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Incognito’s Ronan Bracken Helps Win the Prize at TM Forum’s {Open}:Hack Hackathon

Incognito OSS Product Manager, Ronan Bracken, dusted off his coding skills and participated in the TMForum {Open}:Hack hackathon using the TMForum Open APIs. Joining a team of four other ‘hackers’ Ronan helped create a zero-touch provisioning solution to save city water. The solution used trouble tickets, service activation (5G slices), the Internet of Things (IoT), revenue management, and drone control APIs. Continue Reading

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Service Order Management — Part 1: What Service Can You Offer?

In the modern era of telecommunication services, automation of B/OSS processes to activate subscriber services is essential. The more integration and automation on a network, the lower the OPEX costs. But automating any process can be difficult. There are numerous steps along the process of end-to-end order management that can become complex, especially when more subscribers are being added onto a network. Continue Reading

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Need More Tools in Your WiFi Network Kit?

The growing subscriber appetite for mobility of IP services has caused worldwide WiFi-usage rates to reach unprecedented highs. A recent trends and analysis report predicted that by 2020, wired devices will account for 34 percent of IP traffic while WiFi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent of IP traffic.

The rapid rise of WiFi utilization is seen in two distinct areas: high penetration rates of service provider WiFi within the subscriber home and increased adoption of public WiFi hotspots. Continue Reading

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Gaining Better Network Edge Visibility with Automated IPAM

Large Communication Service Providers (CSPs) that provide transit to their customers need to pay special attention to those network segments to ensure that the IPs associated to them are actually being used. What happens should that customer move on or require more (or less) IP real estate? What do communication and management processes look like to ensure that all the various departments are aligned for rapid and seamless network configuration changes with no downtime? These are issues that you should rely on your IPAM solution to resolve; otherwise, what good is it? Continue Reading

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The Wired Operator in a Wireless World, Part 3: Offering Tailored Promotions to Improve Return on Investment

Visibility into usage habits and trends makes it easier to understand what new products should be offered, and to whom. With the right solution, you can identify when a customer should be offered a different package or media access, or a trial upgrade to better suit their bandwidth utilization history, traffic hours, traffic type, and subscriber type (business or residential). Continue Reading

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High Availability and Disaster Recovery 101

In a practical example, centralized lease solutions are used by many OSS/BSS services to perform lease lookups. These can be used for legal, troubleshooting, and ultimately even billing. Being able to perform lease lookups is a critical component in the overall provisioning of services to a subscriber. But what would happen if services are unreachable? Continue Reading

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The Wired Operator in a Wireless World, Part 2: Self-Driving Networks

Let’s face it, providing broadband services is more than just provisioning a gateway. No gateway is the same, provides the same management interfaces, or supports the latest protocol of the respective access technology. Beyond the various nuances at the end of the day, there are specific business drivers that need to be solved: be it providing a new MPLS circuit, activating community WiFi, provisioning telephony, enabling a new service, or providing proactive care. Today’s operators are keenly aware of the need for service agility. Automation is key to ensuring agile and reliable service. Continue Reading

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The Wired Operator in a Wireless World, Part 1: Subscriber-Aware Network Intelligence

Converged access networks are becoming the norm for today’s communication service provider (CSP), as the traditional wireline and fiber operators look to support the changing needs of their customers in an increasingly wireless world. What does a converged network look like for the subscriber when it includes a transparent layer offering seamless handoff between wireless and wired access? How does the CSP provide that seamless world between the wireless access within the home and abroad? Continue Reading

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