Service providers are desperately trying to stay relevant as over the top (OTT) content providers vie for subscriber mindshare. At the same time, due to competitive price pressures service providers need to reduce the cost of deploying and operating the new technologies they require to support subscriber demand for bandwidth.
Next generation software-defined access (SD-Access) networks, built on the highly disruptive Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) reference architectures, offer service providers the freedom to choose best-of-breed elements, control the introduction and rollout of new customer applications and broadband technologies, all while eliminating high overhead costs and elevating subscriber experience.
2018 will be a watershed year for commercial validation of SD-Access networks as leading network operators begin commercializing services using carrier hardened versions of these open, disaggregated and highly-scalable CORD-based reference systems.
Eric Joyce: Eric has over 15 years of experience in Access Networks from dialup through to PON. Within ADTRAN, he works alongside the EMEA region CTO. Eric provides business development focus championing the latest solutions and emerging technologies.
Michael Dargue : Principal Consultant at Cartesian. He leads strategy and regulatory engagements for service providers, network operators, equipment vendors and regulatory authorities.