Trending: Network Performance News This Week, August 30-September 5, 2015

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This week's roundup of telecom news is all about visions of mobile networking's future and the work being done to get there: the role of low-power wide area (LPWA) solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) development, the complexities and challenges of 5G, and the efforts being made by mobile operators investing in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and millimeter wave. 

Narrowband Cellular IoT Offers Clean Slate
LPWA solutions are rapidly becoming a necessity to fulfill the full potential of IoT. Light Reading article

Reality Check: Managing network complexity from 2G to 5G – beyond human capability?
Because of increasing architectural and technical complexity, the day seems not far off when networks will be too complex for humans to manage. What's to be done? Short answer: simplify and automate as much as possible. RCRWireless article

The path to 5G – are you ready?5G isn't just an upgrade to a new network technology; it's a new network--a new air interface, new spectrum, and a new RAN. Likely, it won't be an easy transition. RCRWireless article.

AT&T looks to containers, micro-services in SDN and NFV push
AT&T's commitment to network virtualization technologies--ambitiously outlined earlier this year--is not without its challenges. But, with investment in R&D, the operator is overcoming potential hurdles to maximize efficiency of SDN, NFV, and cloud platforms. RCRWireless article

SK Telecom, Vendors Big Up Millimeter Wave for 5G
Recognizing high frequency 'millimeter water' radio technology as a foundational element of 5G, SK Telecom and Samsung set up a millimeter wave system at the operator's R&D facility in South Korea. Light Reading article

Verizon to introduce SDN security feature later this month
Verizon's move into SDN includes plans to launch a virtualized firewall service for business customers, slated for launch in late September. InfoWorld article

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