- December 13, 2013
RiverMeadow has announced a new program for its cloud partners, arming providers with cloud migration technology and professional services.
- November 26, 2013
Bluelock CTO Pat O'Day discusses what customers want from IaaS providers and which benefits of IaaS resonate the most with them.
- November 20, 2013
With carrier cloud services, telcos can differentiate with their networks. Whether enterprises care remains to be seen.
- November 13, 2013
Red Hat unveils Red Hat CloudForms 3.0 and welcomes cloud providers to its OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Program.
- October 31, 2013
A microgrid approach using local power sources can help providers build out more self-sustaining, energy-efficient data centers.
- October 23, 2013
With standalone cloud storage providers like Nirvanix failing, storage providers must expand their services to include backup, disaster recovery.
- October 11, 2013
Providers are interested in cloud load balancers -- and partnering with vendors can lead to recurring revenue opportunities.
- October 10, 2013
In a market defined by self-service, the notion of cloud professional services seems almost like an oxymoron. But IBM has found lots of room to grow.
- October 02, 2013
Amazon is the market leader, but other providers can stand out with ecosystems that prepare future customer requirements.
- August 22, 2013
Telecom wholesaler Brightlink filters SIP signaling with Net Optics' network packet broker to monitor and troubleshoot billions of voice minutes.
- July 11, 2013
Providers plan to increase spending on conventional networking hardware, but few have adopted emerging technologies, a recent survey shows.
- June 07, 2012
As service providers develop cloud innovation strategies, they're focusing less on the network -- looking instead to servers and software. Are vendors keeping up?
- March 28, 2012
Oracle hardware sales fell below expectations, but that's not the big issue for cloud providers. It needs a better service layer story, says commentator Tom Nolle.
- January 13, 2012
Juniper has lost influence in Layer 3 network investments due to its failure to mature content monetization, mobility and cloud portfolios, opines commentator Tom Nolle.
- December 13, 2011
SAP's $3.4 billion bid for SuccessFactors underscores cloud providers' best path for continued growth -- the SaaS business model and other higher-level services.
- December 12, 2011
Every vendor is trying to get a place in the cloud. Cisco, though, has more cloud vendor credentials in the space than most, so its approach should be taken seriously.
- December 06, 2011
Alcatel-Lucent continues to develop its cloud vision, announcing a partnership with HP that shows its cloud networking play -- Data Center Network Connect and CloudBand.
- July 20, 2011
Latin American smartphone adoption is more robust than North America's, and the consumers are more mobile-friendly than their peers in developed economies.
- June 16, 2011
NFC mobile wallet services look cool, but "cool" doesn't make money. The opportunity for carriers is to market their positions as intermediaries to merchants and advertisers.
- June 09, 2011
A new consortium of operators will make inter-carrier B2B video as simple as phone calls by stitching together a global video conferencing network to form a private exchange.
- May 26, 2011
Verizon CTO Tony Melone told reporters at TIA 2011: Inside the Network that Verizon's LTE rollout will handle whatever subscribers throw at the network.
- May 12, 2011
Internet backbone operators anecdotally report rising demand from carrier customers for IPv6 connectivity, but it's unclear when large amounts of traffic will materialize.
- May 05, 2011
Deciding when and how to convert IPv4 to IPv6, service providers face numerous technical and business issues; find out what matters most in this Q&A.
- April 13, 2011
CenturyLink tells SearchTelecom.com how the completion of the CenturyLink-Qwest merger has made the combined company more competitive in selling IT services.
- April 07, 2011
SIP trunking services revenue more than doubled over the past year. ILECs see the growth as cannibalized revenue but some SIP trunking service providers see opportunity.
- March 31, 2011
There isn't anything inherent to IPv6 that makes its transport slower than IPv4. But the reality of IPv6 performance for service providers is more complicated than that.
- March 24, 2011
If an AT&T/T-Mobile merger is approved by the FCC, the path to merge networks should face few technical challenges, thanks to a common technology heritage between the two carriers.
- March 17, 2011
A wholesale ISP that has grown by acquisition has deployed a network discovery tool to simplify network mapping for its hodgepodge of inherited network devices.
- February 24, 2011
Operators caching content close to users and handling more mobile broadband traffic are finding that the mission of metro networks is changing enough to benefit from increased IP connections in addition to traditional Ethernet connections in ...
- February 23, 2011
As MetroPCS launched its LTE network last year, it revamped its legacy mobile Web portal with artificial intelligence to improve subscriber loyalty and boost mobile ARPU.
