Michael Kennedy

Biography for Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy is a regular FierceTelecom columnist. He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Network Strategy Partners, LLC (NSP), management consultants to the networking industry--recently purchased by ACG Research. Michael is now a Principal Analyst at ACG Research. He can be reached at mkennedy@acgresearch.net.

Articles by Michael Kennedy

Enlarging the managed network services opportunity through virtual CPE

Virtual business CPE has the potential to create a win-win situation for small and midsize businesses and network operators. Small and midsize businesses are trying to develop network-centric business models, but networks present challenges that are beyond these businesses' managerial and technical capabilities. Service providers, on the other hand, would like to offer managed network services to smaller businesses, but they are struggling to drive service delivery costs down to a point where services are both attractively priced and profitable. Virtual CPE can resolve this dilemma by increasing network service velocity while reducing initial and recurring service costs.

Programmable carrier networks: A new architectural approach

Programmable carrier networks, a new, eclectic, emerging architectural approach, incorporate concepts such as SDN, NFV, shared mesh protection, path computation element protocol and cloud computing concepts and blends them with established transport, switching, routing and network management techniques. The objective of this merger is to overcome the barriers created by traditional network architectures that carriers are encountering as they try to accommodate high and volatile traffic volumes and unpredictable traffic patterns as well as respond to the innovative business models of cloud-based and OTT service providers.

Residential broadband, video usage drives operators to redesign their metro networks

Residences' move from viewing broadcast TV to Internet TV and businesses' pervasive use of rich multimedia content and cloud services are forcing service providers to re-architect their metro networks. The resulting network designs are bringing network content and intelligence closer to end-users.

Home broadband, video usage patterns will force changes in access, aggregation networks

Residential networking services and the devices we use to access them are constantly changing, usually in unanticipated ways. Video streaming, social networking, smart phones and tablets are creating new demand, displacing traditional media and threatening the foundations of the multichannel video subscription (cable, DBS and telco) industry. 

Network infrastructure 2014 market outlook: opportunities and threats

Changes in network usage and technology are creating opportunities and threats for network infrastructure vendors, including carrier routing and switching and optical transport systems vendors.

NFV is an opportunity change network operators' business models

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) explicitly targets the two biggest problems facing network operators: bringing costs in line with revenue growth expectations and improving service velocity. But it also has the potential to fundamentally change fixed network economics.

Fixed/Mobile convergence draws near

Long anticipated, it now appears that the boundaries between fixed and mobile network infrastructure are fading. Demand for bandwidth coupled with service providers' urgent need to control costs is forcing convergence of network infrastructure, while enthusiastic adoption of wireless devices in all market segments (wireline, mobile, enterprise and consumer) is further blurring the service boundaries.

Transport SDN: A new flavor for software defined networking

As data center providers look for ways to reduce capital expenditures, such as data center interconnect and multi-layer optimization, a new opportunity has emerged for software defined networking: transport SDN. However, transport networks face significantly different challenges than packet networks.

Optical technology vs. network traffic growth: Service providers face challenge

Network traffic growth driven by widespread adoption of smartphones, tablets, video content, and cloud computing is exploding. Service providers' revenues are not keeping pace and, thus, the cost to support the traffic growth threatens service providers' operating margins. Which providers will survive this rapidly shifting market?

Building broadband past the saturation point

U.S. broadband has reached the end of its growth phase. Now, the industry faces the challenge of shifting from building infrastructure and acquiring customers to creating sustainable business models. In a maturing market, how must operators adjust their service offerings in order to keep revenue on a growth track?