Author: Hugh Kelly

Cloud-Native Continued

In last week’s post, we discussed what cloud-native really means. It has to be more than just using VMs to run code in the cloud or containers on switches. That does not make the software cloud-native. We pointed out that customers are realizing that it undermines their ability to get the benefits from the cloud. 

Heavy Reading Disaggregation Survey Report Part 3

We have looked at plans for disaggregation and implementing functional splits in Heavy Reading’s survey of operators. In this post, we want to look at issues that affect TCO and operations.  Operators were asked to rank their top factors motivating your organization to adopt disaggregated networking solutions. Faster innovation and flexibility in adopting the latest

5G Evolution

5G transport will require a new router at the cell site. There are two main drivers. First will be the increase in the amount of bandwidth needed as cell sites expand and more radios are added. With the change to eCPRI, fronthaul gateways will no longer be required. Second, the router must be able to

Heavy Reading Disaggregation Survey Report Part 2

Previously, we looked at some of the data in Heavy Reading’s survey of network operators’ plans for disaggregation conducted in December 2020. Respondents had to work for a verifiable network operator and be involved in network planning and/or purchasing network equipment. There were 82 qualified participants that were counted in the results. Volta was pleased

Heavy Reading Disaggregation Survey Report

Heavy Reading conducted a survey on network operators’ plan for disaggregation in December 2020. Respondents had to work for a verifiable network operator and be involved in network planning and/or purchasing network equipment. There were 82 qualified participants that were counted in the results. Volta was pleased to be a sponsor of this project and

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Private Islands of 5G

Manufacturing is seen as a major vertical market for 5G services. Process control is time sensitive and therefore latency dependent. That makes for an ideal use case for edge computing combined with URLLC.  Sensor data is also common in large manufacturing environments as factory floors and large plants become more digitized.  5G was designed to

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Convergence in the New Service Edge, Part 3

We started our series, Convergence in the New Service Edge, with a discussion on how 4G and 5G will have to coexist in the same transport network. In Part 2, we discussed how that transport network will support fixed as well as wireless traffic. 5G services are different. In this installment, we want to take

Arrows converging on target

Convergence in the New Service Edge, Part 2

We started our series, Convergence in the New Service Edge, with a discussion on how 4G and 5G will have to coexist in the same transport network. Convergence goes beyond wireless. Many operators offer both fixed and mobile services. However, wireline and wireless access services have typically been served by completely different aggregation and core

Arrows converging on target

Convergence in the New Service Edge: Part 1

Convergence, the integration of wireline and wireless technologies into a single network infrastructure, gets a lot of attention for good reason. Operators need to reduce costs to maintain profitability in the face of increasing traffic and declining price per bit. There are significant economies of scale in both CapEx and OpEx by consolidating onto a