Trending: Network Performance News This Week, Jan. 18-24, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, January 24, 2015 with No comments

Our weekly roundup of trends in the telecommunications network market reveals that VoLTE, virtualization, data centers, cloud, and small cells are topics of interest as 2015 gets underway. 

U.S. Cellular will begin VoLTE user trials in a few markets this year
Recognizing that network quality is crucial to keeping customers long-term, U.S. Cellular plans to start testing Voice over LTE in several markets this year, a future-focused move corollary to its main 2015 focus of finishing LTE rollouts. FierceWireless Article.

Cyan Ups Q4 Outlook, Promises SDN Wins
Cyan enjoyed a bountiful 2014 holiday season, including a contract win (involving a solution that integrated Accedian network Elements) and new investment funding, Cyan raised its fourth-quarter revenue outlook. Light Reading article.

Tier 2 Data Center Market Booming
Growing demand for bandwidth and data center capacity in midsize U.S. market is reshaping both networks and the data centers that serve them. In response, data center service providers are focusing their investments on expanding in underserved areas. Light Reading article

ETSI NFV work completes phase one process
Network Function Virtualization technology is becoming an increasingly important part of telecom networks and deployments, as it holds promise to help carriers add functionality, increase simplicity, and reduce costs. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) completed phase one of its work on a framework for NFV. RCRWireless article.

Cloud RAN is a disruptive technology. Here's why.
LTE networks distributed control to the base stations.  But massive data use means the SDN concept of recentralizing control offers significant benefits. C-RAN offers this opportunity. FierceWireless Article

Maximizing Spectrum ROI With Small Cells
With spectrum being inherently scarce and increasingly expensive, operators are turning to small cells to increase capacity and meet expected LTE capacity demands. Often, this offer the advantage of reusing existing spectrum. Light Reading article.