NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology unveiled today their Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP), a set of unique tools, platforms and services designed to accelerate and ease the adoption and commercialization of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). [Read more…]
Netcracker Technology announced recently that Andorra Telecom has gone live with a BSS expansion by implementing Netcracker’s Online Charging System and Voucher Management solution to consolidate its pre-paid and post-paid customers onto a single converged billing platform. The BSS solutions will integrate with Andorra Telecom’s already extensive suite of end-to-end Netcracker BSS and OSS solutions. [Read more…]
Netcracker Technology has announced that Vivo, the largest telecommunications service provider in Brazil, is upgrading Netcracker’s Activation Manager solution to streamline the process of bringing innovative new services to market. The upgraded solution’s newer features will support Vivo?s long-term business growth strategies and reduce total cost of ownership. [Read more…]
Netcracker Technology announced recently that Telefónica Germany has upgraded and extended its use of Netcracker’s Revenue Management solution. The new version of the solution and increased support will enable Telefónica Germany to simplify and accelerate its rating and billing processes for its B2B operations. [Read more…]
Netcracker Technology has been chosen to upgrade and extend its relationship with SmarTone. As part of the agreement, Netcracker will upgrade its leading-edge Revenue Management solution and extend its Systems Integration and Professional Services arrangement with SmarTone. [Read more…]
Netcracker Technology announced today that it will showcase its portfolio of digital transformation solutions and services at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. During the event, Netcracker will highlight its experience and capabilities as a strategic partner that helps service providers successfully embark on complete digital transformations through the use of end-to-end data-driven BSS/OSS capabilities and innovative software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. [Read more…]
Netcracker Technology announced today that BT Group (BT), one of the world’s leading communications companies, has extended its partnership with Netcracker for revenue and billing management technology solutions and professional services. [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology announced today that TOT Public Company Limited has implemented NetCracker’s Convergent Billing Solution to combined their pre-paid and post-paid fixed and mobile rating, charging and billing processes. This consolidated platform will allow TOT to improve their billing accuracy, flexibility and agility to deliver a superior customer experience. [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology announced that T-Mobile Netherlands has implemented NetCracker’s Product Management solution in order to not only obtain a centralized view of their product catalog, but to also enhance their product management capabilities. This platform will enable T-Mobile Netherlands to simplify the way it manages products across their lifecycles, from development to production to retirement. [Read more…]
Bright House Networks has deployed NetCracker’s eCommerce and CRM solutions in order to enhance the customer experience and deliver increased personalization through more effective and automated customer engagements. The offerings will not only simplify customer management by allowing customers to self-manage their service requirements, but will also enable Bright House Networks to streamline their sales and order fulfillment process to maximize efficiency and customer experience. [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology announced recently that Telefónica UK, which operates as O2 in the UK, has agreed to extend the use of NetCracker’s Revenue Management solution through a hosted managed services model for two new significant initiatives. By using NetCracker’s Revenue Management solution and Hosted Managed Services, O2 will provide rating, billing and mediation capabilities for a nationwide smart metering program across 53 million devices as well as a large-scale partner revenue-sharing ecosystem, which allows Telefónica customers to purchase third-party products and services that can be charged directly to their monthly phone bill. [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology has expanded its billing relationship with Slovak Telekom, the largest telecommunications service provider in Slovakia. Slovak Telekom will leverage NetCracker’s Revenue Management solution to bring its fixed and mobile billing processes onto a single, end-to-end platform. [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology announced that Suddenlink Communications, one of the largest cable broadband services providers in the United States, has expanded its partnership with NetCracker by engaging in a multi-year managed services program. As part of this initiative, NetCracker will deliver its cutting-edge CRM solution to Suddenlink via a fully hosted managed service model with industry-leading SLAs. [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology, a global leader in policy-driven fulfillment, orchestration and assurance solutions for virtualized and physical networks, announced recently that Gartner positioned NetCracker as a Leader in its 2015 “Magic Quadrant for Operations Support Systems” * (OSS). [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology, a global leader in analytics-driven, dynamically adaptable revenue, customer and partner management solutions, has announced that Gartner positioned NetCracker Technology as a Leader in its 2015 “Magic Quadrant for Integrated Revenue and Customer Management for CSPs” (IRCM). [Read more…]
NetCracker Technology has announced that Alestra, a leading IT services company based out of Mexico, has deployed the NetCracker Revenue Management solution in order to leverage a modern and flexible billing system capable of supporting Alestra’s innovative offerings. [Read more…]
A major theme during SDN & OpenFlow World Congress this week will be how to get virtualization out of the demo and proof of concept stage and into full-scale production deployments.
From Clean Slate SDN at Stanford University in 2007 to SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in 2015, the software-defined networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) effort has come a very long way. Virtualization began life as a way to rethink the Internet by starting from scratch, hence the Clean Slate nomenclature. After 8 years, the movement has grown into no less than a total overhaul of the entire communications network in what’s considered the biggest disruption to the industry in at least a decade.
At this point, the debate on the merits of SDN and NFV are largely over. Operators and their suppliers understand the benefits of virtualization and are ready to start realizing lower costs, improved agility and flexibility and the ability to offer services quickly, efficiently and tear them down in the same manner.
The next step in the SDN/NFV conversation is how to go from where the industry is today – which largely consists of demos and proofs of concepts – to full operationalization of commercial deployments. This migration will not be an easy one, but is absolutely critical for virtualization uptake and for operators to start reaping the rewards.
Changing the Conversation
Operationalization will be a major theme this week at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Dusseldorf, where attendees will hear speakers discuss a wide range of related issues. A natural starting point will be the business case for NFV to prove there is value in undertaking a serious shift in network architecture. A great example of this is vCPE, which removes complexity for operators, allows them to quickly bring new services to market without the expense of truck rolls and improves control they have over services.
Another key area that needs to be addressed in SDN and NFV is management and orchestration, which alongside a modernized BSS/OSS will be absolutely essential given that for the next decade or two many operators will find themselves with hybrid environments. BSS and OSS will need to be able to perform tasks across physical and virtual functions without missing a beat.
Operationalization will naturally lead to new revenue streams for operators, including the ability for them to offer new and compelling business services to better compete against OTT players. This could include voice and video services but also cloud-based security, file sharing and a whole host of other offerings that will be directly enabled through a virtualized infrastructure.
In addition to business services, operators will be able to gain significant ground in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networks by operationalizing SDN and NFV. These networks of the future will benefit greatly from a more flexible foundation – consisting of automation plus the ability to use standard equipment – to support the billions of devices forecast for the IoT in just the next few years.
Making SDN and NFV a Reality
For the first few years since their inception, SDN and NFV grabbed a lot of headlines and created more buzz in the industry since the introduction of IP. But it’s only in the past year that the prospect of virtualization has become real, with lab tests, demos and small-scale rollouts. And now operators are rolling up their sleeves and focusing on the next steps. After a week at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, hopefully many of the challenges that lie ahead will be resolved, with solid answers for operators ready for the next steps.
*NetCracker Technology submits this article live from the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress