Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 5-11, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom industry news look at the true nature of 5G, what's spurring NFV and SDN growth, why a secondary RF spectrum market is needed, and a couple of warnings about cloud and network security. Plus: a new breakthrough could lead to cheaper, faster-charging smartphone batteries.

Heavy Reading Q&A: Getting to the Heart of 5G
At this stage, there are a lot more questions than answers about 5G. For example: what is 5G exactly? How will it effectively use both low- and high-band spectrum? And how will 'network slices' help 5G be successful? Light Reading article

Telecom NFV growth spurred by operational efficiencies, SDN by enterprise 
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are both enjoying increased adoption in the telecommunications sector. But that popularity is driven by somewhat different market forces. RCR Wireless article

Reality Check: In need of a secondary RF spectrum market 
Telecommunications 101: radio frequency spectrum is a scarce resource. What's the fairest way to allocate it to each market? Since targets set by the Telecommunications Union have been met asymmetrically among different regions, one option might be a secondary RF spectrum market to allow lawful exchange of the asset. RCR Wireless article

Solving the Cloud Security Crisis
Cloud is undeniably useful, but also undeniably insecure. A new approach is needed to battle the 'bad guys' who initiate hundreds or thousands of cyberattacks every day. SDN is part of the solution. SDxCentral article

State of networks: faster, but under attack 
As mobile and fixed networks grow faster all the time, security takes up more time and resources. Some of the challenges with keeping networks secure include methods used to identify security issues and application overload. RCR Wireless article.  

Smartphone batteries could charge faster, cost less 
Researchers at Stanford University inadvertently discovered a method of using graphite and aluminum to create a new kind of battery that's flexible, can charge fully in as little as one minute, and withstands more than 7,500 cycle without losing capacity. Could this be the future of power for smartphones and other mobile devices? RCR Wireless article