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Feb. 24, 2021

Let’s face it. 5G xHaul transport can be complex. In addition to the traditional backhaul, there is fronthaul and new midhaul that also have complex planning requirements: latency, timing, and synchronization have stricter limits for 5G compared to 3G/4G, the new requirement of network slicing ...

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Jan. 29, 2021

Automating transport network operations is fundamental to building the fully automated network of the future. CSPs have shown a strong preference for building up this automation through a set of well-prioritized, bottom-up steps. These steps include both simplifying network infrastructure opera ...

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Jan. 4, 2021

2020 was a year of reacting for Communications Software, OSS/BSS, and operations, not planning, not dreaming, just reacting to the constantly changing environment:[1] CSPs scrambled to add bandwidth and access capacity for remote workforces and reworked their processes to remote their own work ...

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Dec. 8, 2020

Operations support systems and business support systems are being rewritten or refactored to cloud-native, microservices-based apps capable of running on hybrid cloud and multicloud computing and storage infrastructure. This is creating a new commercial cooperative development model between software ...

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Oct. 28, 2020

2020 has been quite a year. The unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on modern society has made clearer than ever the importance of connectivity, and the vital role the Internet plays in our daily lives - especially for enterprises. But the new normal we are all experiencing is only the start of a bi ...

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Oct. 8, 2020

The communication industry is moving to an open disaggregated, multi-vendor approach. Industry initiatives such as OCP, O-RAN, DDC and TIP are taking that direction. CSPs such as AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have been advocating their white-box disaggregated approach for quite some time. T ...

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Sept. 10, 2020

Are disaggregated networks based on white-boxes difficult to operate? The critics of the disaggregated network always argue that these kinds of networks, which are based on different software and hardware, are hard to deploy and operate. These factors may imply that the network is difficul ...

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Sept. 10, 2020

  Defining Basic Disaggregation in Networking Disaggregated Networking is not a new concept, but Complete Disaggregated Networking is. Before understanding Complete Disaggregation, let’s define what disaggregation is in networking or what I call the basic disaggregation. Any wh ...

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Aug. 11, 2020

Special-purpose networks, such as IP-VPNs, SD-WANs, and low-latency trading networks have been offered by CSPs for many years but engender large extra capex and opex costs. Re-imagining these networks as slices of a common network infrastructure promises to decrease the capex cost, but makes them mo ...

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June 19, 2020

Netcracker, an NEC company, has long distinguished itself by offering a suite of OSS and BSS systems for communications service providers that take a very business-oriented approach. Its Netcracker 12 suite brought a strong integrated story to its overall offerings. Now, Netcracker 2020 completes th ...

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May 18, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) want to digitalize their networks, their operations, their customer interactions, their entire business to revolutionize their cost basis, increase customer satisfaction, and grow revenue. To compete effectively with the web-scale players, they need projects t ...