Trending: Network Performance News This Week, October 18-24, 2015

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This week's roundup of telecom news delves into the role of software defined networking (SDN) in automating network security, challenges with deploying small cells and the possibility that massive MIMO might render small cells moot, how networks must evolve to support the Internet of Things (IoT), the relationship between IoT revenue opportunities and analytics, and the building blocks of 5G.

Taking advantage of SDN services to intelligently automate network security
Two major 'threats' are front-of-mind for network security engineers: application attacks, and the pressure to move into a proof-of-concept phase with SDN commercialization trials. Light Reading article

Could massive MIMO make small cells useless?
Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas could be the answer to long-term problems small cells were designed to address. RCR Wireless article

Reader Forum: Small cells for faster time to revenue, lower deployment opex
Although small cells promise a number of benefits--including greater capacity and better signal quality--they do present sometimes significant deployment challenges. RCR Wireless article

IoT optimization: Building the right network
In order for IoT to truly be 'the next big thing' in the wireless industry, telecom networks must first undergo an evolutionary leap. RCR Wireless article

How Can CSPs grab a slice of the IOT mobile analytics pie?
IoT has great potential to generate lucrative new revenue streams for operators. Analytics plays a crucial role in making that happen. The Mobile Network article

5G a ‘game changer,’ but standard will be delayed
Until waveform standardization is achieved around the year 2020, 5G is arguably just a marketing term. In the meantime, though, it's useful to look at three vital 5G building blocks: NFV, SDN, and SON. RCR Wireless article

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