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2013 Operator Opportunities and Threats

As the world prepares to review and renew resolutions and ring in a new year, it’s time for communications service providers (CSPs) to adopt a similar approach — to take stock of industry developments in 2012 and prepare for 2013. To craft our destinies we must ask: what did we learn from 2012, and how can we better position ourselves for the coming year? Buzzy solutions like big data, while worthy of discussion, are quite different from informed strategies that help service providers capitalize on big opportunity and big incentives.
Written by Guest Author at 14:00

IDC Sees Explosive Growth for SDN

Software-defined networking (SDN) looks like it’s the right technology at the right time, "riding the wave of a 'perfect storm'," according to a new report from IDC, in which it projects that the worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service providers segments will increase 10-fold from 2013 to 2016, from $360 million to $3.7 billion.
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 09:00
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Defense Research Agency Pushes for Wireless Fiber

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop an ultra-high bandwidth wireless equivalent to fiber optics. DARPA’s wishes have a knack for creating commercial applications, with the Internet itself being the best example of a DARPA project with civilian implications. This newest DARPA R&D program aims to develop “a fiber-equivalent communications backbone...to create a 100 Gb/s (gigabit per second) data link that achieves a range greater than 200 kilometers (120 miles) between airborne assets and a range greater than 100 kilometers (62 miles) between an airborne asset (at 60,000 feet) and the ground.”
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 10:00
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Over Half of Pay-TV Households Now Subscribe to DVR Service

According to data from leading market research firm, Leichtman Research Group (LRG), 52% percent of U.S. households subscribing to a multi-channel video service now have a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/113012release.html. But among telcoTV households, the percentage is even higher, with 71% subscribing to a DVR.
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00
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Pew Internet Cell Phone Survey Highlights Growing Opportunities

Noting that 85% of Americans own a cell phone and that they're using them for a lot more than making phone calls, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has published data illustrating how cell phones' have become “a portal of an ever-growing list of activities.”
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00
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