Network security is moving from something that has traditionally been seen as being “baked in” to an overt aspect of vendor solution marketing as all IP-based telecom and IoT networks proliferate.
As IoT security steps increasingly into the light, telecom network operators and vendors have a chance to win business in a number of vertical markets that have been previously out of their “sweet spot.”
The other day, I was invited to hear Ethernet co-inventor Bob Metcalfe participate in a live stream interview at RCR Wireless’ studios in Austin, TX. During the talk, professor Metcalfe touched on a range of topics including the history of Ethernet development, entrepreneurship and IoT networking requirements. While all good stuff, the part of the interview I found most interesting dealt with IoT security, particularly as it pertains to securing the networks needed to enable driverless cars on a mass-market scale. (For those interested, the gist of the automotive security discussion begins at about 25:30 of the video). Continue reading “How Telecom Benefits from IoT: Life and Death Security Implications”→
ADTRAN’s August 2015 announcement highlighting its more than 200 networks supporting Gigabit access speeds demonstrates the growing relevance, and demand, for ultra-broadband fixed access services, despite ongoing skepticism about the need for Gigabit-speed connections.
With ADTRAN’s FTTH solutions enabling Gigabit connectivity – primarily for telcos but also for several cable operators – operators will become increasingly compelled to upgrade their networks to respond to competitive pressures, driving additional opportunities for networking equipment vendors.
ADTRAN, while certainly not the largest or most aggressive telecom equipment vendor in the market, has still garnered the rather notable superlative of being the first vendor to claim enabling more than 200 customer networks that offer Gigabit access speeds. While many of ADTRAN’s Gigabit customers are smaller telcos and cable companies in the unique North American market (where there are over 1,200 Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers), this does not diminish the fact that ADTRAN’s 200-plus Gigabit-enabled communities/networks benchmark is quite an achievement. Continue reading “For ADTRAN, 200 Reasons Why Gigabit Access Is Relevant”→
TEOCO unveiled its support for the 5G Innovation Center in a bid to elevate its ecosystem influence in the nascent development of 5G technology, especially with starting gate inclusion of SON capabilities.
TEOCO needs to develop or acquire orchestration platforms to ensure it can play a pivotal role in operator adoption of 5G technology, particularly in relation to OSS transformation aspects.
TEOCO’s decision to back the 5G Innovation Center (5GIC), located at the University of Surrey (UK), yielded a sales and marketing opportunity to promote its network planning and optimization portfolio for use and application at the 5GIC. The TEOCO portfolio assets include:
Helix, its cloud-based platform designed to provide service assurance with real-time analytics and machine learning;
ASSET, its radio planning product which includes small-cell planning; and
DIMENSION, developed for end-to-end visualization and capacity planning.
The question of whether or not CTIA’s Super Mobility Week was a successful event is more than just an interesting topic of conversation; it’s an important consideration for any vendor or service provider investing their time (and trade show budget) in it.
The answer to the question is “it depends,” with the greatest value coming to anyone who wants to hear from, or message to, major U.S. service providers.
• CE 2.0 certified services form the foundation for “Third Network” connectivity services, enabled by emerging Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), SDN, and NFV technology solutions.
• Some 55 service providers, to date, have earned CE 2.0 service certification, with 16 added in 2015, showing that aside from the march to SDN/NFV utopia, fundamental service delivery remains king.
Using the MEF’s upcoming Gen15 networking event in Dallas as a backdrop, it is obvious that vendors and operators alike continue to see the merits of obtaining CE 2.0 service certification in order to deliver on fundamental Ethernet services. Not only are vendors and operators spending the resources necessary to obtain certification, but they are also actively engaged in the upcoming Gen15 event. During 2015, trials and PoCs involving NFV and SDN are clearly moving to the very real beginnings of deployment – this is where the value of CE 2.0 really begins to shine. Not only can operators continue to offer an industry standard set of Ethernet services (E-LAN, E-Line, E-Tree and E-Access), but now with the added agility that is promised by NFV implementations (e.g., CE 2.0 as a virtual network function [VNF]), and with broad industry cooperation, customers can also expect that these more dynamic services will continue to be interoperable across vendor platforms and across multiple operators. Continue reading “MEF 2.0 Service Certifications Still Necessary, 55 Service Providers Now Certified”→
ICPs are deploying disaggregated solutions across their networks; data center operator interest in specialized DCI solutions for data centers also reflects this trend.
AT&T appears to have taken up the trend as it deploys disaggregated OLTs and proposes disaggregation of additional network equipment.
As I pointed out in a blog post last month, the capabilities introduced by SDN set the stage to present a radical possibility for the network: network element disaggregation (or, in the rest of this post, simply disaggregation). Though this concept would appear to be strictly in the purview of the academic community, several large network operators have called for disaggregation (either by name or perhaps by other names) over the past year. Demand for disaggregation exists beyond the theoretical. Continue reading “Hardware Disaggregation: Demand Extending Beyond Expectations”→
An opportunity to moderate two educational sessions at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week provided insights into the state of network virtualization and cloud RAN (C-RAN).
While it’s understood that C-RAN might not be an appropriate technology for every operator deployment scenario, the opportunity to leverage Ethernet fronthaul – enabled by split-baseband architectures – is seen as making it more broadly applicable.
Virtualization, meanwhile, has progressed to the point where it’s a network agenda item for every operator – even if many are still in an investigation phase.
From increased vendor participation in standards bodies to operator cataloging of their transport assets, there’s plenty of ideas for how to help move both technologies faster.
Six months out from Mobile World Congress, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week provides an opportunity to take the wireless market’s pulse – even if with a North American bias.
Even before the 2015 edition officially kicked off, it was clear that 5G was going to be a dominant theme.
There’s no shortage of opinions about the value or importance of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week. Some vendors – Ericsson and Microsoft, for example – are showing up in full force. Others are opting out, figuring that it’s just not that good of an opportunity to meet with customers and prospects. Keynotes and CTO roundtables featuring every major U.S. operator, along with the FCC Chairman, highlight insights to be gleaned from the event. Yet, if you are in the mobile device business, you’re likely to think there are greater insights being gained in San Francisco, where Apple is revealing its latest innovations. Continue reading “CTIA Super Mobility Week: Day Zero – 5G Comes to America”→