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Friday, August 11, 2017

Juniper: 5G ROI for Operators Depends on Use Cases, Government Investment

For mobile operators, implementing and managing 5G networks and services requires a different approach than did 4G, resulting in a business model and strategic shift, said Juniper Research in its report, “5G: How Operators Can Maximise ROI.” In a nutshell, market forces are compelling operators to look at how they might align 5G with their business models, but they can’t and won’t do it alone.

The trick with 5G ROI, Juniper said, is that as of yet “there is no discernable use case that will encourage operators to roll out 5G networks.” Therefore, “increased investment from governmental bodies will be needed to encourage the development of these networks.”

A big reason for government involvement, Juniper said, is that deploying 5G requires operators to purchase additional spectrum, a substantial investment with a long ROI timeframe, even if payments are spread out over several years. Plus, spectrum auctions are an ongoing activity, rather than a once-and-done proposition.

Such investments will “depend on the spectrum to be utilised, the legacy equipment that the operators have available to them and national regulation relating to the use of spectrum.”

ROI from IoT

From a business sustainability standpoint, the Internet of Things—in which many traditionally dumb devices (appliances, vehicles, etc.) will become connected via 5G networks—may be the most compelling broad use case that could incentivize operators to make major investments in 5G, Juniper posited.

“The data-centric mobile world will become increasingly interconnected, leading to a range of opportunities at the infrastructure, device and component levels,” Juniper predicted. “The impact of the IoT will be far-reaching, built through the widespread deployment of sensors in everyday items.”

That impact depends on 5G networks being scalable and intelligently efficient, so they are capable of supporting billions of connected devices.

Under the IoT umbrella, several use cases for lucrative services seem likely, Juniper said, including:

  • Smart home applications for consumer safety, comfort, and energy savings
  • Connected passenger vehicle applications for infotainment and, eventually, driverless cars
  • Industrial applications for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business
  • Public transport and payment systems
  • Smart city applications designed to improve efficiency through information sharing
The Question is How

Implicitly, Juniper acknowledged in its report that 5G will get off the ground; it just isn’t quite clear yet where operators will find the best ROI. The research firm predicted that by 2025, global billed revenue from 5G will reach $269 billion.

“The majority of acquired 5G connections will be users upgrading from 4G connections,” Juniper predicted, with ROI being achieved from the fact that “5G connections will initially carry a premium over ARPC (Average Revenue Per Connection).”

Not too surprisingly, Juniper concluded that early 5G adopters “will be ‘top end’ users who are currently in the higher echelons of monthly spend. In the early years, the actual numbers of connected subscribers will be very low, rendering early trends less representative.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Securing 5G

The fundamental promise of 5G—transforming telecommunications by bringing wireline reliability and truly everywhere/anywhere service accessibility to mobile—introduces some new security challenges that must be solved to make next-generation services dependable and safe. As operators, vendors, and standards-developing organizations work together on 5G, they need to address not only security provisions for new products, but also security as a built-in feature of communication between devices or components along the network path.

Broadly, the reason for this new approach to security is that 5G networks will involve many more devices, inevitably resulting in more potential vulnerabilities for attackers to exploit.

NFV and 5G Security

More specifically, it is looking briefly at the role of network functions virtualization (NFV) in 5G and how that relates to network security.

To achieve the fast responses and low latency envisioned for 5G, it’s necessary to locate some applications on the IP network edge. This will significantly change network design, requiring NFV servers and virtual machines in the core network, allowing applications to be split and decentralized—so that apps can technically be “everywhere and nowhere.”

But, the use of NFV creates some significant challenges around network security. For example:

  • Many NFV solutions are built on open source software and whitebox hardware, a setup that tends to be less secure than proprietary software and hardware.
  • Obtaining access to any VNF software component can result in attackers gaining control of hosts (via an external controller) and therefore potentially the entire network.
  • Virtual networks built on NFV are not protected by firewalls. 
  • Segmenting VLANs introduces security vulnerabilities. 
Relatedly, network slicing makes it possible to perform dynamic service chaining, but this does mean more components in the network and more security needed for each component. If not detected immediately, attacks can reach all the way to the eNodeB—resulting in wasted bandwidth or much worse.

Key 5G Security Challenges

Digging a little deeper, there are two main security challenges involved in securing 5G networks:

1. IP layer visibility
In a nutshell, all layers and components involved have to be secured. To stop attacks, behavior detection can be highly effective. This might involve, for example, using different parameters to characterize the IP flow. With predictive measurements, it is possible to detect an attack and perform live filtering to stop it.

