Fierce Research

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Research Reports 


 Smart Cloud: The Coming Paradigm Shift 

Self-healing, self-optimizing, self-defending, self-aware, and operating at light speed, the holy grail of communications infrastructure is now within reach. The world’s biggest vendors – Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, and more - are locked in a race to combine cloud, observability, automation, AI and security into a new networking model that will precipitate the next great global revolution in the communications industry. When fully integrated, these technologies enable the creation of smart cloud networks that can run themselves without human involvement and do so less expensively — but also more efficiently, responsively, and securely than anything that exists today. Smart Cloud: The Coming Paradigm Shift  is an essential resource for everyone involved in building, selling, or using services and applications over the next generation of communications networks. DEADLINE EXTENDED!



 Transforming Telcos with Cloud-Native OSS

In the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry, the transition to cloud-native operations support systems (OSS) marks a significant shift towards more agile, scalable, and cost-effective network management solutions. This report, tailored for IT decision-makers in telco, emphasizes how modern cloud-native OSS platforms outpace traditional systems by being inherently more turnkey and productized and providing multi-cloud freedom of choice and freedom from platform lock-in. We explore the architectural and operational advantages that these next-generation systems provide, such as enhanced automation, improved integration capabilities, and superior flexibility. Additionally, the report will highlight how cloud-native OSS can dramatically reduce deployment times, minimize operational complexities, and lead to substantial cost savings, as well as enable open, flexible artificial intelligence (AI) implementation to automate back-office operations. This report will equip potential customers with a clear understanding of how cloud-native solutions can revolutionize their operational frameworks and pave the way for innovative service delivery. ONE SPONSOR SPOT LEFT!



 AI and the Network: Optimizing Network Design and Operations to Meet AI Demands 

AI has a voracious data hunger and requires robust data center networking that delivers the performance needed to leverage its full capabilities. This report explores how optimal network design and operations can reduce costs while boosting performance and maximizing utilization of precious GPU resources. High throughput and sophisticated multi-tenant traffic management are crucial for AI applications, which demand rapid processing of large data volumes. Advanced traffic engineering, enabled by SDN frameworks, allows for dynamic resource allocation, ensuring high-priority AI tasks receive the necessary bandwidth. Additionally, cloud-native network architectures provide required scalability and flexibility and steer clear of legacy system pitfalls. This alignment between AI needs and network capabilities maximizes current technological investments and future-proofs enterprises against evolving AI demands. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2024



 U.S. Rural Broadband Strategies: Access Choice, Funding Availability and Workforce Management 

U.S. states are working on delivering on their five-year plans alongside communications service providers to deliver broadband to underserved communities across the nation. However, there are many challenges due to market demands, funding availability and workforce shortages thanks to the widening skills gap. From developing a local workforce to deliver federally funded networks on time and within budget to understanding the economic impact on local communities and reskilled workers, this research report looks at how service providers are balancing rural and remote deployments with the need for connectivity, bandwidth and economic returns. U.S. Rural Broadband Strategies also examines funding availability, workforce management and the role of technology in assisting with affordability and open access. DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2024



 Municipal Broadband Deployment Strategies

U.S. municipal networks are gaining momentum as local authorities and wider geographic areas build their own broadband infrastructure. A recent Community Networks survey found that over 900 municipal networks run either through cooperative agreements or solely community-owned operations across the U.S. — with more in development or planning. The reason for municipal networks is clear — a community can deploy a network specific to the needs of its constituents without having to wait for a major or local ISP. However, the necessary investment and financing, market research and technical and industry knowledge needed before even tackling their deployment can act as a barrier to deployment. The Municipal Broadband Deployment Strategies report explores key issues such as: economic and logistical challenges and considerations for municipal-run networks; understanding the legal framework for municipal networks; pursuing the deployment of a public broadband network; partnership models and financing; public funding mechanisms and their take on municipal broadband; and subscription models, pricing models and uptake. DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2024



  Telco AI: The Business Cases that Matter 


This report will delve into the transformative impact of AI to optimize operations and enhance customer relations. We’ll describe how AI-driven predictive maintenance prevents equipment failures, minimizing downtime and reducing costs, while advanced algorithms personalize customer interactions, elevating satisfaction and loyalty. We’ll explore AI-driven network management’s capability to dynamically adjust settings to ensure optimal performance, significantly cutting operational expenses and—eventually—delivering “smart cloud” networks that operate without human intervention. Moreover, we’ll assess how robust AI tools can detect and prevent fraud, and automate routine customer service and administrative tasks, freeing resources for strategic initiatives and enabling targeted marketing to boost revenue. This report will equip telecom leaders with actionable strategies and proven AI applications to drive efficiency, secure data, and capitalize on new business opportunities, thereby transforming traditional challenges into avenues for growth and innovation. DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2024



