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Monday, October 31, 2016

Reminder: Accedian at MEF16

If you're going to be at MEF16, be sure to stop by Accedian's booth (#400) and see our proof-of-concept (with CenturyLink) at POC1 area. Also, on Nov. 9 two of our executives are panel speakers. Here are all the details!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

AT&T / Time Warner Cable Merger Shakes Up Telecom | Trending Network News | October 29, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, let's start off with some perspectives on AT&T's "game changing" $85 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, announced officially last weekend. The merger has resulted in some hang-wringing about monopolies, but it's also possibly just how this industry works

Depending on who you ask, this merger means:

Only time will tell which of these turn out to be true. Meanwhile, it gives the pundits lots to discuss!

Now, on to "regular" news, which also includes a couple of items about AT&T: the carrier's recently announced internet video streaming service, and its plans to test 400G Ethernet speeds next year. Also: Verizon makes an acquisition focused on video, Bharti Airtel revamps its IT infrastructure, Orange makes its Datavenue Internet of Things (IoT) solution available globally, and TIM completes field trials of its 4.5G technology in Turin, Italy. 

AT&T Undercuts Cable TV With $35 Internet Streaming Service
AT&T said its DirecTV Now service, when made available, will include more than 100 channels for $35 per month. | Article by Wired.com.
AT&T to Test 400G in 2017
In early 2017, AT&T plans to launch trials of its 400 Gigabit Ethernet data speeds for businesses. | Article by Light Reading.

Verizon Buys Vessel for Video Expertise
Verizon signed an agreement to acquire technology and software underlying Vessel's online video subscription service. | Article by Light Reading

Airtel Transforms IT to Meet Digitization Challenge
The roll-out of 5G in India led Airtel to rethink its IT infrastructure and processes, including a revamp of its My Airtel Apps. | Article by Light Reading

Orange Business Services rolls out its Datavenue IoT solution globally
Orange Business Services first launched its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution in France in 2015. Now, it's available globally. | Article by TelecomTV

TIM completes field trial of 4.5G technology in Turin
In Turin, Italy, mobile operator TIM completed a field trial of its 4.5G technology, featuring download speeds of more than 500 megabits per second on a single data connection on a live LTE network. | Article by RCR Wireless.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: QoE Monitoring in Virtualized Networks

Register now for the following, upcoming webinar (featuring speakers from Heavy Reading and Accedian) exploring the strategies mobile operators are adopting to ensure they can effectively monitor quality of experience (QoE) for virtualized networks.  

Accedian at MEF16: Exhibit, Proof-of-Concept, Panels

At MEF16November 7-10 in BaltimoreAccedian is exhibiting at booth 400, and demoing a proof-of-concept with CenturyLink at POC1 area. Two of our executives are also speaking on panels. Here are all the details!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Operators Embrace 5G, IoT | Trending Network News | October 22, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we focus on news from the week that illustrates varying approaches operators are taking to 5G and the Internet of Things. For example, AT&T outlined its vision for 5G networks using millimeter wave technology, T-Mobile noted that it's on the cusp of launching narrowband IoT in the Netherlands, and recent moves by Verizon indicate that carrier's confidence in the IoT market. Meanwhile, Orange and Telefonica in Brazil are taking a bit of a slower approach to NB-IoT and 5G. Plus: Comcast launches its own media technology business. 

Thursday, October 20, 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, October 17, 2016

Enterprise Use of Virtualization Technology: Beware the Hidden Dangers

While lots of information exists about virtualization technology broadly, not as much is known about how that technology is actually being used by enterprises. Last year, Ixia set out to remedy that with a survey and subsequent report (still quite relevant) that revealed risks businesses may not even be aware of as they move toward a more software-centric network and telecommunications environment. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

What's the Winning Strategy for Operators? | Trending Network News | October 15, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we start with a question: what's the best differentiation strategy for telco operators? It's an open question, and the answer varies somewhat by region. This week's news gives some clues as to the activities operators think will help them most, in the short- and in the long-term. A few examples: AT&T's recent partnership with Amazon Web Services, a case study showing how Verizon's Internet of Things (IoT) fleet tracking solution works in the real world, Comcast's plans to test long range WAN (LoRaWAN) IoT networks, Telefonica's demo of 800 Mbps download speeds using a 4G network, and Swisscom's focus on network functions virtualization (NFV) as a prerequisite for 5G. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cloud, Anyone? | Trending Network News | October 8, 2016

This week's edition of Trending Network News is mostly about the cloud. First up: AT&T. The U.S. carrier announced partnerships with Amazon and VeloCloud, both ostensibly intended to help boost cloud connectivity and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) uptake among enterprises. Meanwhile, Verizon is trying to sell of a lot of its data center assets, and Telef√≥nica partnered with Huawei to expand its public cloud initiative in Latin America. Also: SK Telecom teams up with Qualcomm on a combined licensed and unlicensed spectrum access demo in Korea, and debate continues about the ramifications of splitting up BT into retail and wholesale arms.

Friday, October 7, 2016

What’s Holding Operators Back from Delivering Fast, Reliable Services?

On the face of it, the situation is pretty simple: customers want fast and reliable communications services, and providers want to offer those. You’d think success here would be pretty straightforward.

And it would, except for some pesky little details like the complexities of optimizing existing network infrastructure, and market dynamics that put increasing pressure on revenue margins. So what does it actually take to achieve effective network planning and optimization, especially in the face of increasing data demands from services like 4k and 8k video? Vanilla+ attempts to answer that in a recent article, “Are you failing to plan or planning to fail?” (Sept/Oct issue, page 54.) 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Status Update: Service Assurance for Virtualized Networks

Telecom operators are taking a big risk by moving toward greater reliance on software to deliver their services. But, they have no choice but to take that risk; the virtualization train has left the station. That’s the overall conclusion reached in a recent RCR Wireless report (co-sponsored by Accedian) exploring how operator are addressing service assurance for virtualized networks.

A companion webinar moderated by RCR Wireless’ Dan Meyer, features discussion on the topic by panelists from Exact Ventures, AT&T Labs, NetScout, EXFO, and HPE. If you don’t have time to watch the full replay, here’s a summary.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Report: Mobile Operators Challenged by Service Assurance for Virtualized Networks

More code and fewer physical parts. That’s the direction the mobile telecommunications industry is headed, concludes RCR Wireless in a report (sponsored by Accedian and several other vendors) authored by Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, Telecom Software, Policy, Wireless Carriers.

The report examines in depth the move away from proprietary hardware-based platforms and toward software-based solutions designed to run on standard servers, and what this means for operators as they re-architect their networks using network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) to keep up with demand for data services.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What's New on the Road to 5G? | Trending Network News | October 1, 2016

Trending Network News is back with an update on Verizon's virtualization and 5G plans, a look at the evolution of big data and analytics, the impact and challenges of new networking technologies like NFV and SDN, and that recurring question: when will 5G 'arrive'?