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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.
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IMS and the Future of Network Convergence
Vol. 3, No. 12, July 2005
Many vendors and service providers now see IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as the single most important telecom technology development of this decade. While originally conceived as an application-enabling tool, IMS is now widely seen as a key technology for fixed/mobile network convergence – which makes it a hot ticket. This report delivers a complete accounting of IMS technology and product developments, providing in-depth analyses of the IMS strategies and product portfolios now in play at 70 different technology suppliers, including major incumbent vendors, softswitch suppliers, IT vendors, application-server vendors, and other specialists that are taking a leadership role in IMS development.
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AdvancedTCA: Who's Doing What
Vol. 3, No. 11, June 2005
AdvancedTCA represents a significant opportunity for service providers, system developers, and component manufacturers alike. By using a single platform and common components across a wide range of applications, from connectors to fully configured carrier-class systems, system OEMs can develop cost-effective, cutting-edge products without the high development costs and long time to market associated with proprietary platforms. This report delivers a complete analysis of the ATCA market, providing detailed information and analysis on 130 products and 37 vendors. It is based on in-depth interviews with leading vendors, product literature, and detailed feedback on individual products.
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MVNO Marketing Outlook 2005
Vol. 3, No. 10, June 2005
Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) – companies that use the power of a consumer brand to attract customers, and then use the networks of third-party wireless wholesalers to provide service – represent the next logical step in the evolution of the wireless market. This report analyzes current and anticipated market conditions for MVNOs in North America and evaluates how the relationship between MVNOs and conventional mobile operators will develop in coming months. It is based on a variety of sources, such as regulatory filings of major wireless players, interviews with company executives, and proprietary research and analysis from Global Advertising Strategies Inc.
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IPTV and the Future of Telecom Video Network Architectures
Vol. 3, No. 9, June 2005
IP video, the missing ingredient in the much-vaunted "triple play," is quickly becoming the final battleground between telcos and cable/MSOs for control of subscribers to every imaginable telecom service. But the battle won't be decided by pitches and packaging alone: Some serious technical and commercial challenges must still be met before IPTV can be delivered in earnest. Naturally, these challenges – and the network transformations that will follow – also create new opportunities for equipment vendors. This report, based on extensive interviews with vendors and service providers, assesses both the obstacles and the opportunities IPTV will generate over the next few years.
LENGTH: 85 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
ROADMs and the Future of Metro Optical Networks
Vol. 3, No. 8, May 2005
This report provides a detailed look at how network operators are likely to reshape their metro core optical networks, focusing on multiservice Sonet/SDH aggregation and market opportunities for suppliers of reconfigurable optical networking systems. It delivers a complete assessment of the metro optical networking opportunity, from the values of different hardware platforms to the key criteria operators have laid out in their most recent RFPs. The report is based on direct interviews with key network operators and equipment vendors, as well as a worldwide online survey of nearly 70 service provider professionals, representing more than 40 carriers.
LENGTH: 71 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Ethernet Services Carrier Scorecard: North America
Vol. 3, No. 7, April 2005
This report builds on previous Heavy Reading research into the North American Ethernet services market by providing more detailed coverage of the specific Ethernet services offered by individual carriers, expanding the number of profiled carriers, and providing more extensive feedback and insights from the profiled operators. In all, the report catalogs and analyzes the Ethernet service plans and offerings of 109 different carriers. It is based on interviews and other input from dozens of carriers, conversations with leading equipment vendors, and additional primary research.
LENGTH: 107 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
2005 OSS Market Perception Study
Vol. 3, No. 6, March 2005
UPDATED April 14, 2005: This report presents results of Heavy Reading's second worldwide survey of telecom service providers, conducted in February 2005, to determine which operations support system (OSS) suppliers are perceived by prospective customers as the market leaders in their respective product categories. Respondents include 76 service provider employees representing more than 30 network operators. The survey covers 190 different OSS vendors in 13 product categories. The report includes access to a searchable online database of all survey results, searchable by a range of demographic elements, including service provider type, geographic region of operations, company size, and employee job responsibilities.
