Crack the Code of Tomorrow’s Network

By: Jitin Bhandari

Communications service providers (CSPs) keep being told to think of their networks in new ways, as everything from cloudified infrastructure to ecosystem platforms to value-creation engines. Valid as these are, they don’t take the deconstruction (and reconstruction) of the network all the way to the finish line. To fully realize the potential of the 5G opportunity, it’s time to see the network as code. The new use cases enabled by 5G range from richly personalized consumer services to radically customizable network slices tuned to the needs of specific industry verticals…

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Achieving CX Nirvana

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

They just don’t make things like they used to. Somehow manufacturing shifted from building things to last, to building things as cheaply as possible, with an intentional and disposable end of life in mind. The problem is things used to be better. They worked better. You could count on them. And replacing them now can be painful. I had this old, hand-me down coffee pot. The old, metal 1970s Farberware percolator. It brewed a near-perfect cup of coffee.  Robust, and full flavored. It had a clear top so you could see when the brew reached the perfect caramel color…

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The Constantly Evolving Wireline Network

By: Chris Bastian, Curtis Knittle

Cable access networks are rapidly evolving to support present and future connectivity needs. As recently as the 1990s, a cable network provided only video entertainment to customers. Today, the cable network provides fundamental connectivity to support a plethora of services including working from home, remote learning, telehealth services and, yes, is still the primary conveyance for video entertainment. The pandemic has only heightened the need to evolve fast, reliable, and secure connectivity to stay well ahead of the demand from these various classes of service…

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Transforming Network Trends into Opportunities

By: Natasha Tamaskar

The pandemic has changed how we live, work, and play as many of our day-to-day activities have moved online and we are now more reliant on broadband connectivity than ever before. To keep up, our home networks must meet new bandwidth demands driven by a proliferation of users and devices all connecting during peak hours. At the same time, the pandemic showed that industries that had already digitalized—think finance, entertainment, and retail—were best equipped to meet the demands of the pandemic…

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AI, ML and the Next-Generation Network Reinvention

By: Shane Sura

Modern telcos have allowed themselves to build a complicated web of back-end systems designed to monitor and maintain their infrastructure. It was an age-old trap in which they believed that they could better manage these new network components by just adding another system. Instead, they just built even more complexity, limited decision-making, and made incremental work for themselves in the customer experience department. Now, a complete shift is needed at the network operations layer to both evolve the network system architecture and modernize it while also improving monitoring and performance functions…

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Foolproof IoT Networking

By: Tomer Lavie

What will cellular look like five or 10 years from now? Which of today’s network technologies will be riding off into the sunset? Which emerging ones will be as mainstream as 4G is today? And how might operator business models change? These are the kinds of questions that can mean sleepless nights for CIOs, line-of-business heads, business development VPs and anyone else responsible for their organization’s IoT strategy. One scenario is a mobile operator suddenly phasing out a technology much sooner than the marketplace expected — a nightmare that sometimes comes true…

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The Cloud-Native Telecom Future

By: Reed Peterson

The telecom sector is in the midst of making some serious bets about the future. The advent of the pandemic forced many companies, telecom operators included, to speed up their digital transformation initiatives. According to TM Forum’s Digital Transformation Tracker, the number of operators that said they were midway through their implementations jumped from 23 percent in 2020 to 38 percent in 2021, while 42 percent had started their moves. In total, 80 percent of companies are going through major changes today…

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Fixing the Great CPE Divide

By: Jason Moore

Over the last two decades, we’ve watched the world adopt a digital-first mindset. Once a luxury, the Internet is now a necessity. And while we were well on our way to a more connected universe before the pandemic, COVID-19 forced us to adapt to a new era of home offices, remote education, and video meetings—all of which placed additional strain on in-home networks. During this adaptation, residential Internet usage skyrocketed, and domestic Internet Service Providers (ISPs) had to shoulder the burden of supporting this heavy usage…

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Tackling the Risks of Data Sprawl

By: Kevin Johnson

We know data is king for companies worldwide, so in the age of remote work, hybrid IT environments, and the Internet of Things, how can we keep it protected and easily accessible? Most companies have a vast network of apps and devices that are constantly collecting and storing data for employees to access, analyze, and leverage for their everyday operations. This network is growing exponentially and in a more distributed fashion. According to Gartner, three-fourths of all enterprise-generated data will be generated beyond the centralized data center or cloud by 2025—up from only about 10 percent in 2018…

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Telecom Industry News

By: Jara Kern, Pipeline

Hybrid mall shopping experiences by 2030. Smart city trials to measure (and eventually address) noise pollution. Customized digital content experiences. Intelligent transport networks with AI-enabled digital road twins. These tantalizing headlines aren’t the future—they’re our present, and they’re just a few of the headlines we’re bringing to you this month in our telecom industry news roundup. The top telecom industry news stories from the month are summarized below. To view all the news as it breaks, check out Pipeline’s News Center or subscribe to receive our telecom industry news summary…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

The New Year is burgeoning with optimism. I mean, how much worse can it get? For many, including those in and close to the Pipeline family, the year started with a harsh surprise that the COVID-19 vaccines actually don't prevent you from getting or transmitting COVID. Which, if you’ve been reading my letters, shouldn’t really come as a surprise at all.  In my March 2021 letter, I raised that very question.  In August 2021 and September 2021 I raised the issue again when an alarming number of break-through cases began to emerge among fully vaccinated groups and individuals…

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