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Program Manager: Becky Watson
Stratecast Partners' Convergence Strategies and Network Architectures (CSNA) Analysis Service provides strategic and tactical analysis of infrastructure convergence in public communications networks. CSNA takes a holistic view of the evolution and implementation of next generation unified networks for voice, data and video services across the complete spectrum of equipment markets and network segments. By maintaining an on-going competency in network technology trends and developments across switching, transmission, stationary and mobile access, and the next generation service control plane, a comprehensive perspective is brought to bear to provide conclusive and predictive insight regarding the relative merits of alternative technology solutions and network architectures.
With the central focus on network convergence, a key objective of CSNA is to track the transformation of evolving infrastructure technologies and solutions from theory into practice. General expectations regarding next generation networks have been established for many years. However, identifying viable paths by which network operators will migrate current production networks to real world implementations of converged infrastructure is a critical determinant of which solutions will prevail, and which will ultimately fail. Strategic analysis of convergence is much more than defining the goal(s); it is discerning how, when and where convergence solutions have reached, or will reach, a critical level of commercial maturity to provide compelling service and operations advantages (drivers), as well as surmounting practical implementation inhibitors (gating factors) related to business, service and operations compatibility and continuity. Opportunities for green-field network implementations are rare in the post-bubble telecommunications market. Network, service and revenue migration define the bulk of the market. CSNA provides essential critical analysis of both the drivers and the gating factors shaping real world network convergence.
In its 6th year providing continuous strategic analysis of public network infrastructure markets, CSNA is focused on several related themes that currently define the convergence landscape – the bulk of written analysis in 2005 is focused on the following key themes:
- Mobile Wireless and Wireline Integration and Wireless Network Upgrades and Deployment including IMS architecture
- VOP Migration with Emphasis on Reliability, Quality of Service (QoS) and deployment strategies
- Triple Play with Emphasis on Video and Entertainment Sector Evolution
- Fixed Wireless Last Mile Technology and what technologies will endure and evolve
- Network Operations Services and Outsourcing relating to what should be outsourced and the risk and benefits of the outsourcing
CSNA core research is based on continuous tracking of and dialog with service providers and infrastructure technology/solution suppliers. Within the Stratecast Partners collaborative research and analysis (R&A) model, CSNA's analysis of service provider infrastructure strategies and vendor product strategies leverages continuous analysis in the our other R&A and expertise domains covering incumbent and competitive network operators' business, market and service strategies, vendor carrier-grade network professional services strategies, and OSS/BSS evolution.
Using primary research based on team-on-team executive level briefings and interviews, supplemented by full utilization of publicly available information, the CSNA research methodology is to assess all of the factors determining the actual course of infrastructure convergence, as follows:
- Demand-side analysis of service provider drivers and inhibitors, in terms of service, network, and operations requirements: Service provider business considerations guiding network infrastructure decisions, including CapEx/OpEx savings and revenue opportunities and impacts, are a key component of the conclusions provided in CSNA.
- Supply-side analysis of infrastructure solution providers' convergence product strategies: The next generation network solution strategies of incumbent suppliers and newer entrant challengers (be they start-ups or vendors established in other market sectors) are constantly evaluated from the perspective of commercial traction in the market as well as winning mind-share with evolving solution concepts.
- Tracking of critical standards development activities: Where standards development plays a central role in gating the progress of convergence, assessments of the key standards issues and their impact on the market are an important component of CSNA analysis.
- Regulatory considerations: To the extent that regulatory issues are a factor in shaping service provider strategies, the network infrastructure impacts of regulatory considerations form part of the framework of CSNA conclusions.
Delivery of Analysis:
CSNA analysis is delivered in two primary forms: written reports defined by Stratecast Partners and responses to client inquiries. Inquiry responses can take the form of verbal interaction (typically a phone conference) as well as written responses (email text, MSWord, MSExcel, and/or PowerPoint). Stratecast Partners’ clients typically turn Inquiry inward in obtaining input and opinion on infrastructure issues germane to a client's marketing, strategy, product portfolio, technology, and/or business development activities. CSNA Inquiry is also used to evaluate and provide feedback on client strategic plans and/or product/market initiatives. It is important to take note of the two forms of service, since Inquiry can address virtually any on-going network or infrastructure convergence topic outlined in the foregoing CSNA mission statement, whereas the written reports will concentrate on the narrower set of key focus areas that have been identified for the current product plan year.
CSNA provides approximately 10-to-12 published report deliverables per subscription year. As identified above, CSNA coverage in 2005 is focused on the key themes provided on page one of this product plan.
Written deliverables on these themes are evenly divided between two primary types of reports:
Assessments of Individual Service Provider Infrastructure Convergence Strategies and Vendor Product Strategies: These reports will evaluate vendor product strategies and the infrastructure convergence strategies of either selected service providers who are leading the market with actual implementations, or important service providers for which true convergence may be more problematic. In the first case with service providers, assessing the chosen solution architecture(s) and the key decision factors involved in those choices are the main objective of the analysis. In the latter case, providing an assessment of the key challenges that must be overcome before a given operator's networks can be converged, and the stated or implied migration steps that will or are being taken, are the conclusion targets of the analysis.
