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INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUMMARIES
Service Provider Infrastructure
Date  Report
Oct 23
ZTE launched its Digital-Ops solution at the ZTE Global User Congress, aimed at reducing barriers to operator digital transformation, but key portfolio and investment return details are missing and ZTEsoft’s role, if any, is unclear.

Oct 23
Whether in 5G, IoT, analytics or robotics, Nokia is defining the first, best use cases and proactively helping network operators build realistic business models and ROI. But the company needs to strike the right balance between automation and people skills.

Oct 23
Although operators’ proclaimed aim remains an open, disaggregated environment, vendors showcased several different strategies for deploying WAN SDN at SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague. The pace of innovation remains rapid, but full automation is some time away.

Oct 20
This year’s SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague is likely to be seen as the pivotal moment between the, albeit partial, completion of the original NFV vision and the start of “second generation” NFV leading to a far more “autonomous” network.

Oct 19
Nokia’s alliance with AWS encompasses both internal and end-user applications like Nuage SD-WAN. This contrasts sharply with Huawei’s ‘go-it-alone’ approach, but with Ericsson already aligned with AWS, Nokia must show why its approach is better.

Oct 18
Cisco unveiled a portfolio of AI-powered services to enable higher availability and lower maintenance costs. But, many other vendors are ahead of Cisco in implementing AI, and the ‘value’ within the ‘High-value’ branded offering remains murky.

Oct 17
Nokia’s wireless PON technology leverages a ‘fiber-to-the-street corner’ premise and millimeter-wave access points, enabling operators to deliver up to 1 Gbps to previously underserved customers. While some hurdles exist, WiGig is quite promising.

Oct 13
ADTRAN has expanded its SDA portfolio with remote 10G EPON OLTs, one of which is virtual. While these new solutions strengthen ADTRAN’s overall SDA, DAA and virtualization propositions, most MSOs are not planning major EPON buildouts anytime soon.

Oct 13
Casa Systems is field trialing its Axyom virtual CCAP solution with customers, highlighting traction in this nascent and evolving market sector. With SCTE Expo looming next week, Casa appears to be setting the stage for higher-impact releases.

Oct 12
To embrace and invest in 5G, CSPs need help building reliable business models and establishing a clear path to ROI. Nokia’s “techno-economic modeling” attempts to address this need, but ultimately every use case, and every operator, is unique.

Oct 11
Nokia has released its new Unified Cable Access proposition, with its virtual Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and Remote MACPHY solutions keeping the long-time Gainspeed promise of deconstructing and redistributing the cable head-end.

Oct 11
More than a decade old, the Small Cell Forum continues to add new members. But if you needed a clearer sign that the Small Cell market remains dynamic and evolving, you need only look to the changing face of the Forum’s Board.

Oct 10
Nokia, after much anticipation, has entered the software-defined access battlefield with full force, armed with its Altiplano virtual access platform and Lightspan programmable access nodes, although differentiation challenges await.

Oct 9
CND’s latest OpenEPC feature additions take it one step closer to supporting highly mobile, resilient services for public sector and other private LTE networks. The bigger story, perhaps, is its ability to roll out new features quickly.

Oct 9
Ekinops’ acquisition of OneAccess gives it access to large telcos and NFV expertise, but there are few synergies between the two businesses, and the merged company will still be one of the smallest players in an increasingly consolidated market.

Oct 6
Centina Systems is making inroads in the service assurance space with top-tier operator wins and expansion in three regions, demonstrating portfolio differentiation and competitiveness as an independent, but operator automation challenges await.

Oct 6
Ciena Analyst Day 2017: Ciena notes market gains despite a flat to declining CapEx market. Increased traction in DCI, APAC growth and a weakening of some competitors drive its goal to be the “Western” alternative to the larger end-to-end players.

Oct 5
Nokia added augmented intelligence to its Analytics Services, including six new use cases designed to harvest greater value from operator data. The company hopes specific quantifiable benefits will help ease operator concerns over automation.