2. NFV integration
In NFV environments, the control agent is the in the core network and the user plane is distributed. This creates another link to secure with proper encryption. Attacks must be detected at the edge to achieve successful security; it’s too late by the time the attack reaches the core. Operators, vendors, and development communities must work together to secure virtualized networks and release associated standards.

Achieving 5G Security

Fundamental actions that need to be taken to ensure 5G security include:
  • Adapt network equipment for virtualization functions
  • Diversify security to address the mobile core 
  • Do away with “one size fits all” security methodologies
5G is a complex environment that integrates open source elements with proprietary solutions. Complexity is the enemy of security. Security must therefore be part of the network design from the start.

Report: Mobile Operators Adopt C-RAN to Prepare for 5G and Reduce Deployment Costs

Increasingly, mobile operators are adopting centralized radio access network (C-RAN) as their preferred method of deploying new networks, with global spending on this technology expected to reach almost $9 billion by end of 2017 and CAGR estimated at about 24% between 2017 and 2020, SNS Telecom said in its recently published report, “The C-RAN Ecosystem: 2017-2030.” These investments will include spending on remote radio heads, baseband units, and fronthaul transport network equipment.

C-RAN—which was initially popularized by Japanese and South Korean operators—represents an architectural shift for RAN design, centralizing and aggregating baseband processing for a large number of distributed radio nodes, explained SNS Telecom in the report. Other Tier 1 operators in markets around the globe—including AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, Sprint, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), Telefonica, Verizon, and Vodafone—are now adopting it.

“In comparison to standalone clusters of base stations, C-RAN provides significant performance and economic benefits such as baseband pooling, enhanced coordination between cells, virtualization, network extensibility, smaller deployment footprint and reduced power consumption,” SNS Telecom elaborated.

Related to the general drive toward C-RAN adoption, SNS Telecom two sub-trends:
  1. Small cells deployment within a C-RAN architecture to leverage resource pooling and multi-cell coordination. This is especially popular for enterprise and indoor market segments. 
  2. Use of multiple baseband functional split options for C-RAN implementation, as a means of easing the transition to 5G and reduce fronthaul costs. 
SNS Telecom also noted that the vendor arena for C-RAN continues to consolidate, illustrated by merger and acquisition deals like the Mavenir Systems merger with Ranzure Networks, positioning the new combined organization as an end-to-end provider of 5G-ready solutions.

If implemented thoughtfully, C-RAN can help operators better manage interference and LTE-Advanced features like Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP), and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for RAN deployments, SNS Telecom concluded.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cable MSOs Charge Ahead With SD-WAN, Address Need for Hybrid Deployments

For cable MSOs, software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) represents a potentially transformative technology in the quest to better serve enterprise customers, with virtualized functions as a foundation. This technology "is a golden opportunity to add a cutting-edge product to their business services and support strategies to move up market by serving larger companies and multi-site enterprises," said Heavy Reading contributing analyst Craig Leddy, in a Light Reading article

Operators like Comcast and Cox Communications see SD-WAN—in combination with DOCSIS 3.1as more affordable and flexible than MPLS, and a means to expand services using their existing coaxial connections for gigabit internet speeds, rather than relying on fiber, Leddy noted. 

He added: "The market is expected to be flooded with SD-WAN products and related VNFs that cable can support with its high-speed business Internet services. All service providers and SD-WAN suppliers face a market where competition is becoming fierce and the pace of SD-WAN adoption is unclear. Cable providers must prove they can deliver a high quality of service and customer support -- areas where they currently are not perceived as leaders in rankings by business customers."

But, most businesses still aren't using SD-WAN services to replace private MPLS-based links, noted Light Reading editor-at-large Carol Wilson in a recent article. Instead, they need solutions for a hybrid approach that allows them to add SD-WAN options to existing links, and run services across both. 

"Managing traffic and implementing policy in such a hybrid approach introduces complexity that many businesses don't want," Wilson elaborated. 

Addressing this need, CenturyLink recently rolled out a set of managed service bundles designed to eliminate the complexity of such hybrid deployments, Wilson said in the article. 

