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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!



DemoLTE/VoLTE Customer Experience Assurance
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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

SMB Success Encourages U.S. Cable MSOs to Target Enterprise Market

Encouraged by their success serving the small and medium-sized business market with connectivity services, cable operators are now setting their sites on a bigger prize: enterprisesnotes Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader at Light Reading, in a new white paper (sponsored by Accedian).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Deloitte: MVNO Business Model an Opportunity for Telcos and Startups

As the digital communications market continues to evolve, forces large and small are giving rise to new business models or, in some cases, breathing new life into models from the past. One of these, explore by Deloitte in a recent “Flashpoint” article, is the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business model.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trending: 3 Signs That Early 5G Will Be Here Soon

What is 5G and when will it "arrive"? Those are unanswerable questions, at least for now. But, there are signs that early 5Gwhatever it turns out to bewill make its presence known sooner than later. As proof-in-point, here are three examples from telecom news articles in the past week or so that paint a picture of 5G's imminent emergence.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trending: 3 Signs of IoT's Influence on Telecom Strategy for 2017

2017 is just getting underway, but already there is plenty of evidence that this year will be an important one for the relationship between the Internet of Things and telecom operator strategies.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Predicting the Unpredictable: 5G in 2017

The thing about 5G is, it doesn’t exist yet. But, that isn’t stopping operators and vendors from making educated guesses about what it will mean for their future business models, and focusing their investments with the next generation of mobile telecom in mind.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5 Ways Mobile Operators Can Overcome 5G Backhaul Challenges

When it comes to 5G’s effect on the mobile backhaul network, it’s best to think in terms of revolution, not evolution. This reality is creating both significant challenges and opportunities for network operators. Here are five ways to overcome those challenges and find success in the next generation of mobile service delivery.