Oct 2
Oracle’s Live Experience Cloud platform enables digital customer engagement solutions as well as improving the overall customer experience, but operator organizational and cultural barriers threaten rapid adoption.

Sep 29
Calix, which is betting everything on software defined access (SDA), has integrated its AXOS solution with the OpenDaylight Carbon release in a matter of days, once again showcasing its SDA mettle. ADTRAN, Nokia and others must take heed.

Sep 28
Hailed as ‘5G,’ fixed-wireless access based on millimeter waves is advancing, with trials expanding in the U.S. and to Europe and operators being more candid about their progress. We examine the latest developments and their trajectory.

Sep 28
Ericsson unveiled its Continuous Delivery and Development program delivering regular software updates to telecom node equipment, promising cost savings and software deployment gains, but it faces differentiation challenges among rival models.

Sep 28
Nokia has teamed up with the Broadband Forum to lead the Broadband Access Abstraction (BAA) project, which will leverage open source software to drive SDA network evolution. However, details on Nokia’s own SDA proposition are still forthcoming.

Sep 28
Huawei and Infosys have signed an agreement to develop IT and software talent at Huawei’ Global Training Center, further confirmation that customers demand more software expertise in areas like agile development and DevOps, but details are scant.

Sep 28
IBC 2017 marked another steady progression toward the software- and cloud-enabled future of TV and video, with Cisco, Ericsson, Google Cloud, Huawei, Nokia and other vendors all unveiling new solutions to this end.

Sep 22
While the industry continues to talk up the CBRS opportunity, it’s clear that priority access licenses (a major CBRS innovation and selling point over unlicensed spectrum) won’t be available for some time. What does that mean for the band?

Sep 21
This summer, Calix, ADTRAN and Nokia all hosted events highlighting their commitment to the evolving software defined access market. All assert leadership of the space. What, then, will the real proof points be for true SDA leadership?

Sep 20
Last week’s inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas event in San Francisco was rife with discussions of vRAN, CBRS and 5G. But, to truly understand what happened at MWCA 2017, you need to understand the moves of key RAN vendors at the show.

Sep 20
MWC Americas: 5G brings its share of promises and network challenges, the least of which is how to deliver on the low and ultralow latency transport expected to materialize soon. The answer is new access and aggregation hardware.

Sep 20
Sonus’ enhancements to the former Taqua T7000 show that the fixed side of its last acquisition is receiving some badly needed attention. Nevertheless, how it relates to the next acquisition (or merger) with GENBAND now needs clarifying.

Sep 19
Amdocs unveiled its Smartbot solution, combining its aia intelligence platform with Microsoft Cognitive Services, targeting operator digital self-service care and engagement applications, but the mainstream readiness of smartbots is unsettled.

Sep 19
Nokia’s new suite of consulting services promises to help CSPs identify and address lucrative vertical IoT opportunities. The largest, most proactive CSPs in IoT may not be interested, but smaller operators may be a better fit.

Sep 14
Infinera touted the lighting of 10,600 kilometers of cable between New York and Sao Paolo as a public use case for its XTS-3300 meshponders, but evolution to a new business model and SDN capabilities will make a bigger impact in the long term.

Sep 12
Startup ASOCS unveiled its Cyrus virtual enterprise RAN solution, which uses a mix of cloud economics and value-adds like analytics to offer a more cost-effective alternative to DAS. How much more cost-effective? The jury’s out.

Sep 12
While Amdocs’ ‘NFV powered by ONAP’ portfolio was not unexpected, it still marks a significant milestone in NFV MANO market development. Nevertheless, despite all positive trends, Amdocs cannot yet assume that it has hit on a winning formula.

Sep 11
Huawei has recruited six software partners to target cloud-enabled BSS, analytics, and mobile payments applications, focusing more on operator digital priorities, but the marketing case for another digital ecosystem alliance is weak.

