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2003 Top Ten: Heavy Findings

Heavy Reading has only been around since September, but in its first four months of operation it has already been able to cut through dense thickets of marketing hype to expose some surprising realities about the networking and telecommunications industries.

Heavy Readings analysts have issued groundbreaking reports on multiservice provisioning platforms, master plans of the world’s largest telecom equipment suppliers, next-generation DSL platforms, and carrier and vendor plans for third-gen Sonet/SDH. Meanwhile, HR has created a unique and critical reality check for vendors, their customers, and prospective investors: unbiased, independent market perception studies that gauge attitudes and opinions of buyers and users of networking and telecom products around the world.

Here’s Heavy Reading’s list of its most notable research findings so far:

No. 10: DSL providers that put too much emphasis on distributed architectures could be making a costly mistake.

The move by some carriers to push broadband remote access server (B-RAS) functions into central offices will actually increase operating expenses, as Analyst Graham Beniston demonstrated in Next-Generation DSL Equipment: The Path to Profitability. In the Asia/Pacific region, where cost containment is a huge factor in DSL deployments, carriers are taking a more centralized approach to B-RAS deployment. It’s a strategy that DSL providers in North America and Europe should examine carefully.

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