Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 26-May 2, 2015

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This week's roundup of telecom industry news touches on the potential of virtualized base stations, the need for both NFV and SDN, how service providers might redeem themselves through the Internet of Things, developments in wireless charging standards, training for the wireless industry workforce, and a look at the pros and cons of mobile technology's breakneck pace of change. 

Reader Forum: Unlocking the potential of virtualized base stations
Virtualization creates opportunities for both mobile operators and users by lowering costs, providing higher levels of technology integration, and enabling new business models. RCR Wireless article.  

Reality Check: Why SDN/NFV management and network orchestration are vital to the ‘real-time’ cloud
Because of its potential to help them spin up new services faster, service provider have been pushing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) much harder than Software Defined Networking (SND). But in reality, one can't life without the other. RCR Wireless article

An Opportunity for Redemption: Service Providers in the Internet of Things

More often than not, mobile service providers have been outmaneuvered by cloud service providers, with over-the-top (OTT) services diverting a large percentage of revenue. Now, the Internet of Things provides an opportunity for service providers to recapture market value. SDxCentral article

New antenna supports all three wireless charging standards
A new antenna design promises to solve two major wireless charging problems: several competing standards (Qi/110 and 250kHz, PMA/200-300kHz, and A4WP), and the limitations of transmitting power by radio. The Register article

Creating the wireless workforce of the future
The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program--a joint venture of telecom and wireless companies--is working to change the mobile market by providing formal training programs for industry workers, focused particularly on veterans. RCR Wireless article

Analyst Angle: 5G – on generations and legacy
Generations of telecom technology seem to come and go in the blink of an eye; just in the past 30 years, we've seen four complete wireless generations. Change is good, for the most part, but there are aspects of how quickly this change happens that are worrying. RCR Wireless article.