Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, and Nokia secure lion’s share of router and switch market

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Cisco is the most familiar company in the router and switch market with Juniper and Nokia trailing behind, according to a new piece of research from IHS Markit.

IHS Markit conducted a switch and router vendor leadership survey in 2016 that shows how service providers select router and CES manufacturers, whose equipment they have installed, help them evaluate future purchases.

The 15-page study features operator ratings of 11 vendors including, Brocade, Cisco, Coriant, ECI, Ericsson,...

By Telecoms Tech, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators.

Ericsson and Cisco extend partnership to include new Wi-Fi solutions

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Tech giants Ericsson and Cisco have extended their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering called Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN), the two companies have announced.

The new Wi-Fi solution combines Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio with Ericsson's 3GPP access to provide reliable Wi-Fi connection with high performance to Ericsson's mobile, cable and other industries customers.

The Wi-Fi solution will offer a range of...

By Telecoms Tech, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

A four step guide for telecom operators to thrive in today’s competitive ecosystem

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Most people today carry their opinions, cash, business transactions, and even relationships in their mobile devices — more specifically, in a host of free, ‘over the top’ (OTT) applications, cluttering their smartphones. Sure, life is more convenient than ever. But this oversimplification of human lives has significant implications for telecom operators like you, whose traditional cash cows — mobile voice calls and messaging — now face existential...

By Karan Puri, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: NFV, Operators, OTT Services, SDN.

How telcos can avoid the digital disruption trend in 2017

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Industries that have always embraced the adoption of new technologies are not immune to being digitally disrupted by savvy new market entrants. The global telecom service provider market had a long history of relative stability. Now, however, business model disruption is pervasive.

The market is in a state of rapid evolution, with telecommunications companies now competing against more progressive web-scale companies. They can deploy a new service in a matter of hours, thereby...

By David H. Deans, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators.

How telecom operators can harness the IoT to grow revenues and boost loyalty

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The world of communications is undergoing a transformation. Amidst increasing competition from over-the-top providers, telecom service providers are facing revenue shrinkage, shrinking margins and growing subscriber churn in their consumer-focused business. In order to ensure relevance & long term sustainability in a fast-evolving marketplace, telcos need to move beyond just providing connectivity and security services. For this, telecom companies need to develop newer business...

By Anil Ganjoo, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

How telecoms applications can become ‘ripe for innovation’ through blockchain

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Analysis Telecoms providers continue to be kept on their toes by the emergence of new technologies, from cloud to IoT. The allure of blockchain, and a secure, distributed ledger, is causing ripples in industries outside of the traditional financial services hotbed. So how can telcos take advantage?

The answer, so far, comes through identity, data integrity, and disintermediation.

Writing on...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Operators.

The three words that must define the digital strategy of telcos today

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Digital transformation is affecting markets in many verticals, as the next generation of digital natives bring ‘on-demand’ requirements to the way services and goods are bought and managed. This transformation offers a profound way to accelerate business activities, connect with today’s consumers, and fully leverage digital technology to impact consumers in a strategic and mutually-beneficial way.

While digital transformation is defined in many different...

By Jennifer Kyriakakis, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Networks, Operators.

Authorised login used in breach of six million Three UK customer details

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Around six million Three UK customers have been put at risk after the operator's database was compromised using authorised credentials.

While no direct financial information was leaked in the breach, valuable details including names, phone numbers, addresses, and dates of birth were accessed which could be sold or used for scam and fraud...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators.

The telco opportunity amidst challenges: A holistic digital strategy for success

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Today, the world of communications and collaboration is undergoing a radical shift with the potential to disrupt the dynamics of the telecom industry forever.

A plethora of disruptive trends have taken over the entire ecosystem, significantly altering the rules of the game, impacting business, operating and financial models, measurement metrics as well as customer experience and expectations. For examples, players such as over the top (OTT) are bringing in a fresh wave of...

By Karan Puri, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators, OTT Services.

Can Ericsson make the required shift to become a digital infrastructure native?

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Analysis The traditional network infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift. Traditional telco equipment providers, such as Ericsson, must reinvent themselves to remain relevant in tomorrow’s digital marketplace. Simply selling routers, towers and boxes will not be enough to survive.  Network infrastructure providers have to find new ways to leverage their core assets while simultaneously acquiring new technology skills to align to the new digital economy...

By Marina Kurth, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Why IoT gateway shipments are set to reach 64 million units by 2021

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Telecom service providers are exploring the applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), as an extension of their network access offerings. Demand for IoT gateways, which manage and control complex connected environments by aggregating and transmitting sensor data, are on the rise.

According to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, IoT gateway shipments will grow to exceed 64 million units in 2021.

Home automation and security market components will likely account for...

By David H. Deans, 31 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Operators.

Improving the 5G business case today – what do operators need to do from here?

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A slew of new devices will be coming online over the next few years, creating a mixture of current and future device types, human-controlled as well as non-human-controlled. These will add up to as many as x100 devices, compared to the online endpoint connected today.

All of these devices will share a common characteristic – higher requirements from an already overloaded data network.

Such requirements could call for higher capacity (1-10Gbps per device) or lower latency (1ms,...

By Dudy Cohen, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

How telecom providers are embracing cognitive app development

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Mobile internet applications are evolving rapidly. Cognitive computing technologies will inspire telecom service providers to profoundly change their business model in new creative ways. Deploying intelligent voice control apps on smartphones was just the beginning of this trend.

As an example, mobile network operators are increasing their investment in big data analytics and machine learning technologies as they transform into digital application developers and cognitive service...

By David H. Deans, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Operators.

Escaping silos to pursue scale: The top three big data challenges for telcos

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When looking at common problems organisations face around building strategic big data analytics programmes, it’s interesting to look at the challenges and how they differ from industry to industry. While banks and insurance companies may struggle with legacy technology, and retailers fight against unmanageable volume, there is one thing that is certain: when it comes to big data, telcos are all starting from different places and perspectives, and there is no commonality in the use...

By Eliano Marques, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Service, Monetisation, Operators.

How the global mobile messaging market competition continues to escalate

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Mobile network service provider revenue loss from 'grey route' application-to-person (A2P) traffic will amount to $62 billion over the next six years, despite the increased deployment of security measures, according to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research.

Historically, the A2P service offering was used for mobile alerts or as a billing methodology and transport for simple content and services - both for one-off downloads or actions (such as voting) and for recurring...

By David H. Deans, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Operators, OTT Services.