- February 16, 2011
Small cells pinpoint subscribers' locations more precisely than macrocells, enabling more sophisticated mobile location-based services that generate revenue through partnerships.
- February 03, 2011
In addition to escalating DDoS attacks, hackers have turned some of the very devices designed for telecom security into attack vectors, according to a recent survey.
- January 27, 2011
NGN services will require next-generation telecom testing tools that are flexible, customizable and focus on applications rather than the bits underneath them.
- December 15, 2010
SearchTelecom.com asked four operators to talk about their network objectives for 2011. First up, we find out whether the Verizon IP backbone is ready for 100G, IPv6 and the cloud.
- December 08, 2010
Unlike Asia-Pac operators who view WiMax and LTE as complementary, WiMax may only play a supporting role for smaller U.S. operators.
- December 02, 2010
Qwest CTO Pieter Poll sheds light on the telecom network management challenges that rapid broadband traffic growth and streaming video present for fixed line operators.
- November 22, 2010
Tata Communications is future proofing its global Ethernet network using Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) in hopes of scaling up for point-to-multipoint Ethernet growth and better serving its wholesale customers.
- November 03, 2010
An advanced analytics engine for VoIP call detail records (CDRs) enabled Momentum Telecom to improve service quality assurance, slash troubleshooting time and pursue new business opportunities.
- October 28, 2010
Even after most major carriers launch 4G networks based on Long-Term Evolution (LTE), service providers are still going to have to support subscribers on 2G/3G legacy networks for years to come.
- October 21, 2010
A new Yankee Group report ranks 4G wireless operators as leaders, followers or somewhere in the middle in these early days of 4G network deployments and urges operators to change their 3G wireless strategies to increase brand and service awareness.
- October 21, 2010
4G backhaul network planning is an important and at times underestimated piece of LTE or WiMax migration strategies. If telecoms rush their 4G backhaul network planning, they will pay the price of high costs and disastrous delays.
- October 05, 2010
Poised for huge leaps in data consumption and subscriber growth, Latin America could be telecom's golden goose if carriers can overcome infrastructure challenges, including the lack of undersea cable systems.
- September 16, 2010
Carriers must pitch the IPv6 migration to enterprise customers as a gradual process and focus the conversation on enabling business continuity rather than simple scare tactics.
- September 02, 2010
Faced with a growing North American customer base, one European carrier ventured outside its home market for a U.S.-based colocation provider that would meet demand for local, affordable and flexible connectivity options.
- August 26, 2010
U.S. cable operators are making free Wi-Fi hotspots in select cities part of their customer retention strategy -- a move expected to eventually evolve into revenue-generating services based on or tied to Wi-Fi.
- August 19, 2010
The global femtocell market is poised for explosive growth, but operators say it won't become lucrative without tying femtocells to new services based on location and presence.
- August 12, 2010
Legacy telecom geographic information systems (GIS) keep track of operators' physical plant. But smaller, more database-centric telecom network planning tools that evaluate demographics, usage behavior and local bylaws enable carriers to be smarter ...
- August 03, 2010
Operators deploying IPv6 must use their influence to overcome IPv6 issues beyond their control -- namely, responsiveness from vendors, content providers and other carriers.
- July 29, 2010
After years of shrugging off calls to develop and implement an IPv6 transition plan, operators have begun to ready their networks to support the next-generation Internet protocol. But a successful IPv6 migration requires more than just upgraded ...
- July 08, 2010
There's a lot of talk among North American wireless carriers about 4G technologies -- namely, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMax. But with the exception of Sprint Nextel Corp., the talk hasn't resulted in deployments yet.
- June 30, 2010
Pressured to support rising waves of IP traffic, carriers are testing 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), optical transport and IP traffic as they build out their NGN architecture.
- June 24, 2010
When each service lived in its own access network, multiple and disparate telecom network monitoring systems were manageable. But as IP networks enable operators to offer network-agnostic services, they will need a more unified monitoring system.
- June 17, 2010
At a time when many service providers are scrambling to build and monetize new telecom services, peering point provider Telx has simplified interconnections for its customers' Carrier Ethernet services.
- June 08, 2010
AT&T's tiered pricing plan offers operators a way to monetize surging mobile data usage, but carriers must balance the promise of increasing ARPU with the need to give subscribers visibility into their data usage.
- June 04, 2010
4G long-term evolution (LTE) is front and center in terms of telecom industry buzz, but finding out where the market stands is like playing a game of telephone. It's hard to figure out what's fact and what's fiction.
- June 03, 2010
If Tier 1 operators want to recover the billions of dollars that wholesale telecom services units used to reel in, their approach to wholesale will have to mirror their consumer and enterprise strategies -- focus less on access and more on services.
