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Tom Nolle
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A new Nielson report offers us some new data points on video adoption, smartphone video, socialization of entertainment behavior, and perhaps even the future of broadcast TV. In summary, it shows that while the broadcast TV space isn't under serious pressure right now, all the pieces of the puzzle needed to create that pressure are in place, and mobile video is certain to be the primary driver of 5G.
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There's really not a unified market for much of anything these days. Every buyer has unique needs and resources to factor into their choices. In the networking space, the operators divide into three distinct market groups, just like Caesar's Gaul. Only one is likely to make a lot of progress this year.
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I'm a big fan of software automation of the service lifecycle, and if we could get that right it could offer operators the best ROI of any possible change in practice that targets cost reduction. It's not the whole story, though. There's still the question of how people--NOC personnel, customer-service personnel, and end users of the service--interact with a service ecosystem. The "Portal" concept is critical, and all too often ignored.
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I guess it's obligatory to do a look ahead at this point, and so I offer here my view of the critical things that will happen, or at least start to happen, in 2017. I think that the sum of these forces are going to create a very different industry by the end of the year!
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We're in a virtual world, and one aspect of that is the "federation" of multiple providers either as concatenated or layered elements of one another's networks. 5G introduces network slicing as a specific feature, for example. How do these requirements impact SDN/NFV?
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The single most critical thing we need to transform networks is effective service lifecycle management, driven by software automation. The single most critical piece of that puzzle is service modeling. I have my own favorite modeling technology (TOSCA) but the critical thing here isn't what you model WITH, but how you model. I propose a modeling approach that meets the business goal of operators in this blog.
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I've reviewed how network operators divide into three groups based on how they see SDN or NFV would help their transformations. How do the SDN/NFV vendors divide? It turns out that not only are vendor divisions different, none seem to be fully supporting those operators who are actually moving forward.
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If we're going to do something transformational with operator revenue, we have to look beyond connection services (where there is no hope) to something much more like OTT services. The key to doing that is recognizing that nothing but smartphones and mobile broadband matter anymore.
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Are we selling NFV short by focusing on deploying only physical network functions when we could as easily deploy cloud-hosted application components? Richer services above the connection layer may be critical to operator profits, but what needs to be done to NFV to optimize their use?
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Nokia's acquisition of Deepfield is targeted, they say, at improving network and service management for SDN and NFV. They also say it's about big data and analytics, but they're perhaps missing the biggest thing Deepfield brings to the table--context.
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Everyone says that competition with Amazon in the cloud space was too much for Cisco, which is why they're pulling the plug on Intercloud. The truth is a whole lot more complicated than that, and it has significant implications for next-gen carrier services.
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We hear all the time that this or that thing is wrong with NFV's virtual network function approach. Onboarding is difficult, integration is almost one-off, and licensing terms are contrary to a smart overall business case. Yes, all that is true, but the biggest issue is that while VNFs are just cloud applications, their relationship with the carrier cloud is way behind the state of the art.
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Technology industry curmudgeon and avid adventurer.
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I'm a software architect and developer turned telecom, media, and technology analyst focusing on the evolution of networks, network services, and network technology and its impact on business and our lives.  Personally, I'm a traveler and adventurer and photographer and writer.  I promise never to involve you in my causes and I don't want to be involved in yours!
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I live, I love, and I laugh a lot more than I cry. What more can you ask?
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    2013
  • University of Pennsylvania
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