LENGTH: 76 PAGES    PRICE: $2950 SEE DETAILS
Next-Generation Broadband in Europe: The Need for Speed
Vol. 3, No. 5, March 2005
This report catalogs and analyzes Europe's emerging residential broadband environment from the perspective of both the wider region and the individual national markets. By charting the current status and projected progress of residential broadband initiatives, the report offers a clear and compelling view not only of which technologies are likely to drive the expansion of residential broadband in Europe, but also which service providers are best positioned to deliver those services to Europe's broadband users. The report focuses on broadband services deployment strategies of nearly three dozen national and pan-European network operators in 16 national markets.
LENGTH: 59 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
VOIP Session Border Controllers: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 3, No. 4, March 2005
Session border controllers (SBCs) are critical to the deployment of VOIP networks, because they address the inability of real-time session traffic to cross NAT device or firewall boundaries. This report presents the most detailed, comprehensive competitive analysis of SBCs ever undertaken, covering 40 products from 23 different vendors. It provides granular information on the functionality and performance of each vendor's offering, then uses a weighted system to provide a high-level view of which SBCs represent the best overall choice for different applications. It also includes a detailed account of how major VOIP softswitch vendors are approaching the SBC issue.
LENGTH: 117 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
2005 Wireline Telecom Equipment Market Perception Study
Vol. 3, No. 3, February 2005
This report presents results of Heavy Reading's second worldwide survey of telecom service providers, conducted in late 2004 to determine which wireline equipment suppliers are perceived by prospective customers as the leaders in their respective product categories. Respondents consist of 160 service provider employees, representing more than 100 network operators. The survey covers 140 different equipment suppliers in 17 wireline product categories. Results are compared with the earlier survey (conducted in 3Q03) to determine changes in customer perceptions of equipment vendors. Buyers of the report also gain access to a searchable online database of all survey results.
LENGTH: 96 PAGES    PRICE: $3795 SEE DETAILS
Network Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 3, No. 2, January 2005
Network processors are no longer niche devices, but rather vital components in a wide range of new networking equipment, from the branch office switch to the network service provider core router. This report delivers a complete competitive analysis of network processors from 16 components vendors, covering more than 80 different products. It provides detailed information on all types of network processors, including 2.5-Gbit/s and 10-Gbit/s network processing units, communications processors, and control-plane processors, covering key product features as well as power, price, and availability. In-depth vendor interviews offer further insights into how this market is likely to develop.
LENGTH: 80 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Pseudowires and the Future of Transport and Access Networks
Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2005
Pseudowire technology is the solution for convergence in future telecom networks, because it preserves profitable legacy services even as it enables the creation of a truly next-generation network. This report assesses the impact that pseudowires will have on telecom networks and the market opportunities that the technology will create for service providers and equipment vendors over the next three years. It is based on extensive and exclusive one-on-one interviews with service providers, along with results from a worldwide online survey conducted to gauge service providers' attitudes toward and plans for building packet-aware networks using pseudowires or other technologies.
LENGTH: 66 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Survey of U.S. Consumer Telecom Purchasing Plans for 2005
Vol. 2, No. 30, December, 2004
With clear signs of a telecom industry rebound finally manifesting in 2004, the big question now facing industry players and investors is whether that recovery is sustainable. To gauge the prospects for continued recovery, Heavy Reading conducted a series of surveys, assessing the attitudes and expectations regarding telecom revenues and spending at each critical point in the supply chain. This report presents results from an invitation-only, online survey of 438 U.S. consumers regarding their 2005 spending plans for Internet, video/TV, and wireless services, as well as their perception of service value and quality and their attitudes toward retaining or changing service providers.
LENGTH: 21 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Survey of Enterprise Telecom Purchasing Plans for 2005
Vol. 2, No. 28, December, 2004
With clear signs of a telecom industry rebound finally manifesting in 2004, the big question now facing industry players and investors is whether that recovery is sustainable. To gauge the prospects for continued recovery, Heavy Reading conducted a series of surveys, assessing the attitudes and expectations regarding telecom revenues and spending at each critical point in the supply chain. This report presents results from our invitation-only, worldwide online survey of 109 enterprise employees who are directly involved in specifying, purchasing, or administering telecom services for their organization. The survey covers enterprise spending plans for telecom and networking products and services for 2005 and assesses the long-term importance of technologies and advanced services to those organizations.
