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March 17, 2020

The World Wide Wireless Web: What You Need to Know

As the World Wide Web approaches its thirtieth anniversary, the question arises of whether businesses and consumers can still trust the original model of the WWW to serve the needs of a much-changed marketplace. In 1991, the first year of the WWW, smartphones didn’t exist, “broadband” speeds maxed out at around 512 kilobits per second and Google was still years
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The Importance of Having an Edge: Five Key Capabilities of Edge Computing
March 11, 2020

The Importance of Having an Edge: Five Key Capabilities of Edge Computing

In today’s hyperconnected digital economy, communication service providers (CSPs) are refocusing their efforts on developing and growing new revenue streams from their enterprise customers, and edge computing can help that cause. Top-tier CSPs recognize the capabilities and benefits of edge computing, monetizing enterprise revenue opportunities of the future, faster. For many CSPs, their enterprise offerings currently focus on providing essential
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The Age of the Subscription Economy
February 25, 2020

The Age of the Subscription Economy

As enterprises move from physical products to digital services, they are redefining the business model relationship with the end customer, creating what we now know as the subscription model. Subscription models are one of the benefits of 5g for consumers – they can help deliver meaningful 5G consumer and enterprise services to consumers. Many of today’s most popular digital 5g
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The Democratization of IT and the Network: Are You Ready?
February 17, 2020

The Democratization of IT and the Network: Are You Ready?

Many years ago, I worked at a network equipment provider, where I shared an office with the mobile core team. And every morning, as I walked through the reception area, I would pass a pair of towering, refrigerator-sized CGSN and SGSN nodes. Each node could deliver wireless access protocol (WAP) service to about 50,000 subscribers. At the same time, companies
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The End of the ISV Era
February 4, 2020

The End of the ISV Era

It’s no secret that cloud services are on the rise. Gartner estimates that businesses will spend $266.4 billion on cloud services this year, growing to $354.6 billion by 2022. Why is cloud consumption rising so quickly? Because free-market economies hate inefficiencies, and the cloud is all about efficiency. But that’s not to suggest that cloud adoption didn’t create ripples in
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Mobile Network Analytics
December 18, 2019

If Data is the New Oil, Why Have Your Mobile Network Data Analytics Efforts Stalled?

It’s been said that data is the new oil. If that’s true, communications service providers (CSPs) have struck it rich. Their networks collect a vast amount of data on customers, all of which can be used to deliver better customer experiences and new, revenue-generating services.  Mobile network data analytics is the opportunity that CSPs have waited for, as they look
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10 Tips for a Successful NFV Deployment
December 13, 2019

10 Tips for a Successful NFV Deployment

Over the past eight years, Affirmed Networks has helped leading service providers successfully transition to NFV based architectures and realize exceptional returns. Along the way, we’ve learned some valuable NFV deployment lessons on how providers can avoid underwhelming NFV results and realize the technology’s full transformative benefits.   Some telecommunications network equipment vendors think that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is
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Innovation at the Core: Standalone 5G Core Architecture
December 4, 2019

Innovation at the Core: Standalone 5G Core Architecture

Whenever 5G is mentioned, the conversation seems to inevitably shift to 5GNR (New Radio) as the driver for the diverse use cases that will come. Meanwhile, all those 5G core innovations are pushed to the margins, with maybe a mention of network slicing. These same pundits like to tell people that 5G is still years away and to keep building
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A Moment of Reflection on the 5G Revolution in 2019
November 26, 2019

A Moment of Reflection on the 5G Revolution in 2019

The iPhone 11 was released on September 20th, 2019. Take a look at it 1, and you’ll quickly notice the extra camera and the lower price tag. What you won’t see is any mention of native support for 5G. The new iPhone doesn’t have it. If you’re looking for the seeds of a 5G revolution, don’t look to Apple. Look
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SmartNICs give EPC5G services a turbo boost of speed
November 19, 2019

SmartNICs Give EPC/5G Services a Turbo Boost of Speed

5G has a need for speed, and just down the road is a host of new 5G services that will demand higher network performance, from augmented/virtual reality applications to connected cars. Where will that extra performance come from? There are two paths that mobile operators can take to boost network performance: they can upgrade and/or add more CPU horsepower to
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