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The Song of the Sirens: Five ways to spot hidden NFV vendor lock-in

One of the big attractions of NFV is that it gives operators a chance to break free of single vendor contracts and establish greater control over the future development of their networks. Genuinely ‘open NFV’ gives operators the ability to change tack according to technical and commercial developments. It enables them to shop around for best of breed solutions and blend a mixture of, say, migration-oriented hybrid solutions with white or grey-box CPEs and connect them all to their choice of orchestrator. It also dramatically improves their negotiating power. Yet, despite appearances, few NFV vendors practice ‘genuinely open NFV’ and instead disguise how they intend to close and lock the front door once their customer has stepped inside. There are five common traps that vendors set for operators as they entice them toward ‘open NFV’ contracts: #1 Charging for third-party connections One o
MWC is the biggest Telecoms event in the world and most of us were expecting the big theme this year to be 5G. Whilst 5G was present on many stands, it was upstaged by both a faster type of 4G and a phone from the past. The other takeaway from Barcel
While huge progress has been made this year toward the development of virtualized services, a variety of challenges remain before widespread service roll-out can commence. 2017 will be the year that the industry takes positive steps to overcome these
Operators commonly expect that moving to SDN and NFV will enable cost reductions, through efficiency gains in network management and device consolidation. As they get closer to deployment, however, commercial reality is telling a different story, dep
Live from the SDN World Congress Show in The Hague, Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, EKINOPS, reflects on the industry challenges steering the dialogue at this year’s conference. In Gartner’s hype cycle, there is an inevitable time of disillusionment that fo
In the racy world of CPE architecture, what virtualization-hungry service providers say they want isn’t always what they need, says Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, EKINOPS. Alright, perhaps ‘racy’ is going a bit far, but as the virtualization industry moves
OneAccess product marketing manager, Thierry Masson believes that the success of the European Broadband Access via integrated Terrestrial & Satellite Systems (BATS) project means that operators now have an alternative to fiber as a means of meeti
In presentations at virtualization conferences, and in our discussions with operators and service providers, there remains a lot of confusion surrounding the terms ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ as they relate to customer premises equipment (CPE). This is becaus

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  • EKINOPS supplies TurkNet with country-wide, high-speed network upgrade

    EKINOPS (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI), a leading supplier of optical transport equipment and router solutions, today announces that TurkNet, Turkey’s leading gigabit internet service provider (ISP), has chosen Ekinops’ FlexRate optical transport solutions to significantly upgrade its core network, which provides businesses and individuals with uncapped high-speed broadband services across the country’s key cities.

     
  • EKINOPS successfully enters the 10G access market

    EKINOPS (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI), a leading supplier of advanced networking solutions for service providers and global enterprises, today announces its first major 10Gb/s access win in Europe with a seven-figure contract.

     
  • EKINOPS obtains additional financing in the form of a €12 million state-guaranteed loan

    EKINOPS (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI), a leading supplier of telecommunications solutions for telecom operators, has drawn up a term sheet with its bank partners with a view to obtaining a new €12 million credit facility.

     

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