LENGTH: 19 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Survey of Telecom Vendor Revenue and Spending Expectations for 2005
Vol. 2, No. 29, December, 2004
With clear signs of a telecom industry rebound finally manifesting in 2004, the big question now facing industry players and investors is whether that recovery is sustainable. To gauge the prospects for continued recovery, Heavy Reading conducted a series of surveys, assessing the attitudes and expectations regarding telecom revenues and spending at each critical point in the supply chain. This report presents results from two invitation-only, worldwide online surveys – one involving 234 systems vendor employees and the other 121 components vendors. The surveys cover vendor revenue, spending, and profit expectations for 2005, as well as the key products and technologies that will drive market growth.
LENGTH: 25 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Survey of Service Provider Revenue and Spending Expectations for 2005
Vol. 2, No. 27, December, 2004
With clear signs of a telecom industry rebound finally manifesting in 2004, the big question now facing industry players and investors is whether that recovery is sustainable. To gauge the prospects for continued recovery, Heavy Reading conducted a series of surveys, assessing the attitudes and expectations regarding telecom revenues and spending at each critical point in the supply chain. This report presents results from our invitation-only, worldwide online survey of 120 service provider employees, representing more than 75 carriers. The survey covers service provider revenue and spending expectations for 2005, as well as advanced services rollout plans for 2005 and beyond.
LENGTH: 27 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Fixed-Mobile Convergence Reality Check
Vol. 2, No. 26, December, 2004
Fixed-mobile convergence – the merging of wireline and wireless networks and services – is one of the most talked about (and hyped) anticipated developments in telecom. It's also probably one of the most misunderstood emerging trends, primarily because FMC involves many different elements of networking, from relatively simple device integration to complex mergers of network infrastructures and architectures. This report investigates the enormous growth in industry interest in FMC and adds important perspective to FMC's likely development path. It is based on in-depth interviews with service providers and equipment vendors with interests in the FMC market, as well as an online survey of 110 service provider professionals worldwide.
LENGTH: 59 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Ethernet Services in China
Vol. 2, No. 25, November, 2004
China is not only the world's fastest-growing broadband market, but it's now also the largest – comprising more than 30 million households. And Ethernet has emerged as the technology of choice to deliver broadband to both residential and business customers. This report delivers an up-to-the-minute analysis of Ethernet service activity in China, based on an exclusive survey of its top service providers, yielding detailed information on where and how they are delivering Ethernet, and which equipment vendors they are using. Detailed maps chart the geographic reach of Ethernet service deployments by 16 different network operators. Purchasers of the report also gain exclusive access to a database of survey results.
LENGTH: 23 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Carrier Ethernet Services: Who's Doing What
Vol. 2, No. 24, November, 2004
This report delivers a comprehensive analysis of today's North American Ethernet services market, exploring the types of services offered, the various features supported by underlying network technologies, and the specific services now being provided by more than 75 individual carriers. This analysis is enriched by an in-depth examination of the Ethernet strategies, service portfolios, service footprints, and plans of 13 major operators, covered in the second half of the report. Taken together, the broad industry analysis and the detailed coverage of select carriers shed light on important industry trends that are likely to shape the landscape over the next few years.
LENGTH: 75 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
WiMax Reality Check
Vol. 2, No. 23, October, 2004
This report analyzes the current state of technology and market development for this latest incarnation of broadband wireless technology. It is based on information from and direct interviews conducted with more than 100 technology suppliers, service providers, and investors with a direct interest in the WiMax market. Key issues addressed in this report include potential WiMax applications, such as mobile services, backhaul, DSL extension, and fixed/mobile convergence; likely deployers, including cellular network operators, competitive DSL suppliers, and enterprises; drivers of and barriers to widespread adoption; likely timeframes for commercial availability of products; spectrum options; infrastructure and user equipment pricing; and vendor strategies and competitive positions.
