and systems – of interest to system OEMs and service providers – but also insights into how the overall market is developing – of interest to a wide audience, including investors. The report analyzes the products and strategies of 13 systems integrators and 43 component suppliers. It also includes a market forecast for ATCA products through 2015, with a breakdown of COTS market share, and details the use of ATCA by 23 telecom equipment providers.
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100Gbit/s Transport: Forecast & Analysis
Vol. 9, No. 2, March 2011
After years of development, 100Gbit/s transport is finally set to move to center stage. This year will see an explosion of field trial activity, product announcements and commercial shipments, paving the way for stronger commercial adoption in 2012. This report explores the challenges and opportunities of high-speed DWDM transport. It presents a comprehensive forecast of the 40G and 100G transport opportunities, with breakouts by port speed, revenue share, line and client side, and more. The report also tallies 100G trial and commercial deployment activity by supplier and operator, and includes detailed profiles of six leading 100G transport suppliers and their customers.
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Content Protection for Multiplatform & Internet Video: Who's Doing What
Vol. 9, No. 1, February 2011
Consumers want to access video content across the various video-capable devices they own, and service providers, content owners, online video distributors and device manufacturers are all keen to provide it. However, securely distributing multiplatform video content to a variety of different screens presents several challenges for the entire value chain. This report examines the rise of multiplatform video, the evolution of content protection for video and the challenges associated with multiplatform video content protection. The report also analyzes emerging industry initiatives and standards for multiplatform video protection and examines the strengths and weaknesses of 14 key vendors in this market.
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Exploring Cable Next-Gen Video Services & Strategies
Vol. 8, No. 14, December 2010
This report examines the advanced video services that cable operators are exploring and testing as the competitive video landscape starts to shift against them. It focuses on the advanced video services that hold the most promise and the new equipment that will be required to deliver them to subscribers, plus the various bandwidth management tools, technologies, and techniques that cable operators can leverage to deliver these services today. The report also offers detailed profiles of the five leading US MSOs, exploring their strategies for delivering advanced video services; and more than two dozen technology vendors in the next-gen video market.
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Voice Over LTE, IMS & the Future of Rich-Media Services in the 4G Era
Vol. 8, No. 13, December 2010
This report examines how the mobile industry's two most lucrative applications – voice and SMS – can be offered across LTE networks, and how IP Multimedia Subsystem technology can be used to introduce new, interoperable rich-media services, such as video- and presence-based communication, messaging, collaboration, and conferencing. The report assesses strategic, network-level options available to operators to support real-time communications over 4G/LTE and converged 2G/3G/LTE networks. The report also examines revenue trends in voice services and explores the impact of commoditization on operator business prospects. Finally, the report analyzes the positioning and strategies of 13 leading mobile network equipment suppliers.
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U.S. Ethernet Vertical Markets: A Five-Year Market Forecast
Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2010
This report analyzes the condition of the retail carrier Ethernet market in the U.S. and delivers a five-year revenue forecast for each of the five key verticals. It also examines the most significant issues and trends that will affect each key vertical in this market over the next five years. Forecasts are provided not only for overall revenues, but also broken down and analyzed by regional domain, service topology, and projected bandwidth requirements. This report is based on extensive interviews with ten operators that together account for more than 80 percent of retail carrier Ethernet service sales in the U.S.
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Next-Gen Security Strategies for Mobile Network Infrastructure
Vol. 8, No. 11, November 2010
This report explores how infrastructure vendors can correct security vulnerabilities in their RAN, switching, router, and transmission equipment, as well as introduce new security features into their infrastructure portfolios. Drawing on detailed survey responses from Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Juniper, Nokia Siemens, and Tellabs, the report explores variations in vendors' security practices relating to the product development process. It looks at best-practice design features in specific products that enable operators to protect their networks and potentially reduce dependence on dedicated security products. The report also highlights specific vendors that are showing leadership in key areas of securing primary network infrastructure products.
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Next-Gen PONs & Fiber Access: A Market Perception Study
Vol. 8, No. 10, October 2010
This report presents results of a major survey probing network operator opinions on emerging next-generation passive optical network (PON) technologies – new developments that could boost both FTTH and other fiber access services. The survey polled 99 professionals working with 72 different network operators, investigating opinions in three main areas: deployment plans and applications for next-gen PONs; anticipated technology and implementation challenges; and perceptions of leading equipment vendors. The survey also probed key underlying demand issues, including historic and expected growth in bandwidth demand. This report also reviews the key standards governing next-gen PONs, examining their main features, advantages, and drawbacks.
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Multicore Processors for Network Systems: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 8, No. 9, October 2010
Multicore processors are now widely used in wireless, metro, transport, and enterprise networking systems. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of network processors from 13 components vendors, covering more than 60 different products, as well as multicore software and development tools from three additional suppliers. The report offers detailed information on all types of high-performance multicore processors, including general-purpose multicore processors, integrated multicore processors, and 10- to 100-Gbit/s network processors, covering key product features, power, price, and availability. The report leverages in-depth interviews with component suppliers to offer insight into how the multicore processor market is likely to develop.
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Multiplatform Video: Overcoming Technology & Revenue Challenges
Vol. 8, No. 8, September 2010
Cable operators, online video distributors, satellite operators, and even mobile operators are increasingly looking at ways to offer seamless, unified video services across multiple device platforms. This report examines the opportunity for service providers and their strengths in this space, as well as the technology requirements and challenges in offering multiplatform video. It also analyzes trends in video consumption and the multiplatform strategies of major content owners. The report is based in part on a proprietary survey of 75 service providers worldwide, examining their attitudes and strategies for multiplatform video. The report also profiles 17 leading vendors in this space.
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Turnkey Networks: The Future of Managed & Professional Services
Vol. 8, No. 7, August 2010
Over the past decade, network operators have increasingly relied upon managed services to contain costs and simplify management of their ever more complex networks. This report examines the current and future state of the managed services landscape, exploring how their use is altering network and business models for both telecom vendors and telcos. The report analyzes the portfolios of 18 telecom vendors, consultants, IT specialists, outsourcing specialists, and systems integrators that compete in this market. This analysis is augmented with real-world case studies from Orange and Sprint, to provide insight into the realities associated with adopting a managed services model.
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The Future of Packet-Optical Transport for Mobile Backhaul
Vol. 8, No. 6, May 2010
This report analyzes the mobile backhaul landscape with a focus on Ethernet-based mobile backhaul and how packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) fit into this new application. The report discusses the key packet-optical transport equipment trends in mobile backhaul, highlighting both the opportunities and the challenges for P-OTS – particularly the rising competitive threat from carrier-class Layer 2/3 switching equipment. The report provides five-year worldwide forecasts for P-OTS in mobile backhaul, broken out by access, aggregation, and metro core segments. It also examines the backhaul network plans of three leading network operators and profiles 14 leading suppliers of mobile backhaul optical equipment.
