Increased investment in ultra-fast broadband, 5G trials, fixed mobile convergence and more connected devices across Europe have accelerated consumer digitization. They also pressure service providers to expedite crucial investment decisions that will impact their businesses well into the future.
These trends also have been good for service provider operations, according to according to Broadband World Forum's 2018 Gigabit Survey. More than half those polled maintained business had "improved a little" since 2017; 19% said business had rocketed, the research found.
Yet in this age of digital acceleration, small improvements aren’t enough. Indeed, for many operators, by upgrading their networks to gigabit speeds they appeal both to tech-savvy, high-spending business and consumer subscribers, set a foundation for new services and earn a premium over lower-speed tiers.
To get there, service providers must decide which of the new or emerging technologies will best support their business models. From artificial intelligence to 5G, IoT to fixed wireless access and NFV to edge computing, every technology advocates itself as the best way operators can advance their networks towards that gigabit future and delivering on consumer demands.
To shine some light on the topic, join Broadband World Forum's free webinar, "Gigabit Realities: Disaggregating Fact from Fiction," on June 12 at 3:00 p.m. BST (UK), 10:00 a.m. EST and 7:00 a.m. PST. A panel of experts, including Patrice Slupowski, senior vice president of Digital Innovation at Orange; Paul Hjul, director of Hjul Consulting; and Julie Kunstler, principal consultant of Broadband Access at
Ovum, will share what works today and the future directions organizations should explore and test.
Unpacking buzzwords to talk about the technologies that make a difference on the ground, panelists will address topics ranging from lab bench to practical applications, creating realistic implementation roadmaps, and identifying where to invest and when, as well as the technologies that operators use today to improve bottom lines and subscriber satisfaction scores.
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