Trending: Network Performance News This Week, August 16-22, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, August 22, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news is about carriers and their investments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and software-defined networking (SDN)/network functions virtualization (NFV): a partnership involving AT&T and several vendors to develop IoT networks, signs of upcoming growth in small cells (Sprint, anyone?), the necessity of an SDN strategy and what it takes to succeed, and AT&T's virtualization plans.  

Operators and vendors join forces to push cellular IoT networks
GSMA--in partnership with AT&T, Intel, and Qualcomm--is leading an initiative to accelerate roll-out of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular networks customized for machine-to-machine communications. InfoWorld article.

Small cells trends
The fact that major carries like Sprint are considering or planning large-scale small cell rollouts indicates this technology may be about to take off, big time. But of course, there are complexities involved with such deployments. RCRWireless article and video.

Deploying SDN in Service Provider Networks
The main questions now being asked in the industry related to SDN are about operational scalability--not technical feasibility, which was the case until quite recently. SDxCentral article

SDN Rockets From Crazy to Essential
When it comes to SDN, perception is now reality: vendors and service providers without SDN strategies seem unprepared for the future, and that translates into lack of competitive advantage. Light Reading article

Sprint’s road ahead: Small cell deployments can be complex
Sprint's network upgrade plans include deploying tens of thousands of small cells. But where will they actually be installed? Ah, there's the rub. RCRWireless article

AT&T shows how serious it is about SDN, NFV and open source
AT&T has a lofty goal: virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020, with intention to reach 5 percent by the end of 2015. This is ambitious and aggressive, and also central to the carrier's transformation. FierceWireless article
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