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Service Provider Infrastructure
Date  Report
Aug 18
Disney is aiming to become a major OTT player, investing $1 billion in a video streaming vendor and ending its Netflix relationship to drive its own success. Will Disney’s OTT offering be compelling and cost effective enough to entice consumers?

Aug 17
NB-IoT and LTE-M are the cellular operators’ newest weapons in the push to “own” the Internet of Things. Neither technology is likely to generate significant revenue growth for operators until the “value” question is solved.

Aug 11
That Miercom certified the performance and security of the SBC 5400 is “business as usual” for Sonus; however rigorous testing of Sonus’ virtualized SBC on private or public cloud infrastructure would have provided more market impact.

Aug 7
Startup Lumina Networks entered the SDN controller market by acquiring Brocade’s SDN business. It will focus on SPs and large enterprises with service-led engagements, based on the ODL controller, but scaling the business will be challenging.

Aug 4
‘Cloud-native’ VNF marketing is in full swing as old-style VNFs go out of fashion. Surveying nine core network vendor marketing pitches reveals similarities but also stark differences. Selecting a best-of-breed cloud-native VNF won’t be easy.

Aug 2
Mavenir’s acquisition of Brocade’s vEPC folds well into its increasingly end-to-end 5G solution. But, the real reasons for the acquisition point either to a smart strategic move or cause for concern that it may fail; that depends on execution.

Jul 28
By spinning it off, GigaSpaces is helping Cloudify gain needed and justified recognition. However, while nothing much changes immediately, partners may need to reassess their relationship and open source rivals reflect on their own positioning.

Jul 27
Recent announcements by SK Telecom and Sonus Networks have drawn attention to some forgotten and unresolved NFV and NFV MANO basics. With the prospect of more turbulence ahead, some operators are deciding not to wait for industry-wide resolution.

Jul 21
AT&T’s recent SHAPE Technology and Entertainment Expo showcased its clear commitment to transform into an entertainment leader following its pending acquisition of Time Warner and supplement its already-strong networking business.

Jul 21
Corning has acquired enterprise RAN equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless, extending the fiber optic giant’s Distributed Antenna Business into small cells. In a space that has frustrated other big firms, it needs more than big-company resources.

Jul 19
At Perspectives17, GENBAND had no choice but to maintain a ‘business as usual’ stance prior to the merger with Sonus. Nevertheless, the company showed solid VNF product development and support, although commercial traction remains elusive.

Jul 18
Francisco Partners beat Vector Capital to acquire Sandvine and merge it with Procera. ‘Bulking up’ makes sense, but the network intelligence market is now far more than ‘commodity’; getting old foes to play nice with each other may not be easy.

Jul 17
Nokia, already with numerous electric utility customers, got its feet wet with its first water utility deal. The engagement, along with a smart city deal announced a few weeks earlier, shows Nokia’s enterprise-focused initiatives are paying off.

Jul 17
At NGON 2017, born-in-the-cloud technology drove the agenda – new DCI products, SDN, orchestration, analytics, automation and encryption garnered as much attention as coherent optics or faster and more versatile OTN gear.

Jul 13
AT&T has seen the future of video service delivery, and it’s non-linear, OTT and app-based. To this end, AT&T has announced a beta trial of its next-gen video platform. With rivals also going OTT, AT&T must commercialize its new service quickly.

Jul 12
Cisco will stop selling its in-house, licensed-spectrum small cells this month, effectively reducing that business to a loose partnership with SpiderCloud. It’s the end of an era, but may set the stage for Cisco’s next small-cell strategy.

Jul 12
Compared with its Barcelona counterpart, Mobile World Congress Shanghai provides a deeper view into the dynamics of mobility in Asia – China, in particular. Yet as APAC and China take a lead in driving 5G, what happens there matters everywhere.

Jul 12
Ericsson is leaning on its strengths in launching network services for the deployment and management of massive IoT networks. Leveraging its expertise and software focus could give them a near-term advantage the vendor must seize.

Jul 12
Affirmed’s virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF) enables mobile operators to build virtual network slices across existing legacy or virtualized infrastructures. vSSF advances 5G-like services, but could be a bit early for broad market adoption.

Jul 7
The U.S. pay-TV market continues to evolve – and devolve – at a fast pace, with established operators going non-linear, OTTs offering live TV, and content providers now offering direct-to-consumer services, all to the benefit of U.S. customers.

Jul 6
ZTE’s new Flexhaul ZXCTN 609 delivers 100G link speeds and network slicing to cater to multiple 5G backhaul transport requirements, as well as adding yet another piece to ZTE’s expanding 5G portfolio.

Jul 5
ADVA’s offer to buy outstanding shares of MRV Communications is a sign of the times: the pie is not growing fast enough, and players in optical transport need to get big or go home. MRV will bolster ADVA’s geographic footprint and portfolio.

Jul 3
Coriant’s new Groove G30 muxponder offers up to 1.6 Tbps capacity in 1RU and market leading power efficiency per Gb along with flexible configuration and disaggregation features, but some competing offers deliver higher capacity.

Jun 30
Netrounds and Cisco expand their relationship to target growing operator demand for orchestrated assurance, but both companies need to prove they can meet the full range of operator automated assurance demands and accelerate adoption.

Jun 30
Nokia completes its acquisition of Comptel, providing momentum and market validation in the bid to build its standalone software business, but must counter the digital transformation moves made by rivals since the acquisition’s announcement.

Jun 29
ZTE launched its Carrier DevOps 2.0 solution at MWC Shanghai using Docker container capabilities to enable customized 5G network slicing applications, but ZTE needs to address services and licensing aspects to spur operator adoption.

Jun 29
AT&T has revealed plans to trial XGS-PON, enabled by software-defined access technology and virtualized network functions. While the trial will not start until late 2017, this move should strike fear in the boardrooms of cable operators.

Jun 28
Witbe launched its new cloud-based OTT video monitoring solution, delivered through its Galilei reference network using multiple points of presence globally, but faces near-term operator resistance to third-party cloud implementations.

Jun 27
ZTEsoft unveiled its ZSmart 9 BSS offering aimed at driving operator digital transformation with new capabilities, like continuous billing and parallel software releases, but it’s missing key pieces to solve the digital transformation puzzle.

Jun 26
Nokia is bringing GPON to four Polish provinces, via a Joint Venture with Infracapital, enabling both Poland and the EU to make progress toward Digital Agenda 2020 objectives. Given Nokia’s 20% stake, this JV appears to be a low-risk investment.

Jun 23
Corning’s new multiuse platform lowers footprint, simplifies deployment, and enhances flexibility for fiber access deployments. Its pre-connected and factory sealed elements are not unique, but represent a worthy addition to Corning’s portfolio.

Jun 22
Sandvine unveiled enhancements to its Business Intelligence portfolio, including upgrades to its Network Demographics and Network Analytics products, but expanding the portfolio to include capabilities like hybrid management apps is more critical.

Jun 21
Nokia’s FP4 chipset and Deepfield analytics bring scale, automation and network intelligence to the IP edge and core network; strap on for the next IP wave.

Jun 21
Nokia launched its Nokia Autonomous Customer Care solution aimed at improving operator digital customer care efficiency using interactive bot technology, but Nokia must ensure the new bots are ready for prime time to avoid adoption fallout.

Jun 20
HP Enterprise launched artificial intelligence and high-performance computing solutions aimed at delivering swifter, more efficient business insights while boosting security, although digital transformation benefits need more ecosystem support.

Jun 14
In response to growing customer demand, Calix expanded its professional services business during 2016. The company has seen positive feedback from clients, but will need to scale its services business more effectively to remain profitable.

Jun 14
Infinera’s XTM II platform delivers what’s needed to shake up the metro packet-optical market: high-bandwidth services, legacy support, low power and compelling packaging. Now its challenge will be to create sustainable market differentiation.

Jun 12
The 2017 TM Forum Live! centered around digital transformation, with a host of vendors and operators touting their digital plans. The challenge facing operators is committing to transformation before digital competition overwhelms adaptation.

Jun 7
Calix, whose customer base consists mostly of North American telcos, has finally expanded its portfolio to include 10G EPON, in combination with its AXOS SDA solutions, to target the cable operator market, but building cable expertise takes time.

Jun 7
Recent polls show that open source MANO initiatives continue to divide opinion across both the vendor and carrier communities. Whether or not open source MANO prevails, carriers would be wise to adopt a dual track NFV MANO strategy.

Jun 1
Netcracker shows it can orchestrate services across IP and optical network domains as well as between two carrier networks, just what operators need to deliver on-demand end-to-end services. All the solution needs now is operator commitment.

May 31
‘Remote PHY’ has been a cable industry buzzword for several years now, designed to enable a distributed access architecture and network virtualization. With Cisco, ARRIS and others debuting RPHY, we are finally moving from concept to reality.

