2010 telecom fan favorites – the gifts that keep on giving

It’s time again for the top-ranked SearchTelecom.com telecom content of the year, and you voted with your clicks for the best of IPv6, Optical Network Transport, 4G LTE, MPLS and OSS/BSS. Feel free to re-gift to your very best friends.

It’s that time again, people. Best-of lists are everywhere, no matter how lame the category. We wanted to play too, but decided to keep it simple since things get pretty frantic around the winter solstice. Our plan was to offer up this year’s top-five SearchTelecom.com hits since there’s a slim chance you might have missed one or two. Even better, you could re-gift them to a colleague along with an iPad, or a sketch of a next-gen network architecture on the back of a cocktail napkin.

But you telecom people, you just can’t keep it simple! Our top-five telecom stars – chosen with clicks from your very own keypads – turned out to be the top 10 instead. Why? Because telecom people are comfortable with layers, and these expert tips have those in abundance. Since it’s the season to be generous, we’re playing back all top 10 articles on the telecom hit parade – layers upon layers upon layers of IPv6, Optical Network Transport, 4G LTE, MPLS and OSS/BSS.

So here are our 2010 telecom gifts for you and yours:

  • On IPv6. Everybody’s read that the Internet is falling and IPv6 addresses are really running out (really). But our favorite IP expert Ivan Pepelnjak’s Seven IPv6 networking myths that don’t match reality struck a different kind of chord. Was it because he linked IPv4 address exhaustion to the Mayan calendar (which is pretty cool), or because he laid it on the line about what IPv6 can and can’t do and what opportunities were missed in its design? No matter what, this article should be high on your gift list.

  • On Optical Transport Network. For those who dream of light on these short days of the year, even better than a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) light box with a dawn simulator and free dusk option is an expert lesson on optical network transport (ONT). ACG Research’s Eve Griliches’ three-part opus on 100G DWDM optical network transport has it all, including a short history of ONT’s development for you history buffs and enabling technologies for the future for the sci-fi enthusiast on your list.

  • On MPLS-TP. We all know that when you’re thinking about getting a new toy, you want to know how it’s different from the old one. Otherwise why upgrade? It’s no different with MPLS and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP). This essential article on the technology differences between MPLS and MPLS-TP will help you decide all sorts of things. Can you live without those bidirectional LSPS? And is that out-of-band management thing just too out there for you? Think about it before you grab that MPLS-TP off the shelf.

  •  4G LTE. Who can ever get enough on 4G LTE? Have we got a deal for you! Four, count them, four articles on exploring LTE architecture and services drivers pre-packaged into one convenient Telecom Insights guide. If you can find that kind of value anywhere else, we’ll eat our software-defined radio. And if you download all four articles in the next 30 minutes, we’ll throw in a camouflage Snuggie or a link to more 4G content. This has it all, from details on LTE network layers for peak performance and class of service issues to greenfield and brownfield network design. Seriously, who loves ya on this one?

  • OSS/BSS. Operations and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) have never been the sex symbols of the telecom network (that title generally goes to the more flamboyant hardware). But like my mother said before I got braces, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. And now that the customer experience is the holy grail of the telecom industry, OSS/BSS systems changes are required to make your service-layer architecture sing. Nobody puts OSS/BSS in the corner.
This was last published in December 2010

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