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Craig Leddy
December 2018
The cable industry is poised to benefit in many ways from 5G, but it must be careful to avoid getting stuck in a quagmire of complexity. This report analyzes the prospects for cable to provide 5G mobile transport services and examines the recent technologies and strategies that are being explored. It assesses the challenges that cable, mobile and technology companies must overcome to make 5G a success. The report also profiles 22 cable technology suppliers that are expanding into 5G or play roles in related fields that could lead to a 5G role.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
November 2018
This month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) forum focused on network security planning. This TLC panel was asked 10 questions about deployment plans, drivers and challenges and budgeting for network security. The results clearly indicate that CSPs feel their companies are currently doing a good or excellent job with network security; however, there are several new technologies and services that must be addressed in order to maintain necessary levels of network security.
Simon Stanley
October 2018
This report details and analyzes more than 40 high-performance Ethernet switch devices, embedded SDN, operating system software and IP solutions, identifying the key requirements and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers and service providers. It also reviews vendor strategies and surveys component features, performance and flexibility in this important market. Further, this report profiles 15 leading vendors in the market.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
October 2018
Almost 70 percent of service providers in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey say they either already have or will move compute and application execution to the edge by 2020. This TLC panel was asked nine questions about deployment plans, drivers and challenges for implementing edge solutions. The results clearly indicate that CSPs expect to reap significant benefits from this shift, including the creation of new vertical business opportunities, while shortening provisioning and gaining agility in their networks.
Simon Sherrington
October 2018
A wave of large-scale 5G deployments is coming, and vendors are working hard to ensure they can supply the billions of dollars' worth of RAN infrastructure operators will need. This report analyzes key vendors' progress at this critical juncture in the evolution of the 5G market. It looks at the 5G RAN solutions they are offering now, timelines for commercial 5G technology launch, and customer trial and contract announcements. Further, the report compares some of the differences in the solutions coming to market and profiles eight leading vendors.
Craig Leddy
September 2018
Cable architecture is continuing to evolve and push more capability to the network edge. The latest move is to utilize coherent optics technology in the fiber access network to increase capacity tenfold. This report provides an update of cable's fiber deployments and assesses the prospects for coherent optics in the cable access network. It explores potential use cases and includes a chart of 19 technology suppliers that are participating in CableLabs' P2P coherent optics working group.
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
September 2018
Automation is slowly but surely becoming a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) network architecture, according to the latest survey results from the Thought Leadership Council (TLC). This TLC group was asked nine questions about the impact of IoT on network architecture. The results clearly indicate that CSPs increasingly are turning to automation as they build IoT networks, and they continue to focus on security as a primary area of concern in those networks.
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
September 2018
As the complexity of communications networks grows, CSPs are realizing that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will be key to automating their operations and enhancing the customer experience. This report provides an overview of AI/ML, outlines the key telecom use cases and discusses the challenges of applying AI/ML to the networking domain. The report also provides real-world examples from 10 CSPs using AI/ML, summarizes key AI-focused initiatives, and profiles 16 vendors with AI-based offerings focused on the telecom industry.
Simon Stanley
September 2018
This report analyzes the current and projected use of multicore processors and switch chips by telecom and networking equipment manufacturers, based on the results of an exclusive worldwide survey of engineers, designers, product managers and sales/marketing personnel that work for telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The responses to our survey make it clear that these devices are critical components in most types of networking equipment, from the access edge to the core of the network.
Simon Stanley
August 2018
As the mobile industry prepares for the introduction of 5G services, we have seen significant investment in components to implement 5G/LTE macro and small base stations, C-RANs, RRHs, CPE and handset modems, and IoT systems. The latest components support 3GPP Release 13/14 LTE-Advanced Pro with throughput up to 2 Gbit/s and 5G New Radio with throughput up to 5 Gbit/s. This report analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing 5G, LTE and related components for base stations and user devices, including IoT/M2M.
Danny Dicks
August 2018
This report describes the very broad range of test & measurement activity happening now, and how that activity will evolve over the next couple of years as networks start to be rolled out and services are switched on. It describes the specific challenges for testing that are a consequence of 5G - such as the use of higher frequency bands, denser networks and network slicing - and reviews the supply side of the market. Finally, this report profiles 11 vendors that provide test solutions developed or used in the 5G ecosystem.
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Open RAN, Open Innovation
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
12/12/2018 4:15:00 AM
Next-generation networks need innovation in the radio access network and Open RAN developments are set to disrupt the market – in a good way.

Web-Scale Companies Pioneer Open Line Systems, but Will Network Operators Follow?
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
11/26/2018 7:43:00 PM
The optical line system is undergoing a revolution. Web-scale providers are bringing the concept of disaggregation to optical networking in the form of the open line system (OLS). But are ...

The Acumos AI Project Is On Track but Lacking 'Apps'
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
11/14/2018 9:10:00 AM
The Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Project has issued its initial release on schedule but its 'app store' is still rather bare.

Network Visibility & Data Veracity – the Keys to Operational Simplicity
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
11/13/2018 12:43:00 PM
Operators need an accurate, up-to-date network and service topology view in order to determine the 'Eulerian path' of service configuration and implementation.

Budgets Lag Despite CSP Concern Over Network Security
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
11/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Most communications service providers (CSPs) surveyed for this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) report feel they are on track with network security planning, but more than 80% of ...

Data Center Switching Enters the 400G Era
Simon Stanley
10/31/2018 4:15:00 AM
The growth of public and private cloud data centers is driving a strong and growing market for high-performance switch chips, and the choices dominating operators in the market make will have a ...

BT's McRae on Operator-Led Innovation, Telemetry & Curiosity
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/22/2018 9:50:00 AM
The BT executive shares his views on NFV, automation, in-house development, what he wants from his team and more.

Zen & the Art of OSS/BSS Transformation
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/19/2018 6:15:00 AM
Zen Internet, an alternative ISP in the UK, has ambitious growth plans and is looking to a refresh of its back office software, including the introduction of SDN capabilities, to help achieve its ...

CSPs Prove Eager to Embrace Edge Computing
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
10/18/2018 6:03:00 PM
Almost 70% of service providers in this month's Thought Leadership Council (TLC) survey say they either already have or will move compute and application execution to the edge by 2020.

A Deep Dive Into CenturyLink's Operations Transformation & Roadmap
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/18/2018 3:45:00 AM
For CenturyLink, transformation is about enhancing its business in terms of effectiveness, cost efficiency and customer experience. So how is it trying to achieve that?

Is Open Source the Right Approach for NFV Orchestration?
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
10/15/2018 3:45:00 AM
Open source MANO (management and orchestration) developments are providing network operators with something of a conundrum.

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