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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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  • Matthias Machowinski | March 12, 2018
    Worldwide Ethernet switch revenue grew 2 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q4 2017), to $6.7 billion, building off the gains from previous quarters. For the full-year 2017, revenue rose 8 percent, reaching nearly $25 billion—the strongest growth in seven years.
  • Stéphane Téral | March 09, 2018
    As usual at this time of year, I did my pilgrimage to Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, which according to the GSMA was attended by 107,000 people—1,000 fewer than last year. Was this due to the cold front that hit the entire European region all the way to the south? Many people did not manage to land in Barcelona due to flight cancellations. Meanwhile, this event is branded as the world’s largest of its kind, at least in the not-so-vibrant mobile industry. To provide some perspective, I like to remind people that Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff brought 170,000 people to the Dreamforce event in San Francisco last year; that is one-fifth of the city’s population, and cruise ships were provided to address insufficient hotel room supply. More importantly, I conducted my usual C-level service provider tour, a mix of formal and informal discussions. Some were scheduled, and others were just on the run. And, of course, it was all about 5G. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Matthias Machowinski | February 15, 2018
    At the end of January, we had the chance to attend Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s (ALE) Connex18 Northern European partner conference, getting an update on the company’s current traction and its plans for the future. After its acquisition by Huaxing and the subsequent new leadership of CEO Jack Chen, ALE implemented a number of changes to put the company on a solid footing and help drive a new direction. ALE had to reduce costs significantly to bring expenses in line with current revenue levels and concluded that process last year. ALE now has 2,100 employees (down from 2,600), 50% of which are located outside of France, and the company has been cash flow positive since April 2017. Because ALE is up against much larger and diversified companies, it must choose carefully how it spends its limited resources. ALE recognizes that its business is going to change significantly in the years to come, moving away from classic telephony (i.e., PBX and UC), which provides some 60% of its revenue today. In as little as three years, ALE expects the majority of new projects to be unrelated to telephony. To maintain and grow revenue in light of these changing market requirements, ALE has reorganized its business around three key principles it believes will drive focus and give purpose to its mission: vertical specialization, cloud opportunities, and mobile and IoT. Clients, please log in to view 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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