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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Accedian April, 2015 Calendar: Upcoming Webinars and Events

Join us for the following, upcoming events and webinars covering some of the hottest topics in the network performance assurance market: 5G, HetNets, SDN, and NFV. 

April 12-15, 2015 - Orlando, Florida
Event: COMPTEL PLUS Business Expo 2015
Accedian is an exhibiter at this event, with members of our sales engineering team attending. COMPTEL PLUS is a networking event for communications companies and their supplier partners, typically attracting more than 100 exhibitors and several thousand attendees. Event details

April 14, 2015 - New York City
Event: Building America's 5G Ecosystem
Accedian is an exhibitor at and Gold Sponsor of this Light Reading-organized event, with Scott Sumner, VP of Solutions Development and Marketing, speaking about the technologies, innovations, and business models needed to bring 5G visions to fruition. Although the first 5G networks aren't expected to launch until at least 2020, it's never too early to discuss the path to a new technology. 
Event details

April 22, 2015, 2:00pm ET - Online
Webinar (RCR Wireless): Investing in HetNet
Join Scott Sumner, Accedian Networks' VP of Solutions Development and Marketing, on the panel during this RCR Wireless Editorial webinar about what's involved with planning, optimization, and ROI for heterogeneous networks. 

April 29, 2015 - London
Event: Whitehall Media SDN &NFV 2015
Accedian is a Plantium sponsor of and exhibitor at this show, focused on discussion and delivery of SDN, OpenFlow and NFV solutions from an evolved and strategic perspective. Members of our solution development and marketing teams are speaking and attending. 
Event details

April 30, 2015, 11:30am ET - Online
Webinar: Assuring Performance in 5G Networks
Join Scott Sumner, VP of Solutions Development and Marketing at Accedian Networks for an exploration of network performance requirements supporting VoLTE, ViLTE and application layer QoS and QoE in 5G networks, as well as standards-based test methods that can be applied today to ensure networks are ready for the challenges facing this migration.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Insight: How to Performance-Optimize SDN

As services become more dynamic and evolve towards SDN architectures, controllers and virtual network functions (VNFs) are becoming increasingly “performance-aware.” That's good news for network operators looking to expand the benefits they can obtain from SDN beyond the data center and across the WAN.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 22-28, 2015

This week's round-up of industry news explores virtualization for small cells, infrastructure monitoring for VoLTE networks, advantages of cloud for disaster recovery planning, and regulation of mobile operators in the U.K.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Insight: What's Ahead for NFV and SDN?

With all the hype lately about 5G (due in large part to its dominance at Mobile World Congress 2015), some focus may have been lost on other, more immediate aspects of mobile network evolution. Let's bring attention back to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Insight: What's Ahead for LTE and VoLTE?

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments and usage are starting to pick up some steam in the U.S. RCR Wireless News noted this trend, looking at two recent reports about VoLTE evolution and usage.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Accedian vCPE PM Solution for MSOs Wins Cablefax Tech Award

Accedian Networks announced today that its virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) solution for business services over DOCSIS (BSoD) solution won Cablefax’s Tech Award in the Commercial Product category. Cablefax Tech Awards honor elite professional and organizations from the world of cable, online video and technology who took chances, made incredible strides, and understand the power of innovation. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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

Springing ahead into a new season, our industry round-up this week of industry news takes a fresh look at a few topics that have been overshadowed a bit lately, such as: big data, possibilities for wireless power, the role of over-the-top (OTT) services, and regulatory activity on both side of the pond. 

Infographic: What you don’t know about big data
Everyone knows big data is big. But how big? By 2020, we may be measuring it in new terms like zettabyes, yottabytes, and googobytes. Also: UPS is a big data company. 
Check out this Adeptia infographic for more big data insights. RCR Wireless article

In a wireless world, is power transmission next?
Could wireless power--transmitting electricity via microwaves--ever become viable in the real world? Scientists at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency recently transmitted 1.8 kilowatts of power 55 meters (170 feet). It's a start! RCR Wireless article.  

