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Entries for April 2018

In this white paper we look at how the transition to 5G affects wireline backhaul, fronthaul, and the emerging converged-haul variations. We also consider the impact of those changes on how mobile operators transport traffic across their networks, and how they can plan for them as they transition to 5G. We specifically look at the implications for European mobile operators, with their more cautious approach to 5G compared to that of their Asian Pacific and North American counterparts.

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Testing is an area where automation is crucial as we move to virtualized, complex and dynamic networks, where more elements and vendors have to interoperate, and operators have to ensure everything works as expected. We talked abuout these topics with James Hopson at Luxoft.

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Register for the webinar on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Speakers: Mansoor Hanif, ex-BT; Neeraj Pandey, Vodafone; Thierno Diallo, EXFO; Monica Paolini, Senza Fili

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I had the pleasure of talking with Kaniz Mahdi, Vice President, Advanced Architectures, CTO Group, at Ciena, about the transition from static automation to new, autonomic networks. Automation in wireless networks is still surprisingly limited in both scope and depth, but operators have been trying to automate some functions over the years. This type of automation has been driven by a top-down, static approach that translates the knowledge of engineers into scripts that execute repetitive actions. As networks become more complex and powerful, though, this type of automation is no longer sufficient.

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As the awareness of the value of low latency grows, there is a shift from a centralized cloud, to a dynamic, multi-faceted edge, and to networks in which operators have to manage multiple edges in real time. The scope—and value—of edge computing keeps expanding, and so are the learning challenges that the industry is facing in defining, managing and optimizing edge computing. But as a reward, edge computing can strengthen the business case for 5G with a more efficient use of network resources and a better performance.

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What happens when an operator starts to automate its processes? How does the internal culture change, what are the financial benefits, and how does it affect the services the operator offers? Petri Hautakangas and Pablo Tapia at Tupl talked about this and more in this conversation for the "Going deeper with automation" report

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