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

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

Unsurprisingly given the occurence of Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, industry news this week was dominated by topics relevant to the mobile segment. That's reflected in our round-up, with curated content about small cells and HetNets--along with links to articles touching on net neutrality, data centers, SDN, and virtualization.

The Three Cs of MWC15In a mostly informative but slightly tongue-in-cheek video shot as MWC got underway, Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief at Light Reading, explored three hot topics at the event this year: cloud (virtualization and telco SDN, cells (multi-mode small cells), and of course coffee. Light Reading video

Reality Check: HetNets, the natural successor to Wi-Fi offload for experience continuity
Hetergeneous networks (HetNets) will take off in a big way during 2015, predicted Birdstep Technology's CEO, Lonnie Schilling, in an RCR Wireless Reality Check column this week. HetNets, she said, play a key role in offloading data from backbone networks to Wi-Fi. RCR Wireless article.

During MWC keynote, FCC's Wheeler defends net neutrality rules
During an impassioned keynote speech at MWC, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the commission's new 'net neutrality' rules for carriers, arguing that the internet needs a referee. Fierce Wireless article.

Release Five and the quickening pace of technological change
At MWC this week, Small Cell Forum made available Release Five of its free downloadable resources for small cell deployment across numerous use cases, reflecting extensive work the organization's members have done over the past few years. Small Cell Hub article.

Report: Enterprises target SDN, service orchestration to bolster data centers
In a new report published this week, Infonetics Research predicted software-defined networking (SDN) solutions will take off over the next several years, creating opportunities for both incumbents and new entrants. RCR Wireless article.

After Carrier Network Virtualization, What Will Carriers Look Like?
The business models of carriers is sure to look different when the new virtualized world now envisioned becomes a reality. At MWC, vendors shared their ideas of how this might play out, including the prediction that some carriers might become 'service creators,' focusing on transforming IT in particular industries. SDxCentral article