Heavy Reading

Recent Reports

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.
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.
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.
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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