Trending: Network Performance News This Week, Feb. 1-7, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, February 07, 2015 with No comments

Hot topics this week included using LTE broadcast for the Super Bowl, data usage growth and its impact on mobile networks, and concerns over U.S. regulatory changes.

How LTE Broadcast Could Change the Super Bowl Experience

The Super Bowl may be over, but the potential for keeping up with major sporting event-related data usage demand using Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadcast is just getting started. RCR Wireless video.

Fretting Over Title II

There’s been talk lately of regulatory changes in the U.S. that could re-classify internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Broadband providers like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications are worried how this might impact their network evolution plans. Light Reading article.

Meet the 5G Alernative: pCell

In a recent auction, U.S. wireless operators spent $45 billion on spectrum to keep up with capacity demand. 5G is so hyped people are talking about how hyped it is. But, startup Artemis is aiming to leapfrog all that with its pCell solution that uses cell signal interference to bring high power signals to mobile users. Light Reading article.

EMEA: Amdocs State of the RAN
In its third annual State of the RAN report, Amdocs this week dove into the implications of data usage growth and whether LTE could be a solution. (Short answer: It’ll take more than just LTE.) RCR Wireless article.

Cisco Mobile VNI 2015: 10x Data Increase in the Next Five Years
Cisco’s 2015 mobile visual networking index predicts that global mobile network will see a tenfold data increase over the next five years--reaching an annual rate of 292 exabytes by 2019 (from 30 exabytes in 2014). Eighty-eight percent of that traffic will be “smart”--involving advanced computing and multimedia capabilities with at least 3G level connectivity. RCR Wireless article.

Operators Continue to Have Mixed Feelings About Quad-Play

Quad-play/multi-play strategies get mixed reviews from operators. Some have hailed it as a way to retain customers and revenue. But others point out that in price sensitive markets, retaining separate services makes more sense. Also, any multi-service bundle is only as good as its worst service. Fierce Wireless article.