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

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This week's round-up of industry news explores virtualization for small cells, infrastructure monitoring for VoLTE networks, advantages of cloud for disaster recovery planning, and regulation of mobile operators in the U.K.

Virtualization: Not if but when
Although network functions virtualization (NFV) is in some ways a relatively new subject, it's been clear for a while that virtualization can and will change network infrastructure deployment. Which raises the question: how and when will NFV will affect and enhance small cells? Small Cell Forum article

ETSI, Small Cell Forum to align on NFV plans
Building on its virtualization program launched last year, Small Cell Forum has now signed an agreement with European Telecommunications Standards Institute's Industry Specification Group to work on network function virtualization technology targeting the small cell layer. RCR Wireless article

Reality Check: The VoLTE stress test – new approaches to infrastructure monitoring
As mobile operators expand their voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, they're revamping their monitoring approaches to accommodate the larger and more complex nature of the new infrastructure. RCR Wireless article

Near-Far and its Effect on In-Building DAS Performance
Near-Fara term that describes performance reduction when a mobile devices operates within a distributed antenna system (DAS) coverage areais a consideration often overlooked when designing or selecting equipment for in-building DAS. RCR Wireless article

Enterprises Not Yet Embracing Cloud DR
Although business IT executives know it's important to have a disaster recovery/business continuity plan that covers data outage and breaches, only 50% of companies have such a plan in place or test it regularly. The cloud could help make this important activity less costly and more flexible, if companies take advantage of it. Light Reading article.  

Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators
A Deloitte report, commissioned by several mobile network operators, recommends that U.K. operators ought to be treated like utilities, at least when it come to rental rates for mobile phone mast sites. The Register article