Softbank Buys ARM, Mobile Telcos Focus on NFV, SDN, IoT | Trending Network News | July 23, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, July 23, 2016 with No comments

It was a busy week in telecom news! Telecom company Softbank made a $32 billion bid to purchase chip-maker ARM. AT&T and Verizon both announced virtual network services. The U.S. White House launched a $400 million 5G research project. AT&T and Orange teamed up to develop common specification and APIs for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). And SK Telecom shared its Internet of Things (IoT), low-power, wide-area (LPWA) strategy, based entirely on LoRa and LTE-M technology. 

Softbank Is Betting $32 Billion on ARM That the Internet of Things Will Pay Out
For SoftBank’s bid to make sense, ARM will have to win at IoT the way it did with smartphones.Article by

AT&T Offers Network Functions On Demand... Sort Of
AT&T's Network Functions on Demand service lets enterprises run multiple VNFs from a single server. But, it's built on a legacy business model that runs counter to cloud principles. Article by Light Reading

Verizon's Next With VNFs
Working mostly with established vendors, Verizon's first set of virtual network services includes security, WAN optimization, software-defined WANs, and vCPE. Article by Light Reading

18 Tech Firms join White House in 5G Research
Headed up by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. White House's $400 million 5G research project will collaborate with 18 tech companies including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Juniper Networks, Intel, Oracle, and Viavi. Article by SDxCentral

AT&T and Orange to create common specifications and APIs for NFV and SDN
The two telcos signed an agreement to collaborate on open source and standardization initiatives around SDN and NFV. Article by Telecom TV

SK Telecom Sees LTE-M, LoRa as Its 'Two Main IoT Pillars'
Some operators are committing themselves solely to cellular for IoT. SK Telecom is taking a different approach, which show how 3GPP standards could co-exist with and complement other LPWA technologies. Article by Light Reading

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