Given the focus of Next Generation Communications news this past week it is hard not to wonder if there is anything going on globally in telecom that does not relate in some way to LTE (News - Alert). The list is impressive, and heartening as the importance of having a vibrant state-of-the-art wireless infrastructure become into sharp relief with the events in the U.S. surrounding Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.
Wireless articles ranged in types of solutions and spanned the world.
- RADCOM Ltd, along with Amdocs (News - Alert), debuted a new solution which will enable service providers to monetize data usage and help reduce cell congestion within LTE networks. The new solution was developed, and has been successfully tested and deployed on a trial basis over a Radio Access Network (RAN).
- Syniverse (News - Alert) conducted a series of LTE roaming trials to stress test the quality of roaming processes as enabled through enhanced Diameter signaling.
- PureWave Networks licensed LTE eNodeB software from the Aricent Group (News - Alert).
- Vodafone Italy has recently introduced its LTE network in two key Italian markets---Rome and Milan. The company also revealed its plan to launch its 4G network in an additional 20 cities by March 2013.
In other industry developments, it was optics that was the center of attraction.
In the case of a patent assignment to Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) it was actually a coming attraction with the revelation that the USPTO gave assigned them a patent for receiver algorithms for coherent detection of polarization-multiplexed optical signals. There was also the news that Turk Telekom will be using Alcatel-Lucent's 7353 ISAM fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) solution, featuring VDSL2 technology, for deployment of its national "FiberkenTT" network.
Wireless was also the hot topic in our features this past week, along with data center transformation.
- TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke provided more background on Alcatel-Lucent’s recent expansion of its mobile backhaul portfolio and how this will enable service providers to better leverage small cell deployments.
- We also note that Telefonica made good use of its hosting of the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by providing attendees with a real-time user experience of the power of 4G LTE and small cells.
- TMCnet Contributing Editor Susan Campbell, delved into the importance of taking a holistic approach to data center transformation and the need to break down the silos between the network and the data center by making the architecture applications fluent. In fact, in this regard, in case you missed it I highly recommend the webinar I moderated on November 1, SDN: Let’s Cut the Hype, What is the Reality? Internationally recognized industry expert Zeus Karavella and Dr. Cliff Grossner, Director Strategic Marketing, Network Business Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise did a fantastic job in explaining the importance of SDNs to data center transformation and provided key insights on what IT asset managers need to be thinking about going forward.
- Again on the LTE front, there was a feature on why railways should be looking at the benefits of upgrading to LTE wireless broadband based on it not just improving customer experiences, but also because of the improvements in public safety, logistics and overall operational efficiency.
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The latter in particular is emerging as a hot topic as the last few weeks have highlighted (including the Turk Telekom item above) the growing interesting ins using VDSL2 as the vehicle for quickly and inexpensively offering next generation broadband speeds to residential customers.
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