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Backhaul Evolution Strategies for LTE Operators
Vol. 8, No. 5, April 2010
This report examines the transition from 3G to LTE from a cellular backhaul perspective, identifying and analyzing those aspects of the LTE architecture and performance requirements that will require new features and capabilities or new operational processes. The report draws on a variety of sources, including case studies of key operators such as T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, and detailed inputs from 35 leading backhaul equipment vendors. This report provides a timely guide for both operators and equipment vendors that are looking to strike an optimal balance between addressing the backhaul challenge they face now and future-proofing the network for LTE.
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U.S. Wholesale Ethernet Services: A Five-Year Market Forecast
Vol. 8, No. 4, April 2010
While carrier Ethernet providers have to date focused heavily on retail services, a number of factors are now bringing greater attention and growth to wholesale Ethernet. Based on extensive interviews with more than a dozen leading network operators, this report analyzes the most significant issues and trends that will shape the U.S. wholesale Ethernet market over the next five years – including adoption drivers and obstacles, service availability, interoperability, changing technologies, and pricing – and delivers a five-year revenue forecast for this market. The report also includes in-depth profiles of 15 network operators that are currently shaping the U.S. wholesale Ethernet market.
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OTT Video: Service Providers Face a Gathering Storm
Vol. 8, No. 3, March 2010
This report examines the spread of "over-the-top" (OTT) Internet video and analyzes the factors that are driving its popularity. It reviews the tools that service providers can leverage to manage this phenomenon – such as DPI, policy, and local caching – and weighs the viability of some potential revenue-generating options for service providers. It also explores what other members of the value chain – including content owners, P2P enablers, and CDNs – are doing to reduce the network impact of online video. Finally, the report profiles 24 selected vendors in this space, summarizing their key products and solutions and evaluating their strategic strengths and weaknesses.
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Telco App Stores: A Bridge Too Far?
Vol. 8, No. 2, February 2010
This report explores service provider plans to work more closely with third-party service providers and application developers, examining both the enabling technologies and the business models that telcos and other service providers believe they need. It is based in part on an online survey of 80 individuals working for 62 service providers worldwide, exploring what assets telcos plan to expose to third parties, and how; the business models for doing so; and major catalysts and barriers. The report also draws on interviews with 14 major vendors whose technology propositions aim to help network operators create stronger relationships with third parties.
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Disruptive VoIP Services: What Carriers Need to Know
Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2010
VoIP is the most potentially disruptive telephony technology since the birth of the industry, but its impact to date has been far less dramatic than many expected. However, the last few years have seen the development of a second phase of VoIP innovation, with great potential to disrupt the telecom market. This report catalogs the advanced features that VoIP offers and clarifies how these innovations will disrupt the traditional telecom services market. The report also categorizes the innovative VoIP services with the most disruptive potential, analyzing 50 innovative VoIP providers that are likely to significantly contribute to the market disruption.
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Ethernet Services in North America: Leader Profiles
Vol. 7, No. 13, December 2009
The Ethernet services market represents significant opportunities and challenges for telecom service providers and MSOs. Service providers must invest in next-generation carrier Ethernet/MPLS and packet optical network equipment to stay innovative and remain competitive from pricing and feature perspectives. This report delivers an update on the Ethernet services market and examines key operators shaping its development. It's based on interviews and other input from some 20 carriers, conversations with many carrier Ethernet/MPLS network equipment vendors, and additional primary research. The report builds upon over five years of Heavy Reading's research on the carrier Ethernet services and equipment markets.
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The Core Packet-Optical Transport Evolution
Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2009
The continued, inexorable growth of traffic presents new challenges for core networks, and operators increasingly see core packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) as the solution. This report offers a detailed look into the emerging core P-OTS segment. It analyzes the market drivers and primary applications for core P-OTS, explores enabling technologies and standards, and offers a new five-year forecast for this market. The report also profiles two network operators – BT and Verizon – with very different strategies for packet networking in the core, as well as 11 leading and innovative suppliers in core packet-optical transport and switching, based on exclusive, in-depth interviews.
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Evolved Packet Core for LTE: Market Forecast & Competitive Analysis
Vol. 7, No. 11, November 2009
The transition to LTE involves a fundamental shift to a flat, all-IP system architecture that impacts every part of the network, with the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) at its center. This report provides a roadmap that charts how network operators will migrate to LTE, and how that migration will shape their core networks. It identifies the key technology and deployment issues and assesses the technology platforms and choices for EPC network elements. The report also includes Heavy Reading's first-ever five-year forecast for the mobile packet core sector and analyzes the EPC product strategies of 12 leading mobile network equipment suppliers.
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VoIP Peering: A Market & Technology Update
Vol. 7, No. 10, October 2009
Until recently, virtually all VoIP networks interconnected via the circuit-based PSTN, transcoding VoIP calls into TDM circuits. While this remains the dominant case, many providers have begun to interconnect voice networks at the IP level using SBCs – which eliminates transcoding, saves money, improves voice quality, and enables advanced services such as video and presence. This report analyzes the effects of this shift toward VoIP peering and interconnection, examining and comparing several competing platforms. The report profiles 11 providers of VoIP peering and interconnection platforms, along with eight related equipment providers and six telecom operators that do not provide peering platforms.
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ATCA, AMC & MicroTCA Market Update & Forecast
Vol. 7, No. 9, October 2009
This report identifies and analyzes the spectrum of vendors developing Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), and MicroTCA components and systems. The report includes granular information on the components and systems themselves, as well as insights into how the overall market is developing. It evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 10 systems integrators and 46 component suppliers. The report also includes a market forecast for ATCA products through 2012, with a breakdown of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) market share, and presents information on the usage of ATCA, MicroTCA, and AMC modules by 13 telecom equipment providers.
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Packet Backhaul: Carrier Strategies & Real-World Deployments
Vol. 7, No. 8, August 2009
Transitioning mobile backhaul from TDM to packet transport is imperative to achieve the promise of mobile broadband without compromising carrier profitability. Drawing on 50 detailed examples of live packet backhaul deployments submitted by 22 leading backhaul equipment vendors, this ground-breaking survey examines how much progress has been made in deploying packet backhaul at the cell site worldwide. It provides the first insight into what today's live packet backhaul deployments really look like – where they are; what architecture they conform to; what technologies are in use; and critically, how many cell sites were actually in live service as of April 2009.
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FTTH Review & Five-Year Forecast: The Road to Next-Gen PON
Vol. 7, No. 7, July 2009
Over the past two years, the race to link the world's homes with fiber has accelerated, but the pace of change varies enormously from one region and country to another. This report provides a comprehensive global view of the ongoing transition to FTTH, examining key developments in both next-generation technology and cost issues. It analyzes the core products, strategies, and prospects of 24 vendors that currently sell FTTH products in U.S. or global markets. The report also examines the various competing next-generation PON technologies – some now only a year away from commercial launch – including 10GPON, 10GEPON, and WDM PON.
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IPTV 2.0: Delivering the IP Promise
Vol. 7, No. 6, June 2009
IPTV has grown steadily over the past few years, but to compete with cable and satellite in the future, IPTV providers will need to differentiate their offerings by leveraging their all-IP, digital platform. They will need to deliver on the initial promise of IPTV – seamlessly delivering entertainment and communication to any device of the consumer's choosing. This report analyzes IPTV deployments worldwide, identifying the most successful and innovative providers and examining the next-generation IPTV applications and services they are developing. The report also examines the vendors most involved with IPTV 2.0 innovation and reviews their application roadmaps and recent announcements.
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10-Gbit/s Ethernet Components: The Market Takes Shape
Vol. 7, No. 5, June 2009
This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of more than 340 different optical modules, 10GE PHY devices, and integrated switches from more than 40 vendors. The report offers insights into the availability of 10GE components and how the overall market for 10GE systems and components is likely to develop in the future. It covers key product features of each 10GE device, including the latest 10GBase-T devices, as well as power, price, and availability for each product. All the main 10GE transponder form factors are covered, providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date independent product analysis available for the 10GE components sector.
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Subscriber Data Management & the Era of Analytics
Vol. 7, No. 4, May 2009
This report analyzes the business and technology factors that will influence the development and implementation of subscriber data management (SDM) for next-generation telecom networks and services. It provides deep insight into the SDM value proposition associated with the integration of state information and profile data into real-time services, and it evaluates emerging standards and deployment models for SDM. The report also profiles more than 20 different technology suppliers vying for market leadership in the SDM sector, offering a full SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis and providing market intelligence on key partnerships and customer wins for each SDM vendor.
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The Optical Switching Revival: Rebuilding Optical Networks for Packets
Vol. 7, No. 3, March 2009
This report offers a detailed investigation into the future of optical switching, including Ethernet switching and OTN switching, as well as developments in the optical control plane, such as the ITU's ASON recommendations, the IETF's GMPLS standards, and the OIF's implementation agreements for control plane interoperability. The report analyzes 12 leading and innovative suppliers in optical switching, based on exclusive, in-depth interviews with components suppliers, systems suppliers, and network operators. It also draws on a wealth of user and survey data collected by Heavy Reading to provide deeper insight into network operator plans and expectations regarding deployment of optical technologies.
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Next-Gen Cable Networks: Opportunities for Fiber-Based Technologies
Vol. 7, No. 2, February 2009
This report explores cable's initial forays into the FTTP market, examining the prospects for MSOs as they seek to expand beyond their traditional HFC architectures by extending fiber to the customer premises. The study analyzes the opportunities for cable operators to capture greater portions of the residential and commercial markets through targeted plant extensions to new housing developments, apartment building complexes, business locations, rural areas, and other segments. It evaluates the significant obstacles that MSOs must overcome to transform themselves into major players in the FTTP arena and measures how well RFoG technology stacks up against competing telco delivery systems.
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Access-Independent Gateways: The Edge of Next-Generation Networks
Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2009
This report assesses the potential for the optimization of networking functionality at the edge of the network, focusing specifically on the potential of access-independent gateways (AIGs) – capable of simultaneously supporting multiple wireline and wireless access networks – as new points of opex reduction and new revenue generation at the edge. The report evaluates the design and performance requirements for AIG equipment and analyzes the positioning of the different vendors within this space. It also examines the product plans of 12 leading gateway vendors and details the factors that are causing different vendors to approach the AIG opportunity in different ways.
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LTE Base Stations & the Evolved Radio Access Network
Vol. 6, No. 16, December 2008
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is emerging as the leading choice for next-generation wireless networks worldwide. This report analyzes the technology and business factors that will drive LTE deployment, with a focus on the radio access network (RAN), cell site implementation, and the LTE base station products under development by leading vendors. The report also provides Heavy Reading's first-ever forecast of LTE rollouts and market revenues, through 2015, and contains detailed analyses of the LTE strategies now being developed at nine leading 4G technology suppliers, focusing on each company's prospects for long-term success in this critical mobile technology sector.
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Optical Networking for Tier 2/3 Operators in North America
Vol. 6, No. 15, November 2008
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the often overlooked Tier 2/3 optical networking market in North America. It presents Heavy Reading's first-ever forecast for optical transport spending among Tier 2/3 operators in North America, as well as a complete five-year forecast for optical transport spending across all operators in the region. The report also provides market-share information for optical transport suppliers in this market. Finally, this report profiles three Tier 2/3 network operators, examining their optical networking plans and needs, and analyzes ten optical networking vendors that focus on the Tier 2/3 market in North America.
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The Rise of the Session-Aware Media Gateway: A Competitive Analysis
Vol. 6, No. 14, November 2008
The long-term future of the media gateway is uncertain: One faction of vendors is predicting that the media gateway will become irrelevant in the all-IP world of the future, while another community views the SIP-empowered media gateway as capable of making the transformation into a true IP network device. This report analyzes the media gateway portfolios of 17 leading vendors, addressing product and market strategies, as well as portfolio strengths and weaknesses. This analysis is augmented by four appendices, which provide comprehensive specification-level metrics for 45 media gateway products, to assist network operators with future media gateway purchasing decisions.
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Policy Control & DPI: The New Broadband Imperative
Vol. 6, No. 13, September 2008
Policy control and management, including deep packet inspection (DPI), looks set to become a major weapon in the arsenal of both wireline and wireless service providers implementing IP and broadband next-generation networks and service portfolios. This report examines the entire spectrum of policy tools, including policy servers and decision points, DPI, call admission control, subscriber authorization and authentication tools, content and applications management, and identity management. The report is based on comprehensive interviews with more than 30 vendors, as well as an exclusive, worldwide survey of more than 100 service providers, seeking their opinions on the future of policy control.
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Telco Transformation: Change or Die Trying
Vol. 6, No. 12, September 2008
The transformation of today's telcos into next-generation service providers requires more than hefty doses of capital spending and the development of next-generation services; it also requires a fundamental shift in the ways that telcos approach, plan, and execute their businesses. Evaluating the performance of ten of the world's largest network operators, this report provides an evaluative framework for measuring how they are approaching the need for internal process transformation, their relative progress in the transformation process, and how much further they need to go in their efforts to become truly competitive providers of 21st-century services.
