Multi-access edge computing (MEC) is expected to play a strategic role as networks transform, bringing new levels of performance and access to mobile, wireless, and wired networks in support of future services and applications. A key goal of MEC is to reduce network congestion and improve application performance by moving functions, content and processing closer to the subscriber. By doing so, network operators will be able to better utilize network resources while also improving the delivery of content and applications to provide end users with a better quality of experience through lower latency and higher bandwidth ...

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You may have heard of it and seen the numerous stories that are causing panic across an industry who are still scratching their respective heads and wondering, “What do we do?" So, in this month’s column, I’m tackling a subject that affects individuals, businesses and companies alike in Europe and possibly the UK (since Brexit may well change a few things, but I’ll come back to that topic in a moment). Essentially, unless you’re a Mark Zuckerberg harvesting private data en masse and sharing it with third parties (allegedly) then you should be alright ...

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If things work out the way proponents hope, software-defined WANs will make tying corporate locations together far more efficient, increase functionality and reduce costs. SD-WANs are an implementation of software-defined networks. Today, network elements are purpose-built physical devices. If a company wants a firewall to protect an office, it calls a service provider or carrier who sends out a guy – it always was a guy – with a firewall in a truck. He deploys it into the network ...

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It seems that 234 years after Immanuel Kant urged humans to have the courage to use their own understanding, the need to reason for ourselves is being removed altogether. As developments like artificial intelligence and machine learning find their way into every aspect of our business and social lives, our autonomy is steadily being replaced by the autonomy of systems ...

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The ultimate dream is fully automated, autonomously operated networks. For now, though, the operational reality looks quite different. Today’s communication service providers (CSPs) have to manually plan and build networks, and their field services teams need to go onsite to manually install and configure network elements before services can be activated, frequently only after some test procedures have been successfully run ...

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