Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI

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5G and what it means for service assurance

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on May 31, 2019 5:41:00 PM

5G; first there was a vision, then there was hype, then there were promises.  Finally, it’s here (or at the very least coming soon to a network near you).  Even in the UK, a market that was in danger of lagging behind on its 4G launches, we’re seeing EE switch on its 5G services in six UK cities this week, with Vodafone UK hot on its heels with a July launch.

So now it’s real, it’s timely to ask what will these new 5G services be? What will they deliver? And crucially how we can be sure that the promised answers to those first two questions are being delivered against?

These questions will among those posed to CSPs at the upcoming Telecom Assurance Cloud Summit (London: 11 June).

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Topics: 5G, CSP Digital Transformation, Service Assurance in Telecom, Digital Transformation, SaaS, Assurance Cloud, "RFP", "Procurement"

How to monetise the 5G experience

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on May 13, 2019 7:41:12 AM

As 5G rollouts begin in earnest, significant questions remain as to how the business model will stack-up for next generation networks. It’s actually a little shocking that despite investing billions in spectrum and billions more in network buildout, this is still even a question. 

We know 5G will bring increased speed and decreased latency. But so what? Will this alone be enough to recoup the investment?

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Topics: Automation, 5G, Cloud Computing, CSP Digital Transformation, 5G Transformation, Telco Cloud

Telco Cloud - The 4 immutable laws

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on May 9, 2019 9:10:42 AM

A strategic digital transformation and migration of infrastructure to the cloud can cut a CSP’s IT costs by up to 31 percent. This isn’t a number I’ve made up. This is the judgement of Three UK’s director of IT transformation, speaking at their media and analyst event last week.

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Topics: Service Assurance, Automation, 5G, Cloud Computing, CSP Digital Transformation, Telco Cloud

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

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

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

Leveraging OSS for network monetization and digital service assurance

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on Dec 5, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Digitization of businesses and virtualization of networks promise business benefits but are also introducing new challenges for the communications service providers.

Ongoing exponential increase in data consumption by subscribers, especially of video applications and OTT, has taken a toll on the capacity of mobile networks, forcing CSPs to carry out continuous expensive capacity upgrades. In this context, IoT will only exacerbate the problem by adding another layer of traffic to the existing CSP networks.

Through customer-centric analytics, which offer insights into customer behavior, trends and predictions, a new approach to the resolution of capacity problems can be introduced. Carrier-grade business analytics with automation capabilities can solve critical capacity bottlenecks. Using such analytics (real-time and non-real-time), CSPs can trigger automatic processes for proactive or prescriptive actions to solve capacity issues.

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

Releasing network capacity with analytics

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on Apr 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Ahead of his presentation at TM Forum Live!, in Nice, France, next month, Mounir Ladki, President and CTO of MYCOM OSI looks at how analytics can help service providers get more out of the network

Telecommunication networks are undergoing major technology shifts, and many of these are happening at the same time: Virtualization, IoT, customer-centricity and automation, bringing a new set of challenges with them.

As happens with every technology shift, the coverage, capacity and quality of the network are impacted. As an example, it took years to establish the 2G quality, which was ruptured when 3G arrived. This process was repeated when 4G was introduced, and will happen again very soon with IoT. While 5G is still a few years away, it is a good idea to prepare the networks for associated challenges.

Let us look at the most important reasons for the introduction of new technologies – speed and capacity.

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Topics: Network Monetization, Network Capacity Management, Telecom Network Automation

How CSPs should manage and assure digital services over NFV/SDN: defining an end-to-end digital experience orchestration architecture

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on Feb 2, 2016 12:27:10 PM

NFV (Network Function Virtualization) promises to fundamentally change the nature of telecom networks, by completely separating the hardware from the software; network functions and services will be virtualized and will be delivered using standard IT hardware resources (processing, storage and bandwidth) from data centers in the cloud. This will be the real enabler for operators’ transformation into Digital Services providers, as they will be able to design and deliver new services much faster, configure digital experiences in real-time and slice their networks to deliver on-demand network capabilities corresponding to different applications (connected cars, Smart Cities, etc.) In brief this will allow CSPs to become the true enablers of the digital transformation of many industry verticals (transport, energy, smart cities, etc.) and to deliver new lucrative managed services to these verticals.

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Topics: NFV, CSP Digital Transformation, Network Function Virtualization, Predictive Analytics in Telecom

Future 5G Networks - Revolutionary capabilities and disruptive management approaches

Posted by Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI on Oct 12, 2015 12:53:00 PM

5G, the next generation standard of mobile communications has entered into its initial requirements definition and research phase with commercial deployments expected to start around 2020. 5G will not just be an improvement to current mobile technologies, 4G/LTE, it is supposed to become de-facto standard for broadcasting and for connecting billions of devices and sensors opening the possibility for Communication Service Providers to transform into Digital Services Providers.

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