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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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  • Timothy Munks | February 13, 2019
    Recent research from IHS Markit indicates that data center interconnections are the fastest growing segment for coherent transceivers. Currently, metro and long-haul DWDM equipment is used to connect data centers around the world, but metro and long-haul DWDM solutions are overkill to interconnect data centers in campus and urban metro areas. Metro-access DCI are point-to-point connections with fiber reach between 40 and 120 km, making it possible to use unamplified links at least to 100 km, well beyond the capabilities of direct detect datacom transceivers. Coherent telecom transceivers can be used, but they have higher performance than required, are more complex, and are generally offered at a higher price point. They also use proprietary SD-FEC modes that are not interoperable. In response to this, the Optical Interconnect Forum (OIF) has developed the 400G ZR MSA to define specifications for 400GbE transceivers optimized for 80–100 km unamplified links using a grey channel in the center of C band. There is also strong interest from telecom and cable service providers for a DWDM version of the 400G ZR, so the OIF developed a colored version of the 400G ZR specification.
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  • Stéphane Téral, Michael Howard, Clifford Grossner, Stelyana Baleva | January 17, 2019
    Already known for the innovative capabilities that propelled its cloud and SDN/NFV ascension over the past decade, Netcracker, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, never rests on its laurels and keeps pushing the envelope. This time around, though, the bar was lifted very high. Netcracker has developed and launched a new cloud-based service that essentially includes everything the company has in its OSS/BSS product and services offering. Named Business Cloud, the platform leverages Netcracker’s cloud-based SDN/NFV and IT portfolio—from VNFs to orchestration, OSS, BSS, portals, and a digital marketplace—and offers the complete set as a service to whoever needs to build a cloud infrastructure to turn up new digital services. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Stéphane Téral | January 11, 2019
    In a turn from the desynchronized regional telecom capex growth we experienced for the past few years, the global economy started 2018 with strong, synchronized growth, but momentum faded as the year progressed and growth trends diverged. Notably, the economies of the eurozone, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China began to weaken. In contrast, the US economy accelerated, thanks to fiscal stimulus. 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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