A move towards software-driven networks is creating a shift in the dynamics of the telecoms vendor community. What is already happening may be just a taste of things to come.
6G networks are expected to achieve full autonomous operation through the adoption of intelligent algorithms. This calls for
the introduction of an additional stratum in the network devoted to the management and orchestration of network intelligence. This paper outlines such a layer, its composition and function.
The work presented in this paper outlines the role of Optical Transport Networks (OTNs) in future networking generations. Furthermore, key emerging OTN technologies are discussed. Additionally, the role intelligence will play in the Management and Orchestration (MANO) of next-generation OTNs is discussed. Moreover, a set of challenges and opportunities for innovation to guide the development of future OTNs is considered.
6GWorld talks with Stephen Douglas, long at Spirent's cutting edge for 5G and now also 6G, about emerging concepts around how a network of networks might work - including governance, AI, orchestration, business relationships and much more.
6GWorld recently sat down with David Stokes, one of Ribbon's leading thinkers, to explore the parallel evolution of business models and technology required to deliver services anywhere sustainably. The conversation roamed from the transport network to hardware disaggregation, competition models, orchestration, energy management and more.
6GWorld spoke to BAI Communications' Brendan O'Reilly about the evolution of private networks and the directions it is taking for the future. We discuss the commercial drivers behind private networking; the role of Edge, Cloud and IT integration; the risk of legacy in private networks; and where the business is headed.
One of the Hexa-X projects' earliest deliverables addresses the massively complex topic of service management and orchestration in a flexible, heterogeneous network of networks.
This paper outlines the current state of the art and, crucially, features a gap analysis outlining where further research is needed.