Despite macro-economic concerns, particularly the debt crisis in Europe and the apparent slowdown in China which continue to affect the “right-sizing of almost every telecom industry entity around the world,” there has not been significant activity.
That said, I wish to start with a link to an item I authored on two studies that highlighted the continued growth of fiber networks in Europe and global, as well as interest in VDSL2 Vectoring for provisioning broadband services. This dovetails with the announcement from Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) of its new embedded Optical Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) fiber networking monitoring solution – a real-time and cost saver for fiber-based service providers.
Before getting to the fiber monitoring item and all of the related industry news, the latter topic of VDSL2 Vectoring all of a sudden is hot. Last week, we featured VDSL2 Vectoring when community host Alcatel-Lucent’s announced its “Zero Touch” Vectoring solution. This week it came to light that TDC, a communications provider in Denmark, is conducting a trial of VDSL2 Vectoring evaluations, as is Belgacom is getting ready to deploy.
In other industry news, there were developments as usual relating to LTE (News - Alert), the cloud and to enterprise networking.
In regard to LTE, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's Chinese flagship company, won a major role in the deployment of China Mobile's (News - Alert) TD-LTE trial network. And, it was announced that NEC (News - Alert) Corporation will supply its iPASOLINK microwave radio solutions series to Polkomtel, a mobile operator in Poland, for rebuilding a nationwide mobile access network. The supply will cover a three year period according to a multiple-year frame contract between the two companies.
In cloud-related developments:
- Alcatel-Lucent is enhancing its Application Fluent Network solution for optimization of data centers with upgrades to its OmniSwitch product line and partnership with Citrix on a the CloudBand Management System Solution to support mobile devices and real-time applications in the local area network, the data center and across the wide area network.
- Speaking of working with the OmniSwith, QLogic announced that its 8200 Series 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) converged network adapters (CNA) and its 3200 Series 10GbE intelligent network adapters have cleared interoperability and compatibility testing.
And on the Enterprise side of things, in the face of stiff competition, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise was put in the Leader quadrant of Gartner’s (News - Alert) "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony."
Features this week included:
How LTE can be the enabler for mobile service providers to obtain value-added revenue from location-based services.
Another view, following up on last week’s feature on “UTelco, on how savvy electric utilities can derive significant revenue from offering broadband communications services.
Additional weekend reading to consider includes:
In addition, please be sure to thoroughly review what is in the Resource Center. It is constantly being updated with whitepapers, videos and case studies. I happen to like the featured eBook, Innovating Innovation, and the whitepaper Creating Your Smart Grid: A How-To Guide but there are a lot of good whitepapers and case studies to consider.
If you have not seen the webinar I recently moderated, “Breaking Down the Application and Network Infrastructure Silos,” please do. And, mark your calendars for what promises to be a very stimulating session, SDN: Let’s Cut The Hype, What is the Reality, to be held November 1 at 11:00 a.m. EST.