Next Generation Communications Week in Review: ARINC UrgentLink, Telefonica and Smart Cities

It being the end of summer in the U.S. we decided to give all of our Next Generation Communications Community bloggers a vacation this week.  However, even without blogging there was no shortage of market insights in the features section as well as the news.


A good place to start is with two interesting reports from HIS’s Infonetics (News - Alert) unit. In the first, the research firm is out with its prediction for 100 gigabit optical port shipments in 2016. In a word, it said the 100G market would "explode" and that coherent technology would lead the field with shipments up more than 100 percent this year over 2014. The second is on our sister Telecom Signaling Community where the researchers are also looking at robust VoIP (voice over IP) and IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) revenue which was up 46 percent year-over-year in 2Q15, to $1.3 billion

In other industry news, there was a significant announcement from Rockwell Collins of its unveiled ARINC UrgentLink network which is billed as the first U.S. nationwide disaster communications network that is a national, high-performance, reliable wireless network to facilitate instantaneous communications between various first responders and support people in the event of a disaster.

And, in our last news item, community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) has inked a three-year deal with Telefónica


As has been the case in recent weeks, our features section covers a broad array of industry interests. Items that caught our attention this week included:

  • A look at the foundational role that upgrading ICT infrastructure is and can play in helping the promise of smart city projects realize their full potential.
  • In the second part of a two-part series, TMCnet Contributor Mae Kowalke looked at how even mobile service providers in places like the U.S. have an opportunity to leverage sub-Brands and international roaming to spur lucrative prepaid mobile usage. Can Spur Prepaid Mobile
  • While SDN tends to be viewed from a high level, its importance to various vertical markets should not be under-emphasized.  In fact, this week we look at the benefits of cloud and SDN for financial Institutions, including in such areas as audit, compliance, security and the operations.
  • Recent Alcatel-Lucent research sheds light on the impact of mobile devices on LTE networks with a granularity to is clearly food for thought for network service providers in planning future network architectures and services.

 Weekend reading

Summer is fast coming to a close which means it is time to get caught up on industry buzz and insights. The community home page is a great way to get current fast as it is your gateway to constantly up-dated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies?

This week my TechZine recommendations are:

Depending on your interests, the home page also has links to the other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK. And, by all means check out the “Digital Ideas” section which has a series of informative podcasts.