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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
IP Services Infrastructure
Date  Report
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 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 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.

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 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 16
Ericsson’s 5G Core System is capable of inter-carrier “federated network slicing”. Despite a lack of detail, it sets a new confidence-building 5G network benchmark for Ericsson; but until standards stabilize it could also be a “one-off”.

Feb 16
Voice over LTE and NFV represent the most complex integration challenges carriers have ever needed to negotiate. Challenges provide opportunities; systems integrators are in prime position to get a Tier 2/Tier 3 foothold now and more in the future.

Feb 15
After years of working together, Metaswitch closed in on longtime partner OpenCloud for its VoLTE application server. The combination looks promising, but Metaswitch must ensure its home base is not neglected in favor of demanding mobile prospects.

Jan 26
Ciena expanded the Blue Planet orchestration portfolio with internally developed, standalone network analytics capability. The endgame is autonomous carrier network automation, but first Ciena’s analytics needs proving beyond its native orbit.

Jan 24
Apart from operator buy-in to AT&T’s ECOMP, the end of 2016 saw vendors start to share the fruits of hard-won MANO templating experience. Suddenly, becoming “open” is looking like more like a competitive differentiator than ever before.

Jan 18
The Sonus SBC 5400 emulates some aspects of virtualized SBC (vSBC) flexibility, but on a purpose-built 2U platform. However, with vSBCs abounding and its overlap with Sonus’ existing SBC 5210, the company needs to make a stronger case for the 5400.

Jan 13
The network core tends to get overlooked when talking about 5G. Carriers that have struggled to get even IMS implemented are now faced with yet more mountains to climb. NFV will help, but ‘NFV on steroids’ is needed to make the 5G core work.

Dec 20 2016
Acquiring former Mavenir Systems and Ranzure, Xura is aiming for an end-to-end virtualized 5G network. But with Xura, Mavenir and Mitel all having checkered acquisition histories, it remains to be seen if this new combination will work.

Dec 19 2016
Nokia’s purchase of BDA startup Deepfield aligns with its focus on proactive cloud network management and security, and enhances Nokia’s cable operator proposition. Nokia and its peers must continue to seek out analytics innovation.

Dec 14 2016
Nokia updated its mobile services vision and portfolio in December. While evolution and innovation at the RAN remains a clear priority, its end-to-end approach encompasses dramatic changes to the core, an enterprise focus and services everywhere.

Dec 9 2016
Operators and vendors alike see virtual voice over LTE (vVoLTE) as a poster child for NFV. But, some pre-integrated vendor solutions, while making life easier for a carrier today, could raise vendor lock-in problems tomorrow.

Dec 6 2016
Nokia’s CloudBand open templating system aims to accelerate multivendor VNF lifecycle management. The system validates Nokia’s product strategy and VNF onboarding experience, but some operators may still favor carrier-led open MANO initiatives.

Nov 28 2016
Facing growing competition from a number of LPWA technologies, operators and traditional equipment vendors are deploying Cat-NB1 and Cat-M1. Each technology has its own optimal use cases, but true performance characteristics are not yet clear.

Nov 23 2016
Stateless operation is now seen as an imperative for ‘cloud-native’ applications. However, with IT, network and cloud players adopting different approaches, multi-vendor VNF data management may prove as difficult a problem to solve as NFV MANO.

Nov 10 2016
GENBAND’s GENView Analytics Solution smartly pulls together GENBAND’s physical and virtual products’ operational and network data into a single offering. However, while advanced in software technology it does not differentiate GENBAND in analytics.

Nov 10 2016
The new Trump administration, with enviable dominance in both houses of Congress, could bring sweeping change to the FCC, DoJ, telecoms regulation and the market at large. Exactly how, and to what degree, is unknown. Much hangs in the balance.

Nov 2 2016
Operators want ‘cloud-native’ network applications; vendors say they will supply them. A microservices-based architecture is certainly the first step, and in this, smaller vendors currently seem to be ahead of the pack.

Nov 1 2016
5G will require network transformations in the RAN and the network core. Yet, RAN innovations and requirements capture most attention. A presentation we delivered to European service providers last month details how to rectify that.

Oct 20 2016
SDN World Congress 2016 did not disappoint, with successes contributing to renewed optimism on NFV’s fourth anniversary. However, while many roadblocks have been overcome by hard integration work, new ones arise all the time on the road to 5G.

Sep 29 2016
Deploying voice over LTE is challenging, but is it worth it if consumers no longer value voice as they once did? Many carriers pin their revenue hopes on enterprise customers, but whether enterprise or consumer, an ‘open’ TAS is a prerequisite.


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