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Cable vs. Telcos: The Battle Over Business Voice Services
Vol. 6, No. 11, July 2008
This report explores the cable industry's initial forays into the commercial voice market, examining the prospects for MSOs as they seek to expand beyond residential service. The report analyzes the opportunities for cable operators to capture various segments of the SMB market through targeted network improvements, technology deployments, equipment upgrades, service rollouts, and marketing maneuvers. It also explores the numerous hurdles that cable providers must overcome to realize their dreams of commercial success. The report profiles and analyzes the commercial voice plans of five major North American MSOs, and examines 19 technology, equipment, and service suppliers in this growing sector.
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IPTV Phase II: QOE Is Mission Critical
Vol. 6, No. 10, July 2008
Telcos are now into Phase II of their IPTV rollout, but as their networks scale up, they must ensure that they can meet the picture-quality threshold established by cable and satellite TV service providers – in short, the quality of experience (QOE). Telcos need test tools that can measure the quality of video streams in the live network and accurately translate that into subscriber satisfaction levels regarding picture quality. This report explains why the QOE challenge is difficult to address and analyzes 16 vendors of IPTV quality measurement solutions, as well as the products they offer that ostensibly take the guesswork out of determining the picture quality delivered to subscribers.
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ATCA, AMC, & MicroTCA Market Forecast: Revenue Surge Ahead
Vol. 6, No. 9, June 2008
Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) is now firmly established as the preferred platform for new system developments at leading telecom equipment providers. Second-generation ATCA platforms with 10-Gbit/s Ethernet switching, high-performance multicore processors, and enhanced cooling are just what developers need for converged wireless and wireline solutions. Together with the smaller MicroTCA platform and advanced mezzanine cards (AMCs), ATCA represents a significant opportunity for service providers, system developers, and component manufacturers alike. This report provides a five-year ATCA market forecast, and analyzes more than 360 ATCA, MicroTCA, and AMC products from 50 different vendors – including second-generation components and systems.
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3G Squeeze: GSM, LTE & the Future of Wideband CDMA
Vol. 6, No. 8, May 2008
W-CDMA is finally becoming established as the world's dominant 3G cellular technology, but the slower-than-expected 3G rollout could result in a squeeze on the technology's lifespan if 4G mobile WiMax and LTE technologies are rolled out as currently planned. As a result, network-related planning within operators and vendors has never been more challenging. This report considers the upcoming regulatory, standards, and product roadmaps for GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA. It also analyzes the factors that will determine operators' future capex choices, and assesses the positioning of vendors as they seek to align R&D resources to the new dynamics of the market.
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Mobile Advertising: The Service Provider Revenue Opportunity
Vol. 6, No. 7, May 2008
Mobile services have grown rapidly worldwide, with more than 3 billion subscribers today – a sizeable audience for advertising, to say the least. Global mobile advertising revenues have crossed the $1 billion mark and are expected to grow exponentially in the next decade. The challenge for mobile advertising is to create the right standards, measurement, and formats for the medium. This report explores the players and value chains that are driving the growth of mobile advertising today, evaluates the viability of the various formats available, and then assesses the true opportunity for mobile carriers in the advertising space.
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The Ultimate Mashup: Web 2.0 & Next-Gen Telecom Application Servers
Vol. 6, No. 6, May 2008
As the Web and telco worlds continue to collide, telecom application servers are rapidly moving into much closer alignment with Web application servers. This report examines the effect of Web services on next-generation telecom application servers, identifying competing programming and API techniques, protocols, and hardware configurations that telcos must include in their purchasing criteria. It includes a case study of the BT 21st Century Network initiative, capturing the strategies, decision points, and variables BT considered in plotting its transition. The report also profiles 28 leading suppliers of Web and telecom application servers, analyzing their products, development plans, and technology strategies.
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Flat IP Architectures in Mobile Networks: From 3G to LTE
Vol. 6, No. 5, April 2008
The surge in demand for 3G mobile broadband is generating unprecedented volumes of data traffic, and growth is set to accelerate in 2008 and beyond. To manage this rapid traffic growth while simultaneously lowering cost per bit and achieving greater flexibility in pricing structures, mobile operators will have to adopt flat, all-IP network architectures to replace legacy TDM and ATM architectures. This report focuses on the next-generation packet core as the key platform for differentiated service delivery, the evolution of IP radio access networks, and the move to all-IP architectures as preparation for the introduction of LTE access networks.
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Reinventing the Telco: A Heavy Reading Progress Report
Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2008
As their heritage telephony businesses continue to decline, telcos face a deepening identity crisis. What kind of companies will telcos become in the future? This report analyzes the key strategies and decision points that Tier 1 incumbent telcos now face as they make their long-term network and business transformation plans. The report is based on an exclusive, worldwide survey of more than 360 network operator and technology supplier professionals, focusing on their views regarding next-gen telco transformation. The report also profiles five major telcos that are working to remake themselves into next-gen telcos: France Telecom, KT, NTT, TeliaSonera, and Verizon.
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Photonic Integration & the Future of Optical Networking
Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2008
This report reviews the evolution of the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) and provides a framework for PIC market segmentation. It offers an overview of the photonic integration market, including the leading approaches for passive and optoelectronic photonic integration, and the primary applications today and over the next five years. The report also analyzes the nascent but potentially disruptive technologies of silicon photonics, including detailed information on commercial and laboratory innovations in this area. Finally, the report provides in-depth analysis of more than a dozen emerging suppliers in the photonics integration sector.
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Carrier Ethernet Services: The View From the Enterprise
Vol. 6, No. 2, February 2008
This survey report, based on feedback from 92 enterprise users of Ethernet connectivity and Ethernet-based access services, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date view on carrier Ethernet service and technology trends. The report presents our findings on legacy and next-generation data connectivity services trends; the most important product- and non-product-related factors enterprises consider when purchasing Ethernet services; current and planned enterprise use of Ethernet connectivity services and applications; current and planned enterprise spending on Ethernet services in relation to geographic reach and service type; and enterprise views regarding the importance of certain QOS capabilities.
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FTTH Worldwide Technology Update & Market Forecast
Vol. 6, No. 1, February 2008
This report provides a comprehensive view of the global transition from copper to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure, setting out a global forecast for the number of households that will be connected by FTTH from 2007 to 2012. The report also examines in depth key developments in the underlying technology, describing the various types of FTTH, along with their advantages and disadvantages. The report provides a comprehensive review of FTTH developments in the major regional markets of Europe, North America, and Asia/Pacific, and finally examines the positioning of 19 major vendors in this important emerging market segment.
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Switched Digital Video & Cable's Looming Bandwidth Crisis
Vol. 5, No. 16, December 2007
Cable MSOs increasingly recognize the need to expand their overall capacity and/or utilize existing bandwidth more efficiently in order to compete with satellite and telco IPTV providers, and switched digital video (SDV) has emerged as the leading technology to address this problem. This report explores the accelerating development of SDV, focusing on deployment issues and the long-term suitability of SDV to meet the cable industry's capacity crisis. Specifically, the report examines cable operators' plans to test, master, and deploy SDV technology over the next two years, and identifies and analyzes the market and technological obstacles that stand in the way.
