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Sunday, December 18, 2016

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:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Survey Results: How are Mobile Operators Approaching Test and Measurement?

Mobile network operator (MNO) test and measurement (T&M) strategies vary from region to region around the globe, but in general market forces are making virtualized solutions attractive, especially in areas where price is no longer an effective competitive differentiator. That’s what Heavy Reading found in a September, 2016, Accedian-sponsored survey. More results from the survey will be published soon, but for now here are some of the noteworthy conclusions it highlights.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Operators Focus on 5G as 2016 Draws to a Close | Trending Network News | December 10, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, operators around the world are making known their efforts to get one step closer to the next generation of mobile networks and services. Initiatives include an Internet of Things (IoT) partnership between SK Telekom and Honeywell Korea, efforts by several carriers in India to expand 4G, 5G research by BT and Huawei, and plans on the part of AT&T and Verizon to begin trialling early forms of 5G services. Plus: Sprint's comeback during 2016. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

4 Barriers Mobile Operators Face on the Road to 5G

What stands between commercial 5G deployments and mobile operators? Four things. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fortnight Review of Telecom Industry | Trending Network News | December 3, 2016

After a hiatus for U.S. Thanksgiving, Trending Network News is back this week with a survey of what mobile operators and related players have been up to over the past fortnight. We're trying a new format to include more links and a bit more context... drop a note in the comments to let us know if you prefer this, or the format we typically use. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reminder: Accedian at Informa's Carrier Network Virtualization Event

Reminder: Join us at Informa's Carrier Network Virtualization event (going on Dec. 5-8, 2016, in Palo Alto, California); our CTO, Claude Robitaille, is speaking on the Dec. 8, 12:50pm panel, "5G and Future Networks." Here are the details!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Reminder: Accedian at Future of Cable Business Services

Reminder: join us at Light Reading's Future of Cable Business Services event on November 30th; our VP of Business Development, Michael Rezek, will be speaking on a panel about virtual networks. Here are the details!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Operators Focus on IoT and Virtualization for 2017 | Trending Network News | November 19, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we keep an eye on the activities of major telecom players around the globe, focused on 5G, virtualization, and the Internet of Things (IoT). In North America, AT&T launched its Fiber service in 20 new major metro markets, and the operator said it plans to use artificial intelligence (AI), combined with software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) to run a better network. Verizon (as well as AT&T) speculated on the role of fixed broadband for initial 5G rollouts, and made clear its intentions to invest in IoT during 2017. Elsewhere, BT stressed the importance of legacy physical networks, and Orange Belgium outlined its 4G network upgrades to support IoT next year.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Videos: Accedian, CenturyLink Demo Real-Time Network Monitoring at MEF16

At MEF16 last week, Accedian and CenturyLink co-presented a proof-of-concept, demoing a solution that delivers end-to-end, real-time network performance and SLA monitoring for international, multi-operator networks. During the event, Converge! Network Digest shot two videos, interviewing Accedian and CenturyLink for a closer look at the solution and the technology that enables it. These videos are highlighted below, with links to watch them on YouTube.

Webinar Recap: QoE Monitoring for Virtualized Networks

As network operators move toward virtualization, how are they addressing performance monitoring for critical services in this new environment? What strategies look most promising to be cost-effective in the short- and long-term? What market factors are influencing those strategies? These and related questions were explored by Scott Sumner, Director of Business Analytics at Accedian, and Sandra O’Boyle, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, during a recent webinar: “The Future of QoE Monitoring in Virtualized Networks.” Key points from the webinar are summarized below; watch the full replay for more. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Accedian at Informa's Carrier Network Virtualization Event

Join us at Informa's Carrier Network Virtualization event (going on Dec. 5-8, 2016, in Palo Alto, California); our CTO, Claude Robitaille, is speaking on the Dec. 8, 12:50pm panel, "5G and Future Networks." Here are the details!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Operators Carry on With SDN, IoT, Virtualization Strategies | Trending Network News | November 12, 2016

This has been a remarkable week, with Donald Trump's largely unpredicted win of the U.S. election. But in the telecom world, as reflected here in Trending Network News, it was mostly business as usual, with operators and service providers around the world carrying on in their activities around software-defined networking (SDN), the Internet of Things (IoT), and other technologies. This edition looks at AT&T's recent SDN interoperability trials with Colt, Orange's launch of an SDN network-as-a-service platform for the enterprise market, China Mobile's launch of the world's first commercial wideband Massive MIMO site, predictions about Verizon's IoT business, the success of Reliance Jio's commercial services (so far), and signs that Deutsche Telekom may be looking to get out of the U.K. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Report: SON Solutions Close QoS and QoE Gap, Drive Network Automation

There’s a trend among self-optimizing network (SON) vendors to position their solutions as critical aspects of telecom operators’ network management, big data, and customer experience strategiesrather than applying merely to narrow, edge-based use cases. The Mobile Network explored this trend, and its implications, in a section of its “Making Sense of SON in 2016” report. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Accedian at Future of Cable Business Services 2016

Join us at Light Reading's Future of Cable Business Services event on November 30th; our VP of Business Development, Michael Rezek, will be speaking on a panel about virtual networks. Here are the details!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Reminder: Virtualized QoE Monitoring - Webinar on November 15

If you haven't yet registered for this upcoming Heavy Reading/Accedian webinarexploring quality of experience (QoE) monitoring for virtualized networksthere's still time to sign up! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

CenturyLink Announces Plan to Acquire Level 3 | Trending Network News | November 5, 2016

This week in Trending Network News, we start off with the announcement of a merger between CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications. Then, some insight into the various market threats to telecom companies, the need for carriers to form ecosystem partnerships to succeed with the Internet of Things (IoT), and the business opportunities posed by 5G. Plus: a look at third quarter results for the top four U.S. carriers, and announcement of a new open source approach to dense wave division multiplexing unveiled by Facebook. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Report: Telecom Industry Needs Integrated App and Network Performance Management Solutions

Distributed, cloud-based systems are becoming the new norm for telecom networks, causing enterprises, service providers, and vendors to grapple with big questions around performance monitoring, analysis, and optimization. In a recent report, SDxCentral took on this topic, exploring trends reshaping the application performance management (APM) and network performance management (NPM) market.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Reminder: Accedian at MEF16

If you're going to be at MEF16, be sure to stop by Accedian's booth (#400) and see our proof-of-concept (with CenturyLink) at POC1 area. Also, on Nov. 9 two of our executives are panel speakers. Here are all the details!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

AT&T / Time Warner Cable Merger Shakes Up Telecom | Trending Network News | October 29, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, let's start off with some perspectives on AT&T's "game changing" $85 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, announced officially last weekend. The merger has resulted in some hang-wringing about monopolies, but it's also possibly just how this industry works

Depending on who you ask, this merger means:

Only time will tell which of these turn out to be true. Meanwhile, it gives the pundits lots to discuss!

Now, on to "regular" news, which also includes a couple of items about AT&T: the carrier's recently announced internet video streaming service, and its plans to test 400G Ethernet speeds next year. Also: Verizon makes an acquisition focused on video, Bharti Airtel revamps its IT infrastructure, Orange makes its Datavenue Internet of Things (IoT) solution available globally, and TIM completes field trials of its 4.5G technology in Turin, Italy. 

AT&T Undercuts Cable TV With $35 Internet Streaming Service
AT&T said its DirecTV Now service, when made available, will include more than 100 channels for $35 per month. | Article by Wired.com.
AT&T to Test 400G in 2017
In early 2017, AT&T plans to launch trials of its 400 Gigabit Ethernet data speeds for businesses. | Article by Light Reading.

Verizon Buys Vessel for Video Expertise
Verizon signed an agreement to acquire technology and software underlying Vessel's online video subscription service. | Article by Light Reading

Airtel Transforms IT to Meet Digitization Challenge
The roll-out of 5G in India led Airtel to rethink its IT infrastructure and processes, including a revamp of its My Airtel Apps. | Article by Light Reading

Orange Business Services rolls out its Datavenue IoT solution globally
Orange Business Services first launched its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution in France in 2015. Now, it's available globally. | Article by TelecomTV

TIM completes field trial of 4.5G technology in Turin
In Turin, Italy, mobile operator TIM completed a field trial of its 4.5G technology, featuring download speeds of more than 500 megabits per second on a single data connection on a live LTE network. | Article by RCR Wireless.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: QoE Monitoring in Virtualized Networks

Register now for the following, upcoming webinar (featuring speakers from Heavy Reading and Accedian) exploring the strategies mobile operators are adopting to ensure they can effectively monitor quality of experience (QoE) for virtualized networks.  

