There are many buzzwords hovering around the future of broadband and telco infrastructure and it is often difficult to decide which to swat away and which to nurture. Among these are technologies that promise to improve the agility, resiliency and efficiency of next-generation networks, notably NFV, SDN, cloud central office, open source, analytics and network automation.
They are related, yes, they are (or can be) interconnected, but mostly they require collaboration between operators and vendors to truly deliver on their potential. And they are impossible to ignore.
To quote Broadband World Forum's latest "Technology in Broadband" report written by Andy Fry: "Companies with vested interested in legacy technology also need to figure out how to embrace change without having a damaging impact on their core business."
In the telco world, no one can afford to ignore these changes, not while consumer pressure to deliver on faster speeds and new services -- 5G, smart homes and cities, Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree 4K or even 8K TV and auto-drive are but a few -- all while keeping cost-sensitive end-user pricing at a minimum.
Savvy operators are buying in.
"Telco operators want their networks to be multi-purpose, adaptable, agile, scalable and dynamic -- while reducing costs," VMWare’s Yves Hertoghs told the Broadband Forum, which is facilitating the development of cloud central office technologies.
The Broadband World Forum's series of reports, "Technology in Broadband," helps by giving providers a high-level look at each area, available markets and who is implementing these potentially ground breaking technologies.
It also lists the exhibitors at this year’s Broadband World in Berlin that are developing these technologies, working to deliver the networks of the future.
Disaggregration and standardization help optical network vendors advance their technologies while keeping costs in check – a big trend and topic of discussion during NGON & DCI World at the Acropolis in Nice.
Over the last six years, video demand has surged but NBN's investment in fiber, FTTC and DOCSIS 3.1 allowed the national Australian wholesaler to keep up with today's – and future – needs, CTO Ray Owen told a Broadband World Forum audience.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.