LENGTH: 43 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
2004 Survey of Ethernet Service Providers
Vol. 2, No. 22, October 2004
Results from an invitation-only worldwide survey of Ethernet service providers form the basis of this report and provide quantitative data on carrier plans and expectations for carrier-delivered Ethernet services. Survey participants included 142 service provider respondents who are personally involved in specifying, operating, or administering Ethernet services provided by their organizations; those managers represent replies from more than 110 service providers worldwide. Report subscribers also gain access to a searchable database of survey results, enabling data analysis by such demographic features as company location, company size, and vertical market sectors.
LENGTH: 37 PAGES    PRICE: $2995 SEE DETAILS
Cable Triple Play: The VOIP Card
Vol. 2, No. 21, September 2004
The North American cable industry’s decade-long threat to enter the voice services market is finally coming to fruition in 2004 and 2005. This report offers an in-depth analysis of cable MSOs' strategies to roll out voice services, completing their triple play. The top 37 operators are profiled, accounting for more than 80 percent of the entire North American cable market. The report details service rollout plans, vendor equipment choices, and partnerships with VOIP service wholesalers. Also profiled are 33 leading vendors targeting the MSO sector with VOIP-related products and 11 VOIP wholesalers that are striking cable partnerships.
LENGTH: 108 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Next-Generation Routers: A Comprehensive Product Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 20, September 2004
This report provides a complete roundup of today’s next-generation router market, focusing on the current capabilities of routing equipment and the technical and market forces that are emerging to drive the market forward. Scores of product matrices deliver more than 1,000 data fields, enabling direct feature-by-feature comparison of next-gen enterprise and carrier-class routers; 119 products from 26 manufacturers are analyzed. The report also analyzes the issues being addressed to provide IP routing equipment that will enable highly reliable, high-capacity converged networks to develop, as well as the remaining obstacles to widespread adoption of IP VPNs, VOIP, and converged services networks.
LENGTH: 89 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
VOIP: A Comprehensive Competitive Analysis of Media Gateways
Vol. 2, No. 19, August 2004
This report represents the most detailed and comprehensive analysis undertaken to date of media gateway products – equipment integral to carriers' plans to migrate from circuit-switched architectures to packet-based network designs. It provides granular information, in matrix format, on every important aspect of the functionality and performance of each offering in three product categories: access media gateways, third-generation digital loop carrier media gateways, and trunk media gateways. The report uses a unique rating system to rank products in each category, giving prospective buyers a clear way to compare and contrast offerings from different vendors.
LENGTH: 138 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
VOIP: A Comprehensive Competitive Analysis of Softswitches
Vol. 2, No. 18, August 2004
This report represents the most detailed and comprehensive analysis undertaken to date of softswitch equipment – the key piece of equipment in carriers' plans to migrate from circuit-switched architectures to packet-based network designs. It provides granular information, in matrix format, on every important aspect of the functionality and performance of both distributed and integrated softswitches. It includes a detailed analysis of how softswitches and other VOIP products are used in different scenarios and maps out how the architecture of VOIP infrastructures is evolving, identifying the technology choices facing carriers and discussing the pros and cons of different approaches.
LENGTH: 68 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Telco Triple Play: The DSL Imperative
Vol. 2, No. 17, July 2004
Video service is no longer a wish-list revenue enhancer for local telcos – it's now becoming a basic requirement to stem the revenue erosion caused by increased competition from wireless and cable network operators. This report evaluates local telcos' options for delivering the triple play of voice, data, and video services, emphasizing the critical importance of DSL as a service-delivery mechanism. It includes the results of a worldwide survey of service providers, gauging the plans and attitudes of more than 300 respondents regarding triple play and video over copper. The results of our survey are fleshed out with several in-depth interviews of leading telco strategists and the vendors supplying them.
LENGTH: 47 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
2004 Enterprise User Survey on Ethernet Services
Vol. 2, No. 16, July 2004
Results from an invitation-only worldwide survey of enterprise network and IT managers form the basis of this report and provide quantitative data on market perceptions of and expectations for carrier-delivered Ethernet services. The survey gauges not only enterprise interest in carrier Ethernet services, but also user expectations regarding service pricing, performance, and the inclusion of “service upselling” features such as quality of service (QOS) guarantees and managed protection services. Survey participants included more than 300 managers who are personally involved in specifying, purchasing, or administering communications services for their organizations; those managers represent more than 200 different enterprises in more than 25 different private industry sectors and public agencies and institutions. Report subscribers also gain access to a searchable database of survey results, enabling data analysis by such demographic features as company location, company size, and vertical market sectors.
