The telecoms industry landscape is changing. What remains for traditional operators?

By Tomas Lamanauskas, Managing Partner, Envision Associates Gone are the days when national telecoms markets were primarily defined by former monopoly incumbent telcos together with a handful of mobile operators (MNOs). New types of players have been emerging for a while, leveraging opportunities provided by market liberalization, competitive regulatory frameworks and the relaxation of licensing regimes. Internet service providers (ISPs), […]

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Never too old to learn: More telcos join Linux Foundation

By Guy Daniels KDDI, KT, SK Telecom, Sprint, Swisscom, and Telecom Italia join LFN Supporting the LFN’s automation and transformation projects Projects include ONAP, OPNFV, ODL and FD.io LF also launches a free online course on open networking The Linux Foundation Networking Fund (LFN) has signed up a number of additional telcos to its membership ranks, with US mobile operator Sprint […]

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OPNFV moves network functions virtualization closer to ‘cloud native’

By Guy Daniels The sixth platform release from the open source OPNFV project Features more mature cloud native integration and improved testing OPNFV Fraser designed to create an ecosystem bridge to cloud providers Orange and China Mobile have used OPNFV continuous integration (CI) pipeline and testing projects The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) Project has announced the availability […]

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Discover the power of Artificial Intelligence to drive ICT innovation in the first issue of the ITU Journal

By ITU News The first issue of the ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries forecasts how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will improve user experience by enhancing the performance and efficiency of communication networks. This technical analysis is matched with investigation of the social and ethical dimensions of advances in AI. The peer-reviewed ITU Journal publishes original research on technical innovation in ICT and […]

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Machine Learning for 5G: New ITU Focus Group sets agenda

By ITU News A new ITU Focus Group will propose standardization strategies to assist Machine Learning in contributing to the efficiency of emerging IMT-2020 (5G) systems. The group will define the requirements of Machine Learning as they relate to technology, data formats and network architectures. Contributions to the first meeting of the Focus Group in Geneva, 30 January to 2 […]

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ITU workshop highlights data demands of Machine Learning for 5G

By ITU News “ML techniques, so far, are more or less related to prediction, classification and decision-making in the networking area,” says Qiang Cheng of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Association of the China Academy of ICT. Cheng was highlighting the current state of play in Machine Learning’s contribution to ICT networking at an ITU workshop in Geneva, 29 January 2018. […]

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5G update: New ITU standards for network softwarization and fixed-mobile convergence

By ITU News ITU has reached first-stage approval (‘consent’) of three new international standards defining the requirements of IMT-2020 (5G) systems as they relate to network operation, softwarization and fixed-mobile convergence. The standards were developed by ITU’s standardization expert group for future networks, ITU-T Study Group 13. The first-stage approvals come in parallel with Study Group 13’s establishment of a […]

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What is ‘cloud-native IoT’ and why does it matter?

By Omar Elloumi and Mahdi Ben Alaya The value proposition of cloud computing is about opening access to sophisticated computing and storage capabilities to a massive number of users. Cloud users gain access to computing and storage capabilities as a service; one that provides cost-optimization, fault-tolerance, horizontal scalability, geo-optimization and low latency. Edge computing also provides many of these features. […]

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How will SDN/NFV impact telcos? Top 5 trends to watch.

By Tony Pallone The shift to SDN/NFV is set to transform the telecommunications industry, allowing telcos to rapidly adjust to dynamic markets needs in a lower-cost and scalable way. Software-defined networking (SDN) is a computer networking approach that establishes centralized, programmable control points to orchestrate network services. The complementary approach of network functions virtualization (NFV) focuses on the network services […]

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Opening up 5G

By Marc Cohn The next mobile generation (5G) is not just redefining mobile services — it is also ushering in an era of open technologies that are transforming the telecommunications industry. Software-defined networking (SDN) and net­work functions virtualization (NFV) represent the future in telecommunications, by virtualizing the infrastructure and services to offer unprece­dented agility, intelligence, and openness. For the past […]

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