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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

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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

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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

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TeraFlow: next step in telecom operators’ quest for open, virtual, and automated networks

Legacy routers have been traditionally built with both data plane and control plane hosted in the same device, with data plane running in specialized ASICs hardware, and control plane running in an x86 architecture. This approach has historically enabled network operators to meet the capacity and feature requirements of their networks, but at a significant

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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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Toward True Self Driving Networks

5G networks require a significant increase in the number of cell sites as compared to their predecessors to support an enormous increase in the number of connected devices, from mobile phones to multitudes of IoT sensors. In addition, routing services are required in those locations to support the heterogeneous requirements in latency and bandwidth for

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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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Purgatorio 7×7: A Discourse on Automation

Having left Inferno and entering the Purgatory proper, I am instructed to perform the ritual of washing the stains of Inferno off my face. We see that we have landed on a solitary island. The sun rises and the path climbs upwards. Virgil explains to me that there are seven terraces in Purgatorio and we

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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

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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

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