View from the top – latest digital transformation insights from executives at TM Forum Digital Transformation World 2018

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on Jun 27, 2018 3:39:39 PM

In May 2018, TM Forum held their annual flagship conference, Digital Transformation World (DTW), in Nice, France. This leading industry event was a rich and inspiring gathering of industry experts and CIOs/CTOs exchanging visionary ideas and sharing experiences about the latest advancement in our industry.

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Topics: NFV, IoT, 5G, SDN, Telco Cloud, Service Assurance, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, CSP

5G networks move from the lab into the real world

Posted by Neil McKinlay on Jun 8, 2018 10:56:02 AM

5G networks are taking their first steps out of trials and labs into reality with innovative use cases demonstrated during the winter Olympics in South Korea early in 2018. Now the “how” of deploying dynamic, self-orchestrating networks has been explored and successfully demonstrated in recent TM Forum proof of concept Catalysts focused around providing new service provision and connectivity for the Tour de France cycle race, to demonstrate the real world benefits and value of 5G and new technologies available.

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Topics: NFV, IoT, 5G, SDN, Telco Cloud, Service Assurance

Three UK's Core Network Transformation Requires New Approach to Assurance

Posted by Ian Meakin on Dec 18, 2017 2:15:00 PM

Blog written by James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst - OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading, and published on Light Reading on 14/12/2017 

Back in 2014 the regulatory winds were favorable in European telecoms with consolidation in both the German and Austrian markets taking the number of mobile network operators from four to three. "Market repair" was the buzzword of the day and operators were keen to see if they could achieve similar consolidation in other countries. In the UK, there were four MNOs: EE (itself a merger of Orange and T-Mobile's UK arms), O2 (part of the Telefonica Group, Vodafone and Three UK (part of Asian conglomerate CK Hutchison). With EE being snapped up by BT, Three made an audacious offer for O2 that would have created the largest mobile operator in the UK with over 40% share of mobile subscribers and a strong portfolio of spectrum. However, after a year of deliberations, in May 2016 the deal was blocked by the EU commission on competition grounds, leaving Three UK in a quandary.

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Topics: NFV, IoT, 5G, SDN, Telco Cloud, Service Assurance, Orchestration

QoS challenges in the NFV/5G networks

Posted by Sandeep Raina on Jun 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

NFV-core based 5G networks have already caught the fancy of the Telco Cloud service provider. The reasons for this are its promise of high QoS.

High speed/throughput, high reliability, low latency, high capacity, high availability, high connectivity and dynamic bandwidth allocation are the key QoS benefits that Telco Cloud service providers can expect from the 5G Cloud RAN and the NFV core networks.

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Topics: 5G, NFV, Network Function Virtualization, Telco Cloud, CSP Digital Transformation

Supporting IoT services on 5G network slices through Service Quality Management

Posted by Sandeep Raina on May 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

High speed, high reliability and low latency are the key benefits that CSPs expect from 5G. While high speed (targeted at 20 Gbps) helps to upload and download video-based content faster and in larger volumes, high reliability (always 100%) supports mission-critical services especially in the IoT world. Low latency (sub millisecond) cuts down the time to deliver mission-critical applications. Never before has Service Quality Management (SQM) in mobile networks been as important as now.

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Topics: 5G, IoT, Service Quality Management

Service management for the Telco Cloud

Posted by Sandeep Raina on May 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There is a resurgence in the use of Service Quality Management (SQM) for digital service operations. The reasons for SQM’s growing importance are the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT), which gained significant momentum in 2016, and the anticipated rollout of NFV-based services in 2017. Both reasons expect the current functionality of an SQM system to be extended to cover the high speed and scale demands of a digital service environment.

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Topics: Service Quality Management, NFV, IoT, CSP Digital Transformation, Automation, Analytics

Digitalization of telco business and the role of service assurance

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on May 3, 2017 10:30:00 AM

CSPs need to simplify and rationalize their service assurance systems across all networks: mobile and fixed, enterprise and IT/data center, so that they can be maintained at peak performance and maximize the utilization of the network resources. As a consequence of evolving digitalization, there is a great need to build operation centers that are predictive, customer-centric, analytics-driven and highly automated to help CSPs achieve speed and massive opex savings.

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Topics: CSP Digital Transformation, Service Assurance, Service Quality Management, IoT, Automation, Virtualization, Analytics

Developing a blueprint for zero touch, end-to-end service orchestration across hybrid and multiple networks

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on Apr 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The telecom industry is witnessing the start of a profound transformation process that will allow Communication Service Providers to evolve into Digital Service Providers. The promise is to utilize new cloud, software, IoT and big data technologies to provide intelligent connectivity and value added digital services to consumers, enterprises and various industry segments. This includes the connectivity and management of smart factories (Industry 4.0), smart connected vehicles (autonomous driving), smart grid networks or SD-WAN networks for enterprises. This also includes digital services to consumers, such as connected homes, virtual-reality gaming and rich high-definition multi-media entertainment catalogues.

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Topics: CSP Digital Transformation, 5G, Automation, Analytics, IoT, NFV, OSS, Virtualization

Digital OSS for the Digital World

Posted by Sandeep Raina on Mar 28, 2017 12:39:11 PM

Digital businesses and digital networks are all about high speed communication, dynamic network orchestration and on-demand services. Without an overhaul of current Operation Support Systems (OSS), service providers will be up against big operational challenges to realize their digital business objectives.

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Topics: OSS, Digital Transformation, Telco Cloud, Automation, NFV, IoT, CSP

Connectivity Assurance for the IoT Service Provider

Posted by Sandeep Raina on Mar 15, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The success of IoT is dependent on two key elements of the IoT ecosystem: performance of the things (sensored devices) and performance of the networks that connect them. The latter offers a greater risk to the Service Provider, as the devices often are required to have very reliable and high quality connectivity to support the services offered to some high-revenue industry verticals.

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Topics: OSS, OSS Transformation, IoT, Digital Service Quality Management, Service Quality Management, Analytics, Customer behavior, Automation & Orchestration, Fault Management, Performance Management

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