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October 2017
Automation is driving wrenching change and innovation in almost every part of the global economy. For CSPs, automated networks are an essential requirement to service the growing automation of industrial, enterprise, healthcare and government customers. In short, CSPs are faced with a stark choice: Automate or die. This report delivers Heavy Reading's perspectives on the challenges and promises of automation as they relate to the telecom sector, based on the input of seven different analysts.
Craig Leddy
October 2017
In order to fulfill its promise of multi-gigabit mobile broadband, 5G requires an extensive backhaul network and widespread distribution of small cell devices. This offers a significant opportunity for cable providers. This report identifies emerging backhaul service strategies for cable providers, as well as current opportunities and challenges in the market. It also identifies 12 technology suppliers that have signaled their interest in working with U.S. cable providers on mobile transport needs.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
October 2017
This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are SD-WAN experts. This focus group was asked nine questions about deployment, challenges and benefits of the technology and revenue related to SD-WAN. The results clearly illustrate that while SD-WAN is clearly seen as a de facto technology going forward, answers to practical questions about the technology haven't been as easy to divine.
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation
October 2017
This report is based on an online survey of our Video Transformation Advisory Board (VTAB), a group of senior industry decision-makers at network operators, broadcasters and OTT providers. It addresses eight hot-button issues related to OTT video services and explores VTAB members' current thinking on these issues. The survey included 14 industry executives, gaining insights and commentary from key figures who influence the video experiences of tens of millions of homes daily.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
September 2017
Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council circumvents traditional industry hype to ascertain how CSPs are really responding to important industry technologies and trends. This report was generated from the first Q&A with service providers on the Thought Leadership Council that are experts on IoT. They were asked nine questions about revenue potential, investment and deployment strategies for IoT. The results were significantly more guarded than market forecasts would suggest.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
September 2017
This report explains the functions and processes an IoT monetization solution encompasses; the key challenges to successfully monetizing the diverse range of pricing and business models covered by IoT; and the alternatives that CSPs are considering for IoT monetization solutions. The report covers two IoT service providers and examines the factors driving their IoT monetization technology choices. It also profiles 11 vendors of IoT platforms, multi-industry subscription billing and telco-oriented billing solutions.
Danny Dicks
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.
Simon Sherrington
This tracker assesses the market for policy management and deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, offering a five-year forecast of the market broken down by solution type and region. The analysis is focused on the use of DPI in the context of policy management, broadly defined, by network operators. Our estimates of the global policy and DPI market are largely based on information provided by leading vendors and global operators.
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.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
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.
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
August 2017
To truly benefit from NFV, CSPs will need to automate their operations, and management and orchestration (MANO) of the virtual environment will play a key role in this automation. MANO will allow CSPs to automate the configuration of the NFV Infrastructure (NFV-I), service creation and network resource optimization to achieve both lower opex and improved service agility. This report examines the state of the art in NFV MANO as NFV moves out of proofs of concept and into production.
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Cable 5G Backhaul Forecast: Clear as Mud
Craig Leddy
10/16/2017 1:35:00 PM
Cable is well on the path to meeting 5G backhaul and small cell requirements; however, cable may face competition from mobile network operators (MNOs) and find challenges in technology and ...

Managing VMs: Harnessing the Power of Mobility
Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
10/12/2017 4:00:00 PM
Taking the pulse of NFV and SDN deployments.


SD-WAN Questions Linger for CSPs
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
10/11/2017 12:10:00 PM
Although many service providers have already deployed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology and believe it is an integral part of their business, a clear path to vendor success ...

CSPs See Slow Going for IoT – Report
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
10/3/2017 12:10:00 PM
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, but the lack of standards as well as uncertainty about its revenue potential is a major source of frustration for communications service ...


How CSPs Can Move Up the IoT Value Chain
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
9/28/2017 3:00:00 PM
Whatever strategy CSPs adopt in the emerging IoT landscape, a critical enabler of their IoT business will be the monetization engine.

Open Source Innovation, 'Holacracy' & Celebrating Failure
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
9/27/2017 2:00:00 PM
Innovation should get easier now we've got NFV; at least that's the message from today's Service Delivery Innovation Summit in London.

Untangling the Operational Complexities of SDN & NFV
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
9/27/2017 9:30:00 AM
Light Reading's OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV is the industry's premier forum for the discussion of the impact of SDN and NFV on network operations and OSS.

ON2020 Readout Identifies New Optical Challenges
Simon Stanley
9/26/2017 5:45:00 PM
ON2020 presents its assessment of optical network requirements through 2020 and beyond, identifying new challenges and opportunities for the telecom industry.

Transport SDN's Time Has Come
Danny Dicks
9/26/2017 2:55:00 PM
Demand calls for another optical transport evolution, this time in the management of optical network resources.

The Importance of BBU Emulation
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
9/22/2017 8:27:00 AM
Whether building out distributed RANs or new centralized RANs, BBU emulation is a critical step of the process to help mobile operators avoid lengthy and costly delays.

Charting the Course to Cloud-Native
Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
9/20/2017 8:00:00 AM
During the "Getting to 'Cloud Native' " panel at our NFV & Carrier SDN event, we will debate what it will take to enable telcos to execute their cloud transformations, and what the supplier ...

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