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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
IP Services Infrastructure
Date  Report
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.

Jan 24
Metaswitch “MaX” is a smart solution for an underserved small business market segment, strengthening the company’s position in the mobile market. Nevertheless, some incumbent application server rivals may be quick to replicate MaX and fight back.

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 20 2017
Nokia’s second Global Analyst Forum since the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition revealed a company feeling good about itself. Nokia has made steady progress, but its bold competitive positioning now needs validation by new revenues in its race to 5G.

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 18 2017
2017 has been a pivotal year as NFV marked its fifth anniversary, operators virtualized core networks and vendor consolidation continued. This advisory report contains key 2018 predictions for the IP services infrastructure and NFV MANO segments.

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 6 2017
Mavenir’s analyst day, the first since exiting Mitel, confirmed its commitment to transforming mobile network economics through disruptive solutions that deliver revenue protection and growth for operators.

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 28 2017
Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum 2017 began with a billion connected cows and ended up with a 5G core comprising thousands of decomposed network functions. That’s some journey, and one which will tax both technology and carrier organizations.

Nov 27 2017
Virtualizing a SBC has been more difficult than originally expected, and while considerable progress has been made, significant challenges remain. The competitive landscape remains as dynamic as ever, with vendors differing in vSBC strategies.

Nov 2 2017
Nokia’s R18.0 cloud SBC release is not its 18th iteration, but one readying itself to support year 2018 requirements. While new feature content is limited, it is the third-party testing content that steals the show; rivals need to take note.

Oct 30 2017
It was not clear at first how the GENBAND/Sonus merger would be greater than the sum of its parts. But the new “Ribbon” is off to a good start, and despite lingering uncertainties and risks, its competitive positioning has strengthened.

Oct 24 2017
Cisco’s BroadSoft acquisition will enhance its enterprise communications portfolio and generate additional service provider market revenues. Nevertheless the application server landscape, with a few exceptions, will likely remain undisturbed.

Oct 20 2017
This year’s SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague is likely to be seen as the pivotal moment between the, albeit partial, completion of the original NFV vision and the start of “second generation” NFV leading to a far more “autonomous” network.

Sep 20 2017
Sonus’ enhancements to the former Taqua T7000 show that the fixed side of its last acquisition is receiving some badly needed attention. Nevertheless, how it relates to the next acquisition (or merger) with GENBAND now needs clarifying.

Sep 8 2017
Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) has dominated the IMS headlines for many years, yet IMS has always been about more than mobile network evolution. It’s time to revisit fixed network evolution again and see how vIMS changes the game for smaller carriers.

Sep 8 2017
Mavenir is not short on ambition as CloudRange marks the company’s entry into the NFV MANO and 5G platform market. But without product details, operator and third-party VNF vendor validation, CloudRange remains at “headline” level only.

Sep 8 2017
Nokia’s “AirGile” core network portfolio and online portal is aimed at accelerating third party VNF development. While well supported, rivals will naturally highlight that portal testing is only one part of the VNF interoperability equation.


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