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The new demands of video, mobility and cloud services have spurred carriers to rearchitect their networks—with service agility, automation and accommodation of the explosive growth in mobile traffic high on their agenda. Understanding the future of virtualized services and networks alongside the impact of video everywhere is critical for all players engaged in carrier and enterprise networking.

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  • Heidi Adams | August 10, 2017
    The pressure is on for the industry to deliver more open and interoperable optical networks. Projects including the Open ROADM Multi-Source Agreement, the Telecom Infra Project’s Open Optical Packet Transport Group, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Optical Interworking Forum (OIF) are exploring the way forward. However, the question remains whether network operators are ready and willing to trade off performance for openness and interoperability.
  • Stéphane Téral | July 31, 2017
    Although quantum physics is not a new field, we’ve increasingly been hearing about the potential of using the laws of quantum physics for processing, transmitting, and distributing information. Also known as quantum mechanics, including field theory, quantum physics deals with the fundamental theory of small-scale, low-energy level objects that share some properties of waves such as a specific frequency and wavelength, some spread over space, and some properties of particles—they're generally countable and can be localized to some degree because quantum mechanics cannot predict the exact location of a particle in space, only the probability of finding it at different locations. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Diane Myers | July 27, 2017
    Today Mitel announced its intent to acquire ShoreTel, which does not come as a big surprise. Over the past several years this combination has been rumored multiple times, and ShoreTel’s board has publicly been looking at strategic options for the company. The enterprise communications market is extremely tough with premises-based sales in decline and the majority of sales in the hands of only a few dominant vendors. Meanwhile businesses are shifting to cloud services, which is a very crowded market with a number of providers and no dominant company. Mitel and ShoreTel are among the few that have a position in the legacy PBX market while working on pivoting to cloud services. Clients, please log in to access the full content.
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  • Icon Senior Research Director, VoIP, UC, and IMS
    Joining Infonetics Research/IHS in December 2008 and leveraging 20 years of telecom industry analyst and marketing experience, Diane Myers is widely regarded as one of the VoIP industry's top analysts.
  • Icon Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video
    A leading expert on enterprise networking and communications technologies, MatthiasMachowinski has 14 years’ experience as an analyst in the telecom and datacom industry and specializes in the data and communication technologies deployed by small/medium businesses (SMBs), enterprises, and public sector organizations. His areas of focus include emerging network use cases, network technologies, architecture adoption rates, wired/wireless convergence, the effects of downtime, and end-user spending trends.
  • Icon Senior Research Director, Carrier Networks
    Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns.
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