Assessments of Specific Convergence Issues and/or Solutions: Certain issues that are common for all service providers, perhaps within a specific network segment or service market sector, are analyzed with the goal of identifying generally applicable conclusions and insight. Analysis in this area includes both demand-side (service provider) and supply-side (vendor product strategy) analysis. Examples of convergence issues and/or solutions on the current CSNA radar include:
- Network reliability requirements and solution architectures such as IMS
- QoS issues encountered by service providers and how they are overcome
- Class 5 switch migration using distributed architecture solutions
- ILEC deployments and strategies for "triple-play" consumer broadband services
- Fixed last mile technologies; geographic and market considerations
In addition to these topics, CSNA might address additional issues as deemed appropriate to best serve clients, as market dynamics could elevate the importance of other topics not identified here in advance. As examples, wild card topics would be any major, infrastructure-affecting regulatory changes, or the emergence of new, highly compelling last mile access technologies. Report length varies from short, bulletin-style pieces, to full-length reports (20 to 30 pages), as appropriate to the subject matter. Longer reports are typically richly illustrated.
Service Provider and Solution Vendor Coverage:
Demand-side analysis includes coverage of ILECs, IXCs, CLECs, Cable MSOs and Mobile Wireless SP infrastructure strategies and deployments. Supply-side analysis covers tier 1 vendors, including, for example, Cisco, Lucent, Nortel, Alcatel, Ericsson, Siemens; other major vendors such as Fujitsu, NEC, Juniper, Ciena, Tellabs, ADC, Nokia, Marconi, Motorola, and emerging Asia-Pacific vendors; as well as notable newer entrants as appropriate in any given segment.
CSNA Backlog Reports:
New CSNA subscribers will receive access to all existing CSNA reports upon agreement to subscribe. The backlog of published CSNA reports remains highly instructive and insightful. For new subscribers, Stratecast Partners recommends upon agreement delivery of at least the CY2004 and CY2003 CSNA reports listed below:
- CSNA 4-06: What Technology Suppliers Need To Know To Achieve Success with Service Providers
- CSNA 4-05: Broadband Access over Power Lines
- CSNA 4-04: Key Factors in the Further Growth of Consumer Broadband
- CSNA 4-03: Assessment of Current DSL Versus Cable Modem Competition
- CSNA 4-02: Sprint LTD Migration to Packet Telephony
- CSNA 4-01: RBOC Migration to Packet Telephony
- CSNA 3-11: MPLS Core Network Convergence Alternatives
- CSNA 3-10: The Evolving Role of MPLS
- CSNA 3-09: Motorola’s Convergence Strategy
- CSNA 3-08: Network Programmability and Voice Control Plan Evolution
- CSNA 3-07: Equipment Vendor Strategies for Reliable Routing
- CSNA 3-06: Cisco Systems’ Acquisition of the Linksys Group
- CSNA 3-05: Fujitsu’s Infrastructure Convergence Strategy
- CSNA 3-04: Network Protection and MPLS Path Recovery
- CSNA 3-03: Migration to Unified Infrastructure
- CSNA 3-02: Virtual Private Networks: The Nortel View and a Market Assessment
- CSNA 3-01: The Evolution of IP Infrastructure Services
A complete list of published CSNA reports is available upon request or by visiting the following link - http://www.stratecast.com/deliverables.htm#csna. Over 40 reports are available dating back to 4Q99, including many company-specific, product/technology-specific and focused issue-specific reports.
CSNA customers receive 10 hours of Inquiry access to the Stratecast Partners strategy staff as included in their purchase of CSNA. The Inquiry time is used by customers to obtain insight and opinions, verbally or in writing, on questions and issues of critical importance to them. Inquiry time provides a high-value means for each client to interact directly with the Stratecast Partners analyst team as a means of obtaining additional actionable strategic insight for decision making and planning purposes.
One of the truly distinguishing characteristics of CSNA is the employment of Stratecast Partners’ hallmark collaborative research and collaborative analysis methodology. Pooling expertise from other Stratecast Partners senior strategists focused on Operations Support Systems/Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS), Competitive Operator Strategies (COS), Tier 1 Service Provider Business Strategies (T1SP), Communications Service Strategies and Opportunities (CSSO), and Network Professional Services Strategies (NPSS) enables CSNA to offer a comprehensive and conclusive view of the market. The ability to collectively assess market opportunities and challenges, and present a view that includes all aspects of the market, helps differentiate Stratecast Partners’ CSNA program.
Licensed electronic delivery in PDF format is standard (delivery in HTML format is an option as is Internet-based access via the Frost.com platform).
|Deliverable Categories (# of reports)||What's Included|
|Deliverables include demand-side analysis of service provider infrastructure strategies, and supply-side analysis of vendor product strategies, from the perspective of convergence technology and network architecture evolution. The following segments are addressed:|
|I. Vendor Product Strategies and Service Provider Infrastructure Convergence Strategies (5-6)|| |
|II. Convergence Issues and/or Solutions Assessments (5-6)|| |
|IV. 10 Hours of Inquiry||Immediately Available to Clients Upon Purchase|
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