Feb 01, 2016

Staffing and Organizing for Telco Innovation – Part 3

This is Part 3 in a series of posts. I am sharing some observations from a discussion I had with Travis Ewert of Level 3. Travis is the senior vice president of global network software development there. Click here for Read More

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Jan 25, 2016

Staffing and Organizing for Telco Innovation – Part 2

Retraining is a Start I recently had a chat with Carol Wilson, Editor at Large at Light Reading. Carol talks to a wide range of service providers, and she pointed out some interesting trends. First is the idea of retraining Read More

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Jan 15, 2016

Staffing and Organizing for Telco Innovation – Part 1

At Light Reading’s recent 2020 Vision summit a number of telecom operators expressed concerned about whether they have the staff skillset and organization needed to support innovation. Is this a valid concern? Yes, but it may not be as big Read More

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Oct 05, 2015

Telecom Service Quality Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better

These days I travel by plane a lot, but I didn’t travel much in the pre-deregulation (before 1978) glory days of airlines. My parents, relatives and neighbors rarely flew, mostly because air travel was very expensive.At the same time, most Read More

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Sep 30, 2015

The Real CTOs of NFV: The Series

There’s a lot of talk and plenty of noise related to NFV in the telecom industry. It’s a time of market transformation with many executives and marketeers making claims for how their companies are doing NFV better than others, or Read More

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Sep 13, 2015

How NFV Got Real

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has created a lot of buzz, but it has also created a lot of questions about real deployments and real benefits. I have some good news: NFV is now real, and is starting to roll out. Read More

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Sep 09, 2015
Deb Lovig
Deb Lovig

NFV for Rural Broadband: New Business Now, Innovation for the Future

(Author’s Note: I’m a farmer’s daughter from Iowa who is thrilled to put a focus on innovation for RURAL broadband. Writing this post brings up memories of our party line (that cousin who listened in) and immense relief when we Read More

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Sep 06, 2015

A Big Anniversary for Overture

Today is the 15th anniversary of when Jeff Reedy and I founded Overture Networks, in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina at the First Flight Venture Center (FFVC). We have moved a few times, but our current office on Read More

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Aug 30, 2015

Pure-Play Virtualization Versus SFPs

  I believe that the full value of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is best realized using Pure-Play Virtualization. We define pure-play virtualization as software Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) running in a standard virtualization environment (e.g. KVM and OpenStack) hosted on Read More

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Aug 22, 2015

End User Benefits of NFV

The discussion of the benefits of NFV has centered on the service providers, who would use it to drive new services that lead to new revenue and lower costs. But what about the end users who buy these new services? Read More

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Aug 13, 2015

Optimizing Profitability with Pure-Play NFV

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is envisioned as a way to allow communications service providers (CSPs) to replace network appliances with software modules running on standard servers, which can save money in terms of CapEx and OpEx. However, the focus of Read More

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Aug 05, 2015

The Turing Test for NFV

Computer science giant Alan Turing was featured in the recent movie “The Imitation Game.” Turing was especially interested in the topic of artificial intelligence, and proposed a test for determining whether a given computer was intelligent. He asked, "Are there Read More

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Aug 03, 2015

NFV’s Unexpected Bonus

I recently experienced major travel disruption while returning from business in Europe. The likelihood of getting home on time looked grim. However, once I got to the airline service desk I was quickly rebooked on a flight with an upgrade(!) Read More

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Jul 27, 2015

Why I Write at LinkedIn


Daniel Roth, the editor of LinkedIn Pulse, published an interesting piece with tips for writing at LinkedIn. His article focused on the “how” of writing, but what is more interesting to me is the “why.” Why bother to go through Read More

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Jul 13, 2015

Hard Truths about Software Licensing for NFV

Let’s face some hard truths about NFV licensing: Hard Truth #1: Service providers expect that virtualization software will be inexpensive or free. While they won’t achieve that goal in many cases, they will require that the software solutions cost less Read More

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Jul 08, 2015

Real-World NFV, Real Lessons Learned

Masergy and Overture recently announced the first true deployment of pure-play virtualization at the service edge. Getting there took some time and effort, and we learned a lot along the way. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing Read More

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Jun 26, 2015

I/O Virtualization for Telecom: Why Flexibility Matters

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) offers the promise of innovative service creation at lower cost, but service providers worry about performance and flexibility. How can they deploy virtualized services that are both cost-effective and meet the service requirements for throughput and Read More

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Jun 25, 2015

Virtualized Testing: The Unsung NFV Use Case

There is a fair amount of buzz around network functions virtualization (NFV) and which use cases provide the most benefit. The ETSI ISG NGV has documented a specific set of use cases that are of special interest to the operator Read More

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Jun 25, 2015

The New Face(book) of Carrier Class?

As traditional communications service providers (CSPs) seek to gain the promised benefits of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), it is also prudent to look at potential downsides.Replacing today's carrier-class network equipment with unproven software running on commercial servers scares the daylights Read More

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Jun 19, 2015

Leave Manual Orchestration to Symphony Orchestrators

Orchestration for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is essential to achieving the goals of agility and service innovation. However, some operators take the view that they can omit orchestration software and use manual orchestration instead, especially for experimentation and/or low-volume deployments. Read More

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