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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 24-30, 2016

This week's roundup of telecom news focuses on two main topics: software-defined networking (SDN)/network functions virtualization (NFV), and Internet of Things (IoT): the role of NFV and SDN in network agility, the challenges posed by lack of definitive NFV/SDN standards, what it really costs to deploy NFV, why the focus should be on IoT services and less on 'numbers,' and what 5G means for IoT. Plus: a perspective on why devops matters to telecom. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

IoT Now: Memories of the Future From Mobile World Congress 2016

In a Mobile World Congress 2016 recap, published in the Apr/May 2016 issue (pages 50-51), IoT Now Magazine noted that the event is now about far more than cellular networks and handsets, and that Internet of Things-related messaging was quite ubiquitous. Of course, though, IoT is having and will have a profound impact on mobile networks. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Content in Accedian Web Library

During the first quarter of 2016, we added quite a few new items to the library on our website. The following partial list of white papers, videos, and other thought leadership pieces from the past three months illustrate our commitment to understanding the needs of telecom operators and service providers, and to exploring how evolving technology is changing the market.

Enjoy! And please share with others who might be interested.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

8 Steps to Conquering NFV Level 1

2016 is the year of network functions virtualization (NFV), predicts Light Reading in its new report, "NFV Coming, Ready or Not!" By that, it means this is the year all operators, even those that have been taking (or would prefer to take) a wait-and-see approach, will be compelled to start adopting the technology. In this first phase of a much longer telecom evolution, Light Reading proposes 8 steps for providers unsure how best to proceed. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 17-23, 2016

This week's roundup of telecom news is focused mainly on virtualization: its role in laying the groundwork for 5G, how it's being used by IT organizations, and what steps are emerging as crucial for developing NFV strategies. Plus: the impact of small cells on network testing, and the growing importance of proactive analytics, profit per user, and quality of experience (QoE). 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Accedian Shortlisted for Leading Lights Awards 2016

We're pleased to announce that Accedian is shortlisted in two categories of Light Reading's Leading Lights 2016 awards: Best New Product (Mobile), for our FlowBROKER distributed packet broker solution; and Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor. Light Reading published a list of finalists in each category on Wednesday; winners will be announced at an awards ceremony kicking off Big Communications Event on May 23rd. 

Reminder: Agile Mobile Network - Webinar on April 28

If you haven't yet registered for this upcoming webinarexploring what it takes to build a truly agile mobile networkthere's still time to sign up! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Financial Markets: Timestamping Options for MiFID II Compliance

Under European Union rules (MiFID II) slated to come into force in 2018, financial services firms engaging in high frequency trading will be required to timestamp trades with 100 microsecond accuracy. While that might sound like a stretch, technology does exist to make such granular tagging possible and even feasible, noted QA Financial. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 10-16, 2016

This week's roundup of telecom news covers a range of telecom-related topics: investment in the Internet of Things (IoT), the interrelationship between distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells, obstacles in the way of 5G, how telcos are transforming their workforces for the virtualization age, the importance of quality of experience (QoE), and what stands in the way of sustainable Wi-Fi calling services. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Accedian in the News

If you're following Accedian's growth, solutions, and contribution to conferences and industry organizations, you'll want to see who's been taking note in the media.

Here are the articles we've seen from the past few weeks:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where in the world is Accedian this spring and summer? Upcoming events!

Accedian has a busy spring and summer planned, with participation in industry events and telecom topic specific webinars. Here is a summary of where we'll be during May and June. Visit our Events page for more. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

vCPE Emerges as Top NFV Deployment Use Case

Service providers view network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) as key technologies for transforming telecom network architecture to add new revenue streams (through service and revenue agility), reduce opex (through operational efficiency), and reduce capex (through use of COTS hardware rather than proprietary network equipment).

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, April 3-9, 2016

This week's roundup of telecom news is a check-in on some of the latest industry perspectives and developments related to software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), the Internet of Things (IoT), low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, and 5G. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

For U.S. Cable TV Operators, Opportunities Also Bring Challenges

The largest U.S. cable TV operators (among them Comcast, Time Warner, and Cablevision)
had a good year during 2015, collectively gaining 3.3 million broadband internet accounts, representing 106 percent of high speed internet service customer additions nationwide for all types of providers (including telcos). That's according to a recent IP Carrier blog post citing Leichtman Research Group findings. What accounts for this increase? What does it mean for cable operators? For telcos?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Building the Agile Mobile Network

Register now for the following, upcoming webinar exploring what it takes to build a truly agile mobile network using software defined networking (SDN) control and dynamic, network functions virtualization (NFV) orchestration. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Webinar Recap: NFV and SDN Lessons from vCPE Deployments

Despite citing “software not yet carrier-grade” as a barrier to implementing SDN/NFV (in a recent ISH/Infonetics survey), operators are still moving ahead with adopting this technology—and influencing its development. That observation on the part of Michael Howard, Senior Research Director, Carrier Networks, IHS, kicked off a webinar (“Carrier NFV and SDN Lessons from Virtual CPE Deployments”) this Tuesday, setting the tone for an informative and lively discussion about how telecom operators are deploying virtualization technology.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

AT&T's Mobile Network Transformation: Software is the Answer

AT&T is all-in on its goal to become a software company that uses software-defined networking (SDN) to deliver telecommunicationsand is ahead of schedule on its roadmap to that goal. In a nutshell, that's what John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President of AT&T's Technology and Operations division, said in a recent keynote speech at Open Networking Summit 2016. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

IoT: a Fork in the Roadmap for Mobile Networks

Mobile operators, which for nearly two decades have focused their network investments primarily on bandwidth and speed, are at something of an impasse as they contemplate the effects of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, March 27-April 2, 2016

This week's roundup of telecom news explores network aggregation as exemplified by Google Fi, why a new delivery method is needed for video and what that means for mobile networks, hype and reality around network functions virtualization (NFV), reality check on the growth of small cell deployments, and a look at how Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting mobile network operator roadmaps. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

White Paper: Decision Factors in Service Providers’ vCPE Migration

For service providers seeking to transform their delivery methods for enterprise services, what are the decision factors and implementation options around virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE)? Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Services at Ovum, explores this topic in a new (Accedian-sponsored) white paper: "Decision Factors in Service Providers’ vCPE Migration."

Gartner Insight: What Are Global Network Service Providers Planning?

Driven by the availability of software-defined networking (SDN) technology, and enterprise adoption of cloud IT services, global enterprise networks are entering a time of rapid evolution. When choosing network providers, companies with a global footprint are challenged to ensure they get the coverage and features they need in all locations, and that their roadmaps align with those of increasingly differentiated providers.