Trending: Network Performance News This Week, November 8-14, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, November 14, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news highlights new partnership and forum developments in the next generation networking and internet of things (IoT) markets, evolving perceptions about the role of IoT in business, the importance of virtualization for the success of small cell deployments, why cable business providers should adopt network functions virtualization (NFV), and questions about the potential impact of NFV on quality of service. 

Cisco, Ericsson partner to build and sell next-gen networks
Ericsson and Cisco Systems are pairing up to develop and sell next-generation networks--initially focusing on products and services for carriers (Ericsson radio access, mobility and operations + Cisco's IP networking equipment) but with plans to later co-develop enterprise mobile networking systems and IoT platforms. InfoWorld article

Heavyweights form (another) IoT Forum to formalise NB-IoT development
Some of the parties involved with 3GPP's development of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) specifications are teaming up to accelerate the NB-IoT ecosystem. Those involved in the new forum include vendors, operators, and industry organizations. The Mobile Network article.

Reality Check: IoT – from fad to fixture
As more and more companies begin to adopt IoT, the most important factor for success is viewing this technology as a business enabler and not just an additional line item on a budget sheet. RCR Wireless article.

Virtualization is key to scale small cell deployments
A Small Cell Forum study found that enterprise use of the technology entered the "market-deployment" phase during 2015, and concluded that to drive real scale it's necessary to automate beyond self-organization networksto include every aspect of workflow management. RCR Wireless article

Why NFV Makes Sense for Cable Business Services
Cable operators should adopt NFV technology to launch new business services faster, develop more business services more quickly, tailor services to the needs of each business customer, and cut CapEx and OpEx. Light Reading article and video

Can NFV Provide Five Nines?
For telecom providers, quality of service is critical. So, as they move toward virtualization in their networks, it is vital that the new technology not degrade quality. SDxCentral article

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