CenturyLink's SD-WAN offerings come in three bundle packages: bronze (add-on to existing MPLS connection), silver (MPLS and broadband connection provided by CenturyLink), and gold (same as silver, with two SD-WAN devices at the remote site), explained RCR Wireless News technology writer Nathan Cranford, in a recent article

Comcast is another operator that's putting a lot of thought into the best uses for and methods of deploying SD-WAN for enterprises. In a recent SDxCentral webinar, Comcast Business' VP of Connectivity Jeff Lewis elaborated on its reasons for treating SD-WAN as an over-the-top (OTT) cloud-based service, embracing such a strategy for its robustness and extensibility. 

Successful SD-WAN, Lewis explained in the webinar, is all about execution and customer satisfaction, which requires monitoring as a key component to avoid network-wide visibility drawbacks that MPLS tends to suffer from. And, as already discussed earlier, he noted that SD-WAN is likely to deployed as part of a hybrid migration alongside MPLS. 

How do you see SD-WAN being adopted by enterprises? Drop a comment below. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

U.S. Cable MSOs Keep Things Moving With Fiber, IoT, Gigabit Internet, and Open Source

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO market? Quite a bit! Here's a roundup of recent industry news, including Altice's fiber-to-the-home built-out, VoIP for small business from CenturyLink, the fizzled Sprint/Charter merger and what might happen next, Comcast's IoT ambitions, Cox's gigabit internet strategy, and open source community involvement on the part of Comcast and Telefonica.

As part of a five-year plan involving its entire Optimum footprint and part of its Suddenlink service area, Altice USA is now rolling out fiber-to-the-home, Light Reading reported. The operator's strategy is different than most of its peers in the U.S., which are heavily focused on DOCSIS 3.1 for high-speed broadband. Using what it considers pioneering GPON technology, Altice thinks it can cost-effectively deploy fiber instead, as a means to expand its existing plant, much of is built around aerial connections rather than underground cabling.   

It might seem old-school, but VoIP for small business is the focus of two new service packages from CenturyLink, Light Reading reported. The operator is providing two cloud-based, pre-packaged services: basic for roughly $20/line per month, and a unified communications upgrade for about $5 more per month. CenturyLink said this type of service is still something small businesses need to reduce their voice costs and gain access to more features like email & calendar integration and making softphones available on laptop computers. 

An initial bid on the part of Sprint to merge with Charter Communications has fizzled (for the moment), but there's still speculation that SoftBankwhich has a stake in Sprintmight buy Charter outright, Light Reading said. And it is entirely possible that Charter will consider a reseller deal with Sprint, as a way to expand beyond its existing MVNO arrangement with Verizon. 

The growing importance of Internet of Things (IoT) to the telecommunications and cable industries is nicely illustrated by service expansion on the part of Comcast, which is expanding its low-power, wide-area (LoRa) network to twelve new markets, through its machineIQ business unit, SDxCentral reported

The markets Comcast chose for machineIQMiami, Detroit, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Washington, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Baltimore, and Minneapolismade the cut because of demand, in particular related to smart city initiatives. Focus for these services is on applications like utility metering, environmental monitoring, and asset tracking, SDxCentral said.  

Comcast also recently became the first U.S. cable MSO to join Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), bringing that organization's total number of members to 50, Light Reading reported. This is a significant step in the operator's strategy to prove its growing influence in the open source community, a logical step given its focus on embracing virtualization for internal IT operations and cable modem termination system. 

A pioneer in offering gigabit-speed connectivity, Cox has found the process of rolling this service out to be slower than expected, noted Light Reading. The operator originally intended to begin deploying gigabit across its entire footprint by end of 2016, but as of now it has entered parts of 13 states out of the 18 it covers. It continues on, however, and now expects to reach virtually all the rest of its customers by end of 2019. 

As it works on automating and virtualizing its networks and IT systems, Telefonica is now considering joining the ONAP initiative, potentially merging into that organization its Open Source MANO (OSM) project as a means of expand its scope, Light Reading reported. That would represent the integration of two rival efforts focused on the complex issue of management and network orchestration. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Assure Performance for the Enterprise Digital Transformation

The majority of enterprises with a formal ‘digital transformation’ strategy see cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) migration—backed by a highly available, fast, resilient IT infrastructure—as being foundational for their competitive differentiation, 451 Research found in a 2017 survey of enterprise IT decision-makers. Hardly surprising; the extended network—spanning branch offices, private data centers, and public clouds—is now a strategic asset, with 43% of enterprises reporting that their competitive position deteriorated due to poor IT infrastructure performance.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Deloitte: Want 5G? Invest in Deep Fiber!