Sep 8
ZTE announced an AI solution encompassing cloud services, chipsets, terminals, and ‘intelligent’ networks. But, that’s vague; ZTE must follow up by defining what exactly its ‘solution’ is and clarifying its AI/automation roadmap.

Sep 8
Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) has dominated the IMS headlines for many years, yet IMS has always been about more than mobile network evolution. It’s time to revisit fixed network evolution again and see how vIMS changes the game for smaller carriers.

Sep 8
Mavenir is not short on ambition as CloudRange marks the company’s entry into the NFV MANO and 5G platform market. But without product details, operator and third-party VNF vendor validation, CloudRange remains at “headline” level only.

Sep 8
Alibaba and ZTEsoft generated high-profile speculation during summer 2017 that Alibaba allegedly was prepared to acquire ZTEsoft for ~$440 million. Alibaba’s targeting of telco software assets and operations portends a new competitive landscape.

Sep 8
Nokia’s “AirGile” core network portfolio and online portal is aimed at accelerating third party VNF development. While well supported, rivals will naturally highlight that portal testing is only one part of the VNF interoperability equation.

Sep 6
Ericsson introduced a new massive MIMO radio unit supporting FD-LTE, complementing its existing TD-LTE solutions. It’s another way to help operators prepare for 5G. For Ericsson, it’s also a way to keep up with its competitors.

Sep 1
Webscale operators are increasingly driving network equipment roadmaps and investments - where incumbent telcos have historically ruled – dictating the features, operation, capabilities and capacities of many new networking products.

Sep 1
VeloCloud expanded its security partnerships in a quest to differentiate from competition as SD-WAN solutions shift focus on added value beyond managing connectivity parameters. Partnerships with Symantec, VMware, and Forcepoint will get VeloCloud certified faster in client networks.

Aug 31
Ericsson introduced a new version of its Radio Dot System enterprise small-cell solution that supports multiple operators, addressing a key hurdle. However, multi-operator solutions come with challenges of their own.

Aug 29
Activity surged in EMEA as operators fortify current networks with an eye towards future network technology upgrades. Telecom activity declined, but vendors continue to show traction with vertical market customers for carrier-grade solutions.

Aug 24
AT&T is stepping up its broadband game, debuting G.fast services in 22 metros that are outside of its 21-state legacy footprint. Promising speeds up to 500 Mbps in the near term, does AT&T’s G.fast service pose a serious threat to cable rivals?

Aug 25
Google Fiber still commands a high-profile presence in the U.S. broadband market, despite a small footprint. And with its 2016 Webpass acquisition and new Go-Long proposition, Google Fiber appears committed to remaining a disruptive market force.

Aug 24
Operators may still have plenty of time before the migration to 5G mobile networks. But, radio access network vendors are already grappling with the migration to new base station portfolios in anticipation of 5G, and it ain’t easy.

Aug 18
Disney is aiming to become a major OTT player, investing $1 billion in a video streaming vendor and ending its Netflix relationship to drive its own success. Will Disney’s OTT offering be compelling and cost effective enough to entice consumers?

Aug 17
NB-IoT and LTE-M are the cellular operators’ newest weapons in the push to “own” the Internet of Things. Neither technology is likely to generate significant revenue growth for operators until the “value” question is solved.

Aug 11
That Miercom certified the performance and security of the SBC 5400 is “business as usual” for Sonus; however rigorous testing of Sonus’ virtualized SBC on private or public cloud infrastructure would have provided more market impact.

Aug 7
Startup Lumina Networks entered the SDN controller market by acquiring Brocade’s SDN business. It will focus on SPs and large enterprises with service-led engagements, based on the ODL controller, but scaling the business will be challenging.

Aug 4
‘Cloud-native’ VNF marketing is in full swing as old-style VNFs go out of fashion. Surveying nine core network vendor marketing pitches reveals similarities but also stark differences. Selecting a best-of-breed cloud-native VNF won’t be easy.

