Despite the calendar saying we are officially in spring, those of us in the U.S. are still waiting for warmer temperatures. However, spring has clearly sprung in the Next Generation Communications Community as witnessed by all of the news this past week.
Since community host Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) was a headline maker a reasonable place to start is with their developments. These covered a broad range of next generation capabilities and included activity in the enterprise space where in recognition that desk phones still have utility, especially in the increasingly all-IP world, ALU launched a new line of Premium DeskPhones, and the revelation that ALU and major French service provider Bouygues Telecom have signed multiple agreements involving IP networks, mobile and fixed ultra-broadband.
Plus, as part of ALU’s concerted push to be a leader (see featured blog below) in the emerging Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) space, of note was the announcement that Radware (News - Alert) is the first winner of the NFVisionary Award, created by ALU to recognize virtual application companies that have had the greatest impact moving service providers into the cloud in 2013. Winners were selected from 26 technology providers in the company's CloudBand NFV Ecosystem group. And, ALU got some industry recognition as its Cloud DVR solution was honored with TV Connect Industry Award 2014.
In other next generation communications news of note:
- Motorola Solutions launched the APX 7000L Multi-Band Portable Radio with LTE as a part of its APX Series Project 25 (P25) Two-Way Radios products suite which has been designed specifically for U.S. federal law enforcement.
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), an oil and gas exploration and production company based in India, selected Ceragon (News - Alert) Networks Ltd. to design and build a high-capacity wireless backbone.
- Aerohive (News - Alert) Networks helped Northwest U.S. fast-food Burgerville upgrade its network to improve operational efficiency and the customer experience.
- FiberHome (News - Alert) Technologies Group selected Lantiq for its next generation LTE gateway.
- Wifinity remains the trusted source for the U.S. Navy and Air Force academies for giving cadets wireless (WLAN) and wired (Ethernet and fiber) capabilities.
- Alpheus Communications signed a network-to-network interface (NNI) agreement with United Network Services, Inc. (UNSi) to help UNSi expand its footprint in Texas.
- American Time selected GainSpan Wi-Fi technology to power its recently released line of Wi-Fi clocks.
In our features area we looked at the impact next generation communications is having on the ability of railways to automate their operations, and the importance of NFV in the critical area of moving to an evolved Packet Core. Check out:
TMCnet next generation communications frequent blogger, Mae Kowalke was busy this past week looking at two areas of significance. In the first one, Kowalke examined how a recent paper by Bell Labs Advisory Services, highlighted why an Open Access LTE approach, where a single entity owns the spectrum and deploys a nationwide LTE (News - Alert) network that then is rented out to mobile network operators, offers significant advantages.
In the second blog, Kowalke delved a bit deeper as to how ALU’s CloudBand is positioned to deliver NFV capabilities to streamline and make future-ready their infrastructure.
As usual, just a note that the community home page is an invaluable place to link to constantly updated information on industry trends and insights. The links in the “Resource Center” will take you to a wealth of valuable news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
The home page also provides links to several eZines, and two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles, reachable via the community are worth a read:
The other eZInes, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors.