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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 wireless; network slicing and edge computing; 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: 

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.

Digital infrastructure strategies: cloud computing, network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) forecasts and market update report, 2018-2022

This report provides a 5-year forecast of spending split into:

  • three technology types: cloud computing by CSPs, NFV by CSPs, and SDN by CSPs
  • three revenue types: hardware, software and services (with further sub-segmentation)
  • eight geographical regions: Emerging and Developed Asia–Pacific (APAC); Western Europe; Central Eastern Europe; Middle East;  Africa; Latin America (LATAM); and North America (NA)

DNOP (digital network and operations platform) roadmap and deployment models: priorities and best practices

Communications service providers (CSPs) should consider and develop a strategy for building a digital network and operations platform and a migration plan. This report provides an analysis on best practices of those CSPs that have made the most progress in establishing a DNOP, how they have overcome barriers and what – if any – benefits they have received to date.

EPC/vEPC : Forecast and opportunity analysis (2018-2021)

As mobile traffic continues to grow, legacy evolved packet core (EPC) will cease to fulfil communications service providers' (CSPs') needs; CSPs should have a vEPC strategy in place and work with vendors to migrate their network traffic on to the virtualised system. The vEPC will be a stepping stone towards delivering new 5G services.

Shared data layer: the role of SDM in CSP NFV/SDN virtualised networks

Subscriber data management solutions have played a key role in enabling mobile services (data, voice, VoLTE). This report analyses how SDM are  morphing, in support of NFV/SDN and CSPs' push into digital services, first into a shared data layer and ultimately into broader digital identity management solutions.



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

Image showing telco operators becoming digital service providers

 


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