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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

IP Video and the New Broadband Edge

With the introduction and ramp up of triple-play services, the telecom equipment market as a whole has experienced increased demand as service providers compete to build out their broadband networks. The IP edge and supporting Ethernet aggregation network have benefited more than most network segments as a result of these service provider initiatives: Not only are bandwidth needs increasing, but also service-specific feature sets and product architectures, defined at the network edge, are required as network operators move beyond high-speed Internet service to deliver bundled or "blended" broadband service offerings that include voice over IP (VOIP), IPTV, and other integrated entertainment and communication services.

Network operators also are continuing their efforts to control capital and operating expenditures by converging services onto a common network infrastructure, leading vendors to develop flexible platforms that not only support reliable residential services but also enterprise-class business offerings such as IP VPNs and carrier Ethernet access. These overarching forces are driving the broadband edge market to transform itself for a new generation of services and subscribers.

IP Video and the New Broadband Edge assesses the impact that residential triple-play services, and to some extent business services, will have on telecom service provider broadband edge network architectures and the infrastructure vendors that supply them. This report, based on in-depth interviews with leading technology suppliers and analysis of key service provider technology deployments, provides a thorough accounting of how the carrier broadband edge is being (and will continue to be) transformed to accommodate new approaches to service portfolios and their delivery to residential and business customers. It includes Heavy Reading's first attempt at establishing a taxonomy for the new broadband edge infrastructure market as it evolves to fit the emerging architectural models.

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The ripple effect of major new telecom service offerings is felt from the consumer all the way through the infrastructure supply chain, as major shifts in service provider network architectures lead to significant technology advancements from the vendors that supply them. In the case of the new broadband edge, four distinct network architecture alternatives are now developing. These are discussed and analyzed in detail in this report:

Centralized single-edge
Distributed single-edge
Centralized multi-edge
Distributed multi-edge


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Heavy Reading interviewed executives from the following major edge infrastructure vendors to assess their current dedication to product development and other issues surrounding next-generation broadband edge networking:

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)
ECI Telecom Ltd. (Nasdaq/NM: ECIL)
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY)
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR)
Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU)
Nortel Networks Inc. (NYSE/Toronto: NT)
Redback Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: RBAK)
Riverstone Networks Inc. (Pink Sheets: RSTN)
Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE)

The report includes a comparative product and strategy analysis for these new broadband edge vendors, centered on a rating system that takes into account 19 key technology and market metrics. The comparative ratings provide an important roadmap to understanding how the new broadband edge market is developing and where it is likely to be headed in the months and years to come.



Report Scope and Structure

IP Video and the New Broadband Edge is structured as follows:

Section I is an introduction to the report, with complete report key findings.

Section II defines and analyzes the four primary next-gen broadband edge network architecture approaches that service providers are adopting in support of triple-play services. It also offers Heavy Reading's first attempt at establishing a taxonomy for the new broadband edge infrastructure market as it evolves to fit these architectural models.

Section III presents a detailed view of the critical infrastructure requirements driving next-gen broadband edge equipment suppliers to support the various network architectures and services that are being defined and prioritized by service providers worldwide.


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Section IV profiles the market strategies and product offerings of each of the vendors identified in this report. It also offers Heavy Reading's first attempt at establishing a competitive analysis for next-gen broadband edge equipment, identifying the key features to compare among vendors, and ranking the market-leading equipment vendors accordingly.

Section V reviews the critical conclusions and identifies key forward-looking issues for the evolving broadband edge market, providing an outlook for a market segment that is in a state of transition, with the potential for further consolidation.

The report is essential reading for a wide range of industry participants, including the following:

Telecom service providers: How are vendor broadband edge strategies evolving to meet your needs? Which suppliers are taking an approach that fits best with your company's broadband deployment strategy? Are your current suppliers the best option, or are there other choices that are better aligned with your plan?
Broadband edge equipment suppliers: How do your products compare with the competition? What are the specific strengths of your product line that will resonate with prospective carrier buyers? Are there potential weaknesses in your product that need to be addressed?
Investors: Which equipment makers are in the best position to capture market share in this important telecom industry sector? Which companies are emerging as the early winners in this sector, and which ones are likely to struggle for market share?

IP Video and the New Broadband Edge is published in PDF format.

LENGTH: 63 PAGES
PRICE: $3,495
RICK THOMPSON
Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
Rick Thompson tracks next-gen video and broadband technologies and markets for Heavy Reading. His telecom career includes stints at Sycamore Networks, Fore Systems, and PanGo Networks, a supplier of location-based systems for wireless LANs...
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VENDORS ANALYZED
Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)
ECI Telecom Ltd. (Nasdaq/NM: ECIL)
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY)
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR)
Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU)
Nortel Networks Inc. (NYSE/Toronto: NT)
Redback Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: RBAK)
Riverstone Networks Inc. (Pink Sheets: RSTN)
Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE)
DELIVERABLES
Detailed analysis of IP video's impact on carrier broadband edge networks
First-ever taxonomy of the equipment that constitutes the next generation of broadband edge products
63 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis, covering all major broadband edge vendors
Comparative ratings for all major vendors, based on a suite of 19 product and market metrics
Detailed analysis of each vendor's broadband edge strategy and emerging product portfolio
LENGTH: 63 PAGES
PRICE: $3,495
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