5G is sexy. Beefing up the U.S. fiber optic infrastructure? Not so much. But, you can’t have one without the other, said Deloitte in a recent Perspectives article.

Friday, June 30, 2017

For Enterprises and Service Providers, SD-WAN Advantages Outweigh Challenges

While many networking technologies are overhyped, that can't be said of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), according to Andrew Lerner, Research VP at Gartner. In a recent blog post, he noted that over the past three years, SD-WAN adoption has really taken off, with an estimated 6,000-plus paying customers and more than 4,000 production implementations.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mobile Network Operators, Organizations Forge Ahead With 5G

Mobile operators, industry organizations, and vendors are making progress toward 5G with activities that include multivendor network trials, nationwide network plans, innovative approaches to partnerships, and standards development. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Network Monitoring and Assurance: Visibility and One-Way Delay

The general-purpose network test equipment market is changing, driven by the emergence of 5G, greater need for interoperability testing, and increase in outsourcing, said RCR Wireless news in a recent article, citing research from TechNavio. We would add that rapidly developing changes in network monitoring extend far beyond the realm of traditional test and measurement.


For example, consider the importance of visibility into network performance, and what that actually means: insight that "allows IT to control and optimize the network, along with applications and IT services," stressed Light Reading in a recent article

Without such visibility, "organizational speed decreases, network problems take longer to resolve and security threats increase," Light Reading elaborated. A successful strategy to achieve visibility requires considering end-to-end architecture and setting up systems for immediate ROIand recognizing the unique dynamics of the network itself. 

"Ultimately, one-size does not fit all in terms of visibility architectures," Light Reading concluded. "You need one that is sized to your network’s specific configuration and needs."

One-way delay

Another, more specific, aspect to consider: one-way network delaya topic both RCR Wireless and Light Reading and touched on in articles focused on techniques operators can employ to ensure data gets where it needs to be, when it needs to get there. 

"Delay is proving to be one of the most challenging metrics to manage in advanced wireline and wireless networks," RCR Wireless said. Yet it is also "a critical component of both end user experience and infrastructure stability, since it can lead to dropped calls, slow browsing and TCP transport protocol performance impacts."

Light Reading concurred: "lengthy network delays, is an issue bedeviling video content and service providers of all stripes and sizes. Buffering delays of even just a few milliseconds can lead to a poorer customer quality-of-experience (QoE) and much higher rates of video abandonment by subscribers."

It's difficult to effectively measure and manage delay, RCR Wireless elaborated, because it "has both fixed and variable components, and it varies over time as network conditions change." Plus, "In order to properly measure and assure network delay, both one-way and two-way delay must be considered."

Further, RCR Wireless said, distributed deployment of measurement mechanisms (e.g. GPS at endpoints or in-line devices for clock synchronization) add cost and potential failure points to the network. Instead, operators have come to rely on estimating one-way delay by dividing round-trip delay in two. This is not an accurate way to measure one-way delay, however. 

"The obvious shortcoming with these rough estimates is that they don't offer any visibility into what might actually be happening on either network path," Light Reading noted. "As a result, the estimates for one-way delays could be way off because of the asymmetrical nature of most video traffic. Worse yet, these estimates could wind up producing 'false positives,' incorrectly indicating no latency problems overall when in fact there may be huge traffic delays occurring in one direction or the other.

Clearly, "service providers must measure and monitor one-way network latency directly and accurately," regardless of the cost of doing so, Light Reading concluded. (We would add that it does not need to be prohibitively costly, and solutions exist that leverage virtualization and other low-cost technologies to accurately measure one-way delay.)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ovum: Low Latency Networks Underpin Service Provider Business Models

What is the inherent value of a low-latency network? In a nutshell “Latency performance underpins the entire network and therefore impacts the entire CSP business model,” said Ian Redpath, Practice Leader, Components, Transport and Routing, in Ovum’s report, “Monetizing high performance, low latency networks.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Virtualization Helps Cable MSOs Reduce Energy Consumption, Save Money

Often, the OpEx and CapEx benefits of virtualization are talked about in broad, general terms. But how exactly does the softwareization of networks and service delivery, especially for cable MSOs, save money and make things more efficient? One area that doesn't get much attention is the potential to reduce or at least curb energy consumption. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

