2/21/2018 As operators start the migration to NFV through a hybrid transition to a fully virtualized network, operators must make sure they are keeping their eyes firmly on the service they deliver end-to-end.
MWC 2018: Time for a Reality Check Ovum analyst Dario Talmesio says MWC 2018 is a great opportunity for a reality check on key technology developments and potential business cases related to AI, IoT, 5G and more.
Debating the Common Information Model LONDON, 11/3/2017 – At Light Reading's 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV' event in London, Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre talk common information models and automation.
Flirting With Automation Automated back office operations is becoming a hot topic amongst major operators, including many of those at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
Colt's CTO on Connecting the Cloud Colt CTO Rajiv Datta talks about the impact of SDN and NFV, how data centers are now at the core of the telecoms ecosystem and how network and services evolution is being built around enterprise demands.
How the NIA Aims to Advance NFV Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
The Computer Science Approach to Network Virtualization The three biggest challenges facing the implementation of virtualization are interoperability, moving to a DevOps model and the complexity around management, according to Doug Tait, head of NFV Solutions for Oracle. In this video, he discusses the features of a 'well-enabled VNF' that Oracle has piloted with AT&T, China Mobile and Orange.
The Cloud Descends on OFC 2017 The annual optical fest that is OFC is about to open its doors at the LA Convention Center and, like most networking industry events, cloud cover is very evident.
Modernizing the Packet Core for Cloud and 5G Jan Häglund, Ericsson's head of network analytics and control, discusses how the packet core must evolve to accommodate cloud-native applications and the rollout of 5G. At MWC, Ericsson's pavilion included solutions for network slicing, optimizing throughput and automating lifecycle management.
How to Use the Virtuapedia Produced in partnership with Ericsson, Cisco, Intel and Oracle, the Virtuapedia is the ultimate information source for people, companies, standards groups, ecosystems, products and services that are building the new virtualized economy.
Existing service operations centers (SOC) have been the heartbeat of network operations for many years. Integrating OSS, BSS, CRM and network device and services data has allowed operators to view, in real time, the performance of the network and deliver a unified view of the customer experience.
Up until now, this system has been a set of manual process that is time consuming and costly. In addition, it is difficult to keep up with the constant changes in existing services and support the addition of new services such as SD-WAN. This problem will only get worse as the industry moves to virtualization.
This webinar will explore how operators can mitigate the problems in the SOC as they move from a physical to hybrid and eventually a fully virtualized environment through automation of the critical functions. This session will cover everything from network and test configurations that assist in accelerating service delivery while eliminating human error, to deploying automated root cause analysis, to a fully closed loop automated environment that uses KPIs from the network to make meaningful changes improving service quality and improved subscriber satisfaction.
Cloud-ready communications technology promises automation, interoperability, increased flexibility and lower TCO. However, before realizing these benefits, operators must overcome numerous hurdles, including heavy dependence on vendor-specific roadmaps; lengthy processes tied to traditional standards-developing organizations; and the technical and organizational challenges of migrating a network.
This webinar will explore how open architectures can address these challenges and more, helping to make the vision of on-demand service delivery a reality. As a proof point, speakers will highlight the MEF17 Services on Demand Proof of Concept based on open architectures and involving carrier participation from AT&T, Colt and Orange, along with a number of software and hardware vendors.
Discussion will include:
Network migration challenges
Increasing role of software and open APIs
Key open technology components and roles
MEF17 Service on Demand Proof of Concept collaboration and results
Design of next-generation virtualized networks for the digital service provider has largely stalled as telcos struggle with the complexity of the task before them. Conventional approaches don't support key strategic objectives (service velocity, DevOps automation and business agility). The degree of hard-code and manual integration to make anything work at all is not scalable; initial solutions are simply too static and bloated to be practical. CSP transformation initiatives are in desperate need of technological innovation. The industry requires new "middleware" between the products and user experiences they want to deliver and the underlying applications, services, resources and processes that fulfill them.
In our webinar, we'll interview Dave Duggal, founder and CEO of EnterpriseWeb, which ran ETSI NFV PoC #1, "CloudNFV," led six award-winning TMF Catalyst projects demonstrating advanced standards-based use cases and recently won "Best NFV Interoperability" at Layer 123's SDN & NFV World Congress. The company's suite of cloud-native products provide for secure, scalable, zero-touch operations with policy-based management.
The webinar will feature a product demonstration showing how customers using EnterpriseWeb can onboard any heterogeneous VNF or PNF, compose them into any arbitrary network service, and deploy them with any diverse target environment (multi-VNFM, multi-cloud, multi-VIM) – with no hard-coding or manual integration! The demo will go on to show how their software dynamically responds to events and how services can be reconfigured using simply metadata.
Achieving 5G for commercial markets requires major innovation in the architecture for wireless infrastructure basestations… and the key is in phased-array-based technologies.
The current generation of wireless basestations rely on multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antennae configurations of two to eight antennas to multiply the capacity of antenna links – boosting overall efficiency and throughput. To provide the requisite data rates for 5G, basestations will now require anywhere from 64 to hundreds of antennas to be arrayed in a "massive MIMO" (M-MIMO) configuration, which can deliver full-channel capacity by reusing the same frequency and time resources, provided they have compact front-end solutions delivering optimal RF and thermal performance.
When it comes to the architecture and assembly of massive MIMO 5G systems, we see many parallels with the new generation of Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) active antennae systems targeted for air traffic control and weather system tracking applications. These applications share the 2.6 to 3.5 GHz frequency and antenna architecture, leveraging Scalable Planar Array Tiles (SPAR) to integrate the antenna and RF front-end modules into a single multilayer RF board using accelerated processes to minimize yield risks. And while you might not typically associate this class of radar system with cost-sensitive commercial applications like 5G, you might be surprised to learn that MPAR technology leverages design and manufacturing efficiencies that dramatically reduce the cost of the end system.
SPAR Tile technology, developed in collaboration between MACOM and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, embodies a new cost-conscious approach to phased array radar system development, leveraging highly integrated antenna sub-systems and volume-scale commercial packaging and manufacturing techniques, enabling the transition from cumbersome traditional brick architectures to a more efficient planar approach. The design and assembly techniques used for the tile array MPAR address both communications and sensing applications, enabling active antenna capability at a cost point that makes this technology viable for a wide range of commercial use cases.
MACOM is committed to enabling 5G by providing the high-performance product solutions required to better enable the necessary wireless infrastructure. MACOM’s portfolio solves the challenges of 5G deployment with cost-effective, compact, highly efficient and integrated front-end solutions, including GaN-on-Silicon power amplifiers and proprietary switch technologies.
Continued innovation in phased-array-based technologies like MPAR will allow basestation OEMs to simplify design and manufacturing processes, and get to market faster with 5G technology.