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Ericsson Webinar: Integrating AI into wireless communication

The evolution to 5G will see an unprecedented increase in network complexity - from new uses cases to different service classes, network function virtualization and large volumes of data. Today’s complex networks are designed to being operated by humans and their complexity is expected...

Mavenir CEO: ‘Operators need alternatives to the traditional vendors’

Mavenir announces availability of 4G/5G open RAN solution This week Richardson, Texas-based vendor Mavenir announced the "launch and availability" of a 4G- and 5G-compatible virtualized radio access network solution based on open interfaces developed by the O-RAN Alliance, a cross-industry group of carriers, vendors and...

Open RAN highlights line between carrier and enterprise in-building wireless

Report: Carriers will follow traditional DAS approach to large venues; open RAN a big opportunity for enterprise connectivity This is by no means new information but worth repeating: Carriers almost exclusively invest in in-building wireless systems for large venues like stadiums and transit hubs. For...

Editorial Webinar: Network automation: Getting to zero touch

Network slicing. Major reductions in capex and opex. A better customer experience. These are all goals of NFV and SDN innovation but progress is slow and the need increasingly pressing. Here we explore how operators cloudify their networks—while maintaining quality and control through the transition—to...

MobiledgeX gains more than a dozen operator customers

MobiledgeX early access program coming to the US in October Deutsche Telekom-backed edge computing company MobiledgeX says it has 13 network operator customers and is expanding its early access program into Asia this month, with North America to follow in October. “Momentum around edge computing trials...

The state of telco cloud adoption: The view from VMware (Part 1)

How does edge computing fit into a broader telco cloud strategy? The telco cloud conversation has been ongoing for some time as communications service providers look to build networks that provide the agility and dynamic service delivery generally associated with web scale players. But, as...

Ciena White Paper: Introducing Ciena’s Adaptive IP

The traditional, IP-centric way of building networks is simply unsustainable: The ever-increasing inefficiency of continually adding more IPs makes network operations overly complex and unmanageable. The new IP network must be open, programmable, disaggregated, and virtualized in a way that allows resources to be...

Open cloud computing infrastructure and automation are key to 5G

IBM discusses how cloud and telecommunications, along with AI, are converging Early 5G deployments are limited in coverage scope and capacity but, as operators fine tune their spectrum allocation, scale service offerings and the technology continues to mature, expect much more than simply an enhanced...

Breaking down Rakuten’s greenfield approach to building a fully-virtualized network

Rakuten says it will build a cloud-native, nationwide network for about $5 billion As operators transition from LTE to 5G, there's significant discussion around how 5G requires a cloud-native, fully-virtualized design capable of dynamically supporting the myriad applications and device types that will connect over...

The journey to 5G: Technology and business practices for a disruptive new era

  5G is the first generation of cellular born in the cloud. Like electricity and water, cellular connectivity has become a commodity that’s an essential part of modern society, the medium that will allow innovation in real-time data environments. and its ability to innovate in real-time...

Nokia inks MoU with Korean telco KT to trial various 5G technologies

  The Finnish vendor also confirmed that Indian carrier Bharti Airtel will trial its 5G-ready fronthaul solution Nokia and Korean telecom operator KT have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and trial various 5G technologies, including network function virtualization and network slicing. The joint work will...

Service assurance challenges in virtualized, multi-cloud networks

What are the challenges for service assurance -- and visibility and observability -- as networks evolve toward virtualization, multi-cloud environments and edge computing? Network and service assurance needs are evolving rapidly, as more applications — both network functions that support telecom network operations, and enterprise...

Editorial Report: Livin’ on the Edge: Service Assurance in an NFV, MEC World

How is service assurance evolving to meet the needs of virtualized/hybrid, multi-cloud networks? Agile, software-centric networks present new challenges for visibility, particularly in the context of automation, container use and implementation of multi-access edge computing. RCR Wireless News explores the current challenges and state of...

Editorial Webinar: Livin’ on the Edge: Service Assurance in an NFV, MEC World

How is service assurance evolving to meet the needs of virtualized/hybrid, multi-cloud networks? Agile, software-centric networks present new challenges for visibility, particularly in the context of automation, container use and implementation of multi-access edge computing. RCR Wireless News explores the current challenges and state of...

OSS/BSS challenges ahead for SDN/NFV rollouts, Netcracker says

  The increasing virtualization of telecom networks offers the promise of faster launches of new services. But are back-end business and operational systems ready to support the flexibility and rapid services launches that SDN/NFV is supposed to provide? Now that operators are past their first steps toward...

In-flight connectivity getting major boost from Ericsson, Panasonic partnership

Ericsson core-as-a-service supports AeroMobile in-flight connectivity Business travelers know the pain all too well--less than adequate, utterly unreliable airplane Wi-Fi is regular source of frustration, not to mention the loss of productivity. Ericsson and Panasonic, along with with specialized operator AeroMobile, are looking to fix...

Automating the network—let’s go! (Reader Forum)

Virtualization and software-defined networks have been the industry’s pre-occupation for almost a decade. It’s all part of a journey toward the deployment of 5G, which will be our next focus for the coming decade. Along the way, one of the key dimensions of the...

Analysys Mason & Spirent Webinar | Automate Your Network Now: SD-WAN & 5G Case Studies

The vision of extreme telecom automation powered by cloud-native virtualized networks is still alive, but the industry has realized it’s going to take much longer than expected. At the same time, providers need to rapidly launch next generation services such as SD-WAN and 5G...

Delivering service assurance across a complex hybrid network

  As service providers transform their networks from traditional, physical infrastructure to a more dynamic, virtual one, they face new challenges in delivering high service quality across an increasingly complex hybrid network. Service assurance tools and processes have always been instrumental in helping achieve service excellence,...

NetScout sees growing business from 5G next fiscal year: CEO

  The company also sees opportunities in the 4G/LTE segment in Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific NetScout Systems expects to see increasing business opportunities from 5G in the next fiscal year, the company’s President and CEO Anil Singhal said during a conference with investors and analysts. “Longer...

5G and edge computing accelerating virtualization

Virtualization investments also require network management investments With 5G expected to see more widespread commercialization in 2019 and beyond, operators can expect more flexibility in managing resources and offering up new services quickly, while users will see higher speeds, lower latencies and an accelerated proliferation...

TM Forum report: Telcos slow to embrace digital transformation

Digital transformation is most certainly an industry buzzword, but one with a very real meaning. This process of digitizing infrastructure and operations is meant to allow operators to cut costs, deliver a better service and make more money. A new research report from TM...

Orange Poland, virtualization and the Beijing Release

Orange Poland early adopter of ONAP As it continues a "bricky-by-brick" approach to 5G, Orange Poland recently worked with EXFO to incorporate passive virtual probes into the Beijing Release of the Open Network Automation Platform; the goal is service assurance for virtualized network deployments. According to...

Fake virtualization (Reality Check)

Dissecting a poignant phrase coined at this week’s SDN NFV World Congress On day one of this year’s SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague, I was intrigued by a phrase used in the keynote: ‘fake virtualization’. The speaker, Jehanne Savi, Executive Leader, All-IP & On-Demand...

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