Aug 2
Mavenir’s acquisition of Brocade’s vEPC folds well into its increasingly end-to-end 5G solution. But, the real reasons for the acquisition point either to a smart strategic move or cause for concern that it may fail; that depends on execution.

Jul 28
By spinning it off, GigaSpaces is helping Cloudify gain needed and justified recognition. However, while nothing much changes immediately, partners may need to reassess their relationship and open source rivals reflect on their own positioning.

Jul 27
Recent announcements by SK Telecom and Sonus Networks have drawn attention to some forgotten and unresolved NFV and NFV MANO basics. With the prospect of more turbulence ahead, some operators are deciding not to wait for industry-wide resolution.

Jul 21
AT&T’s recent SHAPE Technology and Entertainment Expo showcased its clear commitment to transform into an entertainment leader following its pending acquisition of Time Warner and supplement its already-strong networking business.

Jul 21
Corning has acquired enterprise RAN equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless, extending the fiber optic giant’s Distributed Antenna Business into small cells. In a space that has frustrated other big firms, it needs more than big-company resources.

Jul 19
At Perspectives17, GENBAND had no choice but to maintain a ‘business as usual’ stance prior to the merger with Sonus. Nevertheless, the company showed solid VNF product development and support, although commercial traction remains elusive.

Jul 18
Francisco Partners beat Vector Capital to acquire Sandvine and merge it with Procera. ‘Bulking up’ makes sense, but the network intelligence market is now far more than ‘commodity’; getting old foes to play nice with each other may not be easy.

Jul 17
Nokia, already with numerous electric utility customers, got its feet wet with its first water utility deal. The engagement, along with a smart city deal announced a few weeks earlier, shows Nokia’s enterprise-focused initiatives are paying off.

Jul 17
At NGON 2017, born-in-the-cloud technology drove the agenda – new DCI products, SDN, orchestration, analytics, automation and encryption garnered as much attention as coherent optics or faster and more versatile OTN gear.

Jul 13
AT&T has seen the future of video service delivery, and it’s non-linear, OTT and app-based. To this end, AT&T has announced a beta trial of its next-gen video platform. With rivals also going OTT, AT&T must commercialize its new service quickly.

Jul 12
Cisco will stop selling its in-house, licensed-spectrum small cells this month, effectively reducing that business to a loose partnership with SpiderCloud. It’s the end of an era, but may set the stage for Cisco’s next small-cell strategy.

Jul 12
Compared with its Barcelona counterpart, Mobile World Congress Shanghai provides a deeper view into the dynamics of mobility in Asia – China, in particular. Yet as APAC and China take a lead in driving 5G, what happens there matters everywhere.

Jul 12
Ericsson is leaning on its strengths in launching network services for the deployment and management of massive IoT networks. Leveraging its expertise and software focus could give them a near-term advantage the vendor must seize.

Jul 12
Affirmed’s virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF) enables mobile operators to build virtual network slices across existing legacy or virtualized infrastructures. vSSF advances 5G-like services, but could be a bit early for broad market adoption.

Jul 7
The U.S. pay-TV market continues to evolve – and devolve – at a fast pace, with established operators going non-linear, OTTs offering live TV, and content providers now offering direct-to-consumer services, all to the benefit of U.S. customers.

Jul 6
ZTE’s new Flexhaul ZXCTN 609 delivers 100G link speeds and network slicing to cater to multiple 5G backhaul transport requirements, as well as adding yet another piece to ZTE’s expanding 5G portfolio.

Jul 5
ADVA’s offer to buy outstanding shares of MRV Communications is a sign of the times: the pie is not growing fast enough, and players in optical transport need to get big or go home. MRV will bolster ADVA’s geographic footprint and portfolio.

