Next Generation Communications Week in Review: Telfonica, Bell Labs and Siklu

We are coming up on Mobile World Congress (MWC), hence much if not all of our news and blogs this week in the Next Generation Communications Community involves things wireless.  In fact, as can be seen in the news section it is all about wireless.


Maybe the best place to start is with come market context.  It was provided this week with a new report from Infonetics (News - Alert) Research which found that the global VoLTE and IMS equipment market has seen a very nice jump in 2014 and 2015 and beyond is looking good.   

As to the other wireless news, if you are going to MWC, be sure to stop by Telefonica (News - Alert)'s booth (Hall 3- Stand 3J20), to see a demonstration of end-to-end virtual networking, i.e., Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) along with a host of other capabilities in action.

On the components side of things, small cells are going to be big at MWC, and you might wish to check out Siklu (News - Alert) whose radios have been integrated with the Alcatel-Lucent 9500 MPR for small cell backhaul
And, in case you missed it, Freescale (News - Alert) Semiconductor and Bell Labs have announced a partnership that will leverage their unique skill sets to influence the creation of new networks as early as 2017.


Once again we suffered from an almost embarrassment of riches from the bloggers.  In fact, below are the titles with some inducements as to why they are worth a click.

NFV INSIGHTS: Preparing for the future of NFV.  Contributed by Andreas Lemke, Ph.D. - Alcatel-Lucent, he looks at the recent Winter School and Hackathon event, organized by Bell Labs (News - Alert), Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team and Israel’s leading Institute of Technology, Technion. The event offered a full program to get acquainted with the fundamental concepts behind cloud computing, software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). You should be interested in what transpired as six through their paces.

The Evolution of Customer Experience Management: From scoring net promoters to customer effort.  Greg Owens, Senior Director, Global Marketing, Motive CEM Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent gives his account of what he learned at the recent Customer Experience Management (CEM) event in London. The good news is he came away encouraged that: “There is no doubt: CSPs are intent on improving customer satisfaction and on making it a key focus of their businesses. Many of the CSP-led presentations showed examples of mission and vision statements that place the customer smack-dab in the crosshairs.”

Can the vEPC be deployed in the LTE consumer network?  The answer to the question posed by Keith Allan, Director IP Mobile Core Product Strategy, Alcatel-Lucent, is YES.  Again, if you are at MWC you will have a chance to see why as Alcatel-Lucent will show a live demonstration of vEPC dynamic scaling together with simplified NFV management and orchestration.

VoWiFi extends and enriches LTE services.  David E. Nowoswiat, Senior Product and Solutions Marketing Manager, IP Routing & Transport, and Ed Elkin, Head of Marketing for IP Communication, Alcatel-Lucent, weigh in with their take as to how and why the growing importance and usage of Wi-Fi is spurring rapid development in voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) to complement robust VoLTE services.

Weekend reading

Whether you are going to Barcelona or not, the place to stay up to date on all next generation communications areas of interest is only a click away.  The community home page is your portal to industry news and insights which are constantly being up-dated with news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.

Plus, the home page also links to several eZines. Recent additions of note are Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles on NFV.

The other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors that are equally as timely and informative.