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The Future of Optical Transport Networks: 40G & the Road to 100G
Vol. 5, No. 15, November 2007
2007 marks the first real volume deployments of 40-Gbit/s technology in operator DWDM networks, but even as 40G finally starts to get off the ground, 100G already looms large on the horizon as its replacement. This report delivers the industry's most comprehensive forward-looking analysis of the path to 100G DWDM deployment and the role that 40G will play along the way. The report is based on three months of in-depth interviews with major industry players, as well as results of a detailed worldwide survey of more than 100 service provider professionals regarding their plans for both 40G and 100G deployments.
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Monetizing IPTV: The Next-Gen Video Advertising Opportunity
Vol. 5, No. 14, September 2007
With IPTV infrastructure investments reaching tens of billions of dollars worldwide, telcos are eager – maybe even desperate – to seek out and tap into all revenue streams available to them via IPTV service delivery. The prospects for capturing a share of the $150 billion market for TV advertising are clearly enticing. This report examines the value chain for TV advertising and discusses the challenges that the TV advertising business poses for IPTV service providers. It explores the available technology and business models and provides an in-depth accounting of the digital TV advertising ecosystem, along with the key players and technology suppliers.
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Network Transformation: Moving Class 5 Services to IP Networks
Vol. 5, No. 13, August 2007
This report provides a roadmap for the migration of Class 5 telephony infrastructure – the next stage in the transformation of the TDM-based PSTN into an IP-based communications and entertainment network. Featuring in-depth reviews of the strategies and product portfolios of nearly 20 leading IP transformation vendors, along with carrier strategies for leveraging the buildout of broadband networks to deliver primary-line VOIP and multimedia services, this report provides insight into the various standards and methods service providers are employing to oversee the final phase in the dismantling of expensive legacy networks and the transition of subscriber services to IP-based session control.
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IMS Deployment Update: Promise & Challenges
Vol. 5, No. 12, July 2007
The report analyzes the progress network operators have made to date in deploying IMS technologies, focusing on the key factors that continue to drive IMS spending and the obstacles that remain for IMS to fulfill its initial promise as the key enabler of next-generation integrated telecom services. The report presents results of an exclusive, worldwide survey of service provider professionals regarding their attitudes toward and spending plans for IMS. The report also analyzes IMS deployments by nearly two dozen network operators worldwide, and includes an update of IMS deployments and contract wins claimed by leading vendors in the IMS sector.
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Telecom in TV Land: A Roadmap to the New Digital Media Ecosystem
Vol. 5, No. 11, July 2007
This report provides a detailed assessment of the digital media content value chain, focusing on the changing market dynamics of the television industry. It assesses the impact of emerging technologies and applications on this market and analyzes the likely roles that telecom carriers will play in the new TV industry model. The report presents several possible scenarios to evaluate the likely consequences of new digital applications and analyzes the critical success factors, leading indicators, and best strategies for approaching the new digital media ecosystem. It also profiles 16 digital video market leaders, including both Internet video and telco IPTV providers.
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Internet TV, Over-the-Top Video, & the Future of IPTV Services
Vol. 5, No. 10, June 2007
This report analyzes the effect that Internet and so-called "over-the-top" (OTT) video services are likely to have on telco IPTV services over the next five years. It analyzes the emerging business models associated with OTT/Internet video services and assesses their impact on both the TV and telecom industries. The report is based on in-depth interviews with more than 30 network operators and technology suppliers, as well as the results of an exclusive worldwide survey of more than 150 network operators, regarding their plans to roll out digital content and entertainment services and their expectations for Internet and OTT video services.
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Convergence Gateways, FMC, & the Future of Session Management
Vol. 5, No. 9, May 2007
Session management technology is entering a new phase that will have a significant impact on how network operators converge fixed and mobile services. This report delivers a complete assessment of how wireline and mobile operators and technology suppliers are addressing the transition to integrated session management, identifying the key industry standards and initiatives that are driving FMC and next-gen session management. It analyzes the technology and business factors that are influencing the telecom industry's migration to service convergence, including the roles of session border controllers, mobile packet data gateways, security gateways, and legacy networking equipment in the transition.
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Ethernet Backhaul: Mobile Operator Strategies & Market Opportunities
Vol. 5, No. 8, May 2007
Ethernet's significant potential to lower the cost of backhaul for mobile operators will start to be put to the test this year. This report analyzes the technologies and approaches now being used or considered as operators make the transition from TDM to Ethernet backhaul. Our analysis is based on direct interviews with more than two dozen mobile operators worldwide about their technology and equipment choices and internal business processes. It also analyzes efforts by leading wireline operators to deliver wholesale Ethernet backhaul services to mobile operators. Finally, the report profiles and analyzes 23 different vendors of Ethernet backhaul technology.
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OSS Transformation: Opportunities & Challenges
Vol. 5, No. 7, April 2007
This report provides a detailed assessment of the market and technology forces that are reshaping the OSS sector. It evaluates the key factors that are driving network operators toward OSS transformation, and how IT technologies and processes will influence that transformation. It compares the changing roles of conventional OSS application providers, major equipment manufacturers, and systems integrators to provide insight into how the move to NGNs will affect their relationships with network operators. It also includes a detailed competitive analysis of the suppliers that are emerging as leaders in delivering the kinds of NGOSS solutions that network operators are seeking.
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Broadband in Southeast Asia: Prospects for Growth
Vol. 5, No. 6, March 2007
This report presents a groundbreaking and comprehensive view of telecom services and broadband activity in Southeast Asia. Broadband use is growing rapidly throughout the region, although its potential is hampered in places by the lack of fixed-line infrastructure, which has shifted the focus toward wireless technologies. The report is based on an exclusive survey of major carriers in China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, gathering insight about current and future broadband service deployment. The report includes complete breakouts of service offerings by country and individual carrier, as well as broadband usage growth forecasts for China, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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2007 Enterprise User Survey on Storage Area Networks & Storage Transport Services
Vol. 5, No. 5, March 2007
This report is based on a survey of 136 enterprise executives and managers with direct involvement in specifying, purchasing, or influencing purchases of storage-area network (SAN) or storage transport service (STS) products and services within their organizations. To date, enterprise uptake of SANs and especially STS has fallen short of the full market potential – a situation that has been a cause of frustration for network operators and suppliers of storage technologies. The survey was created to gauge enterprise user perceptions of and requirements for carrier-delivered STS, as well as to assess current enterprise deployments of SANs and SAN extension technologies.