 Beyond the Hype: 5G Practical Business Cases 

5G’s initial rollouts were inflated by hype, promising revolutionary applications like self-driving cars and remote surgery. The reality has been more grounded, with significant infrastructure costs making 5G a substantial investment for telcos. But 5G is beginning to show its true potential, particularly through network slicing and the creation of private networks that can augment or even replace traditional Wi-Fi systems. This report examines how 5G is delivering practical business benefits, beyond the hype. We explore how telcos and enterprises are leveraging 5G for enhanced connectivity solutions that offer both improved performance and new revenue opportunities. The report highlights the strategic advantages of 5G in creating more efficient and innovative business environments. This analysis serves as a vital guide for IT decision-makers looking to navigate the evolving 5G landscape. DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2024



 Creating New Telco Opportunities in the Cloud with Open RAN 

After being overshadowed in the cloud by hyperscale platforms, telcos are finding a new competitive edge with open RAN technology. This report examines how open RAN offers telcos a path to reclaim competitive relevance by enabling more flexible, interoperable network architectures. By facilitating a mix of vendor solutions, open RAN reduces operational costs and enhances service capabilities, allowing telcos to provide bespoke connectivity. These strategic advantages not only help telcos compete with established cloud providers but also support their evolution towards cloud-native functionalities with dynamic network slicing. Highlighting industry shifts towards open, efficient network infrastructures, this report underscores open RAN's potential to reshape telco strategies and level the playing field in the cloud services market. DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2024

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 Telecom Automation and AI - Let's Get Real

Automation and AI will continue to be key buzzwords in the telecom industry in 2024, but this year service providers need to get past the hype and establish the actual business case for these technologies. 'Telecom Automation and AI - Let's Get Real' addresses fundamental topics, including: which implementations of automation deliver the highest value; which automation and AI features are must haves for service providers to resell to enterprises; what is the unicorn market for service provider automation/AI; the business cases that matter; and how long until service providers feel safe letting AI call the shots on their networks.  

Interactive Webinars


 Innovative Liquid Cooling for Future-Proof Data Centers: Ensuring Efficiency and Sustainability 

As data centers evolve to meet escalating computational demands, the thermal challenges posed by densely packed silicon chips become increasingly prominent. This webinar explores the paradigm shift towards liquid cooling solutions as a pivotal strategy for future-proofing data centers. By delving into the principles of liquid cooling and its application to silicon chip cooling, we unravel the potential of this technology to enhance efficiency and sustainability in data center operations. Through a comprehensive analysis of current trends and emerging technologies, attendees will gain insights into the transformative impact of liquid cooling on data center design and management. From optimizing performance to mitigating environmental impact, this webinar offers a roadmap for leveraging liquid cooling as a cornerstone for the next generation of data centers, ensuring scalability, resilience, and environmental responsibility in the face of evolving computational demands. 



 AI-Powered Network Optimization in Telco Operations 

Explore the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence on network optimization in the comms sector. This webinar delves into real-world applications, showcasing how AI-driven solutions enhance operational efficiency, reduce downtime, and pave the way for a more resilient and responsive communications infrastructure. 



 Securing the Future: Telco AI in Cyber Defense 

Join us for an insightful session on the intersection of Telco AI and cybersecurity. Uncover the latest strategies employed by CSPs to safeguard their networks against evolving cyber threats. From anomaly detection to predictive analytics, learn how AI is reshaping the landscape of cyber defense in the dynamic world of comms. 



 5G and Beyond: Telco AI's Role in Next-Gen Connectivity 

Delve into the future of connectivity as we explore the symbiotic relationship between Telco AI and emerging 5G technologies. This webinar unpacks the pivotal role AI plays in optimizing 5G networks, enabling faster data transmission, lower latency and enhanced user experiences, setting the stage for the next-gen communications connectivity. 



 Customer-Centric Telco: Revolutionizing Services with AI 

Join us for an exploration of how Telco AI is reshaping customer experiences in the telecommunications industry. From personalized service recommendations to proactive issue resolution, discover how AI-driven insights empower providers to deliver exceptional customer-centric services. This webinar unveils the strategies and technologies driving the shift towards a more customer-focused telecommunication ecosystem. 



