This week in next-generation communications, if nothing else, represented a lot of diversity. From IPv6 implementation to public safety and to video quality, there seems to be an endless number of sectors where next generations communications has, or has the potential have, substantial impact.
The news as noted reflected the fact that for our community variety is the spice of life. Here are some examples:
- Alcatel-Lucent’s (News - Alert) study of 3,886 IT professionals in select regions around the world found that two-thirds hadn't moved to the cloud because they were worried about the potential for service outages. In fact, watch this space next week for a granular look at the survey results.
- Ontario, Canada based networking equipment company Sandvine (News - Alert) celebrated the successful completion of its IPv6 protocol testing with its Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) in a South East Asian DSL network hosting close to two million subscribers.
- Motorola (News - Alert) Solutions announced a strategic alliance with Intrado (News - Alert), specialists in development and deployment of emergency 9-1-1 response solutions and services, which will focus on multimedia applications and improving workflows.
- West Central Wireless, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Central Texas Telephone Cooperative, will be using 4G LTE technology from Alcatel-Lucent to give residents in rural areas of Texas broadband services on mobile devices.
- Enea (News - Alert) signed an agreement with a major global communications company based in Japan. The deal, valued at over $1 million, includes: licenses for the Enea OSE Multicore edition real-time operating system, the development tool Enea Optima, and some third party software components. Enea’s products will be used to develop a new software platform for next generation communication systems.
The featured articles also were a diverse assortment.
Applications Enablement: Contributing Editor Beecher Tuttle turned his attention to Alcatel-Lucent’s AppGlide Service which helps service providers assure online video quality.
High Leverage Network: Tuttle also took at look at the advantages of consolidating disparate transport networks using IP/MPLS backhaul for Mobile network traffic aggregation.
Wireless All Around: Public safety LTE networks are the wave of the future for emergency response, and TMCnet Contributing Editor Susan Campbell examined recent developments.
Campbell wrote an interesting blog on why improving the customer experience has become such a hot topic in the mobile services business. In a commoditizing world, providing a superior quality experience is emerging a key (if not the key) differentiator. However, it is a complicated challenge which, as Campbell points out, is addressed by the comprehensive portfolio of Motive Customer Experience solutions, aimed at giving service providers a holistic approach to the customer experience challenge.
Lastly, I recommend for weekend reading Alcatel-Lucent’s e-zine Enriching Communications, Key Strategies to Grow Mobile Broadband Revenue, and the Alcatel-Lucent TechZine article, Building a Core Router for the Next Decade.