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clrmoney
clrmoney
2/8/2017 2:38:41 PM
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Less for Century Link
They said they want to reduce SDN and NFV and maybe that is a good idea idea that virtualization is almost everwhere and as well software related technologies.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/9/2017 4:02:08 PM
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Re: Less for Century Link
Time for CenturyLink to bring on the speed. If they don't, they will lose customers to other service providers who are moving fast on this. And the margins in the business sector are pretty good - companies are willing to pony up for these services. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/8/2017 7:09:03 PM
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A better strategy than some...
> "...taking an internal approach to its next NFV/SDN phase by writing its own software."

I think this sounds like a way better strategy than the path of merely partnering with other software firms and relying on outside expertise to get things done. It seems like a particularly good idea for telcos to get into the software development game -- or risk losing its lunch to faster and more nimble companies that do have software development chops.

I think we've seen the weaker strategy from DT on this site before:

http://www.telcotransformation.com/messages.asp?piddl_msgthreadid=66404&piddl_msgid=236846#msg_236846

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DHagar
DHagar
2/8/2017 10:36:04 PM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
@mhhf1ve - great thoughts!   Rewriting a new design will enable them to focus and get the best results using these extended capabilities - vs. add-ons.

Your recommendation for telecos is a great one as well.  If they would "configure" to their demands they would be able to deliver better vaue.

CenturyLink is definitely on the right road!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/9/2017 12:30:04 AM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
I think CenturyLink's history as a CLEC has given it the survival skills to know that it's safer to build out their own services as demand grows organically.

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DHagar
DHagar
2/9/2017 4:38:22 PM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
@mhhf1ve, makes sense.  Plus, it appears they are moving forward more aggressively in developing the capability to be a leader.

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
2/9/2017 10:13:15 AM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
I agree. The move to buy Active Broadband really signaled CL's intentions here. Carol wrote about how CL is creating smaller pieces of software to cut down its abstraction layer and get necassary info without "major IT time and expense." If the deal to buy Level 3 goes through, I'll be intersted to see how they mesh NFV/SDN, etc. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/9/2017 11:14:05 AM
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Re: A better strategy than some...
I wouldn't expect a problem with the Level3 deal going through based on regulatory approval -- given how the current administration says it wants to let businesses do whatever they want. CL will definitely become an interesting player in the CSP market.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
2/9/2017 11:55:29 AM
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CenturyLink
Bridging legacy systems always seems to cause problems and take long. CL is smart in getting into the software development business. This could also create jobs.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/9/2017 1:01:11 PM
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Re: CenturyLink
As many astute tech leaders have pointed out, any company that's serious about hardware is also serious about software. Software and hardware go hand in hand, so it's a bit foolish to focus on just hardware.

Now.. focusing on just software... that's a different story, and there are plenty of examples of companies that can do just software successfully for a long time. 

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DHagar
DHagar
2/9/2017 4:42:21 PM
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Re: CenturyLink
@mhhf1ve, very true on the hardware.  On the software though that will carry them forward in vertical industries playing catch-up, but will run out of steam as well. 

The competitive models will Apply the software configurations to changing industry developments and demands and establish the platforms (ecosystems) that will enable them to deliver "value" in services to their customers.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
2/28/2017 9:01:05 PM
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Re: CenturyLink
I agree. I think you have to focus on both in order to further the success and advancements of both. Especially hardware.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/4/2017 12:45:29 AM
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Re: CenturyLink
Software development can certainly keep old hardware relevant for a long time, but at some point, new hardware will need to kick in, too.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
3/30/2017 11:08:37 AM
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Re: CenturyLink
Yeah I completely agree! At a certain point there has to be a change in the hardware to keep everything relevant.

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SDNDude
SDNDude
2/9/2017 5:57:37 PM
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Software is where its at
The real cost in all of this is the service development costs. Without services one can sell, this is all just a science experiment. The difficulty is then creating an enviroment in the OSS/BSS space that can facilitate rapid service design and deployment. Centurylink is saddled with ancient systems in their legacy world, so regardless of how fast one can create something, it still must be put into the machine to quote, order, bill and so forth. This is where the real time and cost is. Without this recognition Centurylink will continue to miss the mark, as they did today in their earnings call.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/10/2017 2:28:14 PM
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Re: Software is where its at
@SDNDude Good point. While I think CenturyLink is on a good track, all this noise means nothing unless you can actually provide value to customers. Can they do that? They've been able to before, with declining results. Hopefully they can sustain in this case. 

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Itsmeshawn22
Itsmeshawn22
2/28/2017 8:51:14 PM
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Seen & Heard: Less Is More for CenturyLink
This article is interesting because it explains the new centurylinks new novel approach about SDN/NFV. The cost wil be going up and noone usally like's that. I think this will be good for centurylink in the long run. The service providers and the virtulization will be great.

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