Trending: Network Performance News This Week, June 12-18, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, June 18, 2016 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news focuses on the future of mobile networks, mostly 5G: emphasis about the role fiber will play in 5G, mismatch between operator and enterprise customer plans for 5G, and why all telcos should contribute to 5G standards. Plus, how software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments are impacting network infrastructure spend in North America, and why it may be time for some network operators to get out of the consumer market. 

Mallinson: 5G to eclipse but not eliminate fiber
5G will require lots more fiber deployment regardless of how wireless performance improves to match wireline. Fierce Wireless article.  

Nokia to Oz: 5G will need fibre, and lots of it
Will wireless make fiber obsolete? Nope. The Register article

37 per cent of company executives have no idea about 5G; tell that to the telcos
When it comes to planning for 5G, there is a huge disparity between telcos and vertical businesses. Telecom TV article

Why all telcos should contribute to 5G standards
5G standards development need not be dominated by vendors and large operators. Even small telcos have a role to play. Telecom TV video

SDN and NFV deployments to impact NA infrastructure spend
The North American telecom infrastructure market is predicted to drop significantly in coming years as operators shift their focus from legacy technologies to software-mediated networks. RCR Wireless article

Time to get out of consumer market for MNOs?
As the mobile market changes, it emerges that many operators are not equipped to flourish in a fluid environment where consumers consume mostly free, freemium, or sponsored services. For some, it's time to get out and instead focus on underdeveloped commercial verticals. Core Analysis article

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