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White Papers

New dynamics, including an explosion of traffic driven by on-demand video streaming, enterprise cloud adoption, virtualized network functions, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are challenging network operators to reexamine the capabilities required in a faster and vastly larger world. This is why so many service providers and other enterprises are evaluating principles of ‘web-scale IT’ infrastructures. Ciena has the track record and expertise to help any network owners apply web-scale advances to their networks, working hard to transform capacity into capability.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) enables service providers to rapidly deploy and scale network services, each containing multiple interconnected network functions, in a virtualized manner on industry-standard hardware platforms. Beyond managing the lifecycle of discrete and potentially complex virtual network functions (VNFs), there is a requirement to design and introduce new network services, instantiate and terminate these network services within the network, manage their elastic scaling at run-time and optimize their use of the underlying resource infrastructure driven by performance, reliability and cost factors.

The rise in smartphone and tablet usage, coupled with increasing data speeds, both mobile and fixed, is contributing to a geometric increase in the consumption of data services, enabling the so-called customer “Digital Lifestyle”. Oracle has solved the issue facing many service providers today – how to effectively monetize data services to increase revenues.

A recent report stated that the telecoms sector is spending lots of money on new infrastructure, but it’s not optimising returns. Frequently the process of allocating and managing capital is both deeply flawed and frustrating.

Conversely it states improvements in capital and operational management presents the opportunity for 40 percent savings to network operators.

Download this report and discover the results of exclusive operator research into the challenges faced during network rollouts and learn about the tools available to help make this process potentially more efficient.

Many mobile providers see Wi-Fi as a threat to their traditional mobile business and a risk to their revenues from corporate customers. However, Wi-Fi does offer new opportunities to enhance the overall mobile customer proposition and experience, along with new commercialization models.

Service providers must consider several important implications and potential strategies to position themselves to capture Wi-Fi opportunities in the business market.

Download this new whitepaper from Cisco to understand the opportunity for your organisation.

Everything is changing

As the pressures on operators mount from every direction – OTT competition, data-hungry subscribers and business customers, LTE, and VoLTE – the need for strategically realigned new business models dominates the agenda. Telcos define their competitive advantage by their ability to innovate and to keep pace with – or, better still, ahead of - the changing technology landscape. This means delivering services that consumers will love because they can enhance the mobile lifestyle. On top of that, it means meeting the ever more sophisticated requirements of enterprise customers.

 

The impact on the business

The rapid growth of mobile data and the popularity of Wi-Fi have created many new and innovative money-making opportunities for service providers. The question is no longer “Can service providers make money from Wi-Fi? rather, it is “Where should they focus their efforts, and when should they deploy?”

 Download this exclusive whitepaper from Cisco and understand the opportunity and the way forward for your organisation.

Distributed antenna systems are proliferating as carriers scramble to enhance quality-of-service in densely packed venues such as sports stadiums, shopping malls, and convention centers. In such environments, cell-tower coverage simply cannot handle the dense traffic of tens of thousands of voice calls and the image/video transfers endemic to smartphones.

The carrier who does handle the traffic sets itself apart as a provider, and that is why DAS are becoming so popular.

Current methods of anticipatory service assurance are failing to provide optimal results – it is time to look at what contextual and predictive analytics can do. This paper describes one specific business application, Critical Alarm Prediction, which benefits the CSP in OPEX reduction, revenue loss prevention and customer experience management. 

Networking vendors and operators are now mustering to address and benefit from the sea change that SDN/NFV represents, making this an opportune time to establish a broad industry ecosystem, not a series of ‘ego-systems’ revolving around particular vendor implementations, forming competing siloes, and reducing the scope and sweep of operator choices. The successful establishment of an expansive ecosystem requires embracing expansive openness throughout the top-to-bottom architecture.

This white paper assesses the impact of the emerging network virtualization technologies of network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) on the operational processes and support systems of communication service providers (CSPs). It outlines the key role the OSS will play in enabling CSPs to deploy and realize anticipated benefits from service agility, operational flexibility and cost optimization.

Virtualization brings the promise of renewed competitiveness to telecom operators, allowing them to move forward with agility, speed and cost savings. As with all new technologies, it requires changes in how operators manage their business processes in procurement, planning and operations. 
    

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