Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 15-21, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, March 21, 2015 with No comments

Springing ahead into a new season, our industry round-up this week of industry news takes a fresh look at a few topics that have been overshadowed a bit lately, such as: big data, possibilities for wireless power, the role of over-the-top (OTT) services, and regulatory activity on both side of the pond. 

Infographic: What you don’t know about big data
Everyone knows big data is big. But how big? By 2020, we may be measuring it in new terms like zettabyes, yottabytes, and googobytes. Also: UPS is a big data company. 
Check out this Adeptia infographic for more big data insights. RCR Wireless article

In a wireless world, is power transmission next?
Could wireless power--transmitting electricity via microwaves--ever become viable in the real world? Scientists at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency recently transmitted 1.8 kilowatts of power 55 meters (170 feet). It's a start! RCR Wireless article.  

Cable Should Jump on OTT Bandwagon NowWith cable winning the broadband battle in North America, Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick thinks cable providers should invest heavily in cable integration of over-the-top (OTT) content. Light Reading article

OTT as MVNO… or MNOs
In an except from his report, "Video monetization in 2015," Core Analysis founder and CEO Patrick Lopez explores how OTT providers can leverage their advantages to differentiate themselves. Core Analysis article

GSMA Opens a Mobile Marketplace
This week, the GSM Association (GSMA)--which counts among its members 800 operators and 250 vendors--launched what it calls the first online commercial platform dedicated to the global mobile industry. Light Reading article

Ofcom mandates 40% reduction in UK mobile termination rates by 2017
U.K. regulator Ofcom ordered mobile operators under its jurisdiction to reduce their mobile termination rates by about 40 percent over the next two years. Ovum analyst Matthew Howett thinks this is a good decision for the country's consumers. Fierce Wireless article

FCC Stops Clock on Merger Madness
In the midst of its review of proposed mega-mergers involving Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, AT&T, and DireTV, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) paused its 180-day transaction clocks, opting to wait until a related ruling comes down from the D.C. Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. Light Reading article