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Partnering is Key to Successful Network Transformations

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

One of the things that will characterize 2015 is the trend that started picking up momentum in 2014 that operators of physical communications networks have developed a sense of urgency about transforming their networks.  It used to be that if you were a network operator you could invest with some level of assurance that the hardware and the associated software to run it would be core to your network for possible decades before becoming obsolete.  However, as everyone in the industry knows, this is no longer the case.

As the world becomes more software-centric in terms of service creation, delivery, agility, security and performance— to meet the tsunami of data heading operator’s way and to allow network operators to maintain their relevance as ecosystem hubs rather than “dumb pipe” providers—cost efficient and effective operational excellence and the need to be fast-to-market and fast in the market with innovative services and enhanced customer experiences have become paramount. It is why so much attention is being paid to thing like Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (VFV). 

The need for speed has become (pardon the turn of phrase) hyper-critical.  However, with recognition of the need to transform and do so rapidly should also come the recognition that network operators cannot transform rapidly and successfully on their own...

Creating New Revenue Ecosystems by Leveraging M2M Generated Data

By Susan CampbellIn this new consumer-driven, technology-based environment, it is no longer enough to offer a single source service and expect it to satisfy your customers. Even if you still have the best customer service in the industry, you have...

Best Practices for Improving Network Monitoring and Management

By Susan J. CampbellNetwork operators are more successful when their networks operate at peak performance levels. To ensure they can achieve such levels, proper network monitoring and management solutions must be in place. While such solutions can deliver value to...

Using Multi-Vendor Managed Services to Create a Single Point of Accountability

By Susan J. CampbellAs a network operator, it is imperative that you have the necessary tools and manpower to manage a number of vendors, maintenance contracts and required skill sets. Your complexity and costs are consistently increased by the continuous...

How Can You Reduce OSS/BSS by Choosing the Right Network Integration Partner

By Susan J. CampbellThe rules of the game are changing for the network operator, demanding the selection of an integration partner. This is not only a challenging task, but also an important one as making the right choice can help...

Best Practices for Network Operators to Strengthen Relationships with ACPs

By Susan J. CampbellThe environment for the network operator is changing as consumer demands are changing. Relationships with application content providers (ACPs) are morphing from distant functionality to arm's-length collaboration to drive value in the market. It is essential for...

Using Managed Services to Improve Competitiveness

By Susan J. CampbellIn a world where consumers continue to demand more from their network providers, those who are able to deliver on these demands will find they can thrive. Merely wanting to achieve this level is not nearly enough...

Digital Advertising Creates New Revenue Opportunities for Network Providers

By Susan J. Campbell As the game is constantly changing for network providers, one of the biggest challenges they face is to keep customers happy while also driving strong streams of revenue. Consumers are demanding new and better content on multiple...

IP Transformation Enables Network Operators to Maximize Market Opportunities

The face of the market is changing drastically for the network operator and unless they are willing to change with it and evolve, they will miss out on important opportunities for growth, revenues, profit and even survival. As a result,...

Outsourced Network Management Helps to Secure a Responsive Network

By Susan J. CampbellWith the growing technological demands in the global marketplace, a number of companies are implementing such initiatives as globalization, branch automation, workforce virtualization and post merger integration. To make such transitions successful, many are turning to outsourced...

The Impact of Instant Access on Go-to-Market Strategies

In today's consumer-driven data consumption, quality in delivery is no longer enough to drive customer loyalty. Users now want instant access, full security and privacy all while demanding the ability to continually access services on any display at any time....

Keeping Pace with User Needs: Five Trends for Telco Providers

The days of status quo service are long over. Today, network operates need to stay innovative to adequate meet user expectations when it comes to services and quality. As consumers and end-users, alike, increasingly crave high-bandwidth content and better services, service providers need to evolve their strategy and change their business models to meet those needs.

A New Opportunity for Network Operators

Given that the past 18 months have seen an explosion in the number of applications that are available to end users - mobile applications, widgets on TVs and PCs, as well as enterprise applications of all types - network operators...

Open Development Platforms Offers Options

It's great to see how companies are embracing new technology. Many are finding innovative ways to stay on top of the various technological changes. And one popular method is to establish an open development platform.   Open networks, for example,...

Five Ways to Boost Revenue in a Changing Wireless World

In the days when wireless technology, the Internet and applications rule, network operators are in a constant struggle to fulfill the demand for new Web applications. Meanwhile, application and content providers face a quandary of their own - the need to enhance the end-user experience.
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