What Network Transformation Means in 2020

By: Mark Delaney, GCS

Beginning about 10 years ago (give or take a few years), telecom carriers finally capitulated and accepted the reality that they needed to begin reinvesting in their networks and transforming them into the next-generation networks of the future. Initially, many carriers were reluctant to make these investments. Sure, these networks—and the associated technologies—offered new capabilities, but carriers had spent the last 50+ years perfecting and refining their voice networks. The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) did its job well and many of the investments had already been made…

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Dark Fiber and the Future of Enterprise Evolution

By: Marc Dyman

Next-generation technologies and the explosive growth in demand for always-on, near-immediate access to data and applications have put enterprises at the center of the pursuit of quick digital transformation. As a result, businesses in this technologically-driven world have been building their toolboxes with strategies that help keep them moving at the pace of digital change. These include disruptive tactics such as hybrid cloud implementation or intelligent processes that aim to streamline, optimize and amplify success…

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Clearing the Path to Cloud Transformation

By: Mary Stanhope

Cloud powers the modern enterprise. In fact, it is estimated that 83 percent of enterprise workloads will operate in the cloud as of 2020. But the network infrastructure on which many businesses run was not built to accommodate mostly cloud-based workloads. Legacy network technology is impeding enterprise digital transformations. As more enterprises evolve their IT strategies to include not just hybrid cloud but multicloud (a mix of private cloud and potentially multiple public clouds), your network becomes a key component…

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Creating a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem

By: Mark Cummings, Ph.D.

Telcos, cellcos, and cable companies (CSP’s) and their large infrastructure vendors are facing a "softwarization" revolution. Customers, regulators, and technology evolution are creating serious scale, complexity, and volatility problems that can only be dealt with through innovative software. To be successful, CSPs need to have an ecosystem of innovative suppliers that includes small and start-up companies. This means that changes in business structures and technical ways of onboarding and deploying new technology are required…

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Communications Platforms Give CSPs Powerful Tools

By: Sacha Gera

For the last two decades, the same communications service providers (CSPs) that dominated voice, SMS and other communications applications have been up against incredibly popular and fast-growing OTT offerings from companies like WhatsApp, LINE, Snap, Viber, Telegram, WeChat, Kik, Tango, Twilio and Skype. Given their combination of powerful IP-based networks, CSPs can launch competitive apps with better quality of service, more security and creative features that are especially valuable to business and enterprise customers…

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Are You Ready for the New 911 Regulations?

By: Lydia Runnels

Implementing and managing 911 technology—a critical component for overall employee safety—has never been more complicated. The FCC estimates that for every minute reduced on emergency response times, 10,000 lives could be saved each year. Trends in the workplace increasingly complicate the process of protecting employees with support for emergency calling. Workers are more mobile and more distributed than ever before, relying on a variety of devices for communication and, potentially, 911…

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Rearchitecting the Internet

By: Phillip Marangella

As predicted by Cisco, global IP traffic will reach 4.8 zettabytes per annum by 2022. That same year, the number of connected IoT sensors and devices is expected to exceed 50 billion, up from an estimated 21 billion in 2018, according to Juniper Research. Let’s put it in perspective: to accommodate this surge in data and “things,” the infrastructure we are building today, including edge infrastructure, is as essential to the new age of our digital economy as the development of the interstate highway system was in the middle of the last century…

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Location as a Foundation for Digital Transformation

By: Ben Edmond

It’s virtually impossible to find a senior executive in any industry who hasn’t heard of digital transformation. The concept of applying innovative digital technologies to solve critical business problems is disrupting all major verticals, from healthcare to manufacturing. While most businesses aspire to be seen as technology-savvy leaders in their space (and have drafted annual, CIO-driven initiatives to back it up), succeeding in truly transforming an organization is often very difficult. It requires abandoning old methods and processes while simultaneously embracing new ideas and approaches to running a business…

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Letter from the Editor - Network Transformation

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

There is something unique about transformation that distinguishes it from simple change. To change, only one part of a system has to become different. Transformation, on the other hand, is steeped in the specific purpose of reinventing the system itself.Natural transformation occurs as a system—over time—eventually evolves into something new. But to intentionally transform is much more difficult. To intentionally transform, one must possess clarity, purpose and vision. One has to have a clearly defined image of what is and what one wants it to become…

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Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

As the clock ran out on 2019, telecom industry news updates continued to roll in at a rapid pace. They offered a mix of 2020 predictions and 2019 year-in-review news, as well as tantalizing glimpses of powerhouse partnerships intended to advance innovation in the new year. Ericsson and Microsoft, for example, will bring their connected vehicle expertise together for the next generation of connected cars. Orange announced its selection by candy titan Mars, Incorporated to build an Intelligent Automated Network to advance the manufacturer’s global connectivity…

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