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Mobile Packet Core Networks & the Future of Wireless Data Services
Vol. 5, No. 4, March 2007
This report examines the current state of mobile data services, detailing the nature of the market, the amount of data traffic actually traversing the network, and operator approaches to charging for services. The report also provides a concise overview of mobile packet core network technologies, describing what leading mobile operators have deployed in terms of design architecture, capacity, and features – and how well their capabilities align with customers' service expectations. Finally, the report explores a range of solutions for cost-optimizing the core and considers the potential effects of technological advances on the underlying business model for mobile data services.
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Voice Over IM: Enabling a New Telecom Services Model
Vol. 5, No. 3, February 2007
By integrating multiple functions into an easy-to-use communication client, voice over IM (VOIM) – simply VOIP implemented through an instant-messaging client – promises to dramatically alter the communications paradigm, offering users a much more robust communications experience. This report offers a detailed look at VOIM technology, the companies providing these services, how their offers differ, how they are being used, and their potential for transforming the future of telecommunications. It analyzes ten VOIM service offerings, with in-depth profiles of eight different service providers. It also evaluates the products and market positioning of 11 different providers of VOIM-related services and technology.
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Long-Haul DWDM: Market & Technology Outlook
Vol. 5, No. 2, February 2007
Long-haul DWDM transport was the first market to collapse in 2001, and it has been one of the slowest to return to health. In 2006, however, real signs of recovery finally became evident: Having consumed whatever remained of the "bandwidth glut," operators worldwide are rapidly deploying new backbone systems, taking advantage of tremendous improvements in technology and economics over the past few years. This report examines the core DWDM market, using a combination of direct one-on-one interviews with key carriers and an exclusive worldwide survey of service provider professionals, and provides a comparative analysis of suppliers in this demanding sector.
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Digital Content in the Telecom Ecosystem: The Sports Factor
Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2007
This report explores and analyzes the emerging issues surrounding digital content and their likely long-term effect on telecom service providers in North America, focusing on what will be one of the most significant sources of differentiated content: sports programming. The report examines the positioning of telcos as new entrants in the entertainment industry ecosystem, and how that ecosystem is likely to intersect with the complete telecom supply chain. It also includes a full analysis of results from an exclusive survey of nearly 160 telco and cable service provider professionals regarding their companies’ perceived roles in the future of entertainment services.
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IMS Application Servers & the IMS Applications Environment
Vol. 4, No. 20, December 2006
Service providers see IMS primarily as a means to deliver more and better applications and services at lower cost – but because the IMS standards have relatively little to say about the applications plane, a large and varied band of vendors is fighting to define this important piece of telecom real estate, with a wide range of views about the best way forward. This report reviews the rapidly changing market for IMS application servers and related developments in the IMS application environment. It includes in-depth profiles of the products and strategies of 39 companies operating in the IMS application server sector.
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IMS & the Future of Softswitches in Next-Gen Networks
Vol. 4, No. 19, December 2006
Softswitches are the heart of today's VOIP networks, but their nature and role continue to evolve as carriers begin implementing advanced IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and next-generation network (NGN) architectures. This report examines the evolving nature of the softswitch, exploring its common definition today and examining vendors' migration paths to IMS, as well as carriers' migration plans to NGNs. This analysis is supplemented by the results of Heavy Reading's exclusive online survey of more than 150 service provider professionals. The report also incorporates insights gathered via in-depth interviews with executives at five major service providers and 19 softswitch technology vendors.
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Wireless VOIP & the Future of Carrier Voice Services
Vol. 4, No. 18, October 2006
The growth of cheap VOIP services enables users to save money by not using their cellular phones when VOIP is available, even as the proliferation of 802.11 WiFi makes wireless VOIP possible in the home, the enterprise, and even in public hotspots. In response, several carriers are now offering dual-mode cellular/WiFi voice services, enabling users to make cheap VOIP calls when they are in WiFi coverage areas. This report analyzes these services, as well as the caliber of the first available dual-mode handsets. It also profiles the major technology vendors supporting this burgeoning segment of the fixed/mobile convergence market.
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Business Intelligence & Decision Support: User Perceptions & Trends
Vol. 1, No. 2, October 2006
Facing an increasingly intense competitive landscape and growing government and industry requirements, organizations of all stripes are turning to "business intelligence" tools to deepen analysis of their operations. This report presents a comprehensive view of this market from the perspective of end-user organizations. Based on an exclusive worldwide survey of 197 professionals involved in the selection, purchase, or management of business intelligence products, it provides a real sense of what customers think about the effectiveness of their business intelligence initiatives, what they are buying and planning to buy, and the roadblocks they are encountering in executing their business intelligence strategies.
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2006 Survey of Ethernet Service Providers
Vol. 4, No. 17, October 2006
This report provides up-to-date intelligence on service providers' views about Ethernet services, applications, equipment, and technologies. It sheds light on carriers' expectations for phenomenal Ethernet revenue growth; their aggressive plans to expand Ethernet services and applications portfolios; and test/trial, RFP, and deployment plans for a range of carrier Ethernet platforms and technologies. The report also provides insight on how operators expect to allocate capital spending on carrier Ethernet and relates their opinions regarding leaders in the carrier Ethernet equipment market. It is based on feedback from 158 executives at 126 different service providers operating in every region of the world.
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ROADM & WDM Worldwide Market Forecast, 2006-2011
Vol. 4, No. 16, September 2006
The ROADM market is set for dramatic expansion over the next five years, driven by operator deployment of advanced broadband and IPTV services worldwide. This report provides a detailed quantitative analysis of this important market, forecasting ROADM revenues, shipment volumes, and market shares for all significant suppliers through 2011. Our forecasts are broken out by technology type and region, covering both full ROADM systems and WSS and PLC subsystems. Drawing on interviews with system and subsystem suppliers and a wide range of network operators, the report provides a comprehensive view of the drivers and obstacles for this market.
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IPTV in China: Market Prospects
Vol. 4, No. 15, September 2006
China’s largest telecom operators and broadcast/cable TV providers are now gearing up to deploy products and technologies that will deliver IPTV in key markets nationwide, creating a potentially huge opportunity for IPTV technology suppliers to tap into one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing broadband markets. This report explores the current and projected deployment of IPTV technologies and services in China. It presents hard data on the regions in which IPTV is expected to be most fully deployed, the network operators that will be deploying it, and the likely timeframes for and scope of those deployments.
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ATCA, AMC, & MicroTCA: The Next Generation
Vol. 4, No. 14, August 2006
ATCA represents the first standardized platform for high-availability applications across the computing, storage, and telecom industries. Together with the smaller MicroTCA platform and the advanced mezzanine card (AMC), ATCA thus represents a significant opportunity for service providers, system developers, and component manufacturers alike. This report updates and expands on earlier ATCA research published by Heavy Reading in June 2005, covering twice the number of products – more than 250 products from 56 different vendors – and including analysis of 19 additional manufacturers and integrators. It is based on in-depth interviews with leading vendors, product literature, and detailed feedback on individual products.