Accedian at MEF16: Exhibit, Proof-of-Concept, Panels

At MEF16November 7-10 in BaltimoreAccedian is exhibiting at booth 400, and demoing a proof-of-concept with CenturyLink at POC1 area. Two of our executives are also speaking on panels. Here are all the details!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Operators Embrace 5G, IoT | Trending Network News | October 22, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we focus on news from the week that illustrates varying approaches operators are taking to 5G and the Internet of Things. For example, AT&T outlined its vision for 5G networks using millimeter wave technology, T-Mobile noted that it's on the cusp of launching narrowband IoT in the Netherlands, and recent moves by Verizon indicate that carrier's confidence in the IoT market. Meanwhile, Orange and Telefonica in Brazil are taking a bit of a slower approach to NB-IoT and 5G. Plus: Comcast launches its own media technology business. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Enterprise Use of Virtualization Technology: Beware the Hidden Dangers

While lots of information exists about virtualization technology broadly, not as much is known about how that technology is actually being used by enterprises. Last year, Ixia set out to remedy that with a survey and subsequent report (still quite relevant) that revealed risks businesses may not even be aware of as they move toward a more software-centric network and telecommunications environment. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

What's the Winning Strategy for Operators? | Trending Network News | October 15, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we start with a question: what's the best differentiation strategy for telco operators? It's an open question, and the answer varies somewhat by region. This week's news gives some clues as to the activities operators think will help them most, in the short- and in the long-term. A few examples: AT&T's recent partnership with Amazon Web Services, a case study showing how Verizon's Internet of Things (IoT) fleet tracking solution works in the real world, Comcast's plans to test long range WAN (LoRaWAN) IoT networks, Telefonica's demo of 800 Mbps download speeds using a 4G network, and Swisscom's focus on network functions virtualization (NFV) as a prerequisite for 5G. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cloud, Anyone? | Trending Network News | October 8, 2016

This week's edition of Trending Network News is mostly about the cloud. First up: AT&T. The U.S. carrier announced partnerships with Amazon and VeloCloud, both ostensibly intended to help boost cloud connectivity and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) uptake among enterprises. Meanwhile, Verizon is trying to sell of a lot of its data center assets, and Telef√≥nica partnered with Huawei to expand its public cloud initiative in Latin America. Also: SK Telecom teams up with Qualcomm on a combined licensed and unlicensed spectrum access demo in Korea, and debate continues about the ramifications of splitting up BT into retail and wholesale arms.

Friday, October 7, 2016

What’s Holding Operators Back from Delivering Fast, Reliable Services?

On the face of it, the situation is pretty simple: customers want fast and reliable communications services, and providers want to offer those. You’d think success here would be pretty straightforward.

And it would, except for some pesky little details like the complexities of optimizing existing network infrastructure, and market dynamics that put increasing pressure on revenue margins. So what does it actually take to achieve effective network planning and optimization, especially in the face of increasing data demands from services like 4k and 8k video? Vanilla+ attempts to answer that in a recent article, “Are you failing to plan or planning to fail?” (Sept/Oct issue, page 54.) 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Status Update: Service Assurance for Virtualized Networks

Telecom operators are taking a big risk by moving toward greater reliance on software to deliver their services. But, they have no choice but to take that risk; the virtualization train has left the station. That’s the overall conclusion reached in a recent RCR Wireless report (co-sponsored by Accedian) exploring how operator are addressing service assurance for virtualized networks.

