The challenge of monetizing high-speed broadband was the most crucial component of operators' business strategies, a 2017 worldwide survey of service providers discovered. With even more ultra-broadband networks available today, does this issue still worry operators most -- or has another hurdle replaced it?
Customer-led convergence keeps every sector of the broadband industry on its toes, according to "Towards the Gigabit Society," last year's Broadband World Forum Survey, which tallied findings from more than 230 C-level insiders.
"In 2017, the report identified the demands that will be placed on the fixed network by 5G, IoT and autonomous vehicles are unprecedented and are a key concern from operator respondents," said Heather James, portfolio director of Broadband World Forum.
This year's study addresses existing and new opportunities and challenges operators face. Industry experts will discuss the results of this year’s survey at Broadband World Forum’s first digital week, running from May 21 to 25 in Messe, Berlin.
"The 2018 survey seeks to find how things have progressed for operators as the role of fixed assets in 5G delivery becomes more apparent. We also expect that value-added services, from OTT video to IoT and smart cities will be a priority for respondents," James added. "While the possible options are endless, the real make-or-break for networks will be the technology they choose to invest in to deliver the capabilities of these new services; something the survey will attempt to find out."
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