Technology Concepts in 50 Words or Less: Orchestration & Top Tech Trends

Are you looking for a unified resource for telecom acronyms and tech terms? Look no more! In this technology concepts series, we compiled the most important definitions of the telecommunications and tech industries. Today, we’ll share terms related to orchestration and top tech trends. 

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Orchestration: is the automated arrangement, coordination and management of computer systems, middleware and services. It defines the policies and service levels through automated workflows, provisioning and change management.

LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration): is the set of MEF-defined specifications enabling standardized service orchestration based on standardized lifecycles of end-to-end connectivity services across one or more network service domains.

LSO Functions (MEF 55): Service Design, Order Fulfillment and Service Control, Service Testing, Service Problem Management, Service Quality Management, Billing and Usage Management, Security, Policy-based Management, Customer Management, Partner Management.

Service Order Manager: manages the end to end lifecycle of a service order request. This includes service order decomposition, service order execution and service order tracking along with orchestrating the activation.

Resource Order Manager: Resource Order Management applications manage the end to end lifecycle of a resource order request. This includes validating resource availability as well as the resource order request.

Top Technology Trends

eSIM: An eSIM is a SIM-card that is embedded in the mobile device. The SIM stores all information that is necessary to identify and authenticate the mobile subscriber. To learn more about eSIM, check out our blog posts.

NFV: Network functions virtualization is a network architecture concept that uses the technologies of IT virtualization to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may connect, or chain together, to create communication services.

SDN: Software-defined networking technology is a novel approach to cloud computing that facilitates network management and enables programmatically efficient network configuration in order to improve network performance and monitoring.

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WiFi First℠: Network service model that prioritizes the use of WiFi over the cellular network for voice, SMS and data traffic, providing an alternative and cheaper option. It is no longer necessary to have a mobile phone or SIM with a contracted number of minutes and texts.

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Full Duplex DOCSIS Technology: Is an extension of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification which offers the promise of symmetrical 10 Gbps over HFC networks. Enables HFC networks to support similar transmission rates as FTTH networks, enabling cable operators to match the capabilities of telco competitors who use such PON technologies.

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Blockchain: According to CableLabs, blockchain “is an immutable, distributed method of record-keeping for transactions—a ledger that is visible to the participating community” that is used for Bitcoin. “This year, 2018, is the year that cable starts to integrate blockchain solutions, but it will be quiet and subtle.”

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Fiber Deep: Is the trend in which MSOs push fiber ever closer to customers to provide them with better service AND simplify operations by driving digital technologies closer to subscribers, with the goal of providing near-instant, high-quality access to content.

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