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    — Patrick Kelly, Founder Appledore Research Group The telecommunication industry is amid a major transformation both in terms of business models and technology. Virtualization, cloud computing, and 5G will be significant technology transformation drivers creating entirely new markets. Virtualization, and the automation it enables, is rapidly changing how we assure communication services, provide reliability and […]

    The post Assuring Dynamic Services in the Hybrid Virtualized Network appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    May 2017 Grant Lenahan, Appledore Research Group If I might summarize the impression from Netcracker’s 2017 analyst day, positioning Netcracker 12, it would “let’s quit messing with technology and make and-2-end services profitable, then make the next move”. Fair enough. Appledore Research Group attended the NEC/Netcracker 2017 Analyst Summit, in Cannes, France ahead of TMF […]

    The post Netcracker 12 and Virtualization – A focus on End-2-End business cases and agile operations appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Does a huge NEP “get” cloud?  Appledore Research Group attended NOKIA’s full-day analyst event, scheduled coincident with TMForum Live! In Nice, France (May 15 2017).  Most of these events showcase incremental improvements in OSS, BSS and related software, within the traditional bounds of telecom. This was different; especially if one listened closely.  NOKIA went out […]

    The post NOKIA – Revolutionizing Evolution? Maybe, just maybe. appeared first on Appledore Research.


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  • 06/01/17--05:13: Nice reflections
  • This year was my first TMFLive since it was hosted in Dublin. In my absence the show seemed to have become smaller and less crowded. Surprisingly at the same time the show seemed to have become much more relevant to the needs of the telco. Whilst the show was billed as “Driving the Roadmap to Digital success” […]

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    — Grant Lenahan, Appledore research Group Diagram courtesy NOKIA There’s a saying: “You can forward packets, count them or classify them. Pick one.” For as long as i can remember, there have been trade-offs between telemetry and router performance, and between DPI and router performance. The problem has often been “solved”, if we can call […]

    The post NOKIA FP4 Launch: Packet Processing can be about more than “speeds and feeds” appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    CENX, an assurance supplier based in Ottawa, Canada, has announced the appointment of Ed Kennedy as its new CEO. Mr. Kennedy, until recently President of Tollgrade, comes to CENX with a background in carrier service assurance, cementing CENX’s recent focus on the transformation of assurance, especially within virtualized and distributed networks. As readers of Appledore’s […]

    The post CENX selects a new CEO; reinforces focus on active assurance appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Appledore Research Group attended the inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas (MWC-A), held this year at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The main event, MWC Barcelona, is well established as the industry’s premier venue for product announcements, but more importantly for critical networking and meetings amongst engineers and executives from across the globe. By contrast, CTIA has […]

    The post Mobile World Congress Americas: Back in Business and Down to Business appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Today there was a press release that the “big four” US mobile operators are collaborating to provide a universal two-factor authentication system. And we applaud their effort. The real news here, though, is not technical, nor even limited to authentication – it goes to the heart of business opportunity and growth for CSPs in the […]

    The post Two-factor Authentication — “tip of the digital services iceberg” for CSPs? appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Automation was a key point of discussion at Layer 123 event in The Hague last week.   In some ways it reminds me of other terms the industry has used that means different things to different people. Remember “customer experience management” and “analytics”?   – What are we talking about specifically and where do we accrue […]

    The post SDN World Congress: Making Automation Real appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Appledore Research Group is just back from an excellent week at SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague (my first since the early years of this event in Bad Homburg). Whilst I have been away the conversation has changed. Gone is the early stage optimism of NFV/SDN changing everything and in its place there is a […]

    The post SDN World Congress: Culture and trust in The Hague appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Appledore Research Group attended NOKIA’s annual Global Analyst Forum, held at the firm’s experience center in Espoo Finland. The event covered nearly two full days, and spanned the (extensive) scope of Nokia’s portfolio, from software to consumer products (via licensing and partners). Appledore Research Group is primarily focused on the software, processes and business transformations […]

    The post Nokia Global Analyst Forum 2017: a focus on enabling transformation and automation appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    “End to end” thinking is a mantra in our industry. We have always felt need to understand the entire experience delivered by service, ideally as a customer sees it. This much is true. Too often however, and driven by (many) decades-old technology and practices, we mistakenly believe this means building monolithic network/service models, fulfillment processes, […]

    The post Why loose coupling and independent domains matter appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Appledore Research Group has just published Part 2 of our major survey of the “MANO+” market.  This looks at the major needs and trends in orchestration, necessary to achieve hands-off, flexible automation.  We believe that the four areas are: 1. Model- and Policy-Driven Orchestration (truly model native) 2. Sophisticated On-Boarding and Modelling, including DevOps artifacts […]

    The post The “MANO+” Market: a Work in Progress: Major Survey by Appledore Research Group appeared first on Appledore Research.


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  • 01/25/18--06:23: Winning at the edge
  • There have been a number of 5G trial announcements in the last few months that show exciting progress in terms of increased network speed and lower latency. What all of these trials have in common, is that they are focused at the radio technology aspects of 5G. freeimages.com/Ned Horton Yet radio improvements alone are not sufficient to […]

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    Ericsson held its analyst day in London last week. High up in The Shard, (surrounded by grey clouds, torrential rain and strong winds) we learnt about Ericsson’s new vision for 5G and the wider ecosystem that it could support. As a metaphor for the challenges that Ericsson is currently facing the setting for the meeting was […]

    The post Ericsson emerges from the clouds appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    The industry has made considerable progress in the past 3 years following our first report titled “MANO SUPPLIER SCORECARD: TOP PICKS FOR 2015” published in May 2015. Our research shows more CSPs have moved out of the PoC phase and investing in SDN and NFV deployments for mobile core, enterprise edge, RAN, and firewall/security based […]

    The post Appledore Research publishes 2018 MANO Supplier Assessment Report appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    New Research from Appledore Research Group plots the status and trajectory of the industry and leading players. Appledore Research Group has recently released the 2nd major report in a series of 3 that investigates the necessary foundation to achieve flexible, efficient closed loop automation in virtualized networks.  This report is available here. Appledore Research Best […]

    The post Why Models Matter for Automated Network Operations: appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    The big themes for MWC 2018 in Telco cloud management software were focused on automation, cloud native readiness, and machine learning. The Appledore Research analyst met with 55 companies during the 4 day event including CSPs, incumbent suppliers, and new entrants. Our roundup of the event will be published in four segments. CSPs are deploying […]

    The post Key Findings from MWC in Cloud Management – 1 appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Germain Lamonde and Philippe Morin are quietly disrupting the market for service assurance in a segment known as the network test and monitoring market. EXFO is not going the route of Netscout which completed a USD 2.3 Billion mega acquisition of Danaher Communications Business in 2015. Netscout is still getting thru the integration process which […]

    The post Research Note: EXFO Completes Acquisition of Astellia appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    At MWC this year I saw a budding constellation of similar thinking around “micro-service” innovation.  This is a very positive trend. Every service provider wants greater agility, easier innovation, lower innovation costs and reduced ongoing maintenance burdens.  No surprise here.  Yet in our industry, most innovation methods and supporting software are essentially one-offs, with significant […]

    The post Mash Ups, Micro-services, Re-use and Agility at MWC appeared first on Appledore Research.


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