Trending: Network Performance News This Week, September 13-19, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, September 19, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news covers small cells, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and NFV: a look at work being done to commercialize small cell tech, insight into what IoT means for telecom, predictions about what 5G might actually be and how it will roll out, and the evolution and challenges of NFV adoption.  

Accelerating deployments, commercializing small cell technology
At Small Cell Forum's first Small Cells Champions event, the organization recognized an impressive scale and diversity of technical ingenuity, commercial significance, and end-user valued achieved by pioneers and innovators in this market. Small Cell Forum article

Reader Forum: What the IoT means for telecom
IoT will provide increasing business value across many industries, including telecom--and it's growing fast: IDC predicts the installed IoT base will be about 212 billion 'things' globally by the end of 2020. RCR Wireless article.

Is This the 5G You're Looking For?
An expected timeline for 5G (or IMT-2020 as 3GPP is defining it) development is emerging: Phase I (possible commercialization by 2020) and Phase II (2022 onward). Light Reading article

AT&T's Lurie: Let's get 5G standards 'before we start hyping' the technology
After Verizon announced testing of 5G field trials, AT&T's CEO warned: it's too early to start making promises to customers about the new technology. Fierce Wireless article

NFV MANO Mania Has Run its Course
It's time to acknowledge that real-world NFV technology is being developed faster than can be accommodated by a structured standards group like ETSI's MANO. SDxCentral article

Barriers to NFV adoption
What's holding back NFV adoption? Among the factors at play: operators are waiting on vendors to further develop their platforms, and it's not clear yet whether operators prefer vendor-specific software solutions or open source. RCR Wireless article

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