How Big Can Telco Cloud or Platform Become?

Whenever major new technology transformations begin, it is virtually always the case that leading incumbent suppliers begin to cast their “legacy” or present offerings in terms that mimic or co-opt the concepts of the emerging technology. So it is that we now hear much more about use of network functions virtualization and related trends, both as a way to reduce cost and create a growth platform. All the terms suggest that a telecommunications network built on NFV not only costs less to build and operate, but also offers flexible service creation and delivery. The bigger question is whether that service creation capability can used with other assets to create a sort of operating system, digital services enabler, platform or telco cloud , with the emphasis on how assets can be leveraged in the same way as any other platform, attracting developers and services built on that platform.

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Bankruptcy for Former Incumbent Telcos?

Few veterans of the monopoly telecom business can imagine outright failure of the former incumbents. But few should hold such views. Outright failure seems not only possible, but increasingly likely, over the next couple of decades. Pre-1980, the notion that a national telecom company could go “out of business” was fanciful in the extreme

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Cloud Traffic Drives 83% of Data Center Traffic in 2019

Some trends in communications–such as the relationship between computing and communications– are drop-dead simple. Information technology and communications have been increasingly intertwined for decades, as computing architectures have grown more distributed. Globally, of every dollar spent on enterprise information technology spending technology, 43 cents are expended for communications services.

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Ericsson Acquires More Software Talent

A bit of vendor M&A is taking place over in Europe.  The Swedish-based giant Ericsson said this morning that it intends to acquire the Polish and Ukrainian operations of Ericpol , bringing further software development talent in house.   … [ visit site to read more ]

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Will Cloud Computing Prices Keep Dropping to Zero, or Close to It?

Amazon Web Services has cut prices about 50 times. So will it keep doing so? Most would say “yes.” Will other suppliers such as Google and Microsoft follow suit? Most would also say “yes.” In most industries, “ruinous” levels of competition often are said to represent a “race to zero” in terms of retail pricing, with negative implications for firm or industry sustainability. But AWS has chosen such a strategy deliberately.

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Regulations, Fixed Line Decline Drive 9% Fall in South Africa Communications Spending

South Africa’s aggregate spending on communications will fall about nine percent in 2015, according to analysts at Gartner. “Regulations that imposed decreased rates for interconnection” and accelerating decline of fixed services revenue” are the reasons, said Will Hahn, Gartner principal research analyst. In 2016, Gartner predicts, communications spending will grow about one percent. In 2015, spending on data center products, enterprise software, information technology services and the IT category as a whole have fallen.

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Telecom Provider Failure Now is a Possibility

Nothing is less controversial than the assertion that the telecom business is changing in fundamental ways. Much more controversial are the implications of the changes. Most controversial of all are predictions that failure now is a possibility. It is not controversial to argue that “the old telco business model is breaking up,” as Dan Bieler, Forrester Research principal analyst, says. In many ways, the legacy business models are challenged because all the legacy revenue streams are under pressure, and many clearly are declining

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Ciena wraps $400M Cyan acquisition, further SDN, NFV plans

Ciena has completed its acquisition of Cyan, a deal that immediately enhances its software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) plans. With the acquisition now completed, Ciena said it will unify the software activities of both companies under a single brand that will be known as the Blue Planet division.

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Google and Apple Projected to Play Major Roles in Connected Car Market

By 2020, perhaps 31 million cars will be using Android Auto and 37 million will be using Apple CarPlay, according to IHS , and that will cover nearly all cars launching connected car services, according to BI Intelligence estimates. Automotive Screen Projection Annual Sales Brand 2015 Forecast* 2020 Forecast* Android Auto 643K 31 million Apple CarPlay 861K 37 million MirrorLink 1.1 million 17 million *Figures are rounded Source: IHS Auto Tech Software, Apps & Services Forecast, (March, 2015). Of the 220 million total connected cars on the road globally in 2020, Business Intelligence estimates consumers will activate connected services in 88 million of these vehicles. source: Business Intelligence

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How NFV Can Solve Forecasting Challenges for Network Providers

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Priya Natarajan, Senior Director of Software Marketing, Ciena Forecasting is inherently a challenge, but it’s absolutely critical in today’s business environment. For example, complicated sales funnels can shroud the view of how much revenue an organization will have to work with in the future, making sales forecasting tools like those available through Salesforce not only useful, but essential. … [ visit site to read more ]

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BT employs Check Point to deliver embedded cloud firewall services

BT has established an agreement with Check Point Software to embed new security elements into its network, furthering BT's mark on the managed cloud security segment.

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HP enhances NFV portfolio by purchasing ConteXtream

HP has acquired startup ConteXtream, a deal that will enhance its play in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) software space.

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Microsoft Plunges Into the Atlantic With Both AquaComms, Hibernia

While we’ve seen Google making waves in the undersea markets and there’s been an occasional sighting of Facebook, the presence of Microsoft has been harder to spot.  This morning though, the software giant went public as a major customer of both of the two new Transatlantic cables that are under construction. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Why Hybrid Cloud Now is Service Provider Focus

Despite the growth of public cloud operations, private cloud will represent 69 percent of cloud workloads in 2018, says Kelly Ahuja, Cisco SVP. That essentially explains service provider interest in hybrid cloud services. “When people discuss cloud, they often focus on public cloud services or public cloud storage services,” Ahuja said. “Even with public cloud workloads having significant growth, by 2018, almost 70 percent of cloud workloads will still be private cloud-related.” According to Gartner analysts, use of hybrid cloud will triple over the next three years.

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Industry Spotlight: Ciena’s Chris Janz on SDN, NFV, and Agility

In December, Ciena created a new business division, Ciena Agility, specifically targeted at the growing opportunities of Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization.  With the introduction of itsAgility Matrix software and VNF marketplace, Ciena is looking to help network operators unlock new business models serving the enterprise and enable a broader ecosystem of virtual network function vendors.  With us today to talk about Ciena’s efforts in NFV and SDN in general is Chris Janz, VP and CTO of Ciena Agility. … [ visit site to read more ]

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NFV Shakes Up Service Providers’ Revenue

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Gal Ofel, Head of Software Solution Product Line Management at Telco Systems Each generation of new communications infrastructure and networking technology brings with it the promise of increased bandwidth and lower service delivery and network management costs. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology is a clear example of this. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Google’s latest IoT standards push: “Open Web Of Things”

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on  telecomasia.net . Your new favorite Internet Of Things standards initiative: … [ visit site to read more ]

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ConteXtream Lets a Bit of Daylight In

Service providers have a newly upgraded platform to serve subscribers with today, as ConteXtream has updated its SDN fabric. They have launched version 4.0, which supports OpenFlow’s OpenStack and is based on the OpenDaylight SDN controller. … [ visit site to read more ]

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BASELAYER to Split Off from IO

The data center services company IO has for some time now had two personalities, the carrier neutral colo provider and the modular infrastructure and DCIM software provider.  Today the company announced plans to separate into two companies, allowing each to focus on what it does best. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Policy-Based Network Controls: Five Priorities for Securing Virtualized Telco Environments

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Edmundo Costa, CEO of Catbird In our Big Data, mobile-optimized world, telecommunications companies with sprawling networks deal with huge data center challenges. Telco networks typically have a foundation of complex legacy architecture that interferes with their ability to quickly deploy services – in an era where speed rules the day. … [ visit site to read more ]

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