It was another busy week in the Next Generation Communications Community on a variety of fronts with news and features covering everything from SDN and NFV to optical and of course several things on the wireless front.
Speaking of SDN and NFV, host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) (ALU) made some news in both areas. As TMC Executive Editor, detailed, ALU revealed plans to launch a new operations support system portfolio as part of its larger Motive line. The Motive Dynamic Operations portfolio will allow network operators to identify and track all network resources; fulfill orders and assure services; and do automated recovery to predictive management. ALU also revealed that nineteen new companies have joined Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand Ecosystem Program. And, the company made additional news this past week announcing that its 7450 Ethernet service switch will be used by NTT (News - Alert) DOCOMO in its system to augment the capacity of its backhaul network and provide the speed required for mobile broadband services in Japan.
In other news of note:
- Get ready for more in-flight Internet services if you are an American Airlines frequent flyer as the company is expanding those services to most of its fleet with the extension of a deal with Gogo.
- KVH Industries (News - Alert), a provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, has announced that Applied Weather Technology, Inc., (AWT) has become the WEATHERlink launch partner for KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service.
In our features section there was a little bit of something for many of our readers. Items of interest included:
- How communications service providers using next generation capabilities are central to the rollout of smart grids fulfilling their promise.
- Long-haul microwave is a growing back of next generation wireless network infrastructure, but there are some technical challenges, especially the issue of fading, which now can be overcome.
- It seems like every time this is an upgrade of network speeds the question arises as will it be enough. Reality is that even as carriers are implementing 100G optical to meet exploding demand, the likelihood is that even this soon will not be enough. Read why and what to plan for going forward.
The blog area this week saw almost an embarrassment of rich insights. Contributions start with one from Greg Hankins, Senior Product Line Manager, Alcatel-Lucent that devolves into Ethernet VPN (EVPN) - Networks for Ethernet Services. He notes that that EVPN offers an alternative to VPLS that integrates both Layer 2 and Layer 3 services, and can run over simple IP networks with ECMP for resiliency and load balancing. He explains why EVPN is an interesting new technology if you are providing a Layer 2 infrastructure over multiple sites, delivering integrated Layer 2/Layer 3 services, or providing cloud services.
Frequent blogger, Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor discussed a new case study on how Kabel Deutschland Simplifies its IP Edge, and is dealing with the migration from IPv4 to IPv6.
And, while it is always hard to pick a favorite, the blog by Daisy Su, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager, Corporate Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent entitled, Build a Brand Experience that Engages Young Consumers, is one that contains not just some great insights but also links to valuable resources that those marketing to younger people should appreciate.
I always like to recommend some weekend reading to enhance readers’ knowledge and the community home page is the place to navigate to extremely useful information as the community is constantly being updated with news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies. In this regard, the recent video on Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile app rankings report and the companion article on the report are worth spending time with.
In addition, there are also links to several eZines with two Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles that are worth spending some time with especially given the news and weeks of this past week:
The other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors that are equally as timely and informative.