- May 27, 2010
Carriers have to consider the financial health of LTE vendors to ensure investment protection. A confluence of factors -- a worldwide recession, reduced carrier spending, and a young and volatile LTE market -- makes it difficult for carriers to ...
- May 20, 2010
A recent case involving a Boston-area teen and his $18,000 cell phone bill highlights the need for smarter real-time billing systems to avoid "bill shock" as more third-party retailer apps flood the market.
- May 13, 2010
The reckoning day for IPv4 address exhaustion and IPv6 migration is nearing: IPv4 numbers will run out in about 480 days, according to John Curran, CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), who addressed operators at a recent ...
- May 06, 2010
As NTT America saw its carrier customers fend off IP traffic growth by gobbling up 10-Gigabit Ethernet, port density became a problem for the wholesale IP backbone transit provider. With the Cisco ASR 9000, NTT America halved its edge router ...
- April 28, 2010
Following a Court of Appeals ruling that basically curbed FCC authority over broadband regulation and net neutrality efforts, the commission basically has three options. In this Q&A, telecom consultant Tom Nolle , president of CIMI Corp., explains ...
- April 22, 2010
Wholesale VoIP services proved to be a boon for one operator, but troubleshooting TDM to IP glitches threatened success. Replacing manual diagnostics with a passive test probe paid off with improved optical network monitoring and faster resolution ...
- April 16, 2010
Service providers are expanding their roles in customers' lives, to become "experience providers," all while they transform themselves internally. AT&T is launching a new video service, looking to online gaming for inspiration, and using SOA to ...
- April 15, 2010
In this Q&A, Ruckus Wireless talks about how carriers' deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots is maturing as smartphone Wi-Fi capabilities offer mobile network operators opportunities for 3G offload, helping them cope with bandwidth-hungry applications.
- April 08, 2010
The pressing need to offload 3G traffic from overloaded cell towers and backhaul networks has led carriers to incorporate both Wi-Fi hotspots and femtocells into their overall telecom network management programs.
- April 08, 2010
Mobile data consumption is forcing wireless carriers to move quickly with alternative approaches to telecom network management that they had once snubbed or leisurely shelved -- an overdue embrace that is pushing new business models for femtocell ...
- March 11, 2010
Sprint Nextel Corp. was the first nationwide carrier to launch 4G WiMax technology -- going live in Baltimore in late 2008. Iyad Tarazi, vice president of network development, talked to SearchTelecom about Sprint's 2010 plans for WiMax.
- March 04, 2010
Competitive pricing may have held onto subscribers years ago, but then the iPhone arrived. Operators will have to prevent mobile churn now with attractive smartphone portfolios and strong mobile data networks to support those devices.
- February 25, 2010
By combining microwave backhaul systems with intelligent routing, one rural wireless operator expects to be able eventually to eliminate all 150 leased T1 lines at its cell sites and save millions of dollars in operating expenses.
- February 18, 2010
Verizon Wireless's approval of a Skype mobile VoIP app for its network may be more PR than substance. But it also signals that wireless operators are trialing mobile voice over IP (VoIP) applications to see whether they can reverse dwindling profits...
- February 15, 2010
Despite a dire economic climate, wireless telecom market revenues reached $215 billion in 2009. Strong smartphone sales could help maintain a rising ARPU trend in 2010, according to a new wireless telecom market review.
- February 11, 2010
Smartphone Wi-Fi capabilities may allow carriers to offload some mobile data traffic in public Wi-Fi hotspots as a temporary fix, not as a permanent solution to the surge in mobile broadband use.
- February 04, 2010
As wireless operators tap into the benefits of Long-Term Evolution (LTE), video delivery to mobile devices embodies the raison d'âtre for next-generation networking as well as its greatest challenge. But LTE is one part of the anatomy, which ...
- January 14, 2010
Wireless pricing models will probably change, but analysts say charging a premium for prioritized traffic won't turn around flat revenue from unlimited mobile broadband plans.
- January 07, 2010
The wireless business model of carrier-device monogamy in the U.S. is unlikely to be broken up by the launch of the Google Nexus One smartphone -- now built for only T-Mobile USA's 3G network but expected soon on other carrier networks.
- December 17, 2009
New deep packet inspection (DPI) software for carrier networks promises a peek into users' individual sessions, marking each stop along the route from base station to application. With this new view, mobile carriers will be better positioned to ...
