Trending: Network Performance News This Week, Jan. 25-31, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, January 31, 2015 with No comments

Topics making the waves this week included 5G technology research, e-telepathy, vCPE, and VoLTE.

Nokia Networks, SK Telecom aim to demonstrate 5G technology in 2018
A research agreement between Nokia Networks and SK Telecom could deliver demos of 5G technology, using frequencies of 6.5 GHz and higher--as early as 2018. The two companies are working on defining 5G more precisely and verifying its ability to boost network speeds. Fierce Wireless article.  

ETSI Throws Weight Behind mWT
Also with an eye on the future, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) set up a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) to investigate potential for millimeter Wave Transmission (mWT) to possibly deliver "fiber-like capacity" for backhaul and fronthaul connections. Light Reading article.

Ericsson predicts electronic telepathy will hit mainstream by 2020
Ericsson asked smartphone owners in 10 major cities around the world to predict which new services will be mainstream by 2020. In the top 10 list: e-telepathy, or using wearable devices to communicate simply by thinking about a message they want to send. Puts a whole new spin on the criticalness of QoE! Fierce Wireless article.

WAN Industry Now Touches Addressable Market 6 Times Bigger
Is wide area networking (WAN) today what the computer bus was in times past? Global Cloud XChange CEO Bill Barney thinks so--referring to the way data move over WANs as cloud computing becomes the new computing paradigm. For sure, as lines blur between the enterprise the cloud, reliability and flexibility for enterprise-to-data center and inter-data center connectivity is increasingly critical. IP Carrier article.
The Rise of Virtual CPE
It’s only a month into the New Year, but already virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) is clearly a major trend for 2015. Not surprising, given the evolution of network functions virtualization (NFV) from tests and trials to production telco networks. Light Reading video.

2015 Predictions: VoLTE set to transform UC market

Also this year, expect voice over LTE (VoLTE to shake up the unified communications (UC) market. How? Well, for one thing, some mobile operators will use VoLTE-powered UC to compete with over-the-top UC providers, especially in the enterprise market. RCRWireless article.