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Recent Reports

Telco Optical Systems Beyond 100G
September 2017
This report explores how demand for optical transport has changed, how coherent optics is evolving, and what the future holds for this established but dynamic technology. It examines advances in electronics that are pushing speeds faster, and the consequences for the standard optical grid spacing, looks at standardization efforts, including those led from the demand side of the market, and compares the approaches and portfolios of 11 vendors of telco-focused optical systems.
LENGTH: 31 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Converged Access Infrastructure
August 2017
Operators have come to recognize the inefficiency of siloed infrastructure, and are increasingly drawn to the notion of a converged fixed access platform. This report examines the trend toward converged infrastructure in the access network, exploring the synergies between business segments and trade-offs between architectural alternatives. Access convergence is synergistic with trends such as SDN, NFV, CORD, network slicing and fog/edge computing.
LENGTH: 27 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
Intent-Based Networking: Automating Next-Generation Networks
August 2017
This report is an attempt to decipher what IBN really is, what work the standards development organization and open source community are doing in this area, what are the different vendor approaches to IBN and why IBN should be of interest to telecom operators, not just in the data center but also in wide-area networking.
LENGTH: 19 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
MANO & the Future of CSP Automation
August 2017
To truly benefit from NFV, CSPs will need to automate their operations, and management and orchestration (MANO) of the virtual environment will play a key role in this automation. MANO will allow CSPs to automate the configuration of the NFV Infrastructure (NFV-I), service creation and network resource optimization to achieve both lower opex and improved service agility. This report examines the state of the art in NFV MANO as NFV moves out of proofs of concept and into production.
LENGTH: 16 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
Investigating the 5G Core Network & System Architecture
August 2017
5G is the next-generation mobile networking standard that will build on the global 4G LTE ecosystem and targets a raft of new service opportunities. The report investigates a critical part of the 5G system architecture: the 5G core (5GC). Operators need a new 5GC to meet future service requirements, as the separation of control and user plane in 5GC creates opportunities for innovative deployments, such as edge computing, where the service requires very low latency or where there are very high traffic volumes.
LENGTH: 24 PAGES    PRICE: $3495 SEE DETAILS
CORD & the Future of CSP Automation
August 2017
This report examines Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) as an approach to CO modernization -- as vision, platform and reference implementation of a service delivery platform. It reviews the CORD organization and its governance, examines its varieties, tracks trials and identifies strengths contributing to its growing acceptance. The report also projects CORD's future outlook, including adoption levels, and discusses vendor perspectives and CORD's relationship with emerging fog networking.
LENGTH: 17 PAGES    PRICE: $2495 SEE DETAILS
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