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Leveraging next-generation and virtual networks

Delivering digital and communications services in a more mobile, social and connected world requires more reliable, affordable, intelligent and automated networks.

Nearly $200B in product and service revenue is at stake.
Larry Goldman, Partner at Analysys Mason, talks about digital transformation in the telecom industry at Mobile World Congress 2016
Introducing the first benchmark index to evaluate operators' transition to the telco cloud in terms of technology deployments and related business operations.

Operators' businesses are changing and a radical shift in networking and architecture is underway to support this. Web-scale content providers need ever-more increasing capacity, performance, agility and cost efficiency to support their growth. More-traditional communications service providers (CSPs) are seeking to emulate the web-scale players' use of networking technology that is rooted in IT, and harness it to shift their business models beyond connectivity services to a wider array of fixed and mobile services supported by their new digital infrastructure.

Analysys Mason's next-generation and virtual networks mission is to help the market move forward to a more automated/autonomous, cloudified future by focusing our research on:

  • changes to the value chain brought about by using new technologies and approaches, such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV); 5G mobile; network slicing and multi-access edge computing (MEC); open-source software; open networking; and infrastructure disaggregation
  • benchmarks to assess which operators are making the most progress in deploying 5G and virtual networks, which suppliers are leading the different product and professional service spending categories, and why
  • key issues that are driving or inhibiting the pace of the industry's move to build, automate and operate hybrid virtual–physical networks at scale

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Forthcoming research and reports include: 

Ongoing activities on the road to 5G: C-RAN, small cells and SON

Mobile network operators (MNOs) will look for more efficiency from their forthcoming 5G investments and network capacity growth, while maintaining flat capex budgets. We have identified three key technologies – cloud-RAN, small cells and self-optimising networks (SONs) – that MNOs will invest in and will help vendors to drive revenue in the next 5 years.

WAN SDN status report

Vendors often provide WAN SDN capabilities, such as SD-WAN and multi-layer control, as distinct point products, but there is benefit to a more strategic platform strategy. This report demystifies WAN SDN solution trends and competitive dynamics.

Multi-access edge computing: architecture and deployment plans

MEC promises to distribute the agility and cost gains of NFV/SDN to the fixed and mobile network edge. This report analyses the industry’s progress with MEC in terms of architecture and deployment.

Live-streaming OTT video: strategies, value and the role of vendors

Live-streaming OTT video is becoming an increasingly important application for communications networks. Transporting the increasing volume of OTT traffic efficiently and with the QoE expected by users while enabling CSPs to maximise their return requires new strategies and technologies that vendors must support.

Topology information shared between service assurance and fulfilment: the need for dynamic inventory

Service assurance and fulfilment systems remain largely distinct, but this will change with the shift towards more real-time, closed-loop automation approaches. This report focuses on how topology information shared between service assurance and service fulfilment systems will be a key enabler of increased automation. 

Below: The journey from communication service provider (CSP) to digital service provider (DSP).

Image showing telco operators becoming digital service providers