Trending: Network Performance News This Week, November 15-21, 2015

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, November 21, 2015 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news is mostly about the ways service providers and network operators are adopting new technologies to stay competitive. For Comcast, that means Wi-Fi calling using network functions virtualization (NFV). AT&T is using software-defined networking (SDN) for Ethernet on demand. Telefonica, meanwhile, is focused on fixed and mobile video services, and Cox is selling a new small cell service. Also in the mix: Alcatel-Lucent's take that data center interconnects desperately need SDN, and the conclusion that distributed antenna systems (DAS) and cloud automation are changing the way network testing is done.

WiFi Calling Might Be a First NFV Use Case for Comcast
Comcast see opportunities for SDN, NFV, and lifecycle services orchestration, but has not been very specific about how it might apply them. At GEN15, though, hints were dropped they may find NFV useful for Wi-Fi calling services. SDxCentral article

Ethernet on Demand is AT&T’s First SDN User Case
A major focus for AT&T during 2015 has been deploying its first SDN service--switched Ethernet on demand--available since late spring for enterprise customers in 170 markets across the carrier's 21-state territory. SDxCentral article

Cox Sells New Small Cell Service
Driven by rapid data growth, Cox Business is launching a new small cell service designed to help mobile operators quickly and strategically extend their coverage capacity. Light Reading article

Telefónica to focus on fixed, mobile video services
Stressing that network connectivity is a key differentiator for them, Telefonica plans to spend the next five years focused on developing mobile technology to improve the quality of its video offerings, paving the way for future 5G launches. RCR Wireless article

Data Center Interconnects in Desperate Need of SDN
Most talk about machine-to-machine (M2M) communications focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT). But, equally important are the unpredictable and often massive workloads running between data centers. Light Reading article

How DAS and cloud automation are changing network testing
Small cells and DAS makes network testing more complex and expensive. Cloud automation could help restore balance by making the process more streamlined and cost-effective. RCR Wireless article