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Telecoms insights for Africa (PDF (575 KB))

This edition of Analysys Mason's Telecoms insights for Africa features five articles showing our experts' thinking on a range of topics that are relevant to operators in the region.

GDPR compliance, an opportunity for telecoms operators to deliver enhanced customer experience (PDF (1.39MB))

This white paper assesses developments taking place as operators ensure continued compliance with GDPR and also discusses approaches to leverage the opportunity to enhance the customer experience.

Assuring application agility in multi-cloud environments: CSPs must look beyond network performance (PDF (1.43MB))

This white paper discusses how service assurance will play a crucial role in the success of managed services.

Enterprise communications: growth opportunities for telecoms operators Vol III (PDF (1.35MB))

The enterprise market continues to offer tremendous opportunities for telecoms operators and, as these articles show, there are plenty of examples of best practice in this area.

Reimagining service assurance for NFV, SDN and 5G (PDF (2MB))

This white paper identifies six key traits of new-age service assurance systems for the virtualised age.

Convergent charging systems can transform CSP operations (PDF (2.14MB))

This white paper provides information on how CSPs can develop a new set of offerings that can be taken to customers in new markets using a unified, real-time charging engine.

Digitalising 5G: elastic, programmable and secure (PDF (1.3MB))

This white paper assesses what communications service providers need to do to prepare their networks for 5G.

IoT opportunities for telecoms operators (volume V) (PDF (2MB))

This white paper assesses the impact of IoT developments on telecoms operators.

Telecoms insights for the Middle East and North Africa (PDF (836KB))

This first edition of Analysys Mason's newsletter for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region features five articles that are relevant to telecoms operators in the region.

The impact of a content-filtering mandate on online service providers (PDF (2MB))

This study explores the likely impact of the legislative proposal on the providers of online audiovisual services and quantifies the associated direct and indirect costs and benefits. 

Converging IT and network teams: a cloud-native automation platform is the catalyst for successful operations (PDF (2MB))

This white paper assesses the value of a cloud-native platform for operational automation, which can be shared by IT and networking organisations. 

The crux of CSP-to-DSP transformation: agile architecture and open platforms (PDF (825KB))

This white paper discusses the key factors which are driving CSPs to evolve their architecture and operations frameworks.

Submarine network needs for the next generation (PDF 5MB)

This compilation of articles from Analysys Mason covers some of the key topics and issues for the submarine cable industry.

Competing at the pace of digital-native players – CSPs’ critical shift from monolithic to platform-based digital enablemen (PDF (1.9MB))

This white paper discusses how communications service providers (CSPs) can improve their ability to compete with other CSPs and web-scale service providers by deploying digital enablement platforms.

Enterprise communications: growth opportunities for telecoms operators Vol II (PDF 2.6MB)

The enterprise market continues to offer tremendous opportunities for telecoms operators and, as these articles show, there are plenty of examples of best practice in this area.

From autonomous to adaptive: the next evolution in networking (PDF (1.6MB))

This white paper sets out a clear vision of 'adaptive' wide-area transport networks and their operations.

CSP digital transformation: leapfrogging competition via an agile transformation framework (PDF, 1.61MB)

This white paper assesses how an agile transformation framework can help communications service providers (CSPs) to become digital service providers (DSPs).

Digital transformation of BSS and OSS to the Cloud and DevOps (PDF, 929 KB)

How fast are today’s business support systems (BSS) and operations support systems (OSS) making the move to the cloud?

Socio-Economic Benefits of Cellular V2X (PDF, 861 KB)

This 5GAA report, authored by Analysys Mason together with SBD Automotive, assesses the benefits of cellular vehicle to everything (C‑V2X) technology for delivery of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication. 

IoT opportunities for telecoms operators (Vol IV) (PDF, 5.6MB)

The articles in this collection reflect the diversity of areas that telecoms operators are facing with IoT – from horizontal issues such as technology platforms to domain-specific issues such as autonomous vehicles.

Preparing the packet, optical and fixed access networks for the digital era: requirements for a cloud network platform (PDF 1.4MB)

This white paper outlines the key drivers and requirements for building cloud-based packet, optical and fixed access (IP, MPLS, optical, microwave and fibre access) networks for communications service providers (CSPs).

The next generation of wireless networks: 5G evolution and roadmap (PDF 1.8MB)

This report documents the evolution of, and roadmap for, 5G in India and the rest of the world.

Digitalization reshaping operations: a new digital operational model for the future (PDF 1.8MB)

Operators need a future-proof software-driven operations model that can not only support today's physical networks but also adapt as the infrastructure transitions to hybrid and virtual networks.

The evolution to cloud-native NFV: early adoption brings benefits with a flexible approach (PDF 1.53 MB)

Cloud-native computing promises to transform the cost of building and operating the network, but CSPs will need to take a business-driven and pragmatic approach to its adoption given the specific requirements of virtual network functions.

