This past week was ITEXPO week for TMC in Miami, and there was an almost an embarrassment of riches when it came to Next Generation Communication items to not just hear about from subject matter experts, but also to see in action. Topics that drew intense interest included SDN, NFV. M2M and WebRTC just to name a few that packed session rooms and the exhibit hall booths.
Community host Alcatel-Lucent in fact drew more than their fair share of interest. Houman Modarrres, Senior Director Product Marketing, joined me on a fascinating panel on the future of SDN and NFV (which I will be highlighting in the coming days) during the SDN pre-conference workshop. In addition, Cassidy Shield, VP of IP Platforms Marketing, gave a terrific keynote speech on how the adoption of technologies used in IMS have enabled a radical approach for real time collaboration on enterprise IP networks, and Brendan Ziolo (News - Alert), Business Strategy, Kindsight Security Labs (see feature below) was part of a highly interactive session on network security.
Begrudgingly I will also admit that there was other next generation communications news that caught the attention of colleagues. Highlighted news for the week included:
- Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless has developed and is now showcasing its LTE Multicast technology that allows content owners to develop a customized viewing experience for a mass audience.
- As noted M2M is hot and automobiles are where a slew of vendors are looking to enhanced the connected car experience. Enea (News - Alert), a global vendor of Linux and Real-time operating system solutions including middleware, tools, protocols and services, has made its presence know by entering into a software license agreement with a major European automotive customer for their Enea OSE.
- Dell'Oro Group’s report, "Wireless Packet Core Forecast Report," is out and the market is expected to experience 60 percent growth by 2018.
- Asheridge Communications introduced echoBox Wi-Fi home networking hub based on the MoCA technology from Entropic (News - Alert).
Security as we all know from reading the headlines is to say the least a top of mind subject in the industry and as noted above, Kindsight Security Labs is at the heart of the action. Not only is it out with its latest quarterly report that highlights the entire year’s malware issues in 2013 which was a subject discussed at featured session at ITEXPO (News - Alert), but it also has released a new whitepaper relating specifically to Android security issues. The need for speed obviously continues to be an area of interest, and the realities are that one size does not fit all when it comes to ultra-broadband deployments by fixed-line service providers as they evaluate how best to quickly expand their ultra-broadband footprints. A mixed approach is being recommended based on a variety of factors.
In the blog section, the World Economic Forum annual gathering of business and political leaders from around drew to a close in Davos, Switzerland, and tech issues were very much major items of discussion. In fact, as TMCnet Contributor, Mae Kowalke noted, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes turned more than a few heads with remarks that said Europe must stop what he characterized as it race to the bottom in the cellular industry, and show urgency in investing in ultra-broadband of all types or suffer significant economic consequences.
Yes, it is Super Bowl weekend in the U.S. so many of you may be a bit pre-occupied. However, if you are not otherwise engaged the valuable information accessible from the community’s “Resource Center,” is not a bad place to spend some time. It contains a trove of recent whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
I also like to highlight links to host Alcatel-Lucent’s e-zines. In fact, two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles are worth review:
Plus, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors.
Edited by Peter Bernstein