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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, Jan. 25-31, 2015

Topics making the waves this week included 5G technology research, e-telepathy, vCPE, and VoLTE.

Nokia Networks, SK Telecom aim to demonstrate 5G technology in 2018
A research agreement between Nokia Networks and SK Telecom could deliver demos of 5G technology, using frequencies of 6.5 GHz and higher--as early as 2018. The two companies are working on defining 5G more precisely and verifying its ability to boost network speeds. Fierce Wireless article.  

ETSI Throws Weight Behind mWT
Also with an eye on the future, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) set up a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) to investigate potential for millimeter Wave Transmission (mWT) to possibly deliver "fiber-like capacity" for backhaul and fronthaul connections. Light Reading article.

Ericsson predicts electronic telepathy will hit mainstream by 2020
Ericsson asked smartphone owners in 10 major cities around the world to predict which new services will be mainstream by 2020. In the top 10 list: e-telepathy, or using wearable devices to communicate simply by thinking about a message they want to send. Puts a whole new spin on the criticalness of QoE! Fierce Wireless article.

WAN Industry Now Touches Addressable Market 6 Times Bigger
Is wide area networking (WAN) today what the computer bus was in times past? Global Cloud XChange CEO Bill Barney thinks so--referring to the way data move over WANs as cloud computing becomes the new computing paradigm. For sure, as lines blur between the enterprise the cloud, reliability and flexibility for enterprise-to-data center and inter-data center connectivity is increasingly critical. IP Carrier article.
The Rise of Virtual CPE
It’s only a month into the New Year, but already virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) is clearly a major trend for 2015. Not surprising, given the evolution of network functions virtualization (NFV) from tests and trials to production telco networks. Light Reading video.

2015 Predictions: VoLTE set to transform UC market

Also this year, expect voice over LTE (VoLTE to shake up the unified communications (UC) market. How? Well, for one thing, some mobile operators will use VoLTE-powered UC to compete with over-the-top UC providers, especially in the enterprise market. RCRWireless article.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome to 2015! A Message From Accedian President & CEO, Patrick Ostiguy

As Accedian celebrates its 10th anniversary as a company, we are happy to share that this past year has been one of tremendous growth. We ended 2014 with a very strong finish: exceptional 38 percent year-over-year revenue growth spread across 62 countries worldwide. This growth stemmed from three main market trends: mobile backhaul and small cell deployments in North America, global expansion in Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networks, and a strong uptake in enterprise-to-data center connectivity.

A few other highlights from 2014:
·         Redesigned website with richer content that reflects our evolution from point products to solutions-oriented offerings.
·         Six new products introduced to our solutions portfolio.
·         Added 88 new customers, including 15 of major global wins. Adding to hundreds of other recurring customers, these new accounts create a solid base for further accelerated growth in 2015.
·         Grew our management team with strong leadership in the areas of R&D (Luc Noiseux), Product Management & Services (Keith Donahue), EMEA Sales (Peter Newcombe), and Solutions Marketing (Scott Sumner).

The Performance Authority blog, paired with a new monthly e-newsletter, is an engine to keep our community of users and followers up-to-date on Accedian's thought leadership in multi-vendor network performance assurance innovation.

We look forward to sharing a great year ahead with you!

Best Regards,


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Accedian in the News

If you're following Accedian's growth, solutions and contribution to conferences and industry organizations, you'll want to see who's been taking note in the media.

Here are the articles we've seen from the past few weeks:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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

Our weekly roundup of trends in the telecommunications network market reveals that VoLTE, virtualization, data centers, cloud, and small cells are topics of interest as 2015 gets underway. 

U.S. Cellular will begin VoLTE user trials in a few markets this year
Recognizing that network quality is crucial to keeping customers long-term, U.S. Cellular plans to start testing Voice over LTE in several markets this year, a future-focused move corollary to its main 2015 focus of finishing LTE rollouts. FierceWireless Article.

Cyan Ups Q4 Outlook, Promises SDN Wins
Cyan enjoyed a bountiful 2014 holiday season, including a contract win (involving a solution that integrated Accedian network Elements) and new investment funding, Cyan raised its fourth-quarter revenue outlook. Light Reading article.

Tier 2 Data Center Market Booming
Growing demand for bandwidth and data center capacity in midsize U.S. market is reshaping both networks and the data centers that serve them. In response, data center service providers are focusing their investments on expanding in underserved areas. Light Reading article

ETSI NFV work completes phase one process
Network Function Virtualization technology is becoming an increasingly important part of telecom networks and deployments, as it holds promise to help carriers add functionality, increase simplicity, and reduce costs. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) completed phase one of its work on a framework for NFV. RCRWireless article.

Cloud RAN is a disruptive technology. Here's why.
LTE networks distributed control to the base stations.  But massive data use means the SDN concept of recentralizing control offers significant benefits. C-RAN offers this opportunity. FierceWireless Article

Maximizing Spectrum ROI With Small Cells
With spectrum being inherently scarce and increasingly expensive, operators are turning to small cells to increase capacity and meet expected LTE capacity demands. Often, this offer the advantage of reusing existing spectrum. Light Reading article.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Accedian and SevOne Partner on Unified, High-Resolution Network Performance Monitoring

As networks, systems and applications continue to grow and become more complex, operators are realizing that real-time insight into network-wide performance in a single dashboard is critical for monitoring, troubleshooting, optimizing and planning of latency-sensitive services such as financial trading, data center connectivity, mobile and small cell networks.

With those operator needs in mind, Accedian Networks and SevOne are partnering to deliver high-resolution network performance metrics with infrastructure performance monitoring in a single dashboard.

SevOne provides the world's most scalable infrastructure performance monitoring platform to the world's most connected companies. Their patented SevOne Cluster™ architecture leverages distributed computing to scale infinitely and collect millions of objects. It provides real-time reporting down to the second and provides the insight needed to prevent outages.

This partnership combine's Accedian’s sub-second network performance metrics—for detecting microbursts that disrupt transactions and services—and the real-time reporting SevOne's infrastructure performance monitoring solution, to provide a combined solution for Accedian customers with the most complete real-time view of network health available.

Read the full partnership announcement on Accedian's Latest News web page.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Growth Trends for VoLTE in Asia-Pacific

In a recent Reality Check column published on RCR Wireless, Accedian's founder and CEO Patrick Ostiguy explored the growth of next-generation mobile network technologies, including VoLTE, in Asia-Pacific (APAC). Here's a summary.

For mobile operators in Asia-Pacific, the appeal of VoLTE is similar to the U.S.: it’s a way to get away from having to maintain two parallel networks (3G and LTE) and provide better data speeds by reusing 3G spectrum for carrier aggregation using LTE-Advanced.

However, VoLTE in APAC is being adopted faster than in the U.S., given that region's specific regulatory climate and market dynamics. 

Take South Korea and Japan, for example; these two countries (with analogous wireless markets) have the most advanced, modern mobile networks on the planet. Operators there are moving away from 3G and toward a mix of LTE and LTE-A, and in doing so are necessarily focusing on tighter coordination between base stations in high-density networks, and the monitoring systems required to assure the performance of that coordination.

In APAC, operators want to make sure their backhaul networks are ready to carry VoLTE and LTE-A. As such, a virtual network interface device and performance assurance solution is attractive because, with so many base stations, it’s impractical to install dedicated equipment at each location. Such a solution is also capable of conducting tests between base stations, where handoffs are increasingly being coordinated over the LTE X2 inter-cell site communication standard, which is gaining adoption in these regions.

Read Ostiguy's expanded thoughts on this subject: