Enabling the benefits of network virtualisation through smart data

During the past decade, the telecoms landscape has changed dramatically. The emergence of OTT players has eroded service providers’ voice and messaging revenues, with reports suggesting that the widespread adoption of OTT messaging and VoIP services will drive losses of $386 billion for the telecoms industry between 2012-2018.

At the same time competitive mobile operators have moved to unlimited data plans, leaving larger operators with no alternative but to change and also...

Exploring the roadmap of fully ‘zero touch’ NFV for 5G networks

We are all aware of the fact that the world is moving towards intelligence-based automation. Emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and machine leaning, will be playing a key role in making network more intelligent. The journey towards a ‘zero touch’ network is started with a need by telecom service providers to couple with digital innovation and incorporate their efforts in the upcoming fifth generation (5G).

But automating deployment and managing operations...

How network virtualisation and densification will shape up at MWC 2018

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With 5G set to be a focal point at MWC 2018, industry chatter is increasingly turning to immediate and longer-term predictions in this space. The question on everyone’s lips?  What needs to happen for the industry to deliver upon its 5G promises? At Arqiva we see two key trends emerging that are likely to lead this conversation. 

Virtualisation of the network

In the mobile sector to date hardware and software have typically been provided via...

A guide: Finding choice in the software-defined labyrinth

Getting to the heart of how software-defined networks (SDN), and software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) can benefit your business and the options they provide will improve your IT networks. But currently, not all companies are getting their heads around the technology.

The reality is that SDN, and related technologies are at the heart of next generation networks. SDN delivers a new network architecture, one where the intelligence of the network is controlled centrally by...

Cisco continues to dominate switching and router market – with NFV and SDN on the horizon

The global switching and router market continues to be led by one company, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

Cisco’s share of the total market was 51%, with particular dominance in the enterprise routers section, where it holds 63% share, Synergy added. For Ethernet switching, Cisco still held more than half share, and for service provider routers Cisco held 38% of the market.

The company’s main competitor across all markets is Huawei, with HPE...

ETSI launches latest release of Open Source Mano to aid NFV orchestration

The ETSI Open Source Mano group (ETSI OSM) has announced the launch of its latest OSM release to deliver production-quality open source management and orchestration for network function virtualisation (NFV).

Among the new features in the latest iteration include enhancements for scalability, performance, resiliency, security, and user experience relating to its adoption in production environments.

“With a new role-based access control, OSM release three enables users from...

Red Hat and Orange team up to innovate network virtualisation

Red Hat and Orange have teamed up as part of a joint engineering programme with the aim of bringing in new technology innovation in network virtualisation.

The motive of the joint engineering programme is deliver additional features supporting network functions virtualisation (NFV) into OpenStack and other open source communities and also to meet the explicit requirements of communications service providers and their networks when formulating technologies.

The recent...

Amdocs delivers new NFV portfolio powered by ONAP

Software and services provider Amdocs has introduced a new portfolio featuring modular capabilities that accelerate service design, virtualisation and operating capabilities on demand.

The new Amdocs Network Function Virtualization (NFV), which is powered by Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), is claimed by the company to be the first and most comprehensive software and services offering that leverages open source networking technology which can be deployed either locally or in...

Leave your appliances behind: How to overcome challenges in moving to a cloud-centric network

Ecosystems, APIs, open source software, agile development, COTS servers, programmable network; these are some of the attributes of the cloud that service providers plan to leverage by using technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Service providers plan to move from closed appliances to open servers and software components. However, making this move requires a significant change in thinking, acting, and probably choice of...

Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry to jointly setup Open Broadband Laboratory Asia

The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly establish an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia (OBLA) and promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution at the recent China SDN/NFV Conference in Beijing.

Open Broadband Labs are a collaborative resource for the integration, staging and testing of open source, commercial software, standards-based and vendor implementations where suppliers, integrators and operators...