March is coming in like a lion. The roar could last much if not all of this coming month when it comes to Next Generation Communications community activities. I say this based on the excitement and momentum at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (which I was fortunate to attend) in Barcelona and the RSA (News - Alert) security show in San Francisco, and in anticipation of news from the annual CeBIT extravaganza in Hannover, Germany that is about to take place.
Community host Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) was a source of several interesting news items this past week. In fact, at the aforementioned Mobile World Congress (News - Alert), it was revealed that ALU and Telefonica signed an agreement to push the adoption and innovation of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure by the telecommunications industry to ease some of the pressure currently taking place. They also used the Barcelona as the place to showcase the company’s NFV portfolio of which includes: a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC ); virtualized IMS (vIMS) solution; and a virtualized RAN portfolio encompassing a virtualized 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) and virtualized proof of concept for LTE (News - Alert) and LTE-Advanced Radio Access Networks. And, they revealed deeper collaboration with Intel on leveraging their combined talents to accelerate NFV and SDN adoption.
In news not related to MWC, ALU’s collaboration with Swisscom on deployment of ultra-broadband (1 gigabit-per-second) access solutions has enabled the carrier to provide high-speed service to over a million subscribers in the metropolitan areas of Switzerland.
In other industry news of note this week:
- At MWC Sequans Communications displayed its new LTE device - an AirWire LTE Wi-Fi dongle. The new consumer device will be built by Pinyon Technologies.
- Speaking of LTE and WiFi, Quantenna Communications is collaborating with Texas Instruments to develop new high-end LTE and WiFi products.
- Airtel (News - Alert) Africa launched an innovative analytics project with the help of Mobileum involving roaming solutions.
- MIMOtech introduced its StarLink 60G small-cell radio link, a fully-integrated millimeter-wave radio solution for short-range small-cell backhaul in urban network deployments.
- Napatech (News - Alert) and ipoque have a new joint solution to improve the quality of experience in mobile networks by accelerating network processing and application recognition.
In the featured items, attention was focused on Alcatel-Lucent’s VMware solution that gives network administrators better tools for managing VMware virtualization deployments. We also in the second part of a two-part series looked at the need for better next generation WAN design to give power utilities the ability to enable smart grid substation automation.
Community blogger Mae Kowalke turned her attention this past week to Metro Transport Networks (MTNs) and the need for them to become more efficient. While there are short-term fixes, the path forward to not have the metro network become a choke point, is highlighted in a recent TechZine post, Retool Metro Transport Networks with Packet-Optimized WDM. Plus, check out the accompanying metro transport network podcast.
Weekends can be great times for catching up. This is especially true if you are looking for a diversion while the Oscars are being broadcast. Our community home page is the perfect gateway for getting caught up on things rather than listen to acceptance speeches for instance. For example, the links in the “Resource Center” will take you to a wealth of information that is constantly being updated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
Two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles, reachable via the community are worth review:
Plus, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors.
Edited by Peter Bernstein