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5G: What Is It & Why Does it Matter?
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4/1/2015  |  5 comments
It's 5G month at Light Reading, which means we're exploring everything from what 5G entails, what it means for the industry, its challenges, opportunities and progress across the globe.
SkyLIGHT Intro Video
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Testing Small Cells (Video)
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Small Cell Backhaul Performance Assurance
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Small Cells – Big Impact

There is no doubt we are attached to our mobile devices, to the point where they now outnumber the global human population. Mobile data will increase 1000-fold between 2014 and 2020, with users expecting service quality to keep in step. RF capacity has its limits, and is unable to keep up with demand unless a new radio access model emerges.

Mobile access networks are strained to maintain quality as more subscribers run bandwidth-intensive applications from a variety of devices. With the annual throughput of mobile traffic expected to increase from 58 Exabytes in 2013 to roughly 335 Exabytes by 2020, brute-force over-provisioning of bandwidth is no longer an economically feasible solution. Operators must implement strategies to meet growing quality of experience (QoE) expectations even in the face of finite spectrum.

Small cells are the answer to dramatic mobile traffic growth, but new challenges in the backhaul accompany them. Small cells allow operators to spatially share precious spectrum, operating inside the macro cell footprint and effectively bringing the network closer to the majority of users indoors and in highly dense urban areas. Unlicensed spectrum, including WiFi, also relieves licensed-band saturation, and small cells typically employ multiple technologies to scale their capacity.

The solution is as effective as it is necessary. Mobile operators will deploy 5 million small cells annually by 2017, where over half of mobile traffic will be carried by more than 62 million small cells worldwide. ABI Research forecasts 125% year-on-year growth of units shipped in roughly the same timeframe for a $3.6 billion market.

SkyLIGHT(TM) VCX Controller
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3/31/2015  | 

SkyLIGHT™ VCX Controller is the industry’s first performance assurance controller employing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to bring advanced monitoring capabilities network-wide, without the need for expensive, high-end test equipment.

This radically more efficient approach to network performance monitoring combines all the benefits of virtualization without compromising test speed or precision. By eliminating key cost, scalability, and coverage barriers to network performance visibility, service providers can now more cost-effectively ensure a better quality of experience (QoE) for users.

The VCX Controller works together with Accedian’s Nano smart SFP (optical transponder) and compact gigabit Ethernet Modules to deliver multi-flow traffic generation and ability to monitor the performance of thousands of flows. The Modules are easy to install and cost up to 90% less than existing solutions, enabling service providers to realize the significant capital and operational efficiencies promised by an NFV architecture, while their customers benefit from a fully assured network.

Designed to fit seamlessly into a service provider’s existing infrastructure and operational practices and procedures, the VCX Controller uses the same interfaces as Accedian standalone solutions to interoperate openly with standards-based network elements, management platforms, analytics platforms, and more.

The result combines centralized control with distributed firepower. This approach is unique in its scalability, and its ability to openly interface network-wide intelligence with existing infrastructure, management, and control platforms.

VoLTE Performance Assurance
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3/31/2015  | 

As operators roll out VoLTE, QoS issues can quickly degrade, interrupt or prevent calls and roaming.

In a world where “5-bars” performance is expected anytime & anywhere, anything less impacts customer loyalty and revenue. VoLTE MOS & R-Value, Latency, delay variation, availability, and packet loss are just a few key metrics that must meet demanding specs for successful VoLTE services.

A real-time view of network performance lets operators respond quickly to QoS threats - and offer the best possible VoLTE experience to their customers.