Jul 3
Coriant’s new Groove G30 muxponder offers up to 1.6 Tbps capacity in 1RU and market leading power efficiency per Gb along with flexible configuration and disaggregation features, but some competing offers deliver higher capacity.

Jun 30
Netrounds and Cisco expand their relationship to target growing operator demand for orchestrated assurance, but both companies need to prove they can meet the full range of operator automated assurance demands and accelerate adoption.

Jun 30
Nokia completes its acquisition of Comptel, providing momentum and market validation in the bid to build its standalone software business, but must counter the digital transformation moves made by rivals since the acquisition’s announcement.

Jun 29
ZTE launched its Carrier DevOps 2.0 solution at MWC Shanghai using Docker container capabilities to enable customized 5G network slicing applications, but ZTE needs to address services and licensing aspects to spur operator adoption.

Jun 29
AT&T has revealed plans to trial XGS-PON, enabled by software-defined access technology and virtualized network functions. While the trial will not start until late 2017, this move should strike fear in the boardrooms of cable operators.

Jun 28
Witbe launched its new cloud-based OTT video monitoring solution, delivered through its Galilei reference network using multiple points of presence globally, but faces near-term operator resistance to third-party cloud implementations.

Jun 27
ZTEsoft unveiled its ZSmart 9 BSS offering aimed at driving operator digital transformation with new capabilities, like continuous billing and parallel software releases, but it’s missing key pieces to solve the digital transformation puzzle.

Jun 26
Nokia is bringing GPON to four Polish provinces, via a Joint Venture with Infracapital, enabling both Poland and the EU to make progress toward Digital Agenda 2020 objectives. Given Nokia’s 20% stake, this JV appears to be a low-risk investment.

Jun 23
Corning’s new multiuse platform lowers footprint, simplifies deployment, and enhances flexibility for fiber access deployments. Its pre-connected and factory sealed elements are not unique, but represent a worthy addition to Corning’s portfolio.

Jun 22
Sandvine unveiled enhancements to its Business Intelligence portfolio, including upgrades to its Network Demographics and Network Analytics products, but expanding the portfolio to include capabilities like hybrid management apps is more critical.

Jun 21
Nokia’s FP4 chipset and Deepfield analytics bring scale, automation and network intelligence to the IP edge and core network; strap on for the next IP wave.

Jun 21
Nokia launched its Nokia Autonomous Customer Care solution aimed at improving operator digital customer care efficiency using interactive bot technology, but Nokia must ensure the new bots are ready for prime time to avoid adoption fallout.

Jun 20
HP Enterprise launched artificial intelligence and high-performance computing solutions aimed at delivering swifter, more efficient business insights while boosting security, although digital transformation benefits need more ecosystem support.

Jun 14
In response to growing customer demand, Calix expanded its professional services business during 2016. The company has seen positive feedback from clients, but will need to scale its services business more effectively to remain profitable.

Jun 14
Infinera’s XTM II platform delivers what’s needed to shake up the metro packet-optical market: high-bandwidth services, legacy support, low power and compelling packaging. Now its challenge will be to create sustainable market differentiation.

Jun 12
The 2017 TM Forum Live! centered around digital transformation, with a host of vendors and operators touting their digital plans. The challenge facing operators is committing to transformation before digital competition overwhelms adaptation.

Jun 7
Calix, whose customer base consists mostly of North American telcos, has finally expanded its portfolio to include 10G EPON, in combination with its AXOS SDA solutions, to target the cable operator market, but building cable expertise takes time.

Jun 7
Recent polls show that open source MANO initiatives continue to divide opinion across both the vendor and carrier communities. Whether or not open source MANO prevails, carriers would be wise to adopt a dual track NFV MANO strategy.

Jun 1
Netcracker shows it can orchestrate services across IP and optical network domains as well as between two carrier networks, just what operators need to deliver on-demand end-to-end services. All the solution needs now is operator commitment.