Cable Should Jump on OTT Bandwagon NowWith cable winning the broadband battle in North America, Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick thinks cable providers should invest heavily in cable integration of over-the-top (OTT) content. Light Reading article

OTT as MVNO… or MNOs
In an except from his report, "Video monetization in 2015," Core Analysis founder and CEO Patrick Lopez explores how OTT providers can leverage their advantages to differentiate themselves. Core Analysis article

GSMA Opens a Mobile Marketplace
This week, the GSM Association (GSMA)--which counts among its members 800 operators and 250 vendors--launched what it calls the first online commercial platform dedicated to the global mobile industry. Light Reading article

Ofcom mandates 40% reduction in UK mobile termination rates by 2017
U.K. regulator Ofcom ordered mobile operators under its jurisdiction to reduce their mobile termination rates by about 40 percent over the next two years. Ovum analyst Matthew Howett thinks this is a good decision for the country's consumers. Fierce Wireless article

FCC Stops Clock on Merger Madness
In the midst of its review of proposed mega-mergers involving Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, AT&T, and DireTV, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) paused its 180-day transaction clocks, opting to wait until a related ruling comes down from the D.C. Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. Light Reading article

Friday, March 20, 2015

Insight: A Prescription for the VoLTE Jitters

As operators roll out VoLTE, QoS issues can quickly degrade, interrupt or prevent calls and roaming. This is a problem, since anything less than carrier-grade reliability can impact customer loyalty and revenue, especially as operators transfer traditional lifeline voice services to data infrastructure as way of freeing up spectrum and offering HD voice service. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Insight: 5G and the Need for SDN Flow Optimization

As more and more mobile subscribers run bandwidth-intensive applications on a variety of devices, networks (and their operators) are strained to maintain service quality.

With the annual throughput of mobile traffic expected to increase from 58 Exabytes in 2013 to roughly 335 Exabytes by 2020, it's clear that brute-force over-provisioning of bandwidth is no longer an economically feasible solution. Instead, operators must implement other strategies to meet growing quality of experience (QoE) expectations especially in the face of finite spectrum. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Take Charge of the Cloud Platform for NFV

How should operators acquiring multiple cloud platforms plan for convergence of those platforms in future? In a recent white paper, Heavy Reading explores that question, with a focus on the benefits of a "cloud first" approach to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), where operators take VNFs straight to the cloud.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Insight: The Service Provider Drive Toward vCPE

Service provider margins and revenues are being threatened from all sides by cheap, dumb pipes, and customers’ shifting focus from networks to the applications they carry.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Data Usage Straining Mobile Networks: How Big Is the Problem?

It's hardly a secret that increasing data usage on smartphones and other portable devices is straining the capacity of mobile networks. There's a general sense that without major upgrades to mobile infrastructure, data demand will soon lead to very noticeable QoS and QoE problems--if it isn't already.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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

For consumers, the big news of the week was launch of the Apple Watch. Meanwhile, operators and analysts were busy ruminating on other topics, like visions of 5G, LTE network performance, and migrating to SDN.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Insight: NFV Outlook for Network Operators

Network operators considering how to best adopt network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) will need to choose one of several possible strategies, predicts Patrick Lopez of Core Analysis in a two-part series (part 1, part 2) on the future of virtualization. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Insight: MEF's Network-as-a-Service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Vision

A topic as far-reaching as the currently-underway data communications network transformation deserves more than a cursory look--especially in the realm of Carrier Ethernet. Last November, the Metro Ethernet Forum published its Third Network Vision and Strategy, a document that no doubt will continue to be influence decision-makers into 2015 and beyond.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Insight: Data Center Connectivity in the Cloud

Cloud customers rely on low-latency, consistent data center connectivity for hosted storage, applications and desktops. Cloud connections increasingly traverse virtual networks, employing virtual network functions (VNFs) and shared physical infrastructure, orchestrated over a hybrid mix of legacy and SDN-aware network elements.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Insight: The Hype and Reality of Internet of Things

Almost always, discussion of wireless network technology gravitates toward the need for both speed and throughput. But at Mobile World Congress 2015, Fierce Wireless editor Sue Marek noted talk of using CAT 1 LTE (max speed: 10 Mbps downlink) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This limited speed, she explained, could be coupled with smaller module size, less power consumption, and lower cost. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Insight: The Hype and Reality of 5G

Mobile World Congress 2015 was filled with futuristic visions of 5G, noted Light Reading blogger Michelle Donegan. The emphasis was on how 5G will improve people's lives by, for example, saving time and reducing energy consumption. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 1-7, 2015

Unsurprisingly given the occurence of Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, industry news this week was dominated by topics relevant to the mobile segment. That's reflected in our round-up, with curated content about small cells and HetNets--along with links to articles touching on net neutrality, data centers, SDN, and virtualization.

Friday, March 6, 2015

MWC 2015: 5G, IoT and Cloud Hype; Net Neutrality Insight

The population of Barcelona, Spain (normally 1.6 million, by 2012 census numbers) swelled this week by more than 93,000 people attending Mobile World Congress (and they all seemed to be on the same bus as us!)

Hot topics that dominated the eventduring keynotes, sessions, and conversations on the show floorincluded Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and virtualization. The event came with its requisite product, service and merger announcementsincluding Google outlining their disruptive MVNO model, Samsung's new S6 Edge, Brocade announcing its intent to acquire Connectem, and Mitel announcing it will acquire Mavenir.

And, of course, Accedian Networks demoed the SkyLIGHT VCX Controller, our new NFV-powered virtualized instrumentation solution for network performance assurance. This greatly simplified approach to both virtualization and performance monitoring was met each time initially with some mystification, followed by understanding of its potential upon seeing traffic flow between devices.

Seeing a virtualized platform fully functional and equivalent to Accedian's popular performance elements takes a minute to grasp, but once our visitors realized that they operate the same way as our standalone devices, and offer the same interfaces and feature set, they were full of questions on how to get started using them for vCPE and mobile network monitoring applications.

Perhaps more on the mundane side, but important nonetheless, the subject of net neutrality also came up, timely in that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Feb. 26 in favor of regulations that would treat broadband as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. (Plus, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler gave keynoted at the event, defending the vote against naysayers.)

Despite the vote, it's still far from clear what 'net neutrality' will actually mean. For example, if operators have less traffic control, what happens when the network gets congested?

A likely conclusion is that, if providers actually must allow unadulterated traffic access (i.e. no traffic shaping), and everyone must have equal access to the 'pipe', that pipe will necessarily have to get bigger to accommodate those with the highest capacity needs, even if that means giving others way more capacity than they really need.

Essentially, net neutrality takes away the provider's ability to selectively optimize access links using traffic conditioning at the edge. Some areas of the network will then become over-utilized as a result. To keep QoS up, operators will have to use all aspects of their networks in a more balanced way.

How will they do that? By directing traffic strategically to make use of otherwise under-utilized capacity; sending it along traditionally less occupied routes, if you will. This is basically a software-defined networking (SDN) problem to solve: how to find and use the best path based on performance, dynamically.

With a real-time feed to SDN controllers, traffic will be directed based on performance rather than just distance or static routes, much as a driver in a congested city chooses the route to take based on how long it will actually take to get there, even if that means traveling a great total distance over less congested streets.

This will also lead to more inter-networking between providers as alternate routes develop to relieve congestion.

Likely, it will take several years for the effects of FCC's envisioned net neutrality regulation to take effect, if it even does happen. But even if it isn't realized, the same pressure to implement dynamic performance optimization (DPO) will be needed, as capacity will still be scarce with neutral networks or otherwise.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Insight: Will Hyperconnected IoT Devices Debilitate Networks?

There's no shortage of buzz about the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). But what underlying infrastructure is needed to deliver on that promise? 

The uncomfortable reality is that today's networks are at risk as the number of IoT-connected devices and applications grow, along with volumes of subsequent data. Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. IoT could consume so much bandwidth that it begins to actually debilitate the network.

Operators need some way to analyze problems like this, and develop realistic strategies to head off network overload. A good start is to dig into answering questions like:

  • How will we handle the addition on 'chatty' traffic from new types of connected devices, on top of regular mobile and internet traffic?
  • How will we identify IoT 'top talkers' and respond to related regulation in the era of net neutrality?
  • How can we ensure survival of human (non-bot) internet traffic and continue to deliver expected QoE for delay-sensitive applications like voice and video calls?

For insights into answering these questions, see:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What Will Telecom Look Like in 2020?

During the recent 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Iceland (an event intended to envision the telecom landscape five years from now), Heavy Reading conducted a survey of attendees from more than 400 global service providers, exploring the impact of IP networks in the 21st century. 

New IP editor Elizabeth Miller Coyne reports that survey respondents unanimously agreed that the telecom industry will be fundamentally different by 2020, a result of accelerating change in a number of key areas, including security, virtualization, and analytics.

These changes will inevitably transform service provider business models, and some are more confident than others about being able to adapt. 

Read Coyne's full article for more insight into Heavy Reading results from this survey. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Insight: vCPE Evolution & NFV-Powered Network Assurance

As traditional business services shift toward federated cloud connectivity, communication service providers (CSPs) are setting a new course for delivering these critical services, often turning to virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) as a key part of their strategies—with good reason. vCPE is a cost effective, proven technology that's already showing significant returns.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Insight Into 5G: Beyond the Hype

At Mobile World Congress this week, many companies will undoubtedly claim to have answers to pressing questions about 5G. These answers—such as cloud RAN and SDN/NFV—undoubtedly are part of the 5G puzzle, points out Mobile Experts principal analyst Joe Madden, in a recent Fierce Wireless article.