 Transforming Telcos with Cloud-Native OSS 

This webinar showcases how more agile, scalable, and cost-effective cloud-native operations support systems (OSS) provide enhanced automation, superior flexibility, and multi-cloud capabilities. These new OSS platforms can help telcos streamline deployment, reduce operational complexities, enable AI-driven back-office automation, and block vendor-lock-in to revolutionize service delivery. 


 Building a Network Fit for AI’s Ferocious Data Appetite 

Join our webinar to explore how advanced network designs deliver the performance needed to unlock AI business value and optimize the utilization of precious GPU resources. These designs are enabled by SDN frameworks that deliver high throughput and sophisticated multi-tenant traffic management. Learn how cloud-native architectures offer the necessary scalability and flexibility for AI demands.



 Beyond the Hype: How 5G is Delivering Practical Business Benefits 

Join a conversation to understand how 5G has outgrown its initial hype to realize its potential through technologies such as network slicing and private networks. Discover how telcos and enterprises are utilizing 5G for better connectivity, improved performance, and new revenue opportunities, transforming business operations efficiently and innovating with new products and services. 



 Creating New Telco Opportunities in the Cloud with Open RAN 

This discussion explores how open RAN technology is giving telcos a new competitive edge against hyperscale platforms. We'll describe how open RAN enables more flexible, interoperable network architectures, reducing operational costs and enhancing service capabilities. Discover how this technology supports telcos' evolution towards cloud-native functionalities and reshapes strategies. 



 Telco AI: The Business Cases that Matter 

Join our webinar to discover how AI is revolutionizing telecommunications. We'll discuss AI's role in predictive maintenance to reduce downtime and costs, personalizing customer interactions, and dynamically managing networks for optimal performance. Learn how AI tools can detect fraud, automate services, and enable targeted marketing strategies, equipping telecom IT leaders to transform and drive growth. 


   Have LEO Satellites Finally Found Their Wings?

Low-earth-orbiting (LEO) satellites provide connectivity in hard-to-reach areas. Interest from CSPs in non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) is nothing new, with much of the previous discussion focusing on integration with terrestrial networks as a part of wider 5G deployment plans. Recent innovations in satellite design have reduced payload weight, meaning launch costs are cheap. Additionally, the FCC approved rules for direct-to-device communications, which could expand monetization opportunities. Is 2024 the year NTNs finally take off? Learn more during this webinar.


   Making the Business Case for 5G FIxed Wireless Access

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) isn’t a new concept. Due to its ability to offer broadband to those in underserved areas, it is considered one of the best ways to connect the unconnected consumer. However, the consumer being one side of the equation, the limitations experienced in signal propagation and the spectrum being utilized meant FWA wasn’t necessarily a competitive solution for the enterprise customer. However, with recent advancements in 5G technology and more spectrum being made available, the FWA market is flourishing once again and is poised to be one of the best use cases for communications service providers (CSPs) to monetize their 5G investments by tapping into a wider variety of markets. During this webinar, speakers will discuss how recent innovations in 5G technology has created a real opportunity for CSPs to capitalize on the 5G FWA business case, and what needs to be done to make it happen.  


   Expanding Revenue Opportunities with Network-as-a-Service/Monetizing 5G with Network-as-a-Service

Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) refers to a cloud-based architecture whereby users can easily operate their network without the burden of ownership or maintenance of the network infrastructure itself. Not only does NaaS provide communication service providers (CSPs) an opportunity to offer a solution to provision a service that meets the rapid and ranging needs of the enterprise, but the exposure of the network capabilities via APIs means enterprises are in a unique position to utilize network data to explore new revenue opportunities, a service many enterprises would be willing to pay a premium for. As such, during this webinar speakers will discuss advancements in NaaS models as well as explore how such models create a monetization opportunity for CSPs and enterprises alike.


   Overcoming Challenges of Multi-Cloud Integration & Interoperability

The benefits of multi-cloud ecosystems are well defined, ranging from enhanced flexibility and scalability to the avoidance of vendor lock-in. Nevertheless, often challenging for mobile operators when defining their multi-cloud strategy is navigating the often-complex task of integration and interoperability between cloud services from two different providers across siloed business functions. Consistent access to data is pivotal to ensure the efficient function of multi-cloud integration and interoperability and operators need to ensure this is at the heart and core of their strategy to avoid costly setbacks. During this webinar, speakers will discuss how operates can overcome technical challenges in addition to what tools exist to ensure seamless integration and interoperability of multi-cloud architectures.


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