TMCnet Next Generation Communications Week in Review

It was a major week for news in the Next Generation Communications community, and as such, there was plenty to talk about. So settle in as we bring out our Week in Review coverage to run down all the high points of a week of news that brought a host of topics with it.

First, we had a report that linked the growing movement in personal devices that were capable of connecting to various wireless signals, like 3G and Wi-Fi, which was spawning an increased need for improvements in network architecture. Tablets especially, with their use of the cloud for augmented centralized storage capabilities and general connectivity, have spurred the need for improved network bandwidth. Thus, the call is going out for more installation of High Level Network architecture, which would help provide at least some more bandwidth without costly infrastructure upgrades.

Next came a report on interconnected CDNs--Content Delivery Networks--that were looking to not only provide the video that consumers demanded, but do so in a way that wouldn't break the bank in infrastructure costs. CDNs that are already on the network reduce the distance content has to travel to reach the end users, and in so doing, provides reduced network congestion and in turn disruption. The primary need of such networks was interoperability, something that Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix (News - Alert) Digital Media Delivery Platform looks to provide in earnest.

Then we had a report on how mobile service providers could develop better small cell deployment strategies through a larger cost analysis. While small cells are increasingly a larger part of mobile networks, especially as a way to provide more network capacity without having to build large-scale installations, the new issue becomes one of just where the devices are deployed to ensure the best possible reach and return on investment. Thus, wider cost analysis is proving not only necessary, but highly beneficial.

Finally, we had a look at an unexpected public safety tool, specifically, LTE (News - Alert) connectivity. Local and state governments alike are rapidly discovering the benefits of using LTE in public safety, benefits that were more thoroughly expressed in a recent Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) white paper titled "Public Safety LTE, A How-To Guide". Benefits of LTE connectivity in public safety included interoperability with other systems that could provide data like visual feeds in real-time video and images of maps and blueprints connected to buildings that required assistance. The lower latency and higher speeds are also appealing, which in turn has raised some issues about not only how to provide LTE to those regular consumers who want it, but also to those emergency responders who want access to the improved communication as well.

With everything from regular consumer usage patterns to the value provided by emergency responders impacted by next generation communications, it's easy to see why our global online community is able to find so much news about the topic, and why it's valuable to keep up with the topic. So be sure to join us back here next week for more coverage, as well as every weekend for our Week in Review wrap-up to summarize the high points!