There are some weeks where it seems like it might not be a bad idea, certainly from a news perspective, to alter the name of the Next Generation Communications Community by inserting the term “wireless” in the title. This past week is a good case in point.
In fact, the news was predominantly wireless as you can see in the following items:
- As part of the industry restricting in the service provider business that is going on globally, Bharti Airtel (News - Alert), a telecom service provider in India, recently signed an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Loop Mobile in Mumbai.
- Taqua (News - Alert)'s VoWiFi platform for UMTS Networks went general availability.
- Research firm iGR is out with a report that highlights how backhaul for LTE small cell deployments is going to be a significant growth market.
- Community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) (ALU) revealed it is partnering with wireless startup EBlink to expand ALU’s 4G LTE (News - Alert) ultra-broadband mobile access networks and small cell capabilities.
- Even our Wheelings & Dealings posting got into the act this week with the announcement that GigOptix, a maker of semiconductor components for high-performance networking equipment, is acquiring Tahoe RF Semiconductor.
- And, my colleague Gary Kim (News - Alert), had an interesting item on the recent analysis by Mobidia which confirms work done by many others, that LTE customers are using more monthly data than those with 3G connections, and that Wi-Fi remains the dominant means by which mobile devices are connecting for data.
The only non-wireless news item covered this week came from Ekinops who unveiled their 100G optical solution optimized for metro and regional network applications.
While the features this week reflected the broad interests of the community, wireless drew attention here as well with a look at the various options network operators need to evaluate from providing in-building wireless connectivity for residential deployments as well as business ones. Other features included insights into how a virtualized and converged network solution like the Alcatel-Lucent/QLogic one is accelerating legacy systems' to end-of-life, and why despite the hype Cloud DVR's potential will take time to fully develop
Without giving anything away, I encourage you to read the posting from Gilles Duboué, IP Platforms Innovation Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent . It is my hope that the title, Hackathon Generates New Conversations, New Applications and Potential Revenue Opportunities, is more than sufficient to draw you in. I also want to call your attention to a blog from last week by David Amzallag - Alcatel-Lucent Vice President, Virtual Telecommunications and CloudBand CTO, who provided a fascinating posting on NFV security and its ongoing journey from a vision to reality.
This is my gentle weekly reminder that the community is constantly being updated with news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies. In fact, if you are not a frequent user of the section on the community home page that links to our podcasts this weekend would be a great time to check it out since it is loaded with subject matter expert views on a variety of timely topics.
In addition, there are also links to several eZines with two Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles on things wireless 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.