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.
You can download the latest report here and the other two reports in the series from the Broadband World Forum Insights & Resources page.
— Niall Hunt, Digital Lead, Content & Communities, KNect365. Follow him on Twitter @Niall_Hunt and learn more about Broadband World Forum here.