Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 29-April 4, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, April 04, 2015 with No comments

This weeks' roundup of industry news is mostly serious stuff about the differences between NFV and SDN, the benefits of C-RAN, demographics of people who drive connected cars, and imagined 5G use cases. But, with just a bit of foolishness added in given the numeral associated with Hump Day as a new month got underway. 

NFV and SDN: What’s the Difference Two Years Later?
Although sometimes referred to interchangeably, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) play distinct but complementary roles in telecom networks. Increasingly, they are coupled in network evolution deployments, hence the confusion. SDxCentral article

Study Finds Major Cost Advantages in New Enterprise LTE Wireless Approach
In a study commissioned by small cell solutions company Airvana, Real Wireless found that, even in multi-operator deployments, cloud RAN LTE small cell solutions can reduce costs by 69% compared with traditional distributed antenna systems. Yahoo! Finance article

Analyst Angle: C-RAN generating new business opportunities
Cloud RAN (C-RAN) is the latest frontier for operators seeking ways to cost-effectively add density to their networks in metro areas. This does, though, change the fundamental architecture of cell sites. RCR Wireless article.

EMEA: GfK talks connected cars

Who drives connected cars? Why are they attracted to this new role for technology in their lives? GfK took on that topic in a study of drives in Brazil, China, Germany, Russia, U.K., and the U.S. and found the demographic to be one mostly of car owners (as opposed to leasers) who commute to work by car and are early adopters of technology generally. RCR Wireless article.  

Building 5G networks without the band aid
In attempting to plan for 5G, the mobile industry is mostly preparing for an imaginary future. At least, they are starting from use case scenarios and then moving on to technology requirements. Fierce Wireless article

Jarich: Q1 2015 - 3 months that changed telecom forever5G? That's so last year. U.S. should be focusing on 6G. Everybody loves the net neutrality ruling. Someday, the smartwatch you invest in now will help fund your child's college education. Price wars are good for everybody. Say what? April Fool's! Fierce Wireless article.