Cloud Computing: The Future of Telecom

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Though it may seem far-fetched, we’re convinced that the future of everything connected lies in the cloud. Today, saturated telecom market means that the battle for new subscribers is increasingly competitive and value-added services have struggled to generate the same revenue as voice services. For these reasons, it’s important to seek out other sources of revenue to ensure continued growth. In this context, cloud computing is positioned as an excellent revenue opportunity for operators.

As traditional landline and fixed phone lines disappear, telecom companies migrate towards mobile services with for a new future in the cloud. Some companies are relying on cloud-based IT as the next great business opportunity. However, it is important to remain flexible and open to change while in transition to a new idea. Operators can position themselves to capture the benefits of the value chain by providing communications and IT business capabilities to develop this business model and to help provide public services at a lower cost. Everything considered, the overall trend seems of businesses moving toward OPEX-oriented models for software, systems and service. How does a carrier go about achieving this? The answer lies with the solutions offered by C&W Networks.

The cloud era is based on the idea that by sharing resources while saving money and developing new work ethics, we can better develop a set of best practices. Telecom operators can achieve a more direct relationship with business clients because of the further development of technology, service and management aspects of their business operations. In fact, telecom operators have several advantages over Web 2.0/cloud providers including the following: their networks, which provide adequate bandwidth; end-to-end quality of service and security; commercial maturity, which provides stability; customer service; customer confidence in their services; better operational processes; and lastly, greater service availability.

Carriers already have the personnel and technical expertise to build and operate data centers and backup centers. They also have earthquake-resistant central switching offices – which can also be used as data centers – with high-capacity air-conditioning, electric supply and security.

For these reasons and many others, telecommunication providers worldwide must actively promote awareness of cloud computing and explain its benefits to create a demand for its products. We believe that successful telecommunications companies will continue to expand, even if traditional phone businesses ultimately disappear.

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C&W Networks, a Liberty Global Company Par Excellence

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Aiming to become the world’s largest cable company, Liberty Global has made several acquisitions in the recent years. These acquisitions include the UK’s Virgin Media, Dutch cable operator Ziggo NV, Ireland’s TV3, the cable channel ITV and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Liberty Global operates in 14 countries, serving 27 million customers who subscribe to more than 56 million television services, broadband Internet and telephone communication services. Liberty Global retains a mobile subscriber base of five million customers and offers Wi-Fi across more than five million access points.

In May 2016, the company acquired Cable & Wireless Communications PLC (CWC), a move that has allowed Liberty to expand its activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the wake of the acquisition, C&W Networks has expanded its portfolio by adding new terrestrial and subsea telecommunications networks. These changes have helped the company emerge as a telecommunications provider with more than 10 million video, broadband and fixed mobile telecommunication subscribers.

By joining with Liberty, C&W Networks has established itself as a leader in the territories in which it operates. C&W Networks has expanded its capabilities, special services and strengthening its broadband, IP, Ethernet and MPLS solutions. C&W Networks—with a network that stretches across 42 countries in the Pan-Caribbean, Andean, Mexico, Central American and North American regions—will receive greater resources and support to  better meet the needs of its customers.

C&W’s network contains more than 48,000 km of subsea fiber and almost 38,000 km of terrestrial fiber and coaxial terrestrial network. The network provides route diversity in the United States with multiple cable landings in Florida and New York. In addition, it offers the following: capacity on demand; dedicated broadband IP access through a carrier class IP overlay network; carrier Ethernet and carrier MPLS; a fully meshed MPLS network; redundant connectivity for greater security and protection; end-to-end solutions with a single point of contact; easy, simple, and direct customer fulfillment; increased network routing options; a carrier class network operations center (NOC), with around-the-clock, multi-language support; and a primary and secondary backup NOC .

C&W Networks has the capacity to meet the entire region’s broadband access goals by providing greater reliability and scalability. The markets in which it operates have experienced a revolution owing recognition to the high-capacity technology solutions that the company provides. Thanks to the acquisition of Liberty Global, C&W Network’s services will be further enhanced to better serve the customers.

C&W Networks’ Latin America and the Caribbean Blog Aims to Keep the Industry Up to Date

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The company is launching a new means of communication with the industry. The goal of the blog is to provide interesting content for all those involved in the world of telecommunications.

C&W Networks’ new blog gives readers access to the company’s latest news on products and services, as well as specific information on telecommunications and technology markets in Latin America and the Caribbean and, of course, global IT trends. Through the content presented in this space, the company seeks to position itself as a resource for business decision-making.

Blog posts will be written in English and Spanish by well-known journalists with industry expertise, featuring relevant, first-hand information. The blog will present interviews with company leaders, plus chats with industry experts about the hottest topics of the moment.

Those of you following us on this new medium will find exclusive and relevant regional content that can help you make decisions based on reliable, accurate information. Come, be a part of the community at C&W Networks, awarded best wholesale telecommunications company in the Caribbean for the fourth consecutive year.

The emerging Ethernet markets will have a long run ahead

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According to the consulting firm Ovum, the global enterprise Ethernet services market will exceed US$62 billion by 2018, with the segment growing at an annual rate of 13.6 percent since 2012.

At the regional level, the market analysis firm is projecting steady revenue growth for North America at an annual rate of 11 percent through 2018. Meanwhile, the EMEA region, composed of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has a higher growth potential at a rate of 14.9 percent annually. In the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, the growth forecast is at 23.9 percent, based on a growing Ethernet market in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In Japan, the largest market in the region, growth is projected to continue at a rate of 5.3 percent.

In Ovum analysts’ opinion, Ethernet and IP VPN are the two essential data-optimized WAN connectivity technologies that are replacing many data connectivity technologies. In that regard, Ovum’s experts note that “the resilient nature of Ethernet service growth is based on numerous factors. Enterprises continue to combine voice and data networks into one converged Ethernet network connection, feel comfortable in doing so, and are happy to benefit from the connectivity savings.”

It is worth mentioning that emerging markets need world-class Ethernet services to address the growing demands raised by international competition. For that reason, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), an independent organization of approximately 200 members, declared that broadband connectivity has become an essential service — as important as drinking water and electricity — since it drives GDP growth and job creation, as well as improvements to education, health, and social services. This is how access to new technologies in emerging markets is helping these economies to compete on a global scale.

In this context, C&W Networks has recently received the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) industry standard certification for E-LINE, E-LAN, E-TREE and E-ACCESS services. This certification enhances the company’s ability to deliver a more dynamic and customized portfolio of Ethernet services to many more places in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it allows C&W to offer the highest standards of performance, management and interoperability. It is worth noting that the company went through a rigorous testing process that involves multiple requirements, including evaluation of bandwidth and performance profiles.

In this sense, emerging Ethernet markets will have a long run ahead in many countries, enabling more businesses to connect to local and global networks.


*Ovum is a market leader research and consulting British firm part of Informa Group, focalized in IT convergence, telecommunications, and media market related studies

The IoT and Its Impact on Carriers’ Business

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The evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) generates revenue opportunities for carriers, yet it also presents significant technological challenges due to the growing traffic it entails.

Although this is a huge market — according to analysts at the firm IDC, the IoT market in Latin America will grow from US$7.7 billion in 2014 to US$15.6 billion by 2020, and the number of IoT devices or things will increase from 295 million to 827 million — carriers must be prepared to meet this growing demand, since IoT fully depends on secure, highly available connectivity.

In that sense, new opportunities are emerging for telecommunications companies that provide connectivity and for the segment of suppliers that provides carriers with hardware, software, and services; however, these opportunities entail challenges as well, since IoT traffic has features that differ from traditional network traffic.

Consumers are demanding more and more IoT devices, such as wearables, Internet-connected thermostats, cloud music players and connected vehicles, among others. That is why mobile network carriers are taking the lead when it comes to driving IoT, providing connectivity for a wide range of smart devices and connected solutions in homes, hospitals, factories, cars and other means of transportation. The economic and social benefits of these connected solutions have given rise to a rapid expansion of IoT, so much so that capacity has been exceeded by the ecosystem’s spectrum requirements. As governments allocate more spectrum licenses to stimulate IoT growth, the role of carriers is becoming increasingly important in terms of shaping IoT.

In that regard, market analysis firm ABI Research recently reported that the large number of connections generated by IoT and smartphones in the enterprise segment will translate into significant revenue sources for mobile carriers, particularly considering that employees use high-value services.

ABI notes that, as the price of smartphones continues to fall, the number of units sold to enterprise employees grows. This trend represents an advantage for mobile carriers, whose revenue for enterprise segment data plans could exceed US$200 million by 2020.

According to ABI analysts, the importance of enterprise smartphones for employees must not be underestimated. Carrier services must focus on offering added value for these kinds of users through terminals, helping them choose the devices and applications that best fit their needs, as well as services to manage device content and functionalities. Furthermore, they should help businesses make the most of smartphones and their connectivity, data, and voice services as key components of their IoT solutions.

Nevertheless, IoT could turn into a nightmare for mobile carriers, whose networks could be overloaded with all sorts of sensor and device traffic. In light of this concern, several carriers are backing a series of guidelines to lead the way for application manufacturers and developers. Many of them are offering secure, comprehensive IoT platforms that enable customers to scale and manage their business needs. Additionally, there is unparalleled global network coverage, as well as technical and enterprise support to respond to customers’ changing needs.

“Enterprises are increasingly connected, both at the individual and machine level.” For this reason, carriers’ strategies need to evolve toward supporting the vast number of apps and opportunities that will be created from billions of IoT connections.

The Importance of Technology for SMBs

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Businesses and companies of all shapes and sizes must invest in research and development in order to improve the organization’s value-adding processes. Information technology (IT) encompasses all of the useful tools and applications that benefit both business operations and management. But how do we go about persuading small and midsize businesses (SMBs) of its importance and selling them IT infrastructure?

Given market dynamics, companies need to implement changes on the fly, and technology provides a means to achieve that goal. Businesses need to get new products to market quickly while still providing the quality that customers demand. In order to succeed, they also need to eliminate unnecessary products and take administrative steps to reduce production costs and timelines. The growth of global quality standards and business processes has also increased the need for companies to turn to technology to implement the changes needed to keep up with new requirements.

Different studies reveal that a very high percentage (more than 80 percent) of SMB executives in Latin America consider IT to be a significant driver of competitiveness. The SMB sector needs infrastructure that will allow it to compete in the knowledge economy and help it revamp its offerings and services.

Technology helps companies manage changes to their operations. Companies have reduced costs by reviewing business processes and eliminating those actions that customers do not perceive as valuable. The business impact of technology implementation is most visible in e-mail, online banking, tax payments, and purchasing, making it clear that the use of these technologies by organizations is constantly evolving together with the need for better and safer data management systems.

Mobility and the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is another significant point to highlight, as the trend has grown considerably among companies. A recent study by the technology research firm Gartner estimates that by 2017, 50 percent of the world’s companies will require employees to bring their own devices to work.

Organizations must look not only at present opportunities to benefit from technology but also anticipate future changes. Any company focused solely on benefits in the here and now may overlook opportunities to implement changes that could affect its future profits or survival. Organizations that relied on strategic five-year plans in the past now find that these plans must be reviewed every 12 to 18 months. Organizations must also determine the appropriate scope of changes and manage internal culture changes to successfully integrate new technology.

The aforementioned points say a lot about the opportunities present in the SMB market; however, to successfully tap this market, we have to deploy the appropriate tools to be able to sell technology to these kinds of businesses.

Despite the existence of technologies suited to all applications or those that that can be customized to meet businesses’ needs, it is important to have a portfolio of products, solutions, and services tailor made for this market or to design something new based on each SMB’s needs. SMBs do not have the same demands as big corporations; however, by capturing them as clients, they could be equally or even more profitable.

IPv6: A Key Link in the Deployment of the Internet of Things

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Every Internet-connected device is assigned a unique number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address, which serves to establish its connection with the rest of the global network. This system currently works with two protocols: IPv4 and IPv6.

Developed in 1983, IPv4 — the most widely used protocol — is limited to four billion different addresses. Although this pool of addresses was initially thought to be sufficient, ultimately it turned out not to be. Along with the mobile device boom and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) — the idea of connecting everyday objects both to the Internet and to each other — came a surge in the number of Internet-connected devices. In this context, a new protocol, IPv6, was proposed, capable of providing 340 undecillion different addresses.

The number of interconnected objects capable of sensing, monitoring and managing automated data is on the upswing. IoT is no longer just a potential market but has become instead an established trend in our society. Whether part of smart transportation, healthcare, homes, or cities, this technology promises billions in earnings worldwide, as a result of the investments that businesses and organizations are pouring into it. Market analysis firm IDC estimates that, by the end of 2020, there will be 50 billion connected objects, which translates into US$1.7 trillion worth of business. With billions of devices worldwide, all of them interconnected, IPv4 will become obsolete.

The truth is that IoT will be increasingly present in people’s daily lives. Government investment in smart infrastructure and solutions to streamline and improve citizens’ lives is growing globally, and Latin America is no exception. For their part, companies are increasing their business opportunities by embracing these technologies.

In this scenario, IPv6 is the only viable technology upon which to build IoT, since billions of devices will be connected to the Internet in the upcoming years. If, as mentioned above, IPv4 addresses are being exhausted, there is no choice but to implement IoT over IPv6.

Although some IoT technologies, such as RFID or ZigBee, do not use IPv6, the trend is to migrate from these technologies to IP. Today, only small-scale, self-contained projects can be implemented without IPv6.

Nonetheless, IPv6 protocol deployment in Latin America and the Caribbean has been sluggish. Experts assert that it has been delayed due to a lack of training on the part of technicians at most of the region’s organizations and Internet companies. The protocol created to replace IPv4 remains poorly understood and underrated, probably because there is still a failure to recognize its true value in terms of Internet development.

It is important to understand IPv6 as a key tool to achieving greater performance from Internet applications. To that end, LACNIC, the Internet address registry for Latin America and the Caribbean is developing different activities in the region to explain the depletion of IPv4 addresses. The steps that must be taken for IPv6 migration. Active participation by all stakeholders is required to achieve the smoothest possible transition, assuring continuous network growth through a proper, stable, and secure transition to IPv6 throughout the region.