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

Internet video: broadband service provider threat or opportunity?

Broadband service providers are taking a hard look at Internet video and trying to determine if it is a threat or opportunity. It is a threat if it drives up broadband usage while media companies and

Carrier Ethernet access: encouraging progress toward network convergence

Adoption of Carrier Ethernet access networks is accelerating. This is due, in my opinion, to strong demand for increased bandwidth in all market segments as well as the emergence of new technologies

How MEF mobile backhaul initiatives help wireline operators

Though vitally important to both wireless and wireline service providers, the mobile backhaul market itself is overflowing with multiple technologies, vendors, service providers and solutions. This

MEF standardization drives development of Ethernet business services

Momentum for the widespread adoption of Ethernet business service offerings has been building steadily for nearly a decade and now appears to be poised to make major inroads into the installed base

Network convergence is at hand, driven by technology, service providers

Convergence upon a single physical network for voice, video and Internet as well as wired and wireline services will soon be a reality. This is being driven not only by technical innovations, but by

Packet Optical Transport--Evolution vs. revolution

There is an industry consensus that the long term target network will be a packet-optical converged network built upon Ethernet, IP/MPLS, and DWDM. Today's access and aggregation networks, however,

Stimulating carrier Ethernet sales

Carrier Ethernet retail service sales have lagged behind sales forecasts and projections. The Carrier Ethernet exchange concept being pioneered by CENX, Inc. should stimulate retail service sales and

Kennedy: Demand drivers for metro transport networks

The transition from legacy transport networks using SONET/SDH to packet optical networks has not been an easy one. Access and aggregation transport facilities continue to be primarily SONET/SDH based

Kennedy: Telcos struggle to retire copper

There is an industry consensus that future telecom access networks will use fiber optic media and IP/Ethernet protocols. However, there is no consensus on what to do with the 100s of millions of

Timing the migration to Packet Optical Transport

There is widespread consensus that access and aggregation networks will employ packet-based transport featuring 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) and higher speed interfaces. The consensus stems from