It may have been a short week in the U.S. because of Labor Day and the celebration of the Jewish New Year, but that did not mean the Next Generation Communications Community was short on news. As usual, wireless – in particular LTE (News - Alert) – was a prime subject, but there were also noteworthy items in other areas of community interest as well.
Community host Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) made headlines this week with the announcement that it reached an agreement with Telefonica (News - Alert), to become a reference supplier for its 4G LTE network in Spain. There was also a detailed article by TMCnet special guest, Patrick McCabe of ALU on how mobile network operators can deliver VoLTE (Voice over LTE) with scalability and high performance.
In other wireless related news:
- Azimuth Systems unveiled a new integrated automation and analytics toolset that is customized for LTE device profiling and benchmarking.
- J.D. Power released the results of its "2013 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study-Volume 2."
- Turkcell Superonline revealed it has completed the replacement of its softswitch technology with the Dialogic (News - Alert) ControlSwitch System to support its IP Multimedia System (IMS) and TDM-based business and residential voice services.
The rest of the news items represent the community’s diverse interests and global span of activities. This starts with Hibernia Networks successfully completing the acquisition of Atrato IP Networks, a provider of IP-transit and carrier services. Telecom Namibia (TN) announced it had turned to Zhone Technologies (News - Alert) to provide next generation bandwidth and multiservice solutions to meet growing customer demand.
And, don’t forget the network edge, particularly the enterprise edge, which Dell'Oro Group says has grown to about $3.5 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
Speaking of the diversity of the community, the features this week are a great example. They included:
- An interesting look at an ALU case study on how next generation communications were brought to a very remote part of Canada as a result of an innovative government backed initiative.
- Not all MPLS is the same and if you were not aware of Seamless MPLS as a growing means for operators to provide end-to-end IP services this feature can help you understand why.
- Mobile devices are proliferating and keeping track of them and validating mobile devices for interoperability has become a challenge for mobile services providers. As this feature highlights, the MotiveSmart Program provides the help service providers are now demanding as the explosion of devices shows no sign of slowing down.
From the Blogs
TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke was our blogger this week and the subject is one that has become increasingly important to fixed line service providers around the world, i.e., how to provide next generation broadband services that are competitive over existing copper infrastructure. The answer is VDSL2 Vectoring which has been enhanced based on the new G.fast capabilities which are in the process of being standardized and in test by Bell Labs (News - Alert) showed just how fast copper can be made to go.
I also wanted to recommend again last week’s contribution by guest blogger Cassidy Shield, Head of Global Solutions Marketing for Content, Cloud, and Communications, Alcatel-Lucent. It is an insightful take on mobile data sharing plans, “Playing the Mobile Data Game,” and how the impact of “gamification” could reshape the mobile broadband world. Think you will enjoy this interesting take on the opportunities ahead for mobile service providers.
For weekend reading I always like to recommend at least two Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles. The ones you may wish to spend some time with this weekend are:
By all means if you have time, please make use of the “Resource Center.” It is constantly being updated with whitepapers, videos and case studies. Plus, click on the Alcatel-Lucent’s ezines GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK which are always rich in content about key market sectors.