5G: Six Predictions for the Future of Mobile Telecom

5G. It's coming, but there are still so many aspects of its implementation to figure out, nobody is really sure what the next generation of mobile telecom will look like, or what it will be used for. We have some pretty good guesses, though. Here are six 5G predictions from industry analysts and researchers. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cable MSO Market Trends: Enterprise Services, SD-WAN, Partnerships, and Skinny Bundles

The U.S. cable MSO market continues to be a dynamic area, with operators focusing on enterprise services, the potential for SD-WAN, partnerships to launch wireless service divisions, and introduction of "skinny bundles," among other trends. Here are some updates from several of the industry's largest players. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mobile Telecom Market Update: IoT Networks, SDN & NFV Investment, LTE-A Pro Expansion

Recent trends in the mobile telecom market include Internet of Things (IoT) network launches, self-funding software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) investments, LTE-A Pro expansions, and another potential mergers. Here's a look at some of the latest moves on the part of major operators around the world.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Virtualized Test and Measurement: On Beyond the Network

Test and measurement isn’t just about networks anymore, stressed Light Reading in its report, “Test & Measurement Meets Virtualization’s Challenges.” As the title suggests, the report focuses on how virtualization is impacting network performance monitoring and assurance, which now must address visibility far beyond the traditional realm of T&M.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cable MSOs Look to Virtualization for Smarter HFC Access Networks

Moving past a quarter-century of reliance on hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC)essentially a dumb pipethe cable MSO industry is now looking at other technologies to transform their access networks to make them more efficient and intelligent, noted Heavy Reading blogger Craig Leddy in a recent article.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bright Future Predicted for Big Data Analytics Market

There was a time when when the term 'big data' merely referred to datasets too large for traditional databases to capture, store, manage, and analyze, noted SNS Telecom in a summary of its recent report on trends in the big data market now through 2030. But today, 'big data' also refers to technologiesincluding mobile devices, the web, social media, sensors, log files, and transactional applicationscapable of handling "large and variable collections of data, to solve complex problems."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Telecom Update: Verizon's Straight Path, Sprint's 5G, China Mobile's Next-Gen Investments

U.S. mobile operator Verizon dominated much of the telecom news this week, with its acquisition of spectrum holder Straight Path, a move widely seen as part of the carrier's fixed 5G service ambitions. Sprint and China Mobile also garnered some attention with 5G and next-gen network investment news of their own.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Telecom Virtualization: Overcoming NFV Challenges, Implementing SDN

Mobile network operators are adopting the virtualized radio access network (vRAN) model because of its various potential benefits, such as reducing total cost of ownership, increasing performance and scalability, and future-proofing networks for 5G upgrades, noted SNS Telecom in a summary of its recent report focused on the vRAN market now through 2030. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

TIA Report: To Succeed, 5G Must Be a Chameleon

To achieve its goals, 5G must be a chameleon technology by adapting to support a variety of wireless services with different bandwidth, latency, traffic burstability, and reliability requirements. That’s the overarching conclusion reached in a Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) report, published this past January.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cable MSO Market, U.S.: DOCSIS 3.1 and Fiber Investments, Comcast & Charter MVNO Partnership

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO space? In the long-term, breaking into the wireless market appears to be the name of the game. More immediately, DOCSIS 3.1 and deep fiber are major focuses. Here's an overview of recent industry trends and how they are driving strategies for some of the top players in the market. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5G Update: Use Cases, Network Slicing, Trials, and Regulation

Achieving commercial reality for 5G is a considerable challenge for mobile network operators, with a range of potential obstacles standing in the way. Wireless Week broke those down into six top concerns, citing a recent Telecommunications Industry Association survey and report: trials, testing, and deployment; global rollouts; spectrum issues; network densification and small cells; use cases; and network slicing and virtualization. Other industry reports and commentary touch on these and similar topics around 5G. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Talk of the Town: T-Mobile Targets Nationwide 5G in 2020

Commercial deployments of 5G seem to be right around the corner, despite the significant complexities and requirements for achieving the next generation of mobile: "tight ecosystem collaboration, interdisciplinary connections, rapid innovation, and agile iteration across the industry on universal standards; new radio specifications; network transformation requirements; harmonized spectral ranges, and viable reference designs for field trials and testing," as RCR Wireless News put it in a recent Reader Forum column. The latest news that's got the industry buzzing is T-Mobile's announced plan to roll out nationwide 5G in 2020, ramping up with market-specific deployments in 2019.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Machine Learning: Early Adopters Gain Competitive Advantage