May 31
‘Remote PHY’ has been a cable industry buzzword for several years now, designed to enable a distributed access architecture and network virtualization. With Cisco, ARRIS and others debuting RPHY, we are finally moving from concept to reality.

May 31
While not formally an ANGA COM-tailored debut, ARRIS unveiled its Remote PHY solution this week, highlighting its win with Danish service provider Stofa, reminding operators that there is more than one vendor deploying Remote PHY gear.

May 31
This year’s TM Forum Live! show in Nice was an opportunity for network vendors as well as carriers to showcase their “agile” credentials. The question is now whether the operator community as a whole, not just the early adopters, can do the same.

May 31
Casa Systems, a CCAP pioneer, bolstered its ultra-broadband portfolio with the PON solution set debut, encompassing both EPON and GPON gear, and it is showcasing its IP networking products, although Casa confronts market expansion barriers.

May 31
Ericsson revamped its Support Services portfolio, addressing three key network operator pain points. The vendor’s combination of automation and human intervention is unique, but to succeed Ericsson must convince operators it is the best approach.

May 30
ADTRAN, a long-time telco access systems vendor, is finally getting serious about targeting the cable market. But, while its enhanced RFoG solution may be appealing to MSOs, this week’s cable spotlight is clearly on Remote PHY debuts at ANGA COM.

May 26
ZTE’s Qcell Plus, a new version of its Qcell small-cell solution for medium and large enterprises, adds license-assisted access and other capacity-boosting technologies. But, its credibility around LAA could use some improvement.

May 25
Although subscriber metrics are lacking, Nokia garnered its first public G.fast customer win in North America with Frontier, which is leveraging the technology to deliver ultra-broadband services, including Gigabit access, to MDUs in Connecticut.

May 24
U.S. cable operator RCN, which along with Grande Communications was acquired last year by TPG Capital, has in turn acquired Wave Broadband, as TPG aims to capitalize on the growing demand for ultra-broadband in some very competitive U.S. metros.

May 24
Just ahead of next week’s ANGA COM event in Cologne, Germany, Iskratel has introduced its DPoG solution along with a cable-tailored ONT, targeting growing cable operator adoption of fiber-enhanced network upgrades.

May 24
Calix, leveraging its software-defined access (SDA) technology, has demonstrated NG-PON2 channel bonding with Verizon to support N x 10 Gbps services, enabling operators to “future proof” their fiber networks against potential forklift upgrades.

May 24
While it makes a lot of sense for Sonus and GENBAND to join forces, it’s not at all clear if the combination will eventually turn out to be greater than the sum of its parts. Even if new growth initiatives deliver, rivals, especially in the SBC market, can take advantage of merger disruption.

May 19
Recent industry reports point to increasing consumer uptake of subscription VoD/OTT services, in both North America and Europe. What can pay-TV operators do to remain viable in the brave new video world?

May 19
With a definitive agreement with China Huaxin to form Nokia Shanghai Bell (NSB), Nokia can now take full advantage of a key asset from the ALU acquisition to provide a key differentiator in an important market, both in sales support and R&D.

May 17
SpiderCloud’s new “frequency-flexible” LTE radio unit for its enterprise RAN solution can change spectrum bands via software, encouraging enterprises to deploy it themselves. But businesses may need even more encouragement.

May 16
Managed services engagements made a comeback from a slow finish to 2016 as vendors demonstrated wide-ranging support for a variety of network technologies. Vendors announced contract renewals as the result of value-added services.

May 16
Alongside the launch of its Netcracker 12 product suite, Netcracker announced expanded services to alleviate the complexity of digital transformation. The effectiveness of its consultative approach might be hampered by few ties to the network.

May 15
The new Netcracker 12 platform adds cloud and analytics capabilities and SDN controller support to boost operator enterprise digital initiatives like IoT and SaaS offerings. But, the ‘multispeed’ approach may be daunting to operators.

