Why digital transformation investment will hit almost $2 trillion – and the drivers of it

Across the globe, savvy CIOs and CTOs are deploying a wide variety of new technologies to enable their digital strategies. A hybrid IT infrastructure is the norm, where on-premises systems coexist with public cloud service offerings. Together, these ICT platforms create the foundation for an evolving suite of software applications and associated digital business processes.

Worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation (DX) of business practices, products, and...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Wind River and BT getting together for edge cloud computing for 5G

Industrial IoT solutions provider Wind River has joined forces with British multinational telecom firm BT to demonstrate edge cloud compute applications.

The announcement, made at the SDN NFV World Congress in the Netherlands, also showcases Wind River’s Titanium Cloud, its deployment-ready virtualisation software platform.

5G applications will need to locate compute power and...

By Telecoms, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, IoT.

Open Source MANO (OSM): Addressing interoperability challenges in NFV

This article was originally published on ETSI OSM blog. I am re-publishing it here.

NFV was introduced in 2012 and had various stated benefits, especially for the telecom domain. But there were challenges associated with its actual implementation.

Mainly, it was associated with the management and orchestration (MANO) layer. After a few years, solution vendors who decided to offer NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, NFV.

Why 5G connectivity will be key to the future of the connected car

Communications service providers (CSPs) need to get their acts together, according to analyst firm Gartner, as opportunities will ramp up in utilising 5G for autonomous vehicle connectivity.

CSPs can ‘secure future market opportunities’ with autonomous vehicle manufacturers, Gartner added, in areas such as driver safety and data processing and management.

There will be a huge amount of data at play here. By 2025, autonomous vehicles will upload more than 1 terabyte of vehicle and sensor data to...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Cloud, Connectivity, Operators.

Moving towards intelligent network security with software defined networking

In today’s era, enterprises have started focusing on the network much more than before due to the evolvement of cloud computing in business operations. To migrate to cloud, a massive amount of changes in the design of the network, as well as an emphasis on security aspects related to network and data, is required.

As the utilisation of these new technologies is increasing, new challenges will arise that will demand a highly automated and secure network.

By Sagar Nangare, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, NFV, SDN.

How telecom service providers are embracing IT transformation

Savvy communication service provider CIOs and CTOs have abandoned the past - where they would align their new technology infrastructure investments with traditional IT and networking equipment vendors. In hindsight, the status-quo disruption was somewhat inevitable.

Today, 77 percent of all telecom service providers will now require some level of digital transformation over the next three years, to meet the changing market needs in their franchise area and to remain competitive, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Innovation.

Exploring the roadmap of fully ‘zero touch’ NFV for 5G networks

We are all aware of the fact that the world is moving towards intelligence-based automation. Emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and machine leaning, will be playing a key role in making network more intelligent. The journey towards a ‘zero touch’ network is started with a need by telecom service providers to couple with digital innovation and incorporate their efforts in the upcoming fifth generation (5G).

But automating deployment and managing operations in largely distributed...

By Sagar Nangare, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks, NFV, SDN.

Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Operators.

Nokia and Ericsson releases offer needed cloud opportunities for operators

Telco cloud: two words that can strike fear into many in the industry. Yet a couple of new initiatives from Nokia and Ericsson will aim to help operators in their projects.

Nokia has officially opened its Cloud Collaboration Hub in Singapore. The hub ‘enables operators to visualise, develop and execute cloud offerings’, in the company’s words, and joins the facilities already available in Texas and the UK.

The hub will aim to resolve the dreaded cloud skills gap, cited by Nokia as a key reason why...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

How new use cases for artificial intelligence are driving demand – with telecoms at the heart of it

There's been a significant increase in enterprise investment on technologies that analyse, organise, access, and provide advisory services that are based on use cases for unstructured data. In fact, worldwide spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $19.1 billion in 2018 - that's an increase of 54.2 percent over the amount spent in 2017.

With industries investing aggressively in projects that utilise cognitive and AI software capabilities, International Data...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Disruption.

MYCOM OSI and Red Hat collaborate to manage and assure telco clouds

MYCOM OSI has announced a collaboration with open source solutions provider Red Hat with the aim of assuring and managing telco clouds.

When MYCOM OSI’s cloud-native Experience Assurance and Analytics (EAA) solution, which provides real time and automated assurance for end-to-end hybrid telco cloud networks, is deployed on Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform and OpenShift Container Platform, its capacity will not just be limited to dynamically discovering, monitoring and correlating vertical layers in...

