Futurecom: What Your Suppliers Were Up To

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • Most major network vendors showed up to Futurecom in Rio, Brazil this week, with their booths highlighting their regional priorities and strategies.
  • Mobile network coverage and capacity enhancements were one common theme, doubtless seen as a regional opportunity with the upcoming World Cup and Olympic events.

Did you or any of your colleagues make it down to Futurecom in Rio Brazil this week?  If not, don’t feel bad; we had never made the trip before, largely based on the notion that it’s regional in focus, a long way away from where most of our analysts are based and we weren’t sure we would be able to get them to come home after a few days in Rio.  With NSN hosting its Global Analyst Conference in Rio on the eve of Futurecom this year, it was a great opportunity to finally make the trip. Continue reading “Futurecom: What Your Suppliers Were Up To”

Huawei’s Marketing and the Importance of Being First

Jason Marcheck
Jason Marcheck

By now, most of us saw Huawei’s dual announcements in which it claimed industry firsts with respect to an SDN controller and SDN/NFV orchestration and management suite.  Overall, here at Current Analysis, we were positive on the news.  The move not only helps Huawei fill out its overarching SoftCOM network architecture vision, but also demonstrates that the vendor has a strong understanding of carrier requirements with respect to software-defined and/or virtualized network orchestration and control.

Including our own analysis, there’s plenty of punditry on the relevance and/or impact of what Huawei revealed.  Here, I want to explore a nagging question in my mind when I read Huawei’s releases: Why the preoccupation on claiming ‘industry firsts’? Continue reading “Huawei’s Marketing and the Importance of Being First”

Texas Wireless Summit: Big Brains, Big Data, and the Big Elephant in the Room

Jason Marcheck
Jason Marcheck

Having never been to the Texas Wireless Summit (TWS13) before, my first clue of what I was in for should have been the venue’s name – The Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building at the University of Texas.  Then, walking into a talk being given by Dr. Ashok Srivastava, Verizon’s Chief Data Scientist, the first words I heard were: Continue reading “Texas Wireless Summit: Big Brains, Big Data, and the Big Elephant in the Room”

ETIS: Day Two – What Would the Fox Say (AKA, The Innovation Imperative and its Impact on OSS/BSS Infrastructures

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

It might surprise you to hear that many people arrived to day two of the ETIS Community Gathering 2013 in a rather tired or otherwise hung over state.  While nobody would position Riga as the Las Vegas of the Baltics (would they?) the city provided plenty of opportunities for operators to share information and insights well after the dinner ended.  At least, that’s what I heard: late night conference calls and jetlag conspired to put me back in my room right after dinner.  Honestly. Continue reading “ETIS: Day Two – What Would the Fox Say (AKA, The Innovation Imperative and its Impact on OSS/BSS Infrastructures”

ETIS: Day One – Guiding Operator Procurement in OSS/BSS

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

For an organization focused on the role of IT in telecom, the ETIS Community Gathering 2013 kicked off on a seemingly strange note.  It’s not that the industry trends outlined by their Chairman (Belgacom’s Wim De Meyer) were completely unfamiliar or off-base.  Instead, the trends were all very familiar and well-acknowledged – but not specific to anything in the IT or OSS/BSS spaces.  Consider…

ETIS: The Consumer Foundations

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • Recent consumer service innovations point to the renewed importance of carrier billing and operations infrastructures.
  • New carrier competition will only serve to grow this importance.

This week, I will be in Riga, Latvia speaking at the ETIS Community Gathering on a few topics, including the impact of service innovation on OSS/BSS infrastructures along with a framework for making telco operations and billing procurement decisions.  If you’re not familiar with ETIS, it is an organization focused on telecom IT.  As we built out our new ‘Service Enablement Ecosystem’ coverage, it only seemed natural to work more closely with ETIS. Continue reading “ETIS: The Consumer Foundations”

Cisco: Mobile Ambition vs. History

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • Cisco’s position in mobile infrastructure has steadily evolved over the years.
  • Its recent vision around small cells, WiFi, policy, network optimization and monetization highlights that shift.
  • Now, it is incumbent on the vendor to demonstrate how it’s executing on that vision.

We’re currently in the middle of updating our assessment of Cisco in the mobile access infrastructure space.  This process involved multiple drafts, along with a vendor review opportunity.  As I was doing my part in the chain – getting Sr. Analyst Ed Gubbins some feedback on his solid analysis – it occurred to me just how far Cisco has come in wireless. Continue reading “Cisco: Mobile Ambition vs. History”

Managed & Professional Services Key to Taking Telecom to Vertical Markets

Jason Marcheck
Jason Marcheck

For years, we’ve heard equipment vendors refer vaguely to vertical markets as an untapped growth opportunity.  We’ve heard that smart grid networks behave similarly to mobile networks.  We’ve seen connected cars at trade shows and heard that they’ll soon be able to drive us to work in the morning.  Lately, I’ve even heard that crates of bananas will be able to communicate with ship captains and port operators in order to better schedule their arrival into port at the perfect stage of ripeness.  Seriously… I heard that.  What I hadn’t heard until I attended Ericsson’s OSS/BSS analyst conference held in Boston earlier this week is that the key to tapping vertical markets is much more about the professional and managed services a vendor can bring to an engagement than the telecom products it might eventually sell as part of the deal. Continue reading “Managed & Professional Services Key to Taking Telecom to Vertical Markets”

NFV Ecosystems: Is Alcatel-Lucent the Best Vendor to Drive Them? (Answer = Yes)

Jason Marcheck
Jason Marcheck

Late last week, Alcatel-Lucent formally announced its CloudBand Ecosystem Program.  This is not the vendor’s first foray into SDN/NFV or ecosystem building.  Still, it does mark the first time it has boiled them together in the same soup.  Ecosystem programs are super-common in the early days of a new market, so this probably won’t be the last.  One question, then, that we didn’t try to tackle in our analyses is a pretty simple one.  Is Alcatel-Lucent the right vendor to drive this sort of effort?

While my colleague, Peter, outlines the reasons why Alcatel-Lucent might not be the best suited to orchestrate this type of effort, I drew the long straw this time around and get to play the ‘good cop.’  In a nutshell, Alcatel-Lucent is a good candidate to help build an ecosystem around virtualization because of the many reasons that seem to have hamstrung the company over the past few years.

Wait, what? Continue reading “NFV Ecosystems: Is Alcatel-Lucent the Best Vendor to Drive Them? (Answer = Yes)”

NFV Ecosystems: Is Alcatel-Lucent the Best Vendor to Drive Them? (Answer = No)

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Late last week, Alcatel-Lucent formally announced their CloudBand Ecosystem Program.  I say, “formally” because the vendor had first referenced the program back in July in a blog post from CloudBand general manager Dor Skuler.  You know us, we had analyses on those developments.

Ecosystem programs are super-common in the early days of a new market, so this probably won’t be the last.  One question, then, that we didn’t try to tackle in our analyses is a pretty simple one. Is Alcatel-Lucent  the right vendor to drive this sort of effort?

There’s no one answer – so we’ll give you two.  Continue reading “NFV Ecosystems: Is Alcatel-Lucent the Best Vendor to Drive Them? (Answer = No)”