Deborah Bryant keynotes on open source in telecom at AstriCon 2018

Growing demand for streaming video, ever-expanding smartphone capabilities, virtual reality, the internet of things (IoT), and other next-generation technologies are pushing telecommunications service providers to adopt new business models and deliver more advanced services. And more and more, they are pursuing open source solutions to support these efforts.

Red Hat’s Deborah Bryant, senior director of open source and standards, will explore this shift and the dramatic role open source has played as a disruptor in telecommunications, in her keynote presentation at AstriCon 2018, October 9-11, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. The Asterisk PBX Project for which the event is named is one of the oldest and well-established open source community projects in telecommunications.

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Sunrise Communications achieves competitive gains with Red Hat

Today’s service providers (SPs) are operating in an evolving and competitive environment, where there can be pressure to launch new services that will keep subscribers engaged without significantly raising prices. On top of this, SPs often have to achieve these goals while also meeting strict data protection, security, and stability standards.

Sunrise Communications, one of Switzerland’s largest telecommunications providers, knew that modernizing its network was its key to success in these areas. To do this, the organization took a three-pronged approach: Sunrise consolidated its IT infrastructure to SAP HANA, standardized on enterprise open source software from Red Hat, and used industry-standard hardware from Huawei to simplify what had been a complex OSS environment and to better control costs.

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ONS Europe: Open source is core to Telco modernization projects

Service providers around the world are modernizing their networks, and open source has been core to their digital transformation. Nowhere was that more apparent than at last week’s Open Networking Summit Europe, where service providers and open source partners gathered to celebrate open source innovation.

The show kicked off with the release of a report from The Linux Foundation and six industry sponsors, including Red Hat, that underscored the commitment service providers are making to open source. According to the survey, conducted by analyst firm Heavy Reading, 98 percent of respondents expressed confidence in open networking solutions performing at the same level as traditional networking solutions. They also signaled confidence in open source solutions, with 69 percent of service providers surveyed indicating that they are currently using open source solutions in production networks.

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Where to find Red Hat at ONS Europe 2018: Exploring containers, blockchain, and more

Here at Red Hat, we are excited to join partners, customers, and The Linux Foundation for the 2018 Open Networking Summit (ONS) Europe, September 25-27, in Amsterdam. We have a lot on the schedule for service providers, with presentations covering topics like moving your virtual machine virtual network functions (VNFs) to a container environment, blockchain for telcos, and an OPNFV tutorial.

Join us in the Red Hat booth for demos on OpenDaylight (ODL) and Kubernetes; Prometheus; and Kubernetes for network functions virtualization (NFV) – Multus and single root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV). And don’t miss the community-developed Virtual Central Office (VCO) 2.0 demo in the Linux Foundation booth to the left of the main entrance to the convention center, where our Red Hat team also will be available to answer questions.

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Virtual Central Office 2.0: It takes a community

The central office plays an important role for service providers: as the termination point for subscriber connectivity, it’s the last physical interface with residential and business customers for service delivery. As service providers attempt to deliver services closer to the customer by leveraging computing capabilities at the edge, the central office is poised to play a key role in their digital transformation journeys. But there’s work to be done in central offices to prepare them for this role.

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Want to succeed amid regulations and competition? Don’t put your head in the sand.

A little competition, even in business, can be a good thing. In today’s changing financial services industry landscape, there are new and changing reasons why providers and banks should be aware of the competition and put their best foot forward. These include new regulations and increased demands by customers to be agile and versatile, especially when it comes to digital banking. In order to have a leg up over the competition, banks should approach new opportunities and the challenges that regulations bring head on with strategic focus, open source, and agile integration.

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How OpenStack and containers power up modern telco services

For a few years now, OpenStack and containers have been top-of-mind for service providers (SPs). In fact, most telecommunications companies are already using OpenStack and considering containers in their operations. A new paper written by experts in the open source community takes a closer look at the power of combining OpenStack and Kubernetes, an open source platform that automates Linux container operations.

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Empowering digital transformation in banking

“It’s all about the app.” Chris Wright, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat

With examples of more than a 20 percent decrease in branches over the past ten years at large North American banks, it’s no wonder that 42 percent of banks are well on their way to having digital become the primary distribution channel. In fact, 92 percent of global banks surveyed plan to begin their transformation to digital as the primary distribution channel in 2019.

Given efforts are underway, many banks are now wondering how to make this shift more efficient, repeatable, and even automated. Red Hat vice president and chief technology officer, Chris Wright, recently provided insights and described how banks are using technology to move beyond surviving digitization, instead creating environments that enable continual digital innovation.

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The future is open – is your business at risk?

Have you ever experienced buyer’s remorse? Maybe you bought something significant on a whim like a new car or the latest cool gadget, without thinking it completely through, and a few days or weeks later you wonder why you now own something that doesn’t really deliver what you were expecting.

These same experiences can occur in the service provider and telecommunications industries. There’s a lot of hype around the latest technologies saving money, increasing revenues, and expanding wallet share with customers.  Meanwhile, are service providers really getting the business benefits they expect from these technologies? As consumers, most of us don’t even think much about these challenges. Instead, we’re focused on finding improvements for our lives and economic well-being by searching for choice both in the goods and services that we consume, and in how we consume them.

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Red Hat Joins the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)

Red Hat prides itself in leading the way in community-based innovation and associated best practices for enterprise consumption. This is why we are thrilled to announce that we have joined the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS). FINOS is a nonprofit organization promoting open innovation in the financial services community. Red Hat OpenShift is providing the underlying technology for FINOS’ Open Developer Platform (ODP), one of the leading venues for community development within the financial services community.

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