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

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

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

Simplify Operations for the Telco Cloud

Posted by Sandeep Raina on Feb 28, 2017 8:55:39 AM

As CSPs undergo digital transformation - which means offering digital services through a Telco Cloud environment – they face a whole set of operational challenges, including operating a new virtualized network, focusing on customer experience more than before and providing high reliability and availability for upcoming IoT services. Simplifying the operations can help in tackling these challenges.

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Topics: OSS, OSS Transformation, NFV, SDN, Network Function Virtualization, IoT, CSP Digital Transformation, Digital Transformation, Digital Service Quality Management, Service Quality Management, Analytics, Customer behavior, Telco Cloud, Automation & Orchestration

Service Quality in Virtualized Networks

Posted by Sandeep Raina on Feb 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

For a digital service provider, virtualization promises the creation and deployment of new services in shorter time periods, down from a few months to a few days. NFV technology offers the required agility in creation, modification and retiring of services. However, to assure the QoS of NFV-based services, the role of an enhanced Service Quality Management (SQM) system is key.

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Topics: OSS, OSS Transformation, NFV, SDN, IoT, CSP Digital Transformation, Digital Service Quality Management, Analytics, Customer behavior, Automation & Orchestration

Assuring the Telco Cloud

Posted by Sandeep Raina on Feb 21, 2017 4:00:00 PM

As CSPs undergo digital transformation - which means running their business out of a cloud, selling digital services and operating like web-scale internet companies - assuring the Telco Cloud business will take high priority. With networks virtualizing, services digitalizing and IoT looming large, the business risks are much higher than envisaged. Assurance of the Telco Cloud network and services will be key in assuring the new Telco Cloud business.

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Topics: OSS, OSS Transformation, NFV, SDN, Network Function Virtualization, IoT, CSP Digital Transformation, Digital Transformation, Digital Service Quality Management, Service Quality Management, Analytics, Customer behavior, Network Monetization, Telco Cloud, Automation & Orchestration

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