Yes, there was substantial news in the Next Generation Communications Community this week, but given the lull in trade shows the past few days, it seemed like a good time to dig a bit more deeply into what is behind the news, and thus the community is rich in features and blogs.
That said, there were two newsworthy items that are worth checking out. In the first, and related to one of our blogs on all of the records being broken as the need for speed increases, was the successful testing by Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (Orion) during a field trial in Canada of a 400G network using the Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) 1830 Photonic Switch.
The second item is one of significant global importance as it relates to eco-sustainability (e-Sustainability) and the ability for ICT companies to better understand how to reduce their energy consumption, costs and carbon footprints thanks to a new app from Alcatel-Lucent.
In addition, while not on the community site, but on TMCnet.com you also should be interested in an article by my colleague Paula Bernier (News - Alert), on COMPTEL voicing its objections to the FCC about pending approval of AT&T (News - Alert)'s Experiment Proposal to use places for test beds on expediting the death of the PSTN.
As noted at the top, this is the week to get better context about all of the next generation communications capabilities that will be coming to market, and the opportunities and challenges they present. Features included:
- The critical role the upgrade of wireless backhaul networks to IP/MPLS has played is helping enhance public safety agencies’ abilities to be more responsive.
- As a result of the Snowden revelations, increasingly countries (particularly in Europe) are looking to ensure that operators in their domains build sovereign clouds. Nuage Networks, in recognition of this is already helping France’s Numergy be compliant with the push for sovereign clouds.
- Providing operators the ability to offer broadband services over their existing copper plants is a market on a roll, and there was recognition this past week of community host Alcatel-Lucent’s G.fast Vectoring trial which won a prestigious Telecoms.com (News - Alert) Award for Groundbreaking Technological Achievement in Fixed Ultra-Broadband.
We are suffering what I believe is an embarrassment of riches this week in the blog area. In fact, we have not just one but two special guest submissions that touch on very important trends in the wireless operator space and in the enterprise that you are sure to want to read.
Our first guest blogger, Director of IP Platforms Marketing for Alcatel-Lucent Ed Elkin, in the first of a three-part series has an intriguing piece on The Secret Value of VoLTE. This initial posting focuses on how operators can make money. The next two will look at how VoLTE benefits enterprises and consumer customers. Elkin asks the questions, “How does VoLTE help you earn more money?” He details four ways which include: gaining more capacity for data and voice, using existing spectrum; encouraging customers to use more data; obtaining the ability to offer rich IP communications right now, including video calling and content sharing; and letting VoLTE set the stage for distinctive apps and services.
On the enterprise side of things, Bryan R. Davies, Senior Director of Enterprise Communications (News - Alert) Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, sets the stage for a two-part series in, How to Kill Shadow IT: Step One - Recognize that Resistance is Futile. Step two will be about what to do after you recognize that resistance is futile.
Last, and by no means least, TMCnet’s resident next generation communications blogger, Mae Kowalke goes through all of the recent news about Agile Optical Networking setting all kinds of records for reliable ultra-broadband speed and performance.
We have been busy making sure the community has the timely information you want, and the weekend is always a good time to get caught up by liberally using the links on community home page to valuable news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies that are constantly being updated.
There are also links to several eZines, and two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles, are items worth reading:
The other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors that are equally as timely and informative.
As noted the past few weeks, I also think that a new book by Randee Adams, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, and Eric Bauer, Reliability Engineering Manager, Alcatel-Lucent titled “Service Quality of Cloud-Based Applications,” should be on your reading list.