As you will see below, this week in the Next Generation Communications Community contains a cornucopia of insights from our guest bloggers to go with some interesting industry news and features.
However, before getting into all of that I wanted to introduce you, and hopefully you have noticed that we have redesigned the look and feel of the community home page. It was done with you in mind. The new home page not only continues to have links to all of the information resources that make this community so popular, but we think the fresh look makes it all the more easier for you to find everything available on the site. By all means let us know what you think and enjoy.
As mentioned, the news was not only interesting, but illustrates as always the diversity and international reach of the community. News of note includes the opening by community host, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert), of a new research lab in Cambridge, UK, which is dedicated to looking at how networks should adapt to changing user behavior regarding real-time video delivery. The Cambridge office will be the second “antenna office” for Bell Labs (News - Alert), following one in Israel back in May.
Other news involved:
- A large number of partners in Senegal are leading the way in an mDiabetes campaign, part of the larger mHealth movement around the globe dubbed "Be Healthy, Be Mobile" that uses mobile technology as a means of overcoming health challenges.
- InterCloud reported that investments in next generation network solutions are being driven increasingly by the cloud, mobility and the use of video.
- UST Global announced $2M investment in xTV, a pioneer in the new media-as-a-service (MaaS) sector.
There are features this week and they both come in the form of studies. In the first one, Alcatel-Lucent is out with a new study that quantifies savings of moving DNS to the cloud via network functions virtualization (NFV). While in the second there is an explanation of the six challenges enterprises need to overcome in 2014.
As noted at the top we had a flood of guest blogs, each of which I highly recommend.
A good place to start is actually two new postings from Richard Crow in his ongoing series on The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation. Richard’s focus in one is on Third Party Pays Mobile Data Plans Hit the Market, with a concentration on the new Syntonic Sponsored Content Store. In the second, he turns his attention to attitudes regarding the option of sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.
Along with Richard, guest blogger Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, describes what you need to know about 200G optical networks. And, Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent details how signaling spikes affect networks by sharing three real-world examples.
Take advantage this weekend to put our new design to good use by reviewing the community’s rich assortment of constantly updated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies. In fact, for those of you with an interest in optical networking if you have not had a chance the recently added white paper, The Urgent Need for Agility in Optical Networks, is worth a read.
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.