LENGTH: 36 PAGES    PRICE: $2995 SEE DETAILS
2004 Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure Market Perception Study
Vol. 2, No. 15, July 2004
Now that commercial deployment of third-generation (3G) wireless networks has finally gotten off the ground worldwide, equipment makers are jockeying to turn mindshare into market share. This report presents the results of an exclusive, worldwide survey of 169 buyers of 3G wireless infrastructure products regarding their knowledge and perception of 3G infrastructure equipment vendors. The survey covers 34 manufacturers of 3G wireless infrastructure gear in ten different product categories and breaks out customer perception of each vendor by name recognition, price leadership, product performance, product quality and reliability, and service and support. Along with a 61-page report that presents and analyzes survey results, subscribers have access to a searchable database that allows for further data analysis by company type, geographic region, and respondent job type.
LENGTH: 61 PAGES    PRICE: $2950 SEE DETAILS
Ethernet Over IP/MPLS Service Delivery Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 14, June, 2004
Ethernet continues to build momentum as a critical service for carriers to deliver to enterprise customers. This report provides a detailed survey and analysis of the equipment used to deliver the Ethernet services that are being planned or actually rolled out by service providers, focusing on a newly emerging category of carrier Ethernet equipment: one that is based on a packet infrastructure. Products and strategies of 12 different carrier-class Ethernet equipment makers are analyzed and compared using a unique evaluation metric developed by Heavy Reading. This system combines ratings for feature set, completeness of solution, interoperability, maturity of solution, migration capability, and market presence – merging tangible metrics with subjective ratings to create a total picture of each manufacturer's standing in this crucial market.
LENGTH: 158 PAGES    PRICE: $3795 SEE DETAILS
Next-Gen OSS Channel Partnerships and Strategies: Wireless Sector
Vol. 2, No. 13, June 2004
Providers of operations support systems for next-generation wireless networks face a set of challenges and market dynamics considerably different from those in the wireline OSS sector. The scramble by wireless network operators to bring revenue-generating data services to market quickly is having a profound effect on the kinds of OSS functions those operators are demanding. In this report, Heavy Reading analyzes the channel partnerships and strategies now being forged by next-gen wireless OSS vendors, equipment makers, and systems integrators. The core of the report is an exclusive survey of OSS and hardware vendors that details more than 500 different OSS channel partnerships involving OSS suppliers, hardware vendors, and systems integrators. The report includes a unique metric to gauge the relative strength of vendor OSS channel strategies by evaluating the relative strength of each type of channel relationship and the market leadership power of each partner.
LENGTH: 77 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 12, May 2004
The market for third-generation (3G) wireless products and services is finally reaching mainstream status. Network operators realize that despite some of its limitations, 3G represents their best chance to bolster their ability to expand beyond commodity voice service to include increasingly vital data and multimedia offerings. This report analyzes the 3G options now available to carriers and evaluates vendor strategies in the next-gen wireless market. The heart of the report is an in-depth competitive analysis of nearly 150 different next-gen wireless infrastructure products from 34 suppliers, including 21 public companies and 13 private companies. Using detailed matrices, products in 14 different next-gen wireless categories are compared using more than a dozen different operating, performance, and physical criteria, yielding more than 2,300 data fields.
LENGTH: 82 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
SIP Hosted Services: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 11, May 2004
SIP – the Session Initiation Protocol – is now almost universally seen as a linchpin technology for future network applications, both wireline and wireless. SIP is accepted as the future underlying technology for emerging packet-based voice networks (VOIP), and it is the basis for integrated communications efforts now under way in the wireless world. In this report, Analyst at Large Margaret Hopkins identifies and evaluates the ways in which SIP can generate new revenue streams for service providers from their corporate customers over the next few years. The heart of the report is a series of detailed product matrixes covering all known carrier-grade SIP platforms now on the market. The report catalogs and compares 78 products from 47 different vendors, including 14 public companies and 33 private companies.
