More than one fifth of service providers will achieve full ultra-broadband deployment by the end of next year, according to new research conducted by Telecoms.com in partnership with Heavy Reading. That differentiation could propel them to new ownership of new opportunities in customer offerings and operational efficiencies.
Most operators view high-speed broadband as critical or important: Delivering speeds of at least 100Mbps to residential and business customers will be a clear differentiator, according to the "Telecoms.com Annual Industry Survey 2017." In fact, 36% of the 700 service providers polled worldwide said ultra-broadband was critical and another 47% cited ultra-broadband as important; a mere 5% claimed it was of no importance to their company.
Currently, 21% of those queried believe themselves to be leaders in high-speed broadband deployment, compared with 40% that think they're in a good spot with work to do and 21% that recognize they are falling behind despite recognizing the importance of high-speed broadband, the report found.
But spending will not increase exponentially. Although 55% predict their ultra-broadband budgets will grow next year, only 26% said they will increase more than 10%. Forty percent expect spending to be flat in 2018 compared with 2017 expenditures.
This is surprising, given the benefits operators credit high-speed broadband with delivering. From advantages that reach internally and externally, such as network performance and reliability, to new revenue opportunities including 4K-video, smart homes and security, ultra-broadband is the foundation service providers must pour.
As a result, clear-cut leaders should emerge. Those providers delivering high-speed broadband will demonstrate an obvious advantage to prospective customers over those with slower speeds. However, those in regions without competition could suffer, as incumbents have little incentive to invest in ultra-broadband technologies unless municipalities, cooperatives, utilities or others spur action.
Read the full report, including more information on ultra-broadband, here.
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Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
Learn how and why service providers are using virtualization to transform their networks. This webinar will look at how providers are leveraging virtualization to create more flexible and agile networks while also providing a better customer experience. Expert speakers from netElastic and Heavy Reading will address the industry drivers for network virtualization, the benefits that can be realized, the challenges to face and the results of virtualization being achieved by providers today.
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Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
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