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VOIP Peering & the Future of Telecom Network Interconnection
Vol. 4, No. 13, August 2006
VOIP peering, or direct interconnections between VOIP networks, is dramatically changing how carriers connect with one another physically, technically, and commercially. Industry standards bodies are working to resolve interconnect issues to facilitate VOIP peering on a broad scale. At the same time, a variety of companies are emerging to facilitate these peering connections. This report examines the companies providing VOIP peering functions today, explores the industry trend toward wide-scale VOIP peering, and projects the long-term effects it will have on the voice settlements process – and the telecom industry as a whole.
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The Future of Network & Information Security
Vol. 1, No. 1, August 2006
As security threats have proliferated and evolved, enterprises today are facing dangers that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago. To assess the current state of the security market and the effectiveness of the technology, Heavy Reading conducted a global survey of nearly 200 enterprise security customers, eliciting their attitudes and expectations about their security, their purchasing plans, and the problems they encounter in formulating effective security strategies. This report provides a comprehensive view of the security market from the perspective of end-user organizations, including capsule analyses of the products and market strategies of 33 major security vendors.
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10-Gbit/s Ethernet Components: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 4, No. 12, July 2006
Until recently, the prohibitive cost of 10-Gbit/s Ethernet (10GE) interfaces and switches has prevented widespread enterprise adoption of the technology. This is now changing, as 10GE port costs drop dramatically. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of every available 10GE PHY device, integrated 10GE switch, and transponder module, including all the main 10GE transponder form factors – 300-pin, Xenpak, XPAK, X2, and XFP. Based on in-depth interviews with more than 30 10GE components suppliers, the report analyzes all the key features of more than 220 products. It also offers insights into how the overall 10GE market is likely to develop.
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Remade in China: Huawei and the Future of the Global Telecom Market
Vol. 4, No. 11, July 2006
Huawei's explosive expansion outside China – and its ability to address emerging opportunities around the globe with jaw-dropping speed and power – has been the most game-changing factor in the telecom equipment supply market in the past five years. Based on extensive technology and financial data provided by the company itself, this report analyzes Huawei's strengths and weaknesses in seven critical technology sectors, in terms of market positioning, technology quality, strength of competition, regional prospects, and current and projected customer wins. The report also analyzes the product portfolios of Huawei's major global competitors, including the newly merged entities Alcatel/Lucent and Nokia/Siemens.
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3G, Mobile WiMax, & the Future of Broadband Wireless
Vol. 4, No. 10, June 2006
Mobile broadband is finally a tangible consumer service proposition used by more than 30 million people in several leading markets. Evolving the underlying networks to support a mass market, however, presents a number of challenges: Spectrum is a limited resource; CDMA standards have sub-optimal spectral efficiency; layered 3G network architectures are not conducive to low-latency services; and capacity-enhancing smart antenna or multiple antenna systems have been disappointing. This report investigates the technologies that will underpin the expansion of mobile broadband services in markets worldwide. It also assesses critical challenges and progress made in mobile broadband terminal development and spectrum allocation.
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FTTH Worldwide Market & Technology Forecast, 2006-2011
Vol. 4, No. 9, June 2006
It's been almost three decades in the making, but fiber to the home (FTTH) is finally hitting the mainstream and is set to transform the telecom environment over the next five years – with significant effects across the entire supply chain. This report examines its impact from a number of angles: weighing the growth prospects for the various FTTH technologies; profiling the major national markets (and some smaller ones); and examining the opportunity for the major providers, including utilities and municipalities, incumbent telcos, and alternative telcos. Case studies provide in-depth analysis of specific FTTH operators in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
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Cable Next-Gen Video Plans and the Future of IP
Vol. 4, No. 8, June 2006
North American cable operators are being squeezed by competitors on two sides. On the one side are direct-broadcast satellite providers that offer digital video and a tremendous range of channels to choose from. On the other side is the emerging threat from incumbent telcos, which are gunning for the MSOs' bread-and-butter business: video entertainment. This report delves into the next-generation video plans of North American MSOs as they gird to fend off these threats, looking specifically at cable MSO plans for the Next-Generation Network Architecture; digital simulcast, switched digital video, video on demand, MPEG compression, and video over Docsis.
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Ethernet Services Carrier Scorecard: Europe
Vol. 4, No. 7, May 2006
This report delivers an up-to-the-minute examination of key developments and players shaping one of the hottest data services growth markets in Europe. It is based on one-on-one interviews with profiled operators, additional primary research on other service providers, and conversations with leading equipment vendors. The report provides a detailed roadmap to currently available and planned Ethernet services from the region’s leading operators, broken out by specific service type, data rates, and other key performance metrics. The Ethernet service deployment and delivery plans of 14 incumbent and alternative service providers are analyzed.
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Multimedia Whole-Home Networking: Solving the IPTV Distribution Dilemma
Vol. 4, No. 6, May 2006
The final frontier for IPTV technology innovation and network upgrades is inside the consumer's home itself. Service providers' emphasis has been on the infrastructure to deliver IPTV services to the home, but that emphasis is now quickly shifting inside the home. This report assesses the architectural impact of residential IPTV services on next-generation multimedia home networks, focusing on the critical business and technical issues facing vendors and service providers in light of the newest requirements for the last 100 feet. Our analysis is based on extensive and exclusive one-on-one interviews with more than 30 service providers and technology vendors.
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Session Management, IMS, and the Future of Session Border Controllers
Vol. 4, No. 5, March 2006
This report analyzes the role of session border controllers (SBCs) in the broader context of session management, which is emerging as the focal point for the provisioning, management, and maintenance of telecom services. It also examines how the SBC's role may change with the arrival of NGNs, IMS, and ETSI/Tispan standards. The report includes results of an exclusive worldwide survey of network operators regarding session management and SBC deployment plans, bolstered by in-depth interviews with executives from a variety of carriers. It also presents detailed product and strategic analyses of 23 SBC vendors, telecom infrastructure providers, and SBC-related equipment providers.
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Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Carriers
Vol. 4, No. 4, March 2006
The biggest cost challenge facing wireless service providers today is the backhaul network: Their voice-focused 2G networks are inadequate for high-bandwidth 3G services like CDMA 1x EV-DO and HSDPA, but adding capacity is enormously expensive. As traffic volumes increase, backhaul costs must be constrained, or carriers' margins will suffer. This report examines the current spike in mobile backhaul expenditures and the steps operators are taking to reduce those costs, exploring a range of bandwidth-optimization technologies, multiservice aggregation network options, and various trends in "last-mile" connectivity, with particular emphasis on point-to-point microwave and WiMax.
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Service Provider WiMax Deployment Plans
Vol. 4, No. 3, March 2006
WiMax continues to generate significant heat in the telecom services sector, with proponents casting it as a linchpin technology that will enable the long-anticipated convergence of wireless and wireline network services. To determine whether this optimism is justified, Heavy Reading conducted an invitation-only, worldwide survey of network operators to gauge not only carrier perceptions of WiMax, but also specific plans and timetables for WiMax deployments. This report includes full results and analysis of our survey, which included 262 professionals at more than 175 different wireless and wireline service providers. Full access to a searchable database of survey results is included.
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Cable vs. Telcos: The Battle for the Enterprise Market
Vol. 4, No. 2, February 2006
Cable MSOs have long been eager to seize market share from telcos in the vast business-class telecom services market, which is worth some $100 billion annually in the U.S. alone. Cable companies currently get only the smallest fraction of this, so the revenue potential is enormous – yet cable infiltration of this market seems to be perennially just on the horizon. This report analyzes cable MSOs' efforts to break into commercial services, based largely on an exclusive survey of 112 telecom decision makers on their plans for deploying advanced data services and their attitudes about cable MSOs as providers of them.
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DSL Gateways: Beyond the Router
Vol. 4, No. 1, February 2006
Service providers increasingly see residential DSL gateways as a key mechanism in the battle both to deliver higher-value services over broadband and to gain better control over customers and reduce churn. This report delivers a complete accounting of gateway product developments, looking at technical evolution, new features, service provider involvement, and industry standards such as the DSL Forum's TR-069 and the Home Gateway Initiative. It provides a comprehensive analysis of more than 30 different gateway suppliers, including all of the major providers in the field, as well as significant companies in related fields, such as network management and gateway software.
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Sonet/SDH-to-Ethernet Migration Strategies
Vol. 3, No. 21, December 2005
Sonet/SDH has demonstrated its staying power over nearly two decades, but in 2005, the near universal embrace of IP-based services and Ethernet access is beginning to reveal its ultimate limitations. As a result, many carriers are devising strategies to extend network packetization all the way into the transport layer. This report analyzes how, when, and why operators will migrate their transport network infrastructure away from pure TDM and Sonet/SDH to a design optimized around IP and Ethernet. Based in part on an extensive survey of carriers worldwide, it provides critical insights into network and service transition strategies.
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IP Video and the New Broadband Edge
Vol. 3, No. 20, December 2005
Triple-play services are becoming a reality, and the broadband edge network is the cornerstone of their reliable delivery. New services, such as IP video, are changing the dynamics surrounding QOS, scaleability, subscriber management, policy control, and other key broadband edge functions and characteristics. This report assesses the architectural impact that next-generation residential services will have on future broadband edge networks, from aggregation to edge routing and subscriber management, along with a competitive analysis of the leading vendors in this space. Our analysis is based on extensive and exclusive one-on-one interviews with multiple equipment vendors and service providers.
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The Future of SDP
Vol. 3, No. 19, November 2005
Interest in service delivery platforms (SDPs) continues to rise as the market enters a critical phase of development. The next round of SDP implementations is likely to be heavily influenced by the concurrent emergence of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as a key enabler of fixed/mobile network convergence. This report delivers a complete technology and market analysis of the SDP sector. It defines a comprehensive taxonomy of the components that make up an SDP and examines how those elements combine to create different types of products. Detailed product and strategic analyses are provided for 24 different SDP vendors.
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MSAPs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 3, No. 18, October 2005
Evolutions in broadband-enabling technology are having a dramatic impact on network operators' networks. One of the most significant recent changes has been the rapid emergence of the MSAP – multiservice access platform – as the product of choice in broadband access network buildouts. This report presents the most detailed, comprehensive competitive analysis of MSAPs undertaken to date. Point-by-point product comparisons covering more than two dozen performance and feature variables are presented for 44 different MSAP products from 21 manufacturers, covering eight distinct MSAP categories. The report also profiles the full roster of suppliers in the MSAP sector.
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Telecom in China: Carrier Capex Trends
Vol. 3, No. 17, October 2005
China is the world's largest telecom market by population, and will soon be among the largest by revenue, as well. Although conventional phones account for the bulk of China's traffic, broadband and advanced data will be the main revenue drivers in the coming years – and China's major operators have already begun shifting capital spending accordingly. This report, adapted from a study by Beijing Fortune Telecom Consulting Ltd., examines how China's largest network operators are positioning themselves to compete in telecom's future. It analyzes each carrier's current and projected revenue and capital spending plans, with capex broken out by specific technologies.
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The Future of VOIP: A Heavy Reading Service Provider Survey
Vol. 3, No. 16, September 2005
Few topics have been as hyped as powerfully as VOIP, but what do service providers really think about it? How fast will it spread? What catalysts will drive its deployment, and what barriers will impede it? To address these questions, Heavy Reading conducted a global online survey of more than 130 operators, focusing on current and future VOIP deployments, the types of network and end-user equipment planned or already in use, and attitudes and expectations about operational issues, such as QOS. Buyers of this report also gain exclusive access to a searchable database of survey results, enabling deeper demographic analysis.
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IP DSLAMs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 3, No. 15, August 2005
IP DSLAMs were originally envisioned as fairly simple, cheap enablers of high-speed Internet access, but have since emerged as key components of next-generation service plans. Now they must support such demanding applications as IPTV, VOD, and triple play, including VOIP; this has led to wild proliferation in IP DSLAM types, as products are tailored to fit various roles. This report presents the most detailed, comprehensive competitive analysis of IP DSLAMs undertaken to date. Point-by-point comparisons covering more than two dozen performance and feature variables are presented for 50 different products from 19 manufacturers, covering nine distinct categories of IP DSLAM.
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Carrier Ethernet Equipment Market Outlook
Vol. 3, No. 14, August 2005
This report explores the market opportunity for network equipment that is uniquely positioned to support the three hottest growth services in telecom today: triple play, Ethernet, and mobility. Thanks to its relatively low cost and its feature-richness, carrier Ethernet technology is reshaping both the wireline equipment and the services landscape. We examine the emergence of these platforms, discuss key service- and infrastructure-related drivers for carrier Ethernet equipment sales, and describe the Ethernet strategies of 17 of the industry’s top equipment vendors. The report is based on direct interviews and other data gathered from dozens of equipment vendors and network operators.
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The Future of Multiservice Switching in Converged IP/MPLS Networks
Vol. 3, No. 13, July 2005
This is a critical period of transition for the multiservice switch market: As it slowly but surely gives way to the forces of IP and Ethernet, suppliers must now make agonizing decisions about how to “evolve” their platforms to support newfangled multiservice edge requirements. But this gear still has a role to play, particularly as a bridge between legacy and next-gen spheres. This report tracks this transforming market, relying on extensive interviews with leading network operators and vendors, plus an exclusive online survey of 87 carrier professionals, gauging strategic plans for multiservice switches at nearly 75 different operators worldwide.