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”→
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.
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…
The Evolution in Network Access Speeds
Competition Between OTT and Telco Players
Increasingly Demanding Customers
Operator Demands for Simplified Networks and Network Architectures
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’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”→