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Orchestration Imperative for 5G Slicing

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D., Vinay Devadatta, Christos Kolias

Talk about 5G tends to center on the upsides—the new horizons, potential, and use cases that this next-generation network will make possible. While full of promise, that dialogue skirts the cold reality that 5G deployment will be very expensive. And that expense can only be justified if 5G fully meets its promise.  Key to realizing that promise is lowering the capital burdens CSPs must shoulder. This can best be accomplished by network slicing, which is sharing resources while improving products that allow for the construction of innovative end-to-end services from atomic units of resource that may transit multiple CSP domains


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MEF 3.0 - A Roadmap for Enabling Assured Services over Automated Networks

By: Stan Hubbard

Throughout the past year, MEF has noted the growing recognition that service providers must move quickly to address changing customer requirements and adapt to intensifying competitive threats in the era of digital transformation. Executives from MEF member service providers have emphasized that it is imperative that they transform to deliver more dynamic, cloud-like services over automated and interconnected networks. Top experts from service and technology providers based in more than 35 countries will be assembling at the MEF18 networking event (29 October – 2 November) with the goal of accelerating progress on this front


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Connected Cloud Communications

By: Divya Wakankar

In today’s digital era, businesses are exploring ways to use cloud capabilities to enable mobility, flexibility, and less expensive alternatives to traditional telecommunications, both for their internal communications as well as connecting with customers, partners and suppliers around the world. As with other areas that have benefited from the cloud, the move is designed to drive efficiencies, reduce costs and tap into new geographic markets and customer opportunities. In addition, cloud capabilities are a growth catalyst for digital service providers, enabling them to create a global footprint nearly overnight


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Being a Digital Service Provider

By: Mike Vannest

The questions for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and Data Center Operators is: “what are their enterprise customers going to want next?” And, it’s a crucial question to ask, even if they themselves don’t know the answer yet. At a high level, we know enterprise customers generally want operational efficiencies, lower costs, and greater agility to consume, deploy, performance-tune, and manage IT resources.What if you could have it all? What if—as a major enterprise company or as a ‘ma and pa’ grocery store—you could log into one single portal and supply your company with everything it needed from an IT perspective? What if you could get all of your cloud services through this portal—regardless of provider? What if your network could be supplied to you on-demand, like a utility? What if you could track, slice, dice, and chargeback all of your IT services in a reliable manner? What if all your IT resources could be correlated and monitored as you manage for performance? For example, do you have enough compute or are you lacking in network capacity? What if your solution was one click of on-demand, real-time services away?  What if you could grow, shrink, or change your network on-demand through the same portal that you manage, compare, and contrast your public, private, and hybrid cloud services? Do you have to make sure that your utility provider has proper circuit breakers in place on its way from your provider? Do you have to have a full-time staff of electricians to make sure that your electricity gets from the water dam to your facility? What if the combination of SDN, SD-WAN, NFVs, SaaS providers, Cloud providers, containerization, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning—aggregated into a single pane of glass view—could create an ecosystem from which you could manage all of your IT needs and resources? What if that same portal insured your security and governance models, and what if your users could largely help themselves to what they’re entitled to do? What if you unleashed the power of your employees’ creativity by granting them controlled freedom to use technology to make your company better? What if your employees could self-manage costs and be rewarded for keeping your costs down? What if you knew exactly what the cost of a new office facility was at any moment in time for all things IT?    What does an enterprise need? Answering the question completely is impossible, because no one knows for sure


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The Broadband Service Providers Imperative

By: Raj Singh

Broadband providers—especially those with legacy copper networks and cable networks—are overwhelmed by the pace at which revenue is dissipating. Over the top (OTT) service offerings have hit full force, attacking every fundamental service that exists except for the “pipe” to the consumer’s premises. Simply put, voice, video, long distance, international, conferencing services, video sharing, and more, all of which have traditionally been the domain of the service provider, are no longer safe


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Edging Closer to Open Telecom Networks with Open RAN

By: Prakash Siva

The telecom industry is undergoing a significant transition as service providers and infrastructure vendors are turning to open source and multi-access edge computing (MEC) solutions to meet the demands of 5G—and to reduce costs and accelerate service innovation. Open RAN solutions are gaining traction with service providers that are driving disruption in their networks.    5G in the Driver’s Seat The fourth Industrial Revolution provides a roadmap for the evolution of technology—moving from connected hardware in the 2G/3G era to connected people with LTE/4G, to connected everything with the advent of 5G


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5G Transport: Let's Keep Things Flowing

By: Robin Mersh

By as soon as 2019, 5G will be here, according to Forbes. As more than just the next generation of mobile broadband, the technology is expected to completely transform all aspects of daily life—from connected cars to remote surgery, the possibilities for new and innovative services seem endless. To realize this potential and move 5G from concept to reality, a significant investment is required from operators and equipment manufacturers—and not just in mobile networks. An integral part of 5G’s success is in providing access to services, regardless of location or device, which means fixed networks must be fully integrated into mobile networks


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For My Next Data Center Location, I'll Take Manhattan

By: Tom Brown

The Data Center Exodus From Manhattan Over the course of the last 11 years, there has been a data center exodus from Manhattan for a variety of reasons. Many events took place over this time period to make data center tenants nervous about locating their data centers in the heart of New York City. The financial crisis of 2007 caused many companies to cut back drastically on information technology expenditures. Then, one of the tenants at 111 8th Avenue, a large data center located in Manhattan, purchased the building, inspiring fear that the new owners would drive the other data center tenants out, drastically reducing the amount of available data center colocation space in Manhattan


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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John

What is a network? When you think about it, a network can be just about anything. Or perhaps better defined, a network is a group or groups of any interchangeable things. Networks can be comprised of people, equipment, highways, wires, computers, television programming, or even sewer systems. That's quite a broad range. To further complicate matters, how those groups and things are connected is also significant; as the connectivity between the parts of the network is integral to how the network is able to function


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Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John

This month, Mobile World Congress Americas provided a brief flurry of news from the City of Angels. Together, Ericsson, Intel, AT&T and T-Mobile demonstrated the first public 5G NR over-the-air data call, and Sprint debuted its newest Magic Box Generation 3 all wireless small-cell plug-and-play unit. A new worldwide relationship between Sprint and Ericsson will result in a dedicated IoT environment to better handle skyrocketing device data flow and generate immediate intelligence. And AT&T and Aira have expanded their collaboration to serve members of the blind and low-vision communities at over 5,000 locations across the US with Aira’s wearables or via smartphones


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