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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Microbursts Hit Mobile Backhaul, Impact QoE

As mobile network operators begin rolling out pre-standards 5G networks, they're observing new interdependencies between what used to be fairly straightforward backhaul metrics, measurements, and performance criteria. Coordinated multipoint aggregation and increasingly complex coordination to deliver effective throughput are the cause of these emerging relationships between what used to be uncoupled metrics. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Overcoming Mobile Network Backhaul Challenges Posed by 5G



When it comes to 5G’s effect on the mobile backhaul network, it’s best to think in terms of revolution, not evolution. That’s the sentiment with which moderator Richard Webb (Research Director, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells at IHS) kicked off a recent webinar—replay now available—taking on the weighty topic of how changing demands on mobile networks impacts architectural decisions about backhaul, as operators prepare for 5G.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Demo: Using FlowBROKER for QoE Troubleshooting



For many operators, quality of experience (QoE) is the most critical differentiator. But, in the past it was difficult or impossible to accurately measure this, because the origin of quality issues often lay outside the monitoring tools. No more.

In the video linked below, Accedian director of product line solutions Greg Spear demonstrates how the FlowBROKER distributed packet capture solution (part of Accedian's SkyLIGHT platform) can be used to troubleshoot and resolve QoE issues.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, June 19-25, 2016


This week's roundup of telecom news looks at some of the latest developments around network functions virtualization (NVF), software defined networking (SDN), network testing, 5G, NB-IOT standards, and the internet of things (IoT): the role of OPNFV in accelerating NFV deployments, where and why NFV is already being rolled out, how network testing has changed in the past year, the FCC's plans for high-band spectrum licensing, 3GPP's standardization of NB-IOT, and the operator business case (or lack thereof) for IoT. 


Friday, June 24, 2016

Analytics for Virtualized Networks: Strategies and Challenges

Analytics are expected to play a major role in developing the intelligence to control virtualized networks and more efficiently make use of network resources. What progress has been made deploying real-time analytics and integrating that intelligence into virtualized networks to deliver more fully on the promise of NFV?

At Big Communications Event last month, Michael Rezek, Accedian VP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, was on a panel exploring those and related questions. Some of his points are summarized below; the full panel video is also now available for a deep look at integrating analytics with virtualized networks.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's the Best Way to Virtualize the Network Edge?


Virtual CPE is one of the hottest early markets for network functions virtualization, but the approaches to implementing it vary from putting everything in the cloud to a blend of on-premises and centralized resources. What are the costs and ROI of each strategy and how are they being used today? At Big Communications Event last month, Accedian's VP of Strategic Marketing, Scott Sumner, was on a panel exploring those and related questions. Some of his points are summarized below; the full panel video is also now available for a deep look at virtualization at the network edge.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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


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. 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Accedian at 5G World: Test & Measurement Session, Booth #3




Accedian is pleased to announce our participation in Informa's 5G World later this monthas a panel sponsor ("Test & Measurement for 5G Networks," at 2:40pm June 28th, during pre-conference focus day) and exhibitor (June 28-30, booth #3). We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reminder: #5GMobileBackhaul - Webinar in June 21


If you haven't yet registered for this upcoming webinarexploring how changing demands on mobile networks impacts architectural decisions about backhaul, as operators prepare for 5Gthere's still time to sign up! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Accedian at EXTENT Software Testing and Trading Technology Trends Conference



Accedian is pleased to note that we will be speaking at Exactpro's EXTENT Conference on Software Testing and Trading Technology Trends, taking place June 22nd, at the London Stock Exchange. Our CTO, Claude Robitaille, is going to discuss challenges and solutions for core-to-edge network instrumentation. Also: visit us at stand #7. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Trending: Network Performance News This Week, June 5-11, 2016


This week's roundup of telecom news is a mixture of predictions about the future of the industry, and a look at how operators, vendors, and development organizations are preparing for that future, touching on: the growth of IP traffic and Wi-Fi hotspots, commercial Internet of Things networks, the purpose of small cells, the evolution of machine learning, and what it will take to step up network security. 


Friday, June 10, 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:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Accedian Shortlisted for LTE & 5G World Awards


Accedian has been shortlisted for the LTE & 5G World Awards, in the Best Test & Measurement Solution category. Our SkyLIGHT Performance Platforma radically efficient solution to network performance monitoring that combines the benefits of virtualization without compromising test speed or precisionearned us a shot at the award. Winners will be announced at the 5G World Awards on June 29th during the show in London.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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


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. 


Friday, June 3, 2016

Yes, SDN and NFV Have Benefits Even for Transport Networks


Beyond the obvious service delivery network, performance monitoring, and edge applications, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have benefits even for transport networks, argues Accedian CTO Claude Robitaille, in an article published in the June, 2016 edition of Cable and Satellite International's CSI Magazine.