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Experience, Learn, and Connect at Network X

By: Evan Kirchheimer

Infrastructure divestiture. Public cloud. Digital transformation. Changing regulation. 6G. Enterprise. The splinternet. Questions are swirling the minds of service provider industry leaders more than ever. What does the successful service provider of the future look like? Is it a national utility, an agile partner in B2B, an owner of a significant network infrastructure, or a brand delivering a distinct customer experience? Are your suppliers your future competitors? With some service providers re-fashioning themselves as techcos, and others leaning further into their network heritage, what’s clear is that market and technology development across fixed, mobile and cloud are converging to enable several strategic options for the service providers of today…

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Ready, Set, Switch: The Role of All-Optical
Switches in Quantum Networks

By: Rohit Kunjappa

Judging by the sheer number of start-ups in the quantum computing space, as well as the millions of dollars in funding they are receiving, quantum computing is showing all the signs of being the next big thing in tech. Fortune Business Insights’ latest forecast estimates that between 2021 and 2028, the market will exhibit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 percent, growing to be worth $3.1 billion by 2028. The creation of a quantum Internet would enable the transmission of large volumes of data across immense distances at incredibly high speeds…

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Using AI to Automate HFC Upstream
Noise Localization

By: Dr. Foad Towfiq

Since the inception of Data Over Cable, DOCSIS network operators have faced the difficult task of locating upstream noise in the network. This difficulty is mainly due to the branch-tree architecture of the coaxial part of the HFC network, which allows all noise originated from any points to accumulate in the upstream direction and affect all the subscribers’ cable modems on that upstream channel.  Beyond the fact that a single noise problem affects many customers, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint where the noise problem is…

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Semantic Folding: A Brain Model of Language

By: Francisco Webber

Human language has been recognized as a very complex domain for decades. No computer system has so far been able to reach human levels of performance. The only known computational system capable of proper language processing is the human brain. While we gather more and more data about the brain, its fundamental computational processes still remain obscure. The lack of a sound computational brain theory also prevents a fundamental understanding of Natural Language Processing (NLP). As always when science lacks a theoretical foundation, statistical modeling is applied to accommodate as much sampled real-world data as possible…

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Managing Data in the Cloud

By: Maria Villar

Your company’s move to a “cloud-first” IT environment presents both challenges and opportunities. To succeed, chief data officers (CDOs) will need to reevaluate many aspects of their data strategy to simplify and refine existing data processes and practices. Why? Managing data brings an opportunity to simplify and reengineer existing processes and practices. Successfully moving to a cloud data platform requires a plan for mapping, transforming, and cleaning your data, both at rest and in motion…

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Unleashing 5G & 6G with
AI-empowered Automation

By: Nurit Sprecher

5G and 6G networks are expected to provide virtually unlimited gigabit and ultra-reliable connections to people and objects, when and where it matters, supporting diverse use cases with an extremely demanding range of requirements in terms of latency, throughput, reliability, coverage and security, cost targets, and more. Building a network that supports a diverse set of new services, however, all of which can be set up, dynamically reconfigured, scaled and torn down at a moment’s notice, introduces several challenges…

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AI in the Real World

By: Milton Lopez

The dream of creating machines that can think and act like humans is nearly as old as machines themselves. Greek mythology gives us the tale of the robot Talos, constructed by the inventor and blacksmith Hephaestus to guard the island of Crete from foreign invaders. In the centuries since, innovators have worked to create machines that could solve critical problems, handle unappealing or dangerous jobs, and even play games from the trivial (your first Pong game) to the most sophisticated (chess and Go)…

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Accelerating Fiber-optic Network Expansions

By: Ulrich Schalling

As global data consumption rapidly increases, fiber optic network expansions are necessary to support customer demands for faster Internet connections and higher bandwidths. While there are many challenges that can arise during an expansion, trust that it can be optimally designed and executed with the help of digital and georeferenced data about the existing and planned infrastructure throughout the entire cycle, from the high-level design phase through final operations. When setting up modern telecommunications networks, seamless coordination between all parties involved in all phases is a key success factor…

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Deep Analytics: How Operators Can Avoid
Being Data Rich, But Information Poor

By: Petros Katimertzoglou

The rise of the Internet shows no signs of slowing down. It’s been estimated by the GSMA that the number of new users being connected to the Internet will grow at an annual rate of 7.5 percent. Since 2015, traffic per user grew at a rate of 27 percent per year, with almost 80 percent of that being driven by video traffic. These numbers come as no surprise to those of us on the network side. We know that our networks are being pushed to new limits. But what will bring water to our eyes is that pay-for-online services such as Disney+, gaming, or music streaming will soon exceed $1 trillion in revenues…

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Reducing Information Overload With AI

By: Marc Vontobel

The modern workplace is a robust beast. There are tools, platforms, and software for everything. On average, companies use 75 different technologies and with an increase in employees comes an increase in technologies, leaving larger organizations using 200+ tools in their tech stack.  As you input countless data points into your respective tools, “important” data is stored to support your organization's needs. The increase in technologies explains why 90 percent of the world's data has been produced in the last two years…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John

Every minute of every day we are inundated with information. Chirps, blurps, and drips from our phones, laptops, and watches fill the air throughout the day. Digital billboards pepper the skyline. Every screen we look at is wrapped in tickers, floating boxes, and pop-ups. Every inch of live events is blanketed in advertisements.  Each day is filled with video conference calls, slack notifications, chats, emails, headlines, posts, and on and on.  It's really no surprise that the Information Age is overcome with information…

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Technology Industry News

By: Jara Kern

It’s been a busy month in technology industry news—but what month isn’t? With AI and Analytics as our issue focus, we closely monitored news from around the world, including new AI-powered and AI-first fraud management and detection systems and new solutions to enable traffic analytics and public safety. In other technology industry news, Lumen Technologies raised the speed ceiling on upload and download speeds in select areas of the U.S. 5G Americas shared new findings to unlock efficiency in industrial operations with time-critical networking…

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