May 31
While not formally an ANGA COM-tailored debut, ARRIS unveiled its Remote PHY solution this week, highlighting its win with Danish service provider Stofa, reminding operators that there is more than one vendor deploying Remote PHY gear.

May 31
This year’s TM Forum Live! show in Nice was an opportunity for network vendors as well as carriers to showcase their “agile” credentials. The question is now whether the operator community as a whole, not just the early adopters, can do the same.

May 31
Casa Systems, a CCAP pioneer, bolstered its ultra-broadband portfolio with the PON solution set debut, encompassing both EPON and GPON gear, and it is showcasing its IP networking products, although Casa confronts market expansion barriers.

May 31
Ericsson revamped its Support Services portfolio, addressing three key network operator pain points. The vendor’s combination of automation and human intervention is unique, but to succeed Ericsson must convince operators it is the best approach.

May 30
ADTRAN, a long-time telco access systems vendor, is finally getting serious about targeting the cable market. But, while its enhanced RFoG solution may be appealing to MSOs, this week’s cable spotlight is clearly on Remote PHY debuts at ANGA COM.

May 26
ZTE’s Qcell Plus, a new version of its Qcell small-cell solution for medium and large enterprises, adds license-assisted access and other capacity-boosting technologies. But, its credibility around LAA could use some improvement.

May 25
Although subscriber metrics are lacking, Nokia garnered its first public G.fast customer win in North America with Frontier, which is leveraging the technology to deliver ultra-broadband services, including Gigabit access, to MDUs in Connecticut.

May 24
U.S. cable operator RCN, which along with Grande Communications was acquired last year by TPG Capital, has in turn acquired Wave Broadband, as TPG aims to capitalize on the growing demand for ultra-broadband in some very competitive U.S. metros.

May 24
Just ahead of next week’s ANGA COM event in Cologne, Germany, Iskratel has introduced its DPoG solution along with a cable-tailored ONT, targeting growing cable operator adoption of fiber-enhanced network upgrades.

May 24
Calix, leveraging its software-defined access (SDA) technology, has demonstrated NG-PON2 channel bonding with Verizon to support N x 10 Gbps services, enabling operators to “future proof” their fiber networks against potential forklift upgrades.

May 24
While it makes a lot of sense for Sonus and GENBAND to join forces, it’s not at all clear if the combination will eventually turn out to be greater than the sum of its parts. Even if new growth initiatives deliver, rivals, especially in the SBC market, can take advantage of merger disruption.

May 19
Recent industry reports point to increasing consumer uptake of subscription VoD/OTT services, in both North America and Europe. What can pay-TV operators do to remain viable in the brave new video world?

May 19
With a definitive agreement with China Huaxin to form Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB), Nokia can now take full advantage of a key asset from the ALU acquisition to provide a key differentiator in an important market, both in sales support and R&D.

May 17
SpiderCloud’s new “frequency-flexible” LTE radio unit for its enterprise RAN solution can change spectrum bands via software, encouraging enterprises to deploy it themselves. But businesses may need even more encouragement.

May 16
Managed services engagements made a comeback from a slow finish to 2016 as vendors demonstrated wide-ranging support for a variety of network technologies. Vendors announced contract renewals as the result of value-added services.

May 16
Alongside the launch of its Netcracker 12 product suite, Netcracker announced expanded services to alleviate the complexity of digital transformation. The effectiveness of its consultative approach might be hampered by few ties to the network.

May 15
The new Netcracker 12 platform adds cloud and analytics capabilities and SDN controller support to boost operator enterprise digital initiatives like IoT and SaaS offerings. But, the ‘multispeed’ approach may be daunting to operators.

May 11
ADTRAN demonstrated 212 MHz G.fast and coordinated Dynamic Time Allocation (cDTA) at this week’s G.fast Summit in Paris. These advancements highlight steady progress on the G.fast front, but ADTRAN is neither alone, nor a leader, in G.fast R&D.

May 11
Verizon outbids AT&T and gets the prize of Straight Path spectrum to fuel its 5G aspirations for a cool $3.1 billion.

May 11
At this week’s G.fast Summit, ASSIA CEO John Cioffi presented the Terabit DSL concept, achieved with waveguide modes enabling 100 GHz frequencies. While clearly in the “science project” stage, it highlights copper’s longer-than-expected lifespan.

