Trending: Network Performance News This Week, May 29-June 4, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, June 04, 2016 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news is a mashup of trends: updates from several carriers on their 5G plans (emphasis on fixed services for the short term), a look at how reliability and performance metrics are upping the stakes for operators (six nines, anyone?), and a note about why performance management must enter the software-defined era. 

Are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint building 5G networks?
All four nationwide mobile operators in the U.S. are touting their progress with 5G development, including plans to begin network trials later this year. RCR Wireless article

AT&T: 5G mostly about fixed wireless for next two to three years
For AT&T, 5G development in the near-term is focused on fixed service rather than mobile, in large part because millimeter wave spectrum is currently certified by the FCC for fixed use only. Fierce Wireless article

Verizon Could Take Fixed 5G Nationwide
Verizon, too, is focused for the time being on 5G for customers with access to fiber, touting this as a potential cable/DSL replacement for high-speed data. Light Reading article

CenturyLink Targets 'Six Nines' Reliability
CenturyLink has set its sights on delivering 99.999999% reliability, making this part of SLA guarantees. Light Reading article

Reader Forum: Getting up to speed on new network metrics
Mobile subscribers previously were concerned mostly about coverage. Now, QoE is increasingly important, which means operators must up their focus on performance metrics. RCR Wireless article

Why Network Performance Management Needs To Become Software-Defined
It's time to start thinking about bringing network operations, especially performance management, into the software-defined era. Network Computing article