Connected Europe: building the gigabit society (PDF 1028 KB)

A compilation of articles from Analysys Mason that covers a range of topics relevant to building the gigabit society in Europe.

Flexible, extensible, adaptable: towards a universal template for VNF onboarding and lifecycle management (PDF 994 KB)

Unless CSPs adopt a new approach to building and maintaining interoperability between VFNs and their platform environments, an industry 'app store' of VFNs remains a pipe dream. 

Critical success factors for telco cloud transformation: key findings from the Nokia Telco Cloud index (PDF 1.83 MB)

This white paper offers a unique insight into the Nokia Telco Cloud index and the progress communication service providers (CSPs) are making towards becoming digital servuice providers (DSPs). 

Telefónica’s UNICA architecture strategy for network virtualisation (PDF 1.8 MB)

This report explains Telefónica’s network virtualisation or ‘Telco Cloud’ programme, including the foundational architecture that Telefónica is deploying to support future networks based on network function virtualisation / software-defined networking (NFV/SDN) technologies.

Enterprise communications: growth opportunities for telecoms operators (PDF 1.3KB)

This collection of articles will help telecom operators understand the new enterprise communication services, and provides ideas and suggestions for implementing them.

Economic impact of competition policy enforcement on the functioning of telecoms markets in the EU ((PDF 3.5KB))

Study commissioned by DG Competition of the European Commission - by LEAR, DIW and Analysys Mason.

Internet of Things (IoT): opportunities for telecoms operators (Vol III) (PDF, 3.9MB)

With connectivity only representing a small share of the IoT opportunity, for many telecoms operators the focus is on how to play a role in other parts of the value chain.

Lowering barriers to telecoms infrastructure deployment (PDF 1MB)

Study examining the practical barriers to deployment of telecoms infrastructure across the UK. 

Operators' digital transformation: unlocking EUR15 billion through partnerships with OSPs (PDF 1.86 MB)

Study examining the Internet ecosystem, and the impacts and opportunities for telecoms operators that arise from interactions and partnerships with Online Service Providers (OSPs). 

Impact of the internet and digitization on the European creative sector (PDF 14.2 KB)

Study examining the impact of the internet and digitalisation on the European creative sector. 

Unleashing the power of all domains: the social, cultural, and economic benefits of Universal Acceptance (PDF 2.69 MB)

This report examines the Universal Acceptance (UA) of the new international generic top-level Internet domain names

Regulatory options to promote investment in 5G and IoT infrastructure in Europe (PDF 2.5 MB)

Report looking at investment cases for 5G to help meet future digital and IoT needs.

UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Priorities for making best use cases of 5GHZ spectrum (PDF 2.3 MB)

Looking at future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK.

Africa telecoms outlook: key trends and opportunities (PDF, 58.3KB)

Thought leadership highlighting the important trends driving the development of the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sectors in Africa.

Automated service assurance is critical for operationalising NFV/SDN (PDF, 1MB)

This report explains the importance of automation in operationalising NFV/SDN-based virtualised networks, and discusses the quick-win opportunities.

Creating a digital service provider using a big data analytics platform (PDF, 7.95MB)

This report analyses the changes that communications service providers need to make to their data analytics tools and environment when aspiring to become digital service providers (DSPs).

NFV, SDN and cloud are critical to the multiscreen, OTT, 4K video business case (PDF, 1.63MB)

This white paper evaluates quantifiable business benefits of implementing network function virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud-enabled video services for fixed communication services providers (CSPs).

Service assurance is a critical part of operationalising NFV/SDN-based networks (PDF, 750KB)

This free white paper discusses the characteristics of the new service assurance and why it will be a crucial component in operationalising NFV/SDN.

Managed Introduction of New Services can accelerate communication service providers' transformation to digital service providers (PDF, 1.7MB)

This white paper examines the barriers to, and pillars of success for, the transformation of communication service providers (CSPs) to digital service providers (DSPs).

Delivering the digital future: telecoms operators' role in the digital economy (PDF, 1.7MB)

The role of telecoms operators in the the digital economy. Telecoms operators need to explore new ways of working that involve a greater degree of partnership and collaboration.

A study on the potential impact of the Digital Single Market on the sports audiovisual ecosystem in Europe (PDF, 1.3MB)

This report shows that EU cross-border access to online sports content services is a high-risk option for all stakeholders (consumers, broadcasters/distributors and sports rights owners).

The impact of telco cloud transformation and hybrid network management on CSPs’ operations (PDF, 815KB)

The report examines the likely impact of telco cloud transformation — specifically from network function virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) — on various elements of CSPs’ operations lifecycle.

Anatomy of a digital service provider 2025 (PDF, 1MB)

This white paper examines how CSPs can position themselves to be the business platform providers of the future.

