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.
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.
Key topics will include:
Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
Benefits and challenges of network virtualization
How providers can get started
Service provider success stories: the decision to virtualize, the solution, and results