Trending: Network Performance News This Week, May 22-28, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, May 28, 2016 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news comes as the summer trade show and conference season gets underway
with events like Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas (hosted by Light Reading) and Telecom Innovation & Technology Summit in London (hosted by Global Telecoms Business) being a chance to learn about the latest innovations and challenges faced by vendors and operators. Winners of the Leading Lights and GTB Innovation awards paint a picture of the industry's latest developments, while announcements from carriers like Verizon, SK Telecom, and AT&T indicate how operators are adapting to market changes. Plus, what does 5G really mean for the industry?

Leading Lights 2016: The Winners
26 categories and winners, representing vendors and providers, for products and services in just about every area of the telecom industry including cable, mobile, cloud, Ethernet, video, NFV, SDN, security, gigabit broadband, IoT/M2M, 5G, test & measurement, and OSS/BSS. Light Reading article

GTB Innovation Awards: results
Winners in this global award program, honoring collaboration between operators and vendors, included several recipients in each of the 5 categories, touching on infrastructure and services across mobile, fixed, business, and wholesale segments. Global Telecoms Business article

Verizon's McAdam on 5G: Fixed deployment 'gives you all the return on capital that you need'
Regardless of an eventual move to mobile 5G, Verizon's CEO says that tests of fixed 5G indicate it will be profitable enough to pursue. Fierce Wireless article.

SK Telecom names Samsung as its partner for its ‘national’ LoRa IoT network
SK Telecom has chosen Samsung as its partner for building a nationwide LoRa LPWA network for IoT, intended to cover all of South Korea. Preparations are already underway for the country's fourth largest city, Daegu. TelecomTV article

AT&T to Start 5G 'Friendly' Trial by 2016 End
AT&T said this week that the operator plans to start 5G trials with 'friendly' customers by the end of this year, in the form of a multi-gigabit, fixed service. Light Reading article

What will 5G mean for wireless infrastructure, workforce?
While 5G is still years away, given the challenges involvedsuch as more macro tower capacity and deploying small cells on distributed antenna systemscarriers are already investing in these future networks. Industrial IoT 5G article

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