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Monday, April 24, 2017

Telecom Market Update: Spectrum, 5G, and 4G Competition

What's new in the mobile telecom market? Here is a rundown of some recent news from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and operators in China, related to spectrum acquisitions, 5G plans, and 4G competition.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cable MSO Market: Strategies and Business Models

What's new in the cable MSO market? Strategies and business-model moves include using software-defined networking (SDN) to integrate OSS and BSS, continued investment in DOCSIS, finding a path toward an all-IP future, competing in a shrinking pay-TV market, figuring out how to realistically move forward with "deep fiber," and teaming up with partners to become full-fledged wireless providers. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Telecom Market Update: First Responder Network, Drones, Mobile Wi-Fi

Early steps toward a national U.S. first responders telecom network. Drones as 4G LTE cell sites. A Wi-Fi mobile service that's not totally wi-fi based. This telecom market includes all of these, and more. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cable MSO Market, U.S.: Comcast Goes Skinny, CenturyLink Spins its Own CORD

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO market? Here's a look at the latest news from a few of the major players in this market: Comcast's 'skinny' bundle and rumored all-IP ambitions, CenturyLink's take on the open source CORD project, Dish's plans to jump straight into 5G, and more. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5G: Getting There

With the recently accelerated timeline for the 5G NR standard, getting the next generation of mobile off the ground quickly seems to have taken on a new urgency. Many questions abound. Where exactly is 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) headed next? How will 5G change the landscape of global computing?And, beyond the hype of 5G, what solutions are available now to help mobile operators deal with increasing pressure on their networks from video content traffic? Following is a look at the latest thinking around 5G, from recent telecom news articles. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Early Version of 5G NR Spec is Just One Piece in the 5G Puzzle

At its RAN Plenary meeting this week, the 3GPP gave the go-ahead to a proposal for an early NonStandAlone (NSA) version of the 5G New Radio specification, The Mobile Network reported

Thursday, March 9, 2017

SD-WAN: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Are software-defined WANs the next big thing in monetizing connectivity for cloud-connected enterprises, an overhyped 'silver bullet,' or something in-between? That depends on who you ask. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cable MSO Market: Less Talk, More Action for Network Virtualization

The majority of large cable MSOs are now actively working on plans to virtualize and distribute their access networks, according to results from a recent SNL Kagan survey of 35 cablecos around the globe, reported Light Reading and Fierce Cable.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mobile Operators, Vendors on 5G Standardization: Let's Speed This Along

One thing is clear from the news out of Mobile World Congress this past week: mobile operators and vendors see more opportunities than risks with getting 5G off the ground as soon as possible, and are doing their best to significantly speed up the development of 5G standards. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cable MSO Market, U.S.: Mergers, OTT, and 5G Trials

What's new in the U.S. cable MSO market? Here's a roundup of recent news, including 5G trials, increasing competition for over-the-top (OTT) services, and the latest moves by Comcast, Charter, CenturyLInk, and Windstream. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Accedian in the News

If you're following Accedian's growth, solutions, and contribution to conferences and industry organizations, you'll want to see who's been taking note in the media.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

5G Trials: Putting Next-Gen Mobile to the Test

Now seems as good a time as any to check in on the progress of pre-standards 5G trials, underway in some form or another by just about every major mobile telecom player and many vendor partners as well. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

5G Development: 3 Answers to "What's Next?"

The evolution (or revolution, if you envision faster, more dramatic change) toward 5G continues apace as 2017 unfolds. Exactly what 5G will be once it arrives remains to be seen, but operators and vendors continue with various developments that clearly have the next generation of mobile networks in mind. Where do we go from here? Below are three answer to that question, illustrated by recent telecom news stories.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Reminder: Accedian at Mobile World Congress 2017 (#MWC17)

Reminder: you’re invited to visit with us at the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, where we will be demoing real-world virtualized performance assurance solutions with some of our partners, and sharing our expertise during a session on network analytics and machine learning. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mobile Network Operator Market, U.S.: 3 Top Carriers Push the Envelope

Things aren't exactly stagnant in the U.S. mobile network operator (MNO) market. Unlimited data plans? Fiber-fed gigabit mobile service in more metro areas? A drone management platform? All this and more, in the coming paragraphs!