Broadband Predictions for 2016 – Part Two

We began this long winter month with the first set of predictions from our Chief Technical Guru. With so much to cover this year, we’re spotlighting his forecasts in three posts. If you missed Part One, you can read it here.

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Helms also made some valid and insightful predictions last year, and he’s holding himself accountable for those that missed the mark. Check those out to see how he did.

Today, we present Part Two of what Scott tells us is coming for broadband technology trends in 2016. If you agree with him, leave a comment or let him know if it’s back to the drawing board….

5. IPv6 transition often via Carrier Grade NAT (CGN) will be a big effort for most of the operators that haven’t already started. Understanding that IPv4 and IPv6 are really different and not interchangeable is critical to making the case to executives. But once organizations come to grips with the problem, solutions are available with some effort. Operators who are still deploying bridged modems rather than those with embedded routers are creating more work for themselves later if they haven’t considered how to handle the increased IPv4 consumption.

6. More security issues will make headlines in 2016, some of which will be related to the implementation of IPv6 in our networks. This will make properly secured configurations harder, hardware more likely to have exploitable bugs, and make it harder to detect and block malicious traffic. Moving to a world with less NAT and more worldwide routable addressing in the customer premise also looks to create many more security headaches.

7. NFV and its cousin SDN will keep picking up steam. As we see efforts like AT&T’s Domain 2.0 paying dividends, more operators will want to adopt similar strategies. One of the complaints that operators have had for decades is the relative stagnation of the vendor community serving the broadband provider space. Both of these new technologies look to be a good way to make it easier for existing vendors to innovate and new vendors to enter the space.

Stay tuned for Part Three on January 14th.