Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, March 26, 2016 with No comments
This week's roundup of telecom news covers a review of the major themes at Mobile World Congress 2016, a look at why operators are drawn to non-cellular low power wide area (LPWA) internet of things (IoT) connectivity, an update on two major carriers' software-define networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) strategies, commentary on why NFV matters to enterprises, and a check-in on the small cell space.
IoT as the defining 5G app and other reflections on MWC 2016
5G and IoT were the predominant themes of Mobile World Congress 2016. The telecom industry is getting closer to realizing commercial viability for these new technologies, with more fleshed out use cases. RCR Wireless article.
Why are operators investing in non-cellular LPWA IoT?
Building on a growing trend, another French operators has signed on with Sigfox to provide low bandwidth IoT services using non-cellular connectivity. But, plenty of others are taking a wait-and-see approach to IoT. The Mobile Network article.
AT&T SDN and NFV moves progress with focus, support
AT&T is moving steadily toward its goal of 75 percent network resource control using virtualization technologies by 2020--and if actually ahead of some milestone targets. RCR Wireless article.
Verizon outlines SDN, NFV deployment progress, plan
Last year, Verizon announced SDN plans with five vendors, and launched a software-defined WAN service. The carrier continues moving steadily toward virtualized platforms--including live lab environments in several locations. RCR Wireless article.
8 Reasons Why NFV Matters To The Enterprise
NFV promises to improve enterprise networks in a variety of ways, including lower capex and opex, greater service flexibility and scalability, enhanced security, and better user experience. Network Computing article.
Small cell deployments planned for this year
A survey of global companies indicates that more than a third already have or plan to soon deploy small cells. Verticals with the most growth potential: travel and transportation. RCR Wireless article.