A companion webinar moderated by RCR Wireless’ Dan Meyer, features discussion on the topic by panelists from Exact Ventures, AT&T Labs, NetScout, EXFO, and HPE. If you don’t have time to watch the full replay, here’s a summary.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Report: Mobile Operators Challenged by Service Assurance for Virtualized Networks

More code and fewer physical parts. That’s the direction the mobile telecommunications industry is headed, concludes RCR Wireless in a report (sponsored by Accedian and several other vendors) authored by Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, Telecom Software, Policy, Wireless Carriers.

The report examines in depth the move away from proprietary hardware-based platforms and toward software-based solutions designed to run on standard servers, and what this means for operators as they re-architect their networks using network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) to keep up with demand for data services.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What's New on the Road to 5G? | Trending Network News | October 1, 2016

Trending Network News is back with an update on Verizon's virtualization and 5G plans, a look at the evolution of big data and analytics, the impact and challenges of new networking technologies like NFV and SDN, and that recurring question: when will 5G 'arrive'?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mobile Operators Reinventing Workforces with Virtualization in Mind

Mobile operators are in the (albeit early) stages of shifting their networks from hardware-driven to software-based deployments. This requires not just rethinking technology used and how it’s implemented, but the skill set of the organization’s human resources. It’s akin to an individual worker changing careers and having to determine what skills they need to acquire to get a job in the new field. Mobile Europe explored this dynamic in a recent article, citing insights from operators and vendors alike into the impact of virtualization on organizational structures and workforces. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

AT&T, Verizon March Ahead with 5G-Related Plans | Trending Network News | September 10, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we start with a general look at how 5G is changing the relationship between telcos and vertical market industries. Then, we check in on two of the major U.S. mobile carriers: From AT&T, plans to test drones on its LTE network, the philosophy behind its release of the ECOMP platform to open source, and an argument against 5G network sharing among operators. From Verizon, plans to roll out a low-power Internet of Things network by end of 2016, and an explanation as to why its 5G specification won't lead to industry fragmentation.  

Friday, September 9, 2016

'Best Execution' for Financial Trades: Network Costs, User Experience, and Other Factors

Financial services firms and the network operators that serve them are heavily focused on the impact of MiFID II regulations, now set to go into effect in Europe early in 2018, with ripple effects around the globe. MiFID II, noted WatersTechnology in a recent article on the topic, is largely about ‘best execution:’ getting financial trades completed in the best way for investors, while taking into account variables like venue, speed, and price. What factors impact execution in markets outside Europe and the U.S.Asia, for exampleand how does this relate to network performance and operating costs? Keep reading. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Closer Look: Service Assurance for Virtualized Networks

So far, 2016 is proving to be a transitional year for mobile network operators and their use of performance assurance tools, as they make the move toward 5G and virtualization through C-RAN, virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE), and other software-focused solutions. That was the overall conclusion reached during a recent conversation between Scott Sumner, VP of Strategic Marketing at Accedian, and Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief of Telecom Software, Policy, and Wireless Carriers at RCRWireless News. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Carriers, Vendors Close in on 5G | Trending Network News | September 3, 2016

The march toward 5Gwhich inevitably involves software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and the Internet of Things (IoT)continues, even if there are some bumps in the road. This week, Verizon's chief IT and networks architect ruminated on lessons learned from the carrier's SDN and NFV initiatives, Ericsson announced an upcoming 5G radio, SK Telecom continued its focus on IoT investment, and Verizon committed to using LTE CAT-M as the main technology for its IoT applications. Also: the FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction hit a snag (overpriced spectrum, perhaps?) and competition heated up for a fourth operator in Singapore. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Where Virtualization and 5G Converge | Trending Network News | August 27, 2016

This week, the Trending Network News focus is mostly 5G: how differing operator timetables might impact the user experience, Verizon's work on its own 5G specification, and the importance of backhaul to 5G success. Plus: a look at how well T-Mobile and Verizon are doing delivering low latency (short answer: pretty well), why it's so challenging to deploy software-defined networks (SDNs), and how hardware can boost adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV). 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

4G Network 'Quality Wars' Come to India

As has happened elsewhere, especially in very competitive markets, Indian 4G LTE network operators are now engaged in 'quality wars,' duking it out to differentiate their offerings based on network and user experience quality rather than price. In a recent guest article onTelecomDrive, Accedian's David Dial (VP Sales, Latin America and Asia Pacific), explores this trend and the tactics likely to help operators emerge victorious. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

