This week in the Next Generation Communications Community saw community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) (ALU) make several newsworthy announcements, and thus is a good place to start this review.
ALU-related items included customer wins which saw the company being selected by SSE Telecoms to expand the service provider’s IP network in the UK, and by Belgium’s Telenet deciding to use the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System as its IP core router.
ALU also made new for a diverse group of fronts that included:
- CareerNation, the international human resources management consulting firm, honored Alcatel-Lucent Nigeria with the prestigious Africa Human Resources Excellence Awards in "The Best Use of Corporate Social Responsibility in HR" Award category for the year 2013.
- Demonstration at the Broadband World Forum of its repositioned IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access approach that is part of its well-publicized Shift Plan, which showcased its new EPON solutions and was the venue for the launch of its micro-nodes VDSL2 Vectoring product line.
Not on the community site but also making news this week was ALU CEO Michel Combes call to action at FutureCom in Rio de Janeiro for service providers to balance quality and revenue generation.
In other industry news the diversity of the community was on display:
- Comtech Systems (News - Alert), a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications Corp, received a $1.1 million order from the Brazilian military for satellite equipment spares to support an existing system.
- AT&T (News - Alert) turns ownership of wireless infrastructure over to Crown Castle for $4.2 billion.
- Lemko's (News - Alert) leveraging of its ODC SwarmNetwork now goes beyond traditional LTE coverage, providing an ad-hoc LTE (News - Alert) network with roaming, hand-off and survivability between nodes.
Community diversity was also exhibited in the featured items this week with the following:
- Tips from the recent Motive Customer Care Event which highlighted where customer care provided by communications service providers is headed and how to get there successfully.
- The expanded role of the Session Border Controllers (SBCs) arising from WebRTC.
- A focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s new CloudBand Ecosystem Program which is designed to accelerate adoption of SDN and NFV.
From the Blogs
In the blog section, TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke took a look at the challenges of cooling critical infrastructure, specifically cooling for core routers, and what can be done to mitigate the costs. And, in case you missed them the past few weeks, I also recommend Shared Data Plans Mean New Charging Challenges, which describes benefits for consumers and carriers, and the guest blog of Patrick Tan, General Manager, Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent which explains the significant iOS 7 impacts on mobile networks.
As always, if you have time this week, the resources accessible from the community home page are the perfect way to get caught up. The community’s “Resource Center” provides access additional valuable content that is constantly updated with whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
Recommendations for this weekend include the Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles:
Plus, click on the Alcatel-Lucent’s ezines GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK for insights into key market sectors, and you also might wish to sign up for the insightful webinar Unified Access Cannot Be Ignored – But Can You Afford to Do It? to be held October 30, at 11:00 AM ET.