May 11
ADTRAN demonstrated 212 MHz G.fast and coordinated Dynamic Time Allocation (cDTA) at this week’s G.fast Summit in Paris. These advancements highlight steady progress on the G.fast front, but ADTRAN is neither alone, nor a leader, in G.fast R&D.

May 11
Verizon outbids AT&T and gets the prize of Straight Path spectrum to fuel its 5G aspirations for a cool $3.1 billion.

May 11
At this week’s G.fast Summit, ASSIA CEO John Cioffi presented the Terabit DSL concept, achieved with waveguide modes enabling 100 GHz frequencies. While clearly in the “science project” stage, it highlights copper’s longer-than-expected lifespan.

May 11
Core Dynamic Networks plans to partner with silicon suppliers to embed its OpenEPC in the RAN, enabling a small cell to become a complete portable mobile network. The move helps enable alternative ARM-based private mobile network use cases.

May 10
In June 2016, Nokia announced that Starman would be the first European operator to deliver 10 Gbps services. Today, Starman officially launched the 10G service, albeit as part of a relatively slow-paced, five-year plan for its fiber build-out.

May 10
TM Forum Live! 2017 is in Nice, France next week, and with the nature of telco networks and IT undergoing radical change, the ‘Live!’ suffix is more appropriate than ever. GlobalData will be there and will host a post-show webinar.

May 10
Aviat Networks added 1024 QAM and 60/80-MHz-wide channels to its IRU 600 radio. Though it has plans to add the capability to other products this year, this move should only impact the North American market, where the IRU 600 is sold.

May 10
Ericsson launches its Dynamic Orchestration solution aimed at end-to-end orchestration, especially in SDN/NFV environments, but signals the alliance with Cisco is unable to co-develop portfolio innovation.

May 5
Calix, always aiming for more access market traction, continues its aggressive SDA portfolio expansion with the new Routing Protocol module (RPm), enabling implementation of Layer 3 intelligence and routing capabilities in fixed access networks.

Apr 28
Over the past 20 years, CSPs have been prone to overhyping network performance and turning technological advancements into marketing-speak. AT&T’s introduction of “5G Evolution” indicates that the marketing wars around “5G” are about to begin.

Apr 27
What follows is a detailed assessment of the conference proceedings as they relate to the service enablement ecosystem market, Huawei’s evolving strategies, and the impact of announcements made at the conference.

Apr 27
Cisco services in support of telecom operators have traditionally been difficult to pin down, as the vendor engages with many verticals. Cisco clarified its strategy in this respect, but left some questions regarding capabilities and partnerships.

Apr 27
Huawei’s new eLTE SmartCampus solution – aimed at ports, mining and manufacturing – combines the performance of 4.5G with IoT, video surveillance and more, doing the important work of urging enterprises not to wait for 5G.

Apr 26
KEYMILE, which several years ago exited the telecom market to focus on key verticals, has reversed course. While its hiatus from the telco space may have hurt its chances of winning new business, KEYMILE gives operators another viable FTTx choice.

Apr 26
Huawei showed slow but steady growth in its CSP services business in 2016, as well as strong enterprise momentum. But the company still needs to ramp up its focus on automation and clarify inconsistent services messaging.

Apr 25
With Comcast and other cable MSOs touting Gigabit broadband, Verizon has unveiled Fios Gigabit Connection to counter the growing Gigabit threat from cable rivals. But Fios Gigabit service, like cable offerings, suffers from limited availability.

Apr 25
The 2017 Huawei Analyst Summit showcased its willingness to invest in high-potential technologies. While video is now a top strategic priority, will Huawei’s telco-centric IPTV focus lead to missed opportunities in the cable operator market?

Apr 25
“ALL CLOUD” and “Openness” themes dominated this year’s Huawei’s Analyst Summit. While neither theme was new, the scope of the company’s ambitions has dramatically increased; rivals need to take note and carriers need to consider their options.


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