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Recent Reports

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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