In the run-up to Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., and in anticipation of the next round of what is the prime time for events, this was an extremely active week in the Next Generation Communications Community.
A good place to start is with the announcement by community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) (ALU) of its first ever Bell Labs Prize. As noted in the posting on the revelation of the competition for young researchers, ALU’s world-renowned research arm, will be rewarding three lucky winners not only with significant prize money, but will also be collaborating with the winners and other entrants on turning their dreams into reality.
In other industry news there was plenty to take note of, much of it in the wireless arena. Items of interest include:
- The Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin is looking forward to the benefits from a district-wide WLAN.
- And, speaking of WLAN, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, a division of TESSCO Technologies, unveiled its TerraWave (News - Alert) Wireless LAN Site Survey Kit.
- Telenor (News - Alert) Group, one of the world's largest mobile service providers, selected Alcatel-Lucent as the provider for its 4G LTE networks to subsidiaries in 13 countries in Europe and Asia.
- There is good news to report from market research firm Infonectics Research whose latest quarterly report of the VoLTE, VoIP and IMS vendor market found that VoLTE is finally making its mark showing a 37 percent year-over-year growth in Q1 carrier VoIP and IMS revenue.
- U.S.-based transport and IP services provider Hudson Fiber Network (HFN) is offering ultra-low latency RF wireless services that will enhance network diversity between two key New Jersey data centers.
- In a move to expand communications networks in Asia, Syniverse (News - Alert) signed an agreement to acquire Aicent, a multi-service IPX provider for approximately $290 million.
In some non-wireless news, Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has equipped the Apollo under-sea cable system that interconnects the United Kingdom and France to the United States with a multiple 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) upgrade.
In the features this week the focus was on items relating to upgrading networks to high-performance end-to-end IP capabilities. In fact, the first item was a case study done by Bell Labs (News - Alert) as to why New Zealand will benefit tremendously by upgrading its IP core. And, there was also a case study regarding how Luxembourg power utility Creos is leveraging its communications network upgrade to IP/MPLS.
TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke was looking at next generation IP networking issues in two postings. In the first, there were insights in to why Layer 3 IP/MPLS microwave solutions are service providers’ best protection against network failures. In the second, Kowalke highlighted how Alcatel-Lucent Services Gateway is giving remote workers fast and secure private network VPN access.
In our blog section, Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe opens a new chapter in his Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining consumer interest in shared data plans. This time Crowe turns his attention to what mobile consumers think of shared data, the factors that make them more or less likely to embrace such plans, and the impact this has on their loyalty to a mobile operator.
If you have some time this weekend and want to catch up on industry trends and news, the links on the community home page are the gateway to constantly updated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies. In fact, I continue to recommend the recent video on Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile app rankings report and the companion article on the report.
There are also links to several eZines with two Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles that are worth spending some time with:
The other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors that are equally as timely and informative.