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Service Enablement Ecosystem
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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Service Enablement Ecosystem
Date  Report
Feb 22
Accedian acquires network and application performance management specialist Performance Vision, rapidly boosting its European and enterprise presence, and augmenting its telco assurance portfolio, but risks dilution of telco channel focus.

Feb 21
Nokia’s new Security Risk Index and a white label option help differentiate the vendor’s managed security service offering, but it should identify security partners in order to establish more security ‘street cred.’

Feb 14
AT&T is tapping Accenture to help develop microservices for an internal ordering system, expediting service delivery to the end customer by creating a more agile ordering system, ensuring Verizon does not run away in building out microservices.

Feb 14
Openet’s new open Digital APIs offer reduced digital platform integration costs and timescales, directly challenging incumbent OSS/BSS solutions, but major rivals are ready with their own flexible, cost-saving platforms.

Feb 13
ONAP reached an inflection point in gaining acceptance as the de facto industry-wide standard by adding Verizon and Samsung as ‘Platinum’ backers and Bell/Amdocs showcasing DevOps’ vital role, but the ETSI-aligned OSM alternative remains a barrier.

Feb 6
At MWC 2018, RAN vendors will target the enterprise opportunity; 5G focus will be on evolving the core. End-to-end security will be pervasive, while cellular IoT vendors and operators will push “stability” to differentiate from LPWA alternatives.

Feb 1
Ericsson reported another quarter of revenue decline, significant losses and restructuring pains. Despite faint signs of stabilization on the horizon, executive departures reflect a company that has yet to properly adjust its sails.

Jan 5
Mavenir acquired mobile sponsored data specialist Aquto and unveiled its hosted service plan model to renew innovation of prepaid mobile services, but did not gain the postpaid monetization apps key to boosting loyalty in integrated environments.

Jan 3
GlobalData’s Global Telecom Technology & Software team prepared 2018 predictions. This document summarizes key findings and takeaways across all segments, providing a thorough view of the telco infrastructure market to aid in 2018 planning.

Dec 28 2017
While EXFO moves to finalize its acquisition of mobile assurance specialist Astellia, boosting its service assurance telco footprint and portfolio and spurring consolidation in the assurance market, it must act quickly to establish differentiators.

Dec 21 2017
Operators are eager to make progress on digital transformation goals in 2018 by adopting flexible software licensing and pricing, DevOps, and expanded full-stack implementations, but barriers to automation and collaboration loom.

Dec 19 2017
As 2017 ends, Nokia’s focus on end-to-end solutions and continued commitment to its ‘lead-expand-grow-create’ strategy are logical. Differentiating on end-to-end and executing on non-telco strategic focal points will remain challenges.

Dec 12 2017
Network and service complexity has become a given in telecom. For service providers, this implies an increasingly difficult competitive landscape and potentially costly infrastructure evolutions. Amdocs, however, sees it as a massive opportunity.

Dec 11 2017
Network slicing has been heralded as a key feature of 5G networks that will enable operators to target diverse customer bases without building diverse networks. But, before we execute on the promise, many questions still need to be addressed.

Dec 8 2017
After a history of vendor-led “green” initiatives that have come and gone over the past decade, operators may be driving a more comprehensive and longer-horizon approach that fundamentally alters how networks are built and operated.

Dec 7 2017
VIAVI launched its NITRO platform to accelerate automation of lifecycle and workflow applications. But in order to differentiate, VIAVI must expand orchestration and hybrid management capabilities to counter existing rival portfolio offerings.

Dec 4 2017
It’s easy to focus on 5G as a massive network transformation project. As much as that’s true, executing on the 5G promise will require business transformations which may be more challenging.

Nov 14 2017
Nokia revamped its NetGuard Security Management Center to better assess and prevent network attacks including new IoT threats. The company will now need to weave its endpoint security offerings into a more comprehensive end-to-end proposition.

Nov 1 2017
TCS unveiled its approach to agile software development, requiring a dramatic break from traditional software development (especially in budgeting and scoping), but it must hone its portfolio and marketing in persuading telcos to heed the message.

Oct 26 2017
Openet’s new Forge platform aims at breaking down operator silos and accelerating digital transformation by mining cloud, microservices, and DevOps capabilities. Those are crucial building blocks, but Openet faces a sea of competition.

Oct 25 2017
Nokia introduced its Smart Plan Suite, augmenting its monetization portfolio and aiming to reduce operator barriers to monetizing digital services, but driving DevOps and continuous software update models is a formidable challenge.

Oct 23 2017
ZTE launched its Digital-Ops solution at the ZTE Global User Congress, aimed at reducing barriers to operator digital transformation, but key portfolio and investment return details are missing and ZTEsoft’s role, if any, is unclear.

Oct 6 2017
Centina Systems is making inroads in the service assurance space with top-tier operator wins and expansion in three regions, demonstrating portfolio differentiation and competitiveness as an independent, but operator automation challenges await.

Oct 5 2017
Nokia added augmented intelligence to its Analytics Services, including six new use cases designed to harvest greater value from operator data. The company hopes specific quantifiable benefits will help ease operator concerns over automation.

Oct 2 2017
Oracle’s Live Experience Cloud platform enables digital customer engagement solutions as well as improving the overall customer experience, but operator organizational and cultural barriers threaten rapid adoption.

Sep 28 2017
Ericsson unveiled its Continuous Delivery and Development program delivering regular software updates to telecom node equipment, promising cost savings and software deployment gains, but it faces differentiation challenges among rival models.

Sep 28 2017
Huawei and Infosys have signed an agreement to develop IT and software talent at Huawei’ Global Training Center, further confirmation that customers demand more software expertise in areas like agile development and DevOps, but details are scant.

Sep 19 2017
Amdocs unveiled its Smartbot solution, combining its aia intelligence platform with Microsoft Cognitive Services, targeting operator digital self-service care and engagement applications, but the mainstream readiness of smartbots is unsettled.

Sep 11 2017
Huawei has recruited six software partners to target cloud-enabled BSS, analytics, and mobile payments applications, focusing more on operator digital priorities, but the marketing case for another digital ecosystem alliance is weak.

Sep 8 2017
Alibaba and ZTEsoft generated high-profile speculation during summer 2017 that Alibaba allegedly was prepared to acquire ZTEsoft for ~$440 million. Alibaba’s targeting of telco software assets and operations portends a new competitive landscape.


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