By Telecoms, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, Operators.

Five mandatory technologies that every telecoms company needs to grow

Today, telecommunications companies are forced to reckon with the changes that have taken place in the market: the emergence of new competitors; competition with wireless networks; VoIP; cable companies; IPTV; the influence of the Internet and OTT, and so forth. In response, network operators accelerated the transition to digital formats based on IP technologies, low latency, better standardisation and now even on virtualisation of network functions (NFV). So it’s...

By Suren Arustamyan, 11 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Innovation, IoT, Operators.

How IT spending in EMEA will reach $1 trillion by 2018

IT investment within the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region is on track to further growth.  IT spending in EMEA is forecast to reach $1 trillion in 2018 - an increase of 4.9 percent from 2017, according to the latest market study by by Gartner.

In 2017, however, all categories of traditional IT spending in EMEA under-performed the global averages. According to the Gartner assessment, currency effects played a significant part in the weakness during 2017, and will also contribute to the...

By David H. Deans, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks.

Red Hat and Orange team up to innovate network virtualisation

Red Hat and Orange have teamed up as part of a joint engineering programme with the aim of bringing in new technology innovation in network virtualisation.

The motive of the joint engineering programme is deliver additional features supporting network functions virtualisation (NFV) into OpenStack and other open source communities and also to meet the explicit requirements of communications service providers and their networks when formulating technologies.

The recent integration of the OpenStack BGP VPN...

By Telecoms, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, NFV.

Cisco to acquire BroadSoft for nearly $1.9 billion to enhance software and cloud services

Cisco has announced that it will acquire cloud calling and contact centre solutions provider BroadSoft for $1.9 billion (£1.43bn) net of cash.

The acquisition of BroadSoft will not only augment Cisco’s commitment to unified communications but also intensify its capacity to address the large number of old TDM (time division multiplexing) lines poised to transition to IP technology and cloud native solutions in the future.

Rowan Trollope, SVP and general manager of the Cisco applications business...

By Telecoms, 25 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Networks.

OpenFog Consortium and ETSI to collaborate on fog-enabled mobile edge applications

The OpenFog Consortium and ETSI will be joining hands to develop fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies, as the two have signed a MoU with an intent to benefit organisations working to develop 5G, mission-critical and data-dense applications through fog computing and networking and thus reduce technical overlap across the multitude of domains.

The Consortium will be working with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG) wherein both organisations will...

By Telecoms, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Networks.

How small cells and the cloud are improving the stadium fan experience

Mobilitie, a company based in Newport Beach, California, has installed a new cellular wireless system at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The new system is expected to provide fans with access to an advanced cellular voice and data communications network that includes over 150 small, digital antennas, remote unit and other network components.

The neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) installed by Mobilitie is a flexible, small antennae and radio solution. With the new system, attendees at the stadium would...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Consumers, Small Cells.

Leave your appliances behind: How to overcome challenges in moving to a cloud-centric network

Ecosystems, APIs, open source software, agile development, COTS servers, programmable network; these are some of the attributes of the cloud that service providers plan to leverage by using technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Service providers plan to move from closed appliances to open servers and software components. However, making this move requires a significant change in thinking, acting, and probably choice of suppliers. As a result, some...

By Prayson Pate, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, NFV, SDN.

NFV revenue to reach $38 billion: Assessing the market development

Open source hardware and software projects continue to gain momentum in the global telecom sector. However, after a relatively slow start, the network function virtualization (NFV) market will experience growth through ongoing technology investments by major telecommunication service providers.

According to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, North America will lead global growth, accumulating $13 billion in NFV-related investments during 2022. Meanwhile, Europe will experience the highest...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Networks, NFV.

AT&T, BT, Orange and Singtel lead the way for next-gen telecom service in APAC, says IDC

Research firm IDC has identified AT&T, BT, Orange, and Singtel as leaders of the next-generation telecom service providers in Asia Pacific (APAC).

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest report, titled IDC Telecom MarketScape for Next-Generation Service Providers 2016-17, argue the four leaders showed a strong regional network presence, comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud and managed ICT service offerings, diverse portfolio of services in areas such as IoT and collaboration in the...

By Telecoms, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile, Operators, SDN.