- December 15, 2009
Telecom carriers looking for ways to stem declining services revenues turned their attention in 2009 to creating a service layer architecture that tightly knits networks to services platforms and makes the most of owning a network.
- December 08, 2009
As Huawei lands contracts across Europe, the telecom equipment provider has yet to score a major deal with any top North American operator. But analysts say that day isn't far off, as the U.S. market becomes a battleground for LTE vendors.
- December 01, 2009
The top 10 telecom industry predictions on business and technology issues from inCode include the death of the smartphone, the rise of the netbook, the challenges of cloud computing and trouble with ARPU and net neutrality.
- November 12, 2009
Standards for transporting data over Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology haven't rankled carriers, but defining a voice-over-LTE standard has been increasingly vital and problematic.
- November 12, 2009
Verizon Wireless and AT&T are two of six wireless operators from across the globe that gave their blessing for the IMS standard for LTE voice and Short Message Service (SMS) transport.
- November 05, 2009
An intelligent telecom service architecture enables carriers to offer more than dumb pipes, and a new Juniper Networks chipset can make new services cost-effective for carriers.
- November 03, 2009
The goal of providing excellent customer experience prompted telecom provider Global Crossing to re-engineer its operations and processes, including combining the positions of CTO and CIO to reflect the merging of hardware and software to run ...
- October 29, 2009
Supporting bandwidth-heavy apps means telecom operators must revamp their next-generation architecture while also finding ways to raise the average revenue per user (ARPU).
- October 29, 2009
Although AT&T completed "unprecedented" work on its backbone network in 2008, CTO John Donovan conceded the company is still catching its breath as it struggles to sync the capabilities of its service network architecture with consumer demand for ...
- October 22, 2009
When it comes to 3G and 4G wireless data networks,Verizon and AT&T are facing off over which operator has the best smartphone to handle mobile Internet access. Verizon's Droid smartphone -- a Motorola device -- is about to hit the market to take on ...
- October 14, 2009
Mobile infrastructure market vendors will be facing a bigger competitor in Cisco next year because Cisco plans to fill a gap in its October 01, 2009 01 Oct'09
Web on television is coming as manufacturers begin selling Web-enabled TVs. Carriers will need to prepare their networks to handle the bandwidth demands as users start downloading HD video and using bandwidth-intensive Web applications on their TVs.
- September 24, 2009
If wireless carriers aren't already offering some form of mobile device management, they likely soon will be -- adding services like inventory, expense and security management -- as the market for wireless business services barrels toward the global...
- September 17, 2009
Microwave backhaul has been touted as an economical solution for wireless operators in rural areas, but it may also make sense for wireless carriers in urban areas that are unable to build or can't afford to lease a fiber optics network.
- September 17, 2009
Whether wireless operators choose microwave backhaul as their primary network or as a supplement to a fiber optics network, one thing is becoming clear: Copper lines and T1s won't be enough to support data-heavy mobile traffic as the market moves to...
- September 04, 2009
The FCC's wireless inquiry may not result in mandated industry changes, but even so, wireless operators should be changing their business models by offering higher-level services to increase revenue.
- September 04, 2009
If wireless operators can no longer sign exclusive deals with handset manufacturers, partnering with third-party developers and using internal resources will be key for application development and growing 3G and 4G revenue.
- August 26, 2009
Infonetics Research predicts that telecoms will double their spending on mobile backhaul infrastructure by 2013 as they try to strike a balance between providing quality service to customers and not spending so much that it kills their profitability.
- August 13, 2009
Early on, Clearwire, Sprint's WiMax 4G network, was a media darling, but the company's future has become clouded as billions invested by Google and Intel are being written off.
- August 06, 2009
Even as carriers battle over-the-top video players, the industry's own video-on-demand services have been doing well and are getting better.
- July 30, 2009
Ericsson, quiet up until the very end, has won Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets, giving the telecom equipment vendor the perfect launchpad into the early 4G North American market and leaving loser Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in a tricky position.
- July 23, 2009
Private equity firm MatlinPatterson's bid for the Nortel telecom assets wasn't a complete surprise, but the company appears unlikely to outbid Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and other companies including Ericsson. This jockeying for position will work...
- July 09, 2009
The Department of Justice's preliminary antitrust investigation of telecom giants AT&T, Verizon and Sprint over price-fixing and handset exclusivity deals has investors worried that it could delay 4G network investment. But the DOJ probe is also ...
- July 02, 2009
For Sprint Nextel Corporation, its exclusive Palm Pre launch is an opportunity for reinvention, giving the third-place carrier a chance to promote its customer service, its network and, most importantly, its 4G WiMax services. It almost doesn't ...