We have written and spoken a lot recently about the benefits of machine learning—artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed by adapting when exposed to new data—for self-optimizing network systems used by telecommunications operators and service providers. But the utility of this technology is not limited to telecom; in the enterprise/business world, it is also being recognized as an important tool to gain competitive advantage, with similar adoption challenges and benefits.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5G Americas: Spectrum Availability Crucial for Next-Gen Mobile

The availability of sufficient spectrum—those all-important radio frequencies allocated for communication over the airwaves—is critical to the success of 5G. In its April, 2017 white paper, 5G Spectrum Recommendations, 5G Americas takes an in-depth look at global activities underway to identify spectrum suitable for a wide range of 5G applications, with roaming and economies of scale in mind. The organization’s conclusions are summarized here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mobile Telecom Market Update: Spectrum, Standards, and Software

What's new in the mobile telecom space? Operators are innovating with wireless TV services, spectrum acquisitions, and gigabit broadband. Industry organizations are busy with strategies involving spectrum allocation, next-gen network technology standardization, and integration/interoperability for open source. These activities illustrate the dynamic nature of this industry, and the inter-related roles of business model adaptation, resource availability, and standards development.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

5G Update: Standards, Challenges, and the Role of SDN

5G seems to have made the transition from purely theoretical to something at least partially tangible that mobile network operators (MNOs) are beginning to say they'll be launching early rolls-out of—in some form or another—in the next few years.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Telecom Market Update: Spectrum, 5G, and 4G Competition

What's new in the mobile telecom market? Here is a rundown of some recent news from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and operators in China, related to spectrum acquisitions, 5G plans, and 4G competition.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cable MSO Market: Strategies and Business Models

What's new in the cable MSO market? Strategies and business-model moves include using software-defined networking (SDN) to integrate OSS and BSS, continued investment in DOCSIS, finding a path toward an all-IP future, competing in a shrinking pay-TV market, figuring out how to realistically move forward with "deep fiber," and teaming up with partners to become full-fledged wireless providers. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Telecom Market Update: First Responder Network, Drones, Mobile Wi-Fi

Early steps toward a national U.S. first responders telecom network. Drones as 4G LTE cell sites. A Wi-Fi mobile service that's not totally wi-fi based. This telecom market includes all of these, and more. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cable MSO Market, U.S.: Comcast Goes Skinny, CenturyLink Spins its Own CORD

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO market? Here's a look at the latest news from a few of the major players in this market: Comcast's 'skinny' bundle and rumored all-IP ambitions, CenturyLink's take on the open source CORD project, Dish's plans to jump straight into 5G, and more. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5G: Getting There

With the recently accelerated timeline for the 5G NR standard, getting the next generation of mobile off the ground quickly seems to have taken on a new urgency. Many questions abound. Where exactly is 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) headed next? How will 5G change the landscape of global computing?And, beyond the hype of 5G, what solutions are available now to help mobile operators deal with increasing pressure on their networks from video content traffic? Following is a look at the latest thinking around 5G, from recent telecom news articles. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Early Version of 5G NR Spec is Just One Piece in the 5G Puzzle

At its RAN Plenary meeting this week, the 3GPP gave the go-ahead to a proposal for an early NonStandAlone (NSA) version of the 5G New Radio specification, The Mobile Network reported

Thursday, March 9, 2017

SD-WAN: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Are software-defined WANs the next big thing in monetizing connectivity for cloud-connected enterprises, an overhyped 'silver bullet,' or something in-between? That depends on who you ask. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cable MSO Market: Less Talk, More Action for Network Virtualization

The majority of large cable MSOs are now actively working on plans to virtualize and distribute their access networks, according to results from a recent SNL Kagan survey of 35 cablecos around the globe, reported Light Reading and Fierce Cable.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mobile Operators, Vendors on 5G Standardization: Let's Speed This Along

One thing is clear from the news out of Mobile World Congress this past week: mobile operators and vendors see more opportunities than risks with getting 5G off the ground as soon as possible, and are doing their best to significantly speed up the development of 5G standards. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cable MSO Market, U.S.: Mergers, OTT, and 5G Trials

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO market? Here's a roundup of recent news, including 5G trials, increasing competition for over-the-top (OTT) services, and the latest moves by Comcast, Charter, CenturyLInk, and Windstream. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Accedian in the News

If you're following Accedian's growth, solutions, and contribution to conferences and industry organizations, you'll want to see who's been taking note in the media.

