Alcatel-Lucent Is Outsourcing Its 2G/3G R&D – Should Service Providers Care?

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • As a part of the Shift Plan, Alcatel-Lucent has inked an agreement to outsource some 2G/3G R&D along with related technical support, design, development and testing operations.
  • As mature technologies, the move should not concern most of the vendor’s customers. However, as 3G continues to evolve – particularly around Alcatel-Lucent’s focus on small cells – operators must make sure the outsourcing scheme still results in solid products.

Late last week, the media began reporting that Alcatel-Lucent had signed an agreement to outsource its 2G/3G R&D and maintenance activities to HCL, an Indian ICT firm. For what seems to be a major decision – something that competitors will be quick to bring up with their customers – the news went relatively unnoticed. I can only guess why. Continue reading “Alcatel-Lucent Is Outsourcing Its 2G/3G R&D – Should Service Providers Care?”

Helping Carriers to ‘Get Their Voice Back’

David Snow
David Snow

Summary Bullets:

  • Carriers have learned to live with OTTs for some time, but with VoLTE comes a new opportunity to mitigate them; will carriers take it?
  • Vendors have developed a number of different approaches to this challenge; ranging from the conventional to the unashamedly aggressive.

For many years, the challenge that OTT players present to carriers has been a constant industry theme impinging almost every aspect of their business. Over the course of time, the carrier response has moved from one of aggression (i.e., blocking access, which did not go down well with subscribers) to one of acceptance, mutual recognition and co-existence. However, OTTs are still eating carriers’ lunches, and while voice is a falling percentage of their revenue, it is still a service that is highly symbolic in terms of customer loyalty. So, how are vendors helping carriers handle the OTT challenge and what are their strategies to help them ‘get their voice back’ and gain renewed subscriber loyalty? Continue reading “Helping Carriers to ‘Get Their Voice Back’”

C-RAN, 5G and Other Disruptive RAN Trends Lure Startups

Ed Gubbins
Ed Gubbins

Summary Bullets:

  • Potentially disruptive RAN trends are attracting startups
  • Small cells, C-RAN and 5G are just some of the areas drawing investment and focus

Network technologies are constantly evolving, but when that evolution takes a significant leap, it emits the scent of opportunity to entrepreneurs and other outsiders eager to capitalize on rapid change. Today’s RAN business is certainly no exception, as multiple current trends therein promise enough disruption to tempt new players into the game. Continue reading “C-RAN, 5G and Other Disruptive RAN Trends Lure Startups”

NetSocket: Paving the Way for Automated Application Delivery at the Virtual Edge?

Ron Westfall
Ron Westfall

Summary Bullets:

  • NetSocket unveiled the list of virtual applications available for hosting on its MicroCloud Server; the suite of prequalified apps diversifies its service catalog, giving MSPs the apps needed to differentiate their service packages.
  • NetSocket needs to explore pre-qualifying mobile broadband and BDA apps to enhance the adoption appeal of its Virtual Edge solution among MSPs.

NetSocket competes as a supplier of NFV/SDN networking solutions. With competition in the NFV/SDN market so crowded, including top-tier OSS/BSS and managed services rivals, how can NetSocket differentiate its Virtual Edge solution aimed at the managed service provider (MSP) space? For starters, it can name the third-party virtual applications (vApps) that its Virtual Edge MicroCloud Server can support: Continue reading “NetSocket: Paving the Way for Automated Application Delivery at the Virtual Edge?”