As a bit of a change this week in the Next Generation Communications Community, we decided to go longer on the news, kept one feature but added two blogs. Interestingly, as has been the case for the last several months, the topics that are top of mind continue to be anything relating to wireless and the transformation of communication infrastructure to a more software-centric architecture.
As noted, wireless was front and center once again with customer wins and reports. In fact, iGR is forecasting that enterprise femtocells are in increasingly great demand, global mobile service provider network investment will increase 10 percent in 2014 mostly driven by 4G LTE (News - Alert) says Caroline Gabriel, Maravedis-Rethink research director, and nother iGR study looked at the benefits to CapEx and OpEx because of LTE infrastructure virtualization.
In other wireless news was certainly varied in nature and included:
- Community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) won two LTE deals in China of significance involving China Mobile and China Telecom.
- Altair and LG Electronics (News - Alert) have joined hands to develop a seamlessly integrated drop-test simulation automation system with which LGE engineers can conduct smartphone drop-test simulations within 24 hours.
- Norwegian wireless operator TeliaSonera (News - Alert) announcing it plans to invest in new 4G frequencies in the 800 MHz band in Norway.
- U.S.-based mobile services giant AT&T (News - Alert) has launched LTE roaming in Canada with Rogers Communications. AT&T now has become the first U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming.
It was not all wireless news. In fact, EcoNet is allowing up to 310Mbps aggregate data rate up to a distance of 200 meters with its launch of a high-performance FTTdp (Fiber-to-the-Distribution Point) platform, and Alcatel-Lucent expanded its Applications Fluent division and new capabilities, which helps enterprises transition to robust SDN deployments in their data centers.
Speaking of SDN and its closely related cousin Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), you should definitely take a look at our feature on Nuage Networks and it efforts to accelerating NFV adoption.
From the Blogs
As noted at the top, we let our frequent blogger TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke turn her discerning eye in two directions this week. In her first blog, Kowalke examined how the exploding landscape of oil and gas exploration to more remote places and hostile environments is necessitating an increase in reliance on next generation dynamic communications to allow companies to go farther and move faster and more safely. Kowalke’s other item was a really interesting look at why the deployment of mobile gateways to leverage enhancements in wireless packer cores is beneficial but tricky and how great care should be taken to get this right the first time so as not to create LTE traffic management issues.
As is typical in my weekly wrap ups, I would like to urge you to take advantage of the community’s “Resource Center” which is constantly updated with whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
I also want to pull out for attention two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles:
Plus, Alcatel-Lucent’s ezines GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK contain insights into key market sectors. And, once again, if you were unable to join us recently, the insightful webinar, “Unified Access Cannot Be Ignored – But Can You Afford to Do It?” is worth a download.