5G Success Depends on Partnerships | Trending Network News | August 20, 2016

As the Olympics in Rio wind down, our first story in this week's Trending Network News is a look at all the stops mobile operators are pulling out to compete during the Games. But there's lots of other things to report on as well: what "unlimited data" really means to U.S. carriers, the roll-out of Verizon's VoLTE-based OneTalk service, 5G related partnership between Verizon and SK Telecom and AT&T and a cohort of other telcos and vendors, and what the FCC's mmWave spectrum decision means for 5G. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Video: 5G Technology and Use Cases

At 5G World 2016 in London, major infrastructure players were keen to showcase their latest 5G-ready technology, and there was plenty of debate about use cases and services. Guy Daniels, Director of Content at TelecomTV, interviewed Accedian's Henrik Nydell, Senior Product Manager, as well as representatives from TIM, Nokia, Qualcomm Europe, and Oracle, for insights into 5G and what it means for the industry. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Network Costs Pose Opportunity for Pan-Asian Financial Networks

At first glance, network optimization doesn't seem like a high-priority differentiator for global investment banks trading into and across Asia, given that network costs for these services seem 'fixed.' Yet, many banks and brokers struggle to compete in Asia because of lackluster end-user experience, noted Ian Salmon, Accedian Market Consultant - Finance, in a recent Automated Trader article. Plus, network optimization can and does have an impact on the cost of doing business. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

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, August 13, 2016

Olympics Illustrate 4G LTE, 5G Challenges & Opportunities | Trending Network News | August 13, 2016

After a summer vacation hiatus, Trending Network News is back with an Olympics edition of sorts. First up, the question of how operators can better prepare for major live events like the one now underway in Rio. Then, a look at opportunities and challenges associated with network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), and DevOps. Finally, an update on how a few providers are adapting their networks to better serve customers: AT&T Labs' work on 5G gear, T-Mobile's focus on growing its 4G LTE coverage, and China Mobile's ongoing base station expansion. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Preparing for 5G: Backhaul, Virtualization, and Analytics

Ensuring 4G network quality and preparing for 5G. Early detection of network issues to prevent service issues or at least fix them faster. The effect of network virtualization on performance monitoring and analytics. Those are some of the topics covered in a recent conversation between Kelly Hill, Technology Reporter for RCR Wireless News and Ramiro Nobre, VP of Business Development and Solutions Engineering for Accedian (focus on Asia and Latin America). Watch the full video here. Read summary below.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What's in a Name? The Meaning of Accedian

Every company name has a story behind it, and ours is no exception. If you've ever wondered the full story behind "Accedian," with its fairly obvious "upward" connotations (e.g. "ascend"), here's a short explanation from our Founder and CEO, Patrick Ostiguy. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SON Needs to Smarten Up, to Succeed

The time has come for self-optimizing networking (SON) to meet its neighbors. In fact, all the pieces of mobile networks need to start socializing—the cliques they have formed need to be broken up, and new forms of communication established to create a cohesive whole, as we move to the intelligent networks 5G will be.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Softbank Buys ARM, Mobile Telcos Focus on NFV, SDN, IoT | Trending Network News | July 23, 2016

It was a busy week in telecom news! Telecom company Softbank made a $32 billion bid to purchase chip-maker ARM. AT&T and Verizon both announced virtual network services. The U.S. White House launched a $400 million 5G research project. AT&T and Orange teamed up to develop common specification and APIs for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). And SK Telecom shared its Internet of Things (IoT), low-power, wide-area (LPWA) strategy, based entirely on LoRa and LTE-M technology. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Operators Make Progress with 5G, IoT | Trending Network News | July 16, 2016

This week's roundup of telecom news takes a look at some of the progress operators are making with 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and related efforts: 5G testing by major U.S. mobile operators, including Verizon's completion of 5G radio specifications, AT&T's testing of IoT on LTE networks, and AT&T's open-sourcing of its software-defined networking (SDN) platform. Plus: Comcast's new mobile division, and how operators are doing migrating network functions virtualization (NFV) from trials to production. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

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: