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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

GEN15: Small Cells as a Service Proof-of-Concept

At MEF's GEN15 event, Accedian and Cox Business demonstrated an innovative outdoor strand-mount small cells as-a-service and turn-key indoor backhaul solution that integrates Carrier Ethernet LSO automation and elastic bandwidth with automated deployment, provisioning, service activation testing, and QoS monitoring. The proof-of-concept showcased how Carrier Ethernet can ubiquitously enable the small cell business case. Watch to learn more. 

Tuesday, December 15, 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:

Prediction: Virtualization Will Be Major Theme for Telecom in 2016

Pull up a chair and block off some time to read all about what is likely to happen in the telecom industry during the New Year! The prognosticators have dusted off their crystal balls and are in full swing getting out 2016 predictions before December's hourglass runs out. Among them: RCR Wireless News, which recently published its "2016 Predictions: VoLTE, VoWiFi, 5G, IOT, Hiring Trends and more" report. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

GEN15: Panel Explores Real-World vCPE Strategies

Although virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) has been deployed for years, related terminology and definitions are dynamic, creating some confusion. But, fundamentally, it's not a new technology; many service providers are using vCPE as their primary strategy. How do these deployments look in the real world? That was the main topic of discussion during the "NFV-Based Virtual CPE Strategies & Deployment Options For Enhancing CE 2.0 Services and Supporting Service Innovation" panel at MEF's GEN15 event. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, December 6-12, 2015

This week's roundup of telecom news touches on four topics: the Internet of Things as a generational shift, real-world 5G, the inter-related dynamics of virtualization technologies (SDN, NFV), and the roll of small cells in wireless expansion. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

3 Ways CenturyLink is Using Virtualization to be More Services-Centric

CenturyLink has its sights set on a software-defined world, saying it will have 40% of its global IP network virtualized this year, part of a larger goal to create a completely virtualized IP network by 2018. 

Light Reading Editor-at-Large Carol Wilson recently interviewed James Feger, CenturyLink's VP of network strategy and development, and shared what she learned in an article that basically boils down to three points about how the global communications service provider is adopting virtualization and what it plans to do with the technology. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GEN15: Router Toss Highlights vCPE Moving Mainstream

On-premises edge routers are being phased out in favor of network functions virtualization (NFV)-based network interface devices (NIDs) to reduce footprint, deployment time, and cost. Carriers are increasingly embracing this strategy, moving services to virtual appliances using NFV/virtualized network functions (VNFs). 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, November 29-December 5, 2015

This week's roundup of telecom news touches on mobile network expansion in India, U.S. mobile operator plans for 5G, types of use cases for 5G, drivers for voice over LTE (VoLTE) and LTE-A Pro, and what's behind the positive market outlook for small cells. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Small Cells for Cable MSOs: Big Backhaul Impact

The much-anticipated small cell era has finally begun in earnest, and cable MSOs are playing a starring role by leveraging their technologies, infrastructure, and fiber linesand flexibilityto support backhaul for small cell networks. Despite the deployment challenges involved, this technology has the potential to support the rapid growth of of smartphones and mobile data traffic, and the emergence of 4G/LTE (and soon 5G) wireless networks, by boosting coverage and capacity, and maintaining or even enhance subscriber quality of service (QoS) without breaking the bank or requiring new cell towers and fiber lines. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

To LTE and Beyond: Telefonica Case Study

The evolution of mobile telecommunications isn't always a direct step from one technology to another, nor should it be. Often, a hybrid approach is the best strategy to deliver exceptional quality of service (QoS) while expanding and improving coverage. This is the case for Telefónica, whose LTE (4G) growth strategy relies—interestingly enough—on improving reliability of their 3G network. For this, they selected a performance assurance solution from Accedian to deliver a new level of customer experience to mobile subscribers across their global footprint. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

vCPE: Technical and Business Drivers

For many years, closed architecture and service delivery models have held back enterprise and residential communications service innovation. Network functions virtualization (NFV) and virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) is changing all that: leveraging open compute platforms and distributed software (cloud or customer premises) can transform the landscape in a single step.