May 11
Core Dynamic Networks plans to partner with silicon suppliers to embed its OpenEPC in the RAN, enabling a small cell to become a complete portable mobile network. The move helps enable alternative ARM-based private mobile network use cases.

May 10
In June 2016, Nokia announced that Starman would be the first European operator to deliver 10 Gbps services. Today, Starman officially launched the 10G service, albeit as part of a relatively slow-paced, five-year plan for its fiber build-out.

May 10
TM Forum Live! 2017 is in Nice, France next week, and with the nature of telco networks and IT undergoing radical change, the ‘Live!’ suffix is more appropriate than ever. GlobalData will be there and will host a post-show webinar.

May 10
Aviat Networks added 1024 QAM and 60/80-MHz-wide channels to its IRU 600 radio. Though it has plans to add the capability to other products this year, this move should only impact the North American market, where the IRU 600 is sold.

May 10
Ericsson launches its Dynamic Orchestration solution aimed at end-to-end orchestration, especially in SDN/NFV environments, but signals the alliance with Cisco is unable to co-develop portfolio innovation.

May 5
Calix, always aiming for more access market traction, continues its aggressive SDA portfolio expansion with the new Routing Protocol module (RPm), enabling implementation of Layer 3 intelligence and routing capabilities in fixed access networks.

Apr 28
Over the past 20 years, CSPs have been prone to overhyping network performance and turning technological advancements into marketing-speak. AT&T’s introduction of “5G Evolution” indicates that the marketing wars around “5G” are about to begin.

Apr 27
What follows is a detailed assessment of the conference proceedings as they relate to the service enablement ecosystem market, Huawei’s evolving strategies, and the impact of announcements made at the conference.

Apr 27
Cisco services in support of telecom operators have traditionally been difficult to pin down, as the vendor engages with many verticals. Cisco clarified its strategy in this respect, but left some questions regarding capabilities and partnerships.

Apr 27
Huawei’s new eLTE SmartCampus solution – aimed at ports, mining and manufacturing – combines the performance of 4.5G with IoT, video surveillance and more, doing the important work of urging enterprises not to wait for 5G.

Apr 26
KEYMILE, which several years ago exited the telecom market to focus on key verticals, has reversed course. While its hiatus from the telco space may have hurt its chances of winning new business, KEYMILE gives operators another viable FTTx choice.

Apr 26
Huawei showed slow but steady growth in its CSP services business in 2016, as well as strong enterprise momentum. But the company still needs to ramp up its focus on automation and clarify inconsistent services messaging.

Apr 25
With Comcast and other cable MSOs touting Gigabit broadband, Verizon has unveiled Fios Gigabit Connection to counter the growing Gigabit threat from cable rivals. But Fios Gigabit service, like cable offerings, suffers from limited availability.

Apr 25
The 2017 Huawei Analyst Summit showcased its willingness to invest in high-potential technologies. While video is now a top strategic priority, will Huawei’s telco-centric IPTV focus lead to missed opportunities in the cable operator market?

Apr 25
“ALL CLOUD” and “Openness” themes dominated this year’s Huawei’s Analyst Summit. While neither theme was new, the scope of the company’s ambitions has dramatically increased; rivals need to take note and carriers need to consider their options.

Apr 24
At Huawei’s 2017 Analyst Summit, no big new RAN announcements could top last year’s debut of its CloudRAN vision. Meanwhile, the work it’s doing to capture new revenue opportunities illustrates the many challenges its RAN strategy entails.

Apr 24
HAS2017: Huawei consolidated its multiple cloud-based solutions under its Network Cloud Engine framework, this helps minimize fragmentation, addresses multi-domain end-to-end solutions and could counter challengers pushing their point solutions.

Apr 21
‘Continuous, relentless improvement’ might as well be Huawei’s motto, as every year at its Analyst Summit, Huawei refines and evolves both its strategic and tactical messaging. This year, video was front and center on Huawei’s summit agenda.

Apr 21
The AT&T Fiber footprint has been expanded again, adding eight new U.S. metros, eventually serving 75. While cable operators are ramping DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver Gigabit access, AT&T Fiber’s expanding presence will make life more difficult for MSOs.

Apr 21
While fixed access was not as high-profile as at previous events, during its 2017 Analyst Summit, Huawei did unveil several new gems in its fixed networking portfolio, most notably new combo NG-PON cards and 25G PON.

Apr 19
Huawei’s SmartCare SOC solution was selected by Telefonica to deliver real-time CEM to mobile services in three countries, validating its PSPU vision, but it now faces the harder task of driving the carrier’s operations transformation program.

Apr 17
HAS2017: Huawei’s Network Cloud Engine (NCE) tackles data center-centric network challenges, leverages SDN and massive 100G connectivity, and brings cloud benefits to carrier core networks.

Apr 14
Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit 2017 outlined the company’s “ALL CLOUD” strategic vision. Going beyond most, if not all of its peers, Huawei’s execution ability will likely help the vendor pull it off, but whether carriers will bite is far from clear.

Apr 7
Zeitgeist Content: While YouTube TV debuts with hard-to-overlook content and service footprint limitations, Verizon completely revamps and expands its go90 OTT service, and AT&T rewards its Unlimited Plus (wireless) customers with free HBO.

Apr 6
At Mobile World Congress 2017, the topic of small cells was generally overshadowed by others such as 5G. In addition to the small-cell trends we identified from the show, a handful of individual vendor moves are worth taking note of as well.

Apr 6
With so much talk about 5G, massive MIMO and cloud RAN, many Mobile World Congress attendees may have overlooked some of the small-cell activity at the show. We examine both notable trends and individual vendor moves in this two-part analysis.

Mar 31
The 2017 TV Connect event in London saw Huawei and ZTE debut new video service delivery solutions, leveraging CDN technology aimed at accelerating high-resolution (4K) deployments, but both vendors are playing catch up with the competition.

Mar 31
After acquiring Brite:Bill, Pontis, and Vindicia, Amdocs decided to operate the three as independent concerns. In Brite:Bill’s case, Amdocs has gained new market inroads, but must spur integration of Brite:Bill innovations into its portfolio.

Mar 29
Ericsson announced a long overdue portfolio realignment and simplified management structure to counter operating challenges. But many questions remain regarding additional portfolio rationalization, investment focus and strategic partnerships.

Mar 29
OFC 2017: This year’s conference brought new product announcements and optical innovations as always, but there was a stronger emphasis on providing on-demand services that leverage SDN for control and greater automation.

Mar 28
Packet Design joins NEC/Netcracker’s Ecosystem 2.0 program, combining Packet Design’s analytics with NEC/Netcracker’s Transport SDN solutions to spur deployment of SDN applications, but operators are increasingly building their own solutions.

Mar 23
Cisco completes its $3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics, providing a boost in the application monitoring capabilities of its digital transformation portfolio, but it now needs to take advantage of operator demand for application visibility.

Mar 23
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. For IT vendors/systems integrators, the focus on IoT was largely buried into larger messaging around digital transformation; security, edge computing and ecosystem-building were the major IoT themes.

Mar 22
Oracle unveiled a new survey identifying operator challenges in using cloud and NFV technologies to improve the customer experience, but Oracle falls short in differentiating its cloud solutions and bolstering related vertical portfolio assets.

Mar 22
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. For incumbent telecom vendors, the focus was less on new technologies like NB-IoT and Cat-M1, and more on broadening platforms and making a more direct pitch to target verticals than ever before.

Mar 21
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. While every constituency had their own messaging priorities, silicon vendors were out in force to talk about automotive use cases, capabilities beyond connectivity and almost anything other than NB-IoT.

Mar 20
IoT was, not surprisingly, big news at MWC. While every constituency had their own messaging priorities, LPWAN network providers showed up to talk about network coverage and use cases. At least, that was the case for those who showed up.

Mar 20
Nokia’s new org changes and management shuffle reflect the new strategic direction announced in November 2016. The moves make sense on paper, but are surprising at a time when Nokia appeared to have put its post-merger ducks in a row.

Mar 20
Infinera’s Instant Network, launched at OFC 2017, broadens the scope of its instant bandwidth by adding bandwidth licensing pools, moveable licenses, and automated capacity engineering with license pooling differentiating from rival offerings.

Mar 20
Nokia is going after optical demarcation and DCI markets with a single platform to better compete in a more dynamic optical market. The move adds a significant competitor to the CPE and web-scale DCI segments.

Mar 17
ZTESoft launched its POWER strategy aimed at meeting strategic operator digital transformation demands. However the strategy is undercut by a confusing acronym and puts ZTESoft behind Huawei in marketing digital transformation solutions.

Mar 17
ADTRAN surpassed the 10 million vectoring ports shipped benchmark, becoming the third vendor to join this club. But, can ADTRAN leverage its vectoring success in driving adoption of its solutions in the emerging G.fast and FTTP markets?

