Virtualizing the central office: Building a foundation for innovation

As service providers look to deliver more services closer to their mobile, residential, and enterprise subscribers, the central office is gaining importance in telecommunications service providers’ digital transformation efforts. PCMag estimates that there are more than 25,000 central offices in the United States alone. These offices connect service providers’ access networks to their metro and core networks. And while significant efforts have been made to modernize central offices over the past several years, the purpose-built, proprietary hardware traditionally used can limit agility and innovation. The next generation of services—including those depending on 5G networks—require a different way of thinking: a virtualized central office (VCO) based on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies.

We expect the most effective VCOs to have modernized edge architectures built on an open, pluggable framework that will help service providers stand up and deliver more advanced mobile, residential, and enterprise services more quickly.

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Mobile World Congress 2018: 5G, IoT, artificial intelligence, and connecting with the moon

This year’s Mobile World Congress began with a challenge and opportunity for operators to push the boundaries of today’s mobile ecosystem and help drive the future of the digital economy through innovation. A focus on 5G permeated the event every day, from keynotes and presentations, to demos and announcements, all the way down to the exhibit floor. The internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, connected cars, new devices, and blockchain were also highlighted throughout the week. Keep reading for some of the highlights we captured from this year’s Mobile World Congress.

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Red Hat partners with customers to showcase next-gen telco solutions at Mobile World Congress

We’re at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona this week, and are excited to host multiple demos in our booth. Red Hat is showcasing a number of customer demos, which highlight how communications service providers (CSPs) are using open source and cloud technologies to deliver next-generation telecommunications services. Keep reading for a sneak peek of what we’ll be sharing with customers at this year’s event, and stop by our booth, 2G40 in Hall 2, in the conference center, to check them out in person.

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, ecosystem partners team up with Red Hat to demo innovation in action

In Red Hat’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2018, Feb. 26 – Mar. 1, in Barcelona, a variety of ecosystem partners will showcase technology innovations for communication service providers (CSPs). We’ll be hosting demos from partners including Affirmed Networks, Cisco, Netsia, Nuage Networks, and Tech Mahindra. Stop by our booth, 2G40 in Hall 2, in the conference center, to experience these exciting demos in person, and keep reading for a preview of what some  of the demos will highlight.

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Red Hat, partners showcase telco technologies for a digital economy at MWC 2018

The countdown to Mobile World Congress 2018 has begun, and Red Hat is hosting a number of partner demonstrations in our booth to showcase technologies designed to help communications services providers (CSPs) deliver next-gen services that work for a digital economy. We’ll have demos with partners including Kaloom, Netronome, QCT, SevOne and Vasona Networks. Keep reading for a sneak peek, and stop by our booth, 2G40 in Hall 2 of the conference center, to check them out in person.

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Virtual Central Office: a demonstration of pure community effort

In mid-June, I had the great pleasure to share the stage during the keynote at OPNFV Summit held in Beijing with OPNFV director Heather Kirksey, Lingli Deng, a project manager with China Mobile, NEC engineer Carlos Gonçalves, and Azhar Sayeed, chief architect for the service provider/telco group at Red Hat. On this event, we showcased how the Virtual Central Office (VCO) project could deliver residential and business services.

 

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