Trending: Network Performance News This Week, September 20-26, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, September 26, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news touches on the role of edge computing in 5G, and the role of LTE in the Internet of Things (IoT); a comparison of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells; the testing trends vendors are addressing; perspective on where virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) fits in the broad scheme of things; and some observations about why SDN/NFV and DevOps depend on each other. 

Mobile Edge Computing: putting the network on the path to 5G
Cloud computing is great, but it can't feasibly deliver the 1 to 5 ms end-to-end latency required by 5G applications like tactile internet. For that, edge computing is needed. The Mobile Network article

Using LTE for the Internet of Things
3GPP agreed on a work item to define a low-power specification for trafficking IoT data over LTE. Competing specs (NB-LTE and NB-CIoT) are involved in this effort to address the sporadic nature of IoT traffic. IT Business Edge article

How do DAS and small cells compare?
Although DAS is often referred to as the original small cell, there are significant differences between the two technologies. Which is better? Both play a role. article

Test and Measurement: Addressing industry trends
Telecom industry vendors are busy developing and rolling out solutions for testing trends that include preparing for the scale and performance to meet cloud infrastructure SLAs, virtualizing HetNets, maximizing spectrum investments, and wireless charging devices. RCR Wireless article

NFV Everywhere? Actually, No
vCPE is one of the strongest business cases for NFV, but it's still just one tool in a portfolio focused on customer needs and expectations. Light Reading article

Why DevOps Is the Imperative Companion to SDN & NFV
SDN may be on its way to the 'slope of enlightenment' and the 'plateau of productivity,' but it can't get there without DevOps. SDxCentral article

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