Zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) — whatever does that mean?
Of course, it is another marketing term. I think the term “closer to zero touch provisioning” is probably a better term but CTZTP, as opposed to ZTP, is a bit more of a mouthful.
Whenever I hear terms that I’m not familiar with, I get struck by a bolt of curiosity. What is this new and shiny term that has just appeared as if from nowhere? Continue Reading
It’s almost time for the biggest telecom, media, and technology event of the year — the 2016 Broadband World Forum in London from October 18-20.
Not too sure what to expect from BBWF 2016? Read on to learn about the biggest broadband event of the year — and discover what to see, do, eat, and drink in London! Continue Reading
What are the easiest ways to add new services to an existing subscription? For subscribers of the service-orchestrated operator, the future looks bright. In fact, the future appears to be in the subscriber’s control.
One fundamental benefit of the operator network, facing the subscriber becoming more programmatically controlled through Software Defined Networking (SDN), is the introduction of ‘anything as a service’ (XaaS) concepts. Continue Reading
In the Great SDN Expectations blog, the first in a series discussing the technologies of the future service network, we introduced the basic constructs of what Software Defined Networks mean to the platforms at the heart of the Communication Service Provider (CSP) network today. SDN itself represents a deconstructed view of current switching and routing architectures providing the abstractions of control from dataplane. With this newfound control, the industry is leveraging multiple virtualization strategies to build out public, private, and hybrid cloud architectures, delivering multiple new application services to the market. Continue Reading
For many in the Cable industry, the Software Defined Network (SDN) continues to evade a precise definition, only to be further complicated when understanding its relationship to Network Function Virtualization (NFV). In this series of blog posts on SDN and NFV, we will explore both of these key topics in terms of their relationship to one another and the new products they enable. Continue Reading
Greetings and Happy New Year. Back from my brief holiday break and ready to work, it’s time once again for me to look through my industry periscope in search of what’s on the horizon in 2016. Here are my predictions for the year ahead: Continue Reading
Communication service providers around the world are about to embark on an epic journey. A journey which has the potential to be a major game changer for hardware and software vendors alike. The simple concept of decoupling software from hardware, referred to as network functions virtualization (NFV), promises to improve an operator’s ability to differentiate themselves from the competition by moving network functions from dedicated appliances to generic commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. This ability provides a wealth of benefits including service agility, cost reduction, and improved subscriber insight, all with vendor freedom on a future-proofed platform. Continue Reading
In my last blog, we explored the advantages of virtualizing network and gateway functions to reduce CAPEX and OPEX using virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE). But this raised a new question: Should service providers virtualize the entire network and gateway, or is it better to adopt a hybrid approach? Additionally, how long should you wait to transition to a virtual approach? Continue Reading
As the industry focuses on improving service offerings for today’s discerning customers, service providers have been turning to the industry community to offer technological solutions that address the problem of shrinking ARPU and increasing OPEX and CAPEX demands. Continue Reading
Communication Service Providers (CSPs) have been driving the industry to develop agile solutions that abstract physical hardware from their solution platforms. With this technology, they hope to commoditize service functions to increase service agility and reduce the capital required to achieve better and more efficient service. Continue Reading