Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 13-19, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, March 19, 2016 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news explores the converging quality of experience (QoE) expectations for voice and data, AT&T's virtualization goals, SK Telecom's plan to build a nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network, differing views on whether or not network functions virtualization (NFV) has 'arrived', and how cable operators are leveraging software-defined networking (SDN).

Analyst Angle: Voice is dead, long live voice
Voice and data services are becoming more tightly joined, with subscribers' expectations of the two increasingly converging. This makes it harder for operators to keep their customers happy. RCR Wireless News article

AT&T: Three-quarters of our network is going virtual, and we're open-sourcing the tools

AT&T is shifting its network hardware from specialized appliances to virtual machines hosted on off-the-shelf hardware. It plans to open-source the ECOMP SDN software being used for this virtualization push, releasing it to be compatible with OpenStack. The Register article

SK Telecom to build nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things
Part of SK Telecom's IoT strategy during 2016 is building a nationwide low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) based on the LoRaWAN protocol. Fierce Wireless article

The NFV Revolution Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule
Three years ago, NFV was merely a hypothesis. This year, commercial NFV solutions are starting to move into commercial deployment worldwide. NFV is driving a network revolution. Telecom Ramblings article.

The Real NFV Revolution Is 5 Years Away
To realize the business benefits of NFV, operators may have to go through a second virtualization revolutionwhich could take another five years. Light Reading article

SDN's Second Act: What It Means for Cable
As SDN moves out of its initial CapEx savings phase and into customer-facing applications and services, cable operators are figuring out how to best leverage SDN 2.0. Light Reading article

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