Trending: Network Performance News This Week, January 17-23, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, January 23, 2016 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news is both retrospective and forward looking, touching on investments made in network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) during 2015 and predictions about how 5G preparation and network monitoring will evolve during 2016, as well as speculation regarding vCPE business models and the relationship between LTE and Internet of Things (IoT). 

NFV and SDN space attracted $600M in 2015 investments
The virtualized software space got the attention of venture capital firms during 2015, garnering hundreds of millions of dollars in investments over the past year. RCRWireless article

5G: Paving The Way For New Paradigms
The development and emergence of 5G will have deep effects on our socio-economic reality; it goes far beyond the next generation of mobile infrastructure. Network Computing article

2016 Predictions: Preparing the way for 5G in 2016
The next step in preparing for 5G is to complete the buildout of 4G/LTE networks. This shift to an all-IP environment is foundational for 5G. RCRWireless article

2016 Predictions: Network revolutions require new monitoring approaches in 2016
Granular, end-to-end, real-time visibility across all devices and parts of the network is required if technologies like NFV, VoLTE, self-organizing networks (SONs) and 5G are to become profitable. RCRWireless article.   

Achieving the Right Price Point for vCPE
It turns out that the business model originally envisioned for vCPE (swapping out dedicated hardware for virtual machine implementations of network functions) isn't very viable. Instead, scaled-out, single-feature VNF instances deployed inexpensively in containers appears to be the way to go. Light Reading article

LTE and IoT
LTE isn't just about huge volumes of high-speed data. Related to IoT, there are also categories for low data rate transmissions. RCRWireless article