Small cell indoor coverage solutions (PDF, 2MB)

This white paper examines alternative technologies that provide indoor voice and mobile broadband coverage.

M2M and Internet of Things (IoT): opportunities for telecoms operators (PDF, 3.8MB)

Facing a relatively flat market for core services, IoT and M2M is a rare bright spot offering significant growth potential and the opportunity to take a role in new vertical markets, such as automotive, healthcare and smart cities.

On the cusp of change: customer engagement crucial to CSP digital transformation success (PDF, 2MB)

This white paper focuses on the significance of exceptional customer engagement and provides a brief overview of how CSPs could innovate on customer engagement and experience. 

Spectrum management approaches for E-BAND (70/80GHz) in selected markets (PDF, 3MB)

This latest report explores how E-band frequencies have been licensed for use in selected markets around the world and identifies the regulatory regimes best suited to current and future uses of the band.

Broadband in Asia-Pacific: how investment, partnerships and policy are driving a global success story (PDF, 1MB)

This report explores how the broadband ecosystem has developed in the Asia-Pacific region1 over the past 15 years, and the opportunities that this has created for consumers and telecoms operators. 

Extending UK superfast broadband beyond 95% of premises: a new bottom-up approach (PDF, 282KB)

A more granular, bottom-up approach utilising local knowledge to assess and deliver projects in Phase 3 will enable superfast broadband coverage to be optimised and the level of public subsidy to be minimised. 

Assessment of spectrum-related support for take-up and usage of mobile broadband services in GCC and other countries (PDF, 629KB)

This latest study from Analysys Mason examines the relationship between spectrum availability/allocation and the take-up and use of mobile broadband services (3G and LTE) across the six Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCCs), as well as across four countries at an earlier stage in the deployment and take-up lifecycle in Asia/the Middle East and four countries in developed markets. 

Superfast broadband coverage: international benchmarking report (PDF, 852MB)

The report confirms that the UK is already ahead of its European peers on measures such as superfast broadband1 coverage, take-up and average speeds. The UK also compares well with the countries often cited as the most advanced in the world, like Japan and South Korea. 

vCPE services business case: potentially billions of dollars payback for fixed CSPs (PDF, 1MB)

This white paper discusses the key findings of Analysys Mason's business case analysing the quantifiable business benefits of implementing a virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) solution for CPE-enabled services for developed market communications service providers (CSPs). 

An overlooked pillar of NFV/SDN: future-proofing the virtual network infrastructure (VNI) layer

This white paper outlines the imminent importance of the design, implementation and operational investment considerations of virtual network infrastructure (VNI) for communications service providers (CSPs) to adopt network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies. CSPs that are active in NFV/SDN recognise the value of VNI such as Telefónica's UNICA. 

The pivotal role of service assurance systems in NFV/SDN environments (PDF, 2.7MB)

This report provides insight into the capex and opex savings that communications service providers (CSPs) can achieve by implementing next-generation virtual IP probes, which provide multi-dimensional network intelligence in a virtualised IMS deployment scenario. 

Mobile and the digital economy (PDF, 1MB)

Analysys Mason's experts have shared their thoughts on some of the most important trends driving the development of the mobile sector during the next 12 months.

How a service operations centre can enable the transition to a customer-centric organisation

This report discusses the importance and the evolution of the SOC, in the broader context of how CSPs can reduce churn and increase revenue using superior customer experience as the basis for competitive differentiation. 

Asia–Pacific operator strategies for the next 5 years (PDF, 1MB)

This report features our experts' thoughts on some of the key trends and drivers in the Asia–Pacific region and their potential impact during the next 12 months.

Telecoms operators' approaches to M2M and IoT (PDF, 1MB)

This report explores the advantages and disadvantages of four different approaches telecoms operators are taking to M2M/IoT.

Beyond the digital façade: critical BSS components needed to deliver a digital customer experience (PDF, 719KB)

Communications service providers (CSPs) are well placed to take advantage of the shift towards digital economy services by becoming the digital service providers (DSPs) of choice for the consumer. 

VoLTE and VoWi-Fi: crucial deployment and assurance considerations for operators (PDF, 1MB)

This report discusses the key challenges faced by operators in deploying VoLTE services and provides an overview of Polystar Group's solution, which can address some of these challenges. 

Software strategies for operator profitability (PDF, 2MB)

Telecoms software has become a key enabler for new sources of revenue for communications service providers (CSPs). This exclusive, complimentary publication features our experts' insights into how new software strategies can increase CSP revenue and profits. The report is available to download now.

Working towards a fully connected Britain: key insights shaping our broadband future

This collection of thought leadership covers the convergence of telecoms and media networks, the links between the demand for TV and video services and supply of network capacity, and the prospects of broadband networks being used for linear TV, which could ultimately result in the DTT network being switched off. 

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The best of our thought leadership, interviews, industry discussions and news covering all telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sectors. It is published four times a year.

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