Trending: Network Performance News This Week, Feb. 22-28, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, February 28, 2015 with No comments

This week's industry news and analysis roundup is very future-looking: the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) connections and mobile data consumption, what's ahead for 5G, use cases for Software Defined Networking (SDN), and a preview of Mobile World Congress. 

New Verizon Report Spotlights Strong IoT Growth 
Pointing to research it commissioned from ABI, Verizon forecasts massive broad growth for business-to-business Internet of Things (IoT) connections between 2014 and 2020. The carrier itself currently manages more then 15 million IoT-enabled connections. Wireless Week article.

Digging into ETSI’s results on small cell testing
Plugfests sponsored by Small Cell Forum and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) provide a window into multivendor environment interoperability for small cells. For example, at the most recent event 54 tests were completed, with 29 passing and 25 failing. The next Plugfest, this coming April, will be conducted remotely and focus on carrier aggregation, local IP access, selected IP traffic offload, and closed subscriber groups. RCR Wireless article

Reality Check: 5G – the history of the future
Network technologies typically evolve over a 20-year cycle, and 5G likely will follow this pattern even though it's little but hype and speculation at the moment. RCR Wireless article.  

Report: LTE drives up mobile data consumption
New research from Mobidia Technology and Ovum indicates that LTE subscribers continue to use more mobile data and buy larger data plans than 3G subscribers. Fierce Wireless article.

Emerging Use Cases for SDN
Solid uses cases for SDN will emerge during 2015, predicts SDx Central's Steve Garrison, including: adding policy to existing networks; meter, match and act; SDN within the data center; data center to data center networking; and SDN at the routed edge. SDx Central article

What are we looking forward to this year at MWC?
With Mobile World Congress 2015 fast approaching, Small Cell Forum's Sue Monahan looks ahead at three topics that surely will be hot at the event: the 5G hype curve, virtualization, and the Internet of Things. Small Cell Hub article.