Trending: Network Performance News This Week, August 23-29, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news is both theoretical and practical in its focus, looking at the challenges of real-time computing and virtualization, as well as strides being made in these areas. How does true real-time computing (not to be confused with high-speed computing) enable the Internet of Things (IoT)? Why is RAN virtualization so hard to achieve? How is SDN revolutionizing the enterprise IT industry and voice & video communications? What does Time Warner Cable's Wi-Fi strategy predict about the future of the U.S. mobile telecom industry? Are international VoLTE calls now a reality? What does FCC small cells regulation have to do with historic buildings? Keep reading. 


Real-time computing: Gateway to the Internet of things?

Real-time computing is not about speed. Its true purpose is to have a system that reliably takes the same amount of time every time it does a certain thing--predictably and deterministically responding to inputs or changes in the environment. InfoWorld article

RAN virtualization explained
ETSI has defined nine uses cases for virtualized networks. RAN virtualization is probably one of the hardest to do, because the system has to respond in real time to the RF signal. RCRWireless article

SDN Solutions Provide the Tools to Revolutionize the Enterprise 
SDN and related industry developments are fundamentally altering the value network of the enterprise, requiring a non-traditional approach to embedding IT into business processes. SDxCentral article

How NFV bolsters voice, video
Virtualization--in the form of NFV, SDN, and cloud technology--has great potential to help telecom operators manage network capacity challenges, especially around voice and video efficiency. RCRWireless article and video.

Analyst Angle: Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi strategy

Cable operators like Time Warner are reshaping the U.S. telecom landscape, pointing to a new model for wireless delivery in which cellular is just one element in a converged fixed/mobile platform. RCRWireless article

EMEA: First international VoLTE calls with BICS
Working with SK Telecom's Telink division (international carrier services), BICS said it successfully completed an end-to-end voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call between Asia and Europe. RCRWireless article

FCC eyes regs for DAS, small cells
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has solicited public comment on how it should regulate deployment of small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) in historic buildings. RCRWireless article

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