Mar 17
At Mobile World Congress this month, the two topics mentioned most among microwave backhaul vendors were, not surprisingly, 5G and, somewhat surprisingly, E-band, which has been around for a long time but has recently seen a growth spurt.

Mar 16
The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project hit the industry just before the start of Mobile World Congress. Reactions were generally positive from operators and VNF vendors, but MANO vendors just want to get on with the job.

Mar 16
At MWC17, telecom and IT hardware, software and services vendors focused less on “bells and whistles” and more on building the plumbing that will underpin emerging network architectures.

Mar 10
It has been a year since Nokia announced its AVA platform. While the introduction of more services leveraging the platform is a positive, the nature of cognitive platforms suggests the real benefit will be the additional data sources it gains.

Mar 9
At Mobile World Congress 2017, we expected 5G to be a major RAN topic, and it was. But in terms of commercial products, the three biggest RAN topics at the show were fixed wireless access, massive MIMO and cloud RAN.

Mar 7
HughesNet has launched its Gen5 satellite, capable of delivering 25 Mbps connections nationwide in the U.S., providing rural customers and other underserved consumers a potential broadband lifeline.

Mar 7
MWC17 saw the realization of a fully virtualized core network capable of supporting VoLTE. Nevertheless, while AI is making it even smarter for 5G, some major architectural foundations remain opaque.

Mar 3
EXFO acquires Ontology, boosting its service assurance and analytics portfolio with Ontology’s network topology discovery and service-chain mapping apps, but virtual network adoption barriers persist.

Mar 2
ADTRAN has expanded its software-defined access proposition to address impending 5G network buildout opportunities, with its new fixed access network sharing (FANS) concept a potential differentiator.

Mar 1
Netronome’s Agilio CX Platform was chosen to fuel multiple NFV infrastructure solutions from leading OEMs, including Ericsson, Juniper and Nokia, delivering sixfold more output per server, per dollar spent to service next-generation applications.

Feb 27
Nokia is showcasing a range of new RAN solutions at MWC. But ranking high among the vendor’s priorities is its massive MIMO and fixed-wireless access activities and what they mean for Nokia’s credibility in 5G.

Feb 24
Zeitgeist Content: With the lines between linear broadcast pay-TV and OTT blurring, operators are seeking out the best paths forward. For cable, telco and OTT providers, the end goals are the same: customer retention and revenue/margin protection.

Feb 24
With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 only days away, it’s fair to consider any recent vendor news as a part of their MWC messaging strategy. If so, Affirmed’s IoT solution upgrade suggests we’ll be hearing more about the enterprise this year.

Feb 24
Ciena’s Waveserver Ai brings higher capacity, power efficiency and a server-like operational model to data center interconnect solutions, so operators can offer competitive high-speed, high-capacity services, but competitors are closing the gap.

Feb 23
Where Brocade acquired Ruckus for $1.2B last year, the sale of Ruckus (and Brocade’s ICX switch business) for $800M to ARRIS suggests a good deal. It’s also a deal that takes ARRIS out of its cable comfort zone and into new (enterprise) territory.

Feb 23
Possibly working on the premise that ‘it’s not bragging if it’s true,’ Calix has asserted another world first: symmetric Gigabit broadband via new G.fast kit. What’s also true is that hyperbole drives headlines, while customers drive revenues.

Feb 23
HPE expands its alliance with Red Hat, adding support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph in HPE NFV System 1.4 to accelerate operator digital transformation, but faces organizational barriers in spurring operator digital services.

Feb 23
Nokia’s new ‘anyhaul’ portfolio aims to win big in the emerging 5G anyhaul market with mobile transport solutions built upon its stable of mobile, microwave, IP, optical and fixed access technologies. The solution could be ahead of the market.

Feb 23
Nokia’s newly released Cloud SBC is fully virtualized, but then so are many of its “cloud-ready” competitors. Virtualized SBC architectures and media plane technology and economics are debated, but the market and Nokia need operator proof points.

Feb 22
Affirmed expands its virtualized IoT platform by adding NB-IoT support, but will need to rely on close partner Tech Mahindra to figure out how to drive IoT innovation by combining virtual network elements with analytics and enterprise IT systems.

Feb 22
Ericsson unveiled a slew of new radio access offerings in advance of Mobile World Congress, including radios supporting massive MIMO and new fronthaul technology. In a major 5G push, deployment ease and efficiency remain important emphases.


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