Trending: Network Performance News This Week, January 24-30, 2016

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This week's roundup of telecom news touches on three topics: network functions virtualization (NFV)/software-defined networking (SDN), 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT). How fast will NFV reach the mainstream? How can operators overcome the challenges of NFV deployment? What's the role of SDN and NFV in 5G? How will LTE operators claim their share of the IoT market? Is software defined radio the future of IoT? Let's dive in!

2016 Predictions: From the lab to the market – NFV in the mainstream in 2016NFV promises service agility, and during 2016 that promise will move into real-world deployments touching on new service offerings and real-time network agility. RCRWireless article.

Solving NFV Operational Challenges With NFV’s Own Strengths
The multi-layer, interdependent complexities of an NFV-based network introduce some major operational challenges. But NFV's own strengths, such as automation and the software nature of virtual resources, can help ease the way. SDxCentral article.
5G Depends on SDN & NFV5G as it is currently defined around capacity, data rates, connectivity enablement, devices, latency, and energy use, demands a new type of network topology that uses hierarchical cores. SDN and NFV are foundational to this. SDxCentral article. 
Reader Forum: Mobile backhaul performance and the challenge of 5G, convergent technologiesMobile backhaul already is complex, and will become much more so as 5G emerges. Operators have work fast and smart to keep up, leveraging tools like real-time, multi-layer troubleshooting, automated network topology discovery, and end-to-end cross-domain visibility. RCRWireless article

Optimizing LTE for the Internet of ThingsMany IoT use cases involve global, low-data, low-cost, low-power services, but LTE networks are typically regional and optimized for speed and voracious data uses like video. LTE operators are exploring various strategies to grab their share of the IoT market: vertical-specific services, partnering with other operators, reselling IoT services, and investing in service enablement platforms. ITBusinessEdge article.
SPECIAL REPORT: IoT and the case for software defined radioCould software-defined radio be the answer to the profusion of low-powered radio standards now vying for IoT dominance? TelecomTV video

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