LENGTH: 56 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
2004 Optical Components Market Perception Study
Vol. 2, No. 10, April 2004
With hundreds of suppliers offering products in dozens of categories, buyers of optical components today face a bewildering array of choices. To confuse matters further, the competitive landscape of this sector has changed almost beyond recognition over the past two years: The collapse of the worldwide telecom market, followed by the emergence of China as a source of inexpensive components, has dramatically shifted the industry's center of gravity. This report - based on an exclusive worldwide survey of more than 300 components buyers from more than 200 systems vendors, OEMs, consultancies, and systems integrators - helps to make sense of the turmoil, offering critical insight into buyer attitudes toward the optical components market in general, their preferences and priorities when dealing with suppliers, and their perceptions of specific optical components vendors regarding product scope and market leadership.
LENGTH: 57 PAGES    PRICE: $2950 SEE DETAILS
10-Gbit/s Ethernet Components: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 9, April 2004
Sharply falling costs of 10-Gbit/s Ethernet PHY and transponder components are making 10GE more economically viable not only for carrier networks but also for enterprise networks. This report delivers a complete analysis of 10GE PHY devices and transponder modules from 44 components vendors, covering nearly 200 different products. In-depth interviews with more than 30 10GE components suppliers offer insights into how the overall market for 10GE systems and components is likely to develop. The report includes detailed information on both PHY devices and transponder modules, covering key product features as well as power, price, and availability. All the main 10GE transponder form factors are covered, including 300-pin, Xenpak, XPAK, X2, and XFP.
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LENGTH: 63 PAGES    PRICE: $1995 SEE DETAILS
Next-Gen OSS Channel Partnerships and Strategies: Wireline Sector
Vol. 2, No. 8, March 2004
For developers of next-gen OSSs, delivering high-quality, well-crafted products isn't nearly enough to guarantee market success. The fragmented nature of the OSS market absolutely requires OSS vendors to seek out sales and development channels that go beyond dealing directly with carrier customers. In this report, Heavy Reading analyzes the OSS channel partnerships and strategies now being forged by next-gen OSS vendors, telecom equipment makers, and systems integrators. The core of the report is an exclusive survey of OSS and hardware vendors that details more than 900 different OSS channel partnerships involving 93 OSS suppliers, 27 hardware vendors, and 91 systems integrators. The report encompasses the first-ever attempt to quantify the relative strength of OSS channel strategies by gauging the strength of each type of channel relationship and the market-leadership power of each partner.
LENGTH: 79 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Telecom Recovery Investment Opportunities
Vol. 2, No. 7, March 2004
After three dismal years in which vendors struggled to stay solvent while carriers delayed or tabled major planned upgrades to their networks, the telecommunications industry is now regaining the two necessary ingredients for a real recovery: competition and capital. In this report, Chief Analyst Scott Clavenna takes a hard look at the capital side of the telecom equipment market to assess which companies are in the best position to take advantage of the telecom recovery and grow either through acquisitions or via the IPO route. The report covers more than 250 equipment vendors (88 public companies and 163 private companies) in 21 different market sectors. It also catalogs the telecom equipment portfolios of than 400 different venture capital groups and features detailed comments from VC principals regarding their near-term strategies in this market.
LENGTH: 141 PAGES    PRICE: $4295 SEE DETAILS
Resilience, Reliability, and OAM in Converged Networks: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 6, February 2004
Even as they increase their deployment of data services over converged backbones using MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) technology, telecom carriers are worried that MPLS still lacks the resilience and reliability features on which they and their customers have come to rely. This report explores the issue of carrier-class MPLS technology by delivering a comprehensive competitive analysis of 19 MPLS core and edge switches from 13 different vendors for three critical feature sets: network resilience, node reliability, and network OAM (operations, administration, and maintenance). The 74-page report includes extensive interviews with carrier technologists to identify and analyze the disconnect between carrier plans to increase their use of MPLS and continued questions about the technology's ability to deliver carrier-class reliability.
LENGTH: 74 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
SSL VPN Products: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis
Vol. 2, No. 5, February 2004
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology offers the most transparent method yet devised to gain access to computing resources from virtually anywhere. However, considerable confusion abounds over this relatively new technology: No dominant vendor has yet emerged, and more than a dozen companies are vying to differentiate themselves. This report compares the players in this emerging field; contrasts SSL virtual private networks (VPNs) with existing VPN technologies; offers network design guidelines; and provides results from the first-ever lab test comparing product performance and security. It also has complete, raw test results and configurations used in testing products.
LENGTH: 76 PAGES    PRICE: $3450 SEE DETAILS
2004 Survey of Carrier Attitudes Toward IP/MPLS Backbones and VPNs
Vol. 2, No. 4, January 2004
Everybody knows what equipment vendors think about VPNs and MPLS and their role in enabling carriers to move toward offering multiple services over "converged backbones" – but what do service providers really think? This report offers definitive answers to questions about service provider attitudes and expectations regarding their plans to migrate legacy networks and services onto a converged infrastructure based on Multiprotocol Label Switching and IP. The core of the report is an exclusive, worldwide survey of 404 carrier executives, engineers, and operations staff from more than 200 service providers, including the world's largest telecom carriers. Survey results are presented in a 43-page report, accompanied by a searchable online database that allows for further statistical analysis by region, carrier type, and respondent job function.
LENGTH: 43 PAGES    PRICE: $2995 SEE DETAILS
2004 Communications Chips Market Perception Study
Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2004
The worldwide market for communications chips is awakening after a two-year coma induced by the telecom industry's worldwide financial crash. This report offers deep insight into which chip makers are in best position to capitalize on the recovery, by presenting and analyzing results from a worldwide market perception survey of 449 buyers of communications chips representing more than 200 systems vendors, original equipment manufacturers, and systems integrators. The report includes complete results for 117 public and private makers of comm chips in 31 different product categories and breaks out customer perception for each vendor by name recognition as well as by leadership in price, product performance, product quality and reliability, and service and support. The results are presented in a 99-page report, accompanied by a searchable online database.
LENGTH: 99 PAGES    PRICE: $3750 SEE DETAILS
2004 Communications Chips Market Perception Study: Access/Enterprise Chips
Vol. 2, No. 2, January 2004
This report features full results for the nine access/enterprise comm chips categories included in the 2004 Communications Chips Market Perception Study. The access/enterprise chip report includes complete results for 50 public and private makers of comm chips in nine different product categories and breaks out customer perception for each vendor by name recognition as well as by leadership in price, product performance, product quality and reliability, and service and support. The results are presented in 41-page report.
LENGTH: 41 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
2004 Communications Chips Market Perception Study: Transport Chips
Vol. 2, No. 3, January 2004
This report features full results for the 22 transport comm chips categories included in the 2004 Communications Chips Market Perception Study. The transport chip report includes complete results for 95 public and private makers of comm chips in 22 different product categories and breaks out customer perception for each vendor by name recognition as well as by leadership in price, product performance, product quality and reliability, and service and support. The results are presented in 67-page report.
LENGTH: 67 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Fall 2003 Wireless LAN Market Perception Study
Vol. 1, No. 8, December 2003
The business-class 802.11 wireless LAN market is probably the hottest growth sector in enterprise networking. This report offers deep insight into the attitudes of prospective buyers by presenting and analyzing results from a worldwide market perception survey of almost 800 buyers and users of business-class 802.11 wireless LAN products. The report includes complete results for 73 public and private makers of 802.11 wireless LAN products in seven different product categories and breaks out customer perception for each vendor by name recognition as well as by leadership in price, product performance, product quality and reliability, and service and support. The results are presented in a 53-page report, accompanied by a searchable online database.
LENGTH: 53 PAGES    PRICE: $2950 SEE DETAILS
Fall 2003 Storage Networking Market Perception Study
Vol. 1, No. 7, November 24, 2003
This report details and analyzes results from a worldwide market perception survey of 380 buyers and users of storage networking hardware and software. It offers complete results for 135 public and private makers of storage networking products in ten different product categories and breaks out customer perception for each vendor by name recognition as well as by leadership in price, product performance, product quality and reliability, and service and support. The results are presented in a 63-page report, accompanied by a searchable online database.
LENGTH: 63 PAGES    PRICE: $2950 SEE DETAILS
The Future of Sonet/SDH
Vol. 1, No. 6, November 14, 2003
This groundbreaking report delivers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of one of the telecom industry's hottest and most critical emerging sectors: third-generation Sonet/SDH. The report identifies and evaluates the key enabling technologies for third-gen Sonet/SDH developments, including Resilient Packet Ring (RPR), Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), and virtual concatenation (VCAT), and details how those technologies will be deployed by vendors and carriers to deliver advanced, high-bandwidth and high-margin services over Sonet/SDH networks. The report rates Sonet/SDH product portfolios of 32 different public and private equipment makers and delivers detailed information on next-gen Sonet/SDH service plans of 11 different carriers.
LENGTH: 142 PAGES    PRICE: $3950 SEE DETAILS
Next-Generation DSL Equipment: The Path to Profitability
Vol. 1, No. 5, November 7, 2003
This report provides the most detailed competitive analysis of DSL equipment ever undertaken, at a critical moment in the history of broadband. It supplies deep insight into the likely winners and losers in the next stage of DSL deployment - a chapter that's beginning right now, and will likely see carriers migrate rapidly to new network architectures that promise to help generate new revenues from advanced, QOS-enabled IP services. Twenty-five DSLAMs and B-RASs are analyzed in 42 tables, incorporating 3,495 data fields. Third-generation DLCs are also surveyed.
LENGTH: 107 PAGES    PRICE: $3750 SEE DETAILS
Heavy Reading's Fall 2003 OSS Market Perception Study
Vol. 1, No. 4, October 24, 2003
This global survey of 433 service provider and enterprise employees analyzes customers' recognition of 160 vendors in 12 operations support system (OSS) product categories and identifies market leaders for price, performance, quality/reliability, and service/support. The results are analyzed in more than 50 pages, accompanied by a searchable online database that enables clients to see how perceptions differ by geographical region, service provider type (e.g., incumbents versus new competitors), and job function (e.g., engineers versus corporate management).
LENGTH: 55 PAGES    PRICE: $2950 SEE DETAILS
Setting a Course to Convergence: The Incumbents' Wireline Strategies
Vol. 1, No. 3, October 15, 2003
This report shows where the telecom industry is heading via in-depth interviews with the men that are shaping its future: the CTOs and technology visionaries of Alcatel, Cisco, Lucent, Marconi, Nortel, and Siemens, the West's six biggest incumbent equipment manufacturers. Business and technology strategies are detailed, including analysis and ranking of the vendors' core and edge convergence infrastructure platforms. The report points out the vendors' strengths and pinpoints the weak spots where they must improve their product lines through partnerships, R&D, or acquisition.
LENGTH: 114 PAGES    PRICE: $3800 SEE DETAILS
Heavy Reading 2003 Telecom Equipment Market Perception Study
Vol. 1, No. 2, September 24, 2003
This global survey of 770 service provider and carrier employees analyzes customers' recognition of vendors in 22 telecom equipment categories and identifies market leaders for price, performance, quality/reliability, and service/support. The results are explored in 147 pages, accompanied by a searchable online database allowing readers to see how perceptions differ by geographical region, service provider type (e.g., incumbents vs. new competitors), and job function (e.g., engineers vs. corporate management).
LENGTH: 147 PAGES    PRICE: $4950 SEE DETAILS
Multiservice Provisioning Platforms: Empowering the Metro Edge
Vol. 1, No. 1, September 3, 2003
Multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) can help service providers by saving costs while simultaneously enabling new, revenue-generating services. But the MSPP market is vast and complicated, and choosing the right product is hugely challenging. This report can help, with comprehensive details on the capabilities of 61 MSPPs from 28 vendors, in a table containing over 6,000 fields of data and accompanied by more than 60 pages of analysis and 34 diagrams.
LENGTH: 61 PAGES    PRICE: $3450 SEE DETAILS
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