Where Virtualization and 5G Converge | Trending Network News | August 27, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with No comments

This week, the Trending Network News focus is mostly 5G: how differing operator timetables might impact the user experience, Verizon's work on its own 5G specification, and the importance of backhaul to 5G success. Plus: a look at how well T-Mobile and Verizon are doing delivering low latency (short answer: pretty well), why it's so challenging to deploy software-defined networks (SDNs), and how hardware can boost adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV). 

5G Fragmentation Likely as Operators Pursue Different Timetables
It's likely that variants of 5G will be deployed on different devices and networks, leading to some of the same issues faced by early 3G. Article by SDxCentral

Verizon Updates 5G Spec, Could Launch Ahead of 3GPP
Verizon isn't ruling out the idea that it might move forward with 5G deployment using its own specification, ahead of official 3GPP standards. Article by Light Reading

LR Poll: Will Backhaul Be 5G's Bogeyman?
Backhaul could end up being the bottleneck that holds back the advance of 5G networks. Article by Light Reading.

T-Mobile and Verizon tops in low latency and why it matters
T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless reportedly now offer significantly lower latency than AT&T and Sprint. Article by RCRWireless.

SPs on SDN: This Stuff Ain't Easy
When it comes to using SDN and NFV to automate network operations and improve services, there are no shortcuts. Article by Light Reading. 

How Hardware Can Boost NFV Adoption
If technology history is any indication, adoption of high-performance hardware can boost NFV adoption, providing a stronger platform for applications. Article by SDxCentral.

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