Trending: Network Performance News This Week, Feb. 8-14, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, February 14, 2015 with No comments

There’s a lot to love in this week’s industry news, such as predictions about the future of SDN and NFV. Other hot topics included the potential effects of unlicensed LTE, trials of compact LTE metro cells, and market trends for gigabit high speed access. 

Why AT&T, Verizon - and pretty much everyone else - is embracing SDN and NFVNFV lets carriers virtualize hardware functions, turning them into software within networks. SDN lets carriers use software to control network functions and policies in the cloud. Both benefits help cut operational expenses and promise to make launching services easier and faster. Fierce Wireless article.

SDN & NFV: Where Are We Going From Here?What’s next for SDN and NFV? Vitesse Semiconductor’s CTO, Martin Nuss, offers some perspective on why these technologies should be tightly interconnected and how the industry is likely to adopt them. Light Reading video.

Verizon, SK Telecom join T-Mobile in testing unlicensed LTE, but Wi-Fi Alliance urges cautionAlthough several major carriers are working with Ericsson and Qualcomm on trials of unlicensed LTE service in the 5 GHz band, the Wi-Fi Alliance is concerned that the technology could harm Wi-Fi users. Fierce Wireless article.

Compact LTE metro cells add flexibility in delivering ultra-broadband mobile accessCompact Metro Cell Outdoor (CMCO) technology is being trialed by operators around the globe to gain greater flexibility when building heterogeneous networks. Options now include Alcatel-Lucent’s Compact Metro Cell Outdoor product family. EE Times Europe article.

I Now Can Buy a Gigabit High Speed Access Service, But Won't Do So: Here's WhyIncreasingly, consumers can now buy Gigabit high-speed internet access. But will they? IP Carrier’s Gary Kim is skeptical, predicting that for many, the price is too high and the detectible benefit too low. IP Carrier article.

Using SON to maximize network resourcesThe self-optimizing networks (SON) is a valuable and promising technology for mobile network operators, which face multiple challenges. RCR Wireless article.