Here are the articles we've seen recently:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

5G Trials: Putting Next-Gen Mobile to the Test

Now seems as good a time as any to check in on the progress of pre-standards 5G trials, underway in some form or another by just about every major mobile telecom player and many vendor partners as well. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

5G Development: 3 Answers to "What's Next?"

The evolution (or revolution, if you envision faster, more dramatic change) toward 5G continues apace as 2017 unfolds. Exactly what 5G will be once it arrives remains to be seen, but operators and vendors continue with various developments that clearly have the next generation of mobile networks in mind. Where do we go from here? Below are three answer to that question, illustrated by recent telecom news stories.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Reminder: Accedian at Mobile World Congress 2017 (#MWC17)

Reminder: you’re invited to visit with us at the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, where we will be demoing real-world virtualized performance assurance solutions with some of our partners, and sharing our expertise during a session on network analytics and machine learning. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mobile Network Operator Market, U.S.: 3 Top Carriers Push the Envelope

Things aren't exactly stagnant in the U.S. mobile network operator (MNO) market. Unlimited data plans? Fiber-fed gigabit mobile service in more metro areas? A drone management platform? All this and more, in the coming paragraphs!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Accedian at Mobile World Congress 2017 (#MWC17)

You’re invited to visit with us at the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, where we will be demoing real-world virtualized performance assurance solutions with some of our partners, and sharing our expertise during a session on network analytics and machine learning. Don’t miss it!



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Virtualized monitoring and big data analytics are key ingredients for ensuring an optimal 4G customer experience. This demo illustrates a real-world example: how Accedian’s SkyLIGHT Platform and Reliance Jio’s JCP Data Analytics Platform are used together to optimize network quality and user experience in real-time for approximately 50 million mobile subscribers in India. Learn More

Demo: Actionable KPIs and Analytics with SkyLIGHT
Service providers are under increasing pressure to deliver high-quality service to their subscribers, as QoE is the new differentiator--elbowing out traditional price wars. This demo explores how Accedian’s SkyLIGHT virtualized performance assurance platform empowers operators to instrument all key points along the service path for complete visibility into quality of experience (QoE) for services like VoLTE and streaming video. This is possible by correlating metrics to isolate root causes and integrating assurance instrumentation with big data analytics to uncover ‘invisible’ QoE impairments. Learn More

Demo: Orchestrated NFV-PM for Cloud-Based Services

Accedian partnered with RIFT.io to create a scalable, network functions virtualization (NFV) performance monitoring (PM) solution for cloud-based services. This demo shows how our SkyLIGHT VCX virtualized performance assurance controller and RIFT.Io’s RIFT.ware NFV management and network orchestration (MANO) solution work together to simplify VNF deployment and satisfy customer service level agreements (SLAs.) Learn More

Session: Network Analytics and Machine Learning
◯ Wednesday, March 1st. 11:00am-12:10pm.
◯ Hall 4 Auditorium 3
◯ Accedian Speaker: Patrick Ostiguy, Founder and CEO
How are operators improving the use of their existing assets as well as gaining better insights for decisions about their networks’ future development? Machine learning and automation are delivering some significant efficiency and performance improvements, thanks to new methods of collecting and analyzing data and metadata. More Details

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Trending: 3 Things That Could Be Crucial for 5G

Discussion about what it will take to turn 5G into reality often focuses on broad generalities or hones in on the challenges of developing industry standards and maximizing network efficiency. But, there are other things to consider as well. Here are three examples from recent telecom industry news that could possibly turn out to be crucial aspects of developing 5G.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey Confirms Changing Trends in Telecom

What is the best way to characterize how consumers think about and use their smartphones and services those devices enable? A few words come to mind, such as ‘indespensible’ and ‘ubiquitous.’ In the U.S. edition of its 2016 Global Mobile Consumer Survey, Deloitte explores this idea, examining the power of mobile—as a lifestyle hub rather than merely consisting of communication devices—and how it is creating new markets in many fields including payment methods, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trending: 3 Examples of Cable MSOs Killing it in 2017

So far, 2017 is gearing up for a lot of U.S. cable MSOs. Here are three examples from the past week's news. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Why U.S. Cable MSOs Want to Break Into the Enterprise Market

U.S. cable MSOs are investing significant resources toward the goal of becoming major players in the enterprise business services marketwith good reason. In a new white paper (sponsored by Accedian), Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader at Light Reading, explores what's so attractive about the enterprise market.