Sprint to Bring 540 Jobs, LTE-A to Chicago
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3/30/2015  |  7 comments
The Windy City will be Sprint's starting point for network upgrades as it plans to deploy LTE-Advanced in Chicago, as well as add 115 stores and 540 jobs in the city in 2015.
Huawei Intros Smart Device for eLTE
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3/30/2015  |  Post a comment
Huawei has developed a secure, location-aware multimedia smartphone for its eLTE trunked radio solution, says Huawei's Norman Frisch.
T-Mobile Aims to Close Map Gap on Its Own
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3/30/2015  |  5 comments
T-Mobile is providing potential customers with its own coverage maps, including crowd-sourced subscriber data and third-party data to provide a more dynamic view of its network.
Leading Lights Awards: It's Now or Never!
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3/30/2015  |  2 comments
Deadline extension means there are still a few more days to submit those winning entries, but don't delay -- April 10 is the final deadline and then the judging begins.
JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience
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3/26/2015  |  Post a comment
Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
BT Backs G.fast for Backhaul
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3/25/2015  |  1 comment
British carrier really wants to sweat that copper plant and sees a real opportunity to use that asset for high-speed backhaul.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
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3/25/2015  |  1 comment
India's third-largest operator is slowly and steadily closing the gap with its bigger rivals.
BT Threatens Price War With New 4G Offer
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3/25/2015  |  2 comments
The UK fixed-line incumbent has marked its entry into mobile with the launch of a cut-price 4G service.
Euro Project Probes G.fast Role in Backhaul Networks
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3/24/2015  |  Post a comment
New Celtic-Plus project explores the potential to use copper lines powered by G.fast for High-speed backhaul applications.
Cohere Technologies Raises $35M
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3/24/2015  |  Post a comment
Cohere Technologies, which specializes in modulation techniques that unlock wireless network capacity, has raised $35 million in a C round of funding from investors including Australian operator Telstra.
Startup Cohere Raises $35M for 5G Modulation
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3/24/2015  |  5 comments
Australian operator Telstra will be among the first to test the company's OTFS technology that it says will help them add capacity for a 5G future.
TE Connectivity Unveils, Demos FullAXS
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3/23/2015  |  Post a comment
Vendor announces and demonstrates new FullAXS Mini connector and cable assembly system and next-generation MXC optical connector.
CityFibre Sees Backhaul Interest From O2, Vodafone
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3/23/2015  |  1 comment
The fiber network operator believes a merger between BT and EE will drive the UK's other mobile players into its backhaul embrace.
Leading Lights Awards: Only Days Left to Enter!
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3/19/2015  |  1 comment
The deadline for the 2015 Leading Lights awards is March 27, so get your skates on if you think you could be a winner!
Microsemi Snaps Up Vitesse for $389M
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3/18/2015  |  4 comments
It's more M&A for the semiconductor space as Microsemi acquires Vitesse to expand its growth in emerging markets.
RAD Launches vCPE Platform for Hosting VNFs
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3/17/2015  |  Post a comment
The ETX-2i is designed for L2 and L3 business, mobile backhaul and wholesale services.
Fastback & Sub10 Merge for Millimeter Future
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3/17/2015  |  2 comments
Fastback and Sub10 look to create a high-frequency radio backhaul system for a 5G future.
Alcatel-Lucent Adds Depth to Its Metro Lineup
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3/12/2015  |  3 comments
Vendor inserts metro edge box in platform family covering metro needs from core to access.
Verizon Scales Up Small Cells, AT&T Cuts Back
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3/10/2015  |  4 comments
Verizon reiterates plans to use small cells in markets where it didn't acquire AWS spectrum, while AT&T has reportedly scaled back plans to deploy 40,000 small cells this year.
SoftBank Choose Coriant for Metro
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3/3/2015  |  Post a comment
Japan's Softbank BB Corp. picks Coriant's 7100 Nano platform for high-speed metro network needs.
5G Use Cases, Pre-Standards Groups Proliferate
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3/3/2015  |  2 comments
Everyone wants to have a say in how 5G will develop, with many different groups outlining their visions of 5G and vowing to play nice with the other groups.
5G Visions Dazzle at MWC
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3/3/2015  |  2 comments
5G promises to improve your life, not just speed your mobile Internet connection.
Rural Rounds Out Small Cell Forum's Releases
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3/3/2015  |  3 comments
With its use cases wrapped up, the Forum is tackling LTE-U, virtualization, 5G and other technology trends affecting the mini-RANs.
AT&T Connects Cars & Trash Cans
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3/2/2015  |  3 comments
AT&T isn't afraid of getting its hands dirty when it comes to the Internet of Things.
Q&A: The Castle in T-Mobile's LTE Network
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3/2/2015  |  2 comments
Grant Castle, T-Mobile VP of engineering services and QA, talks to Light Reading about the carrier's spectrum position, plans for LTE-U, RCS, small cells and more.
Poll: NFV/SDN, 5G & IoT to Dominate MWC
Que Sera Sarah  | 
3/1/2015  |  2 comments
According to Light Reading's poll of 900 readers, NFV and SDN, followed by 5G and the IoT, will dominate headlines at this year's mobile extravaganza in Barcelona.
BTE 2015 Is Bigger & Even Better
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2/25/2015  |  4 comments
This year's Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago is going to provide more opportunities than ever for networking, getting to grips with key industry challenges and opportunities and, equally as important, having some fun.
Artemis's pCell Network Coming Soon Via Dish
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2/24/2015  |  3 comments
Startup promising to greatly improve LTE network performance will launch on Dish's spectrum in San Fran, as well as make its Hub available for indoor testing.
Alcatel-Lucent Integrates Siklu for Millimeter Wave Backhaul
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2/23/2015  |  Post a comment
Adding millimeter wave radios bolsters Alcatel-Lucent high-capacity backhaul offering.
MWC: Let the Madness Begin
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2/23/2015  |  11 comments
Are you all strapped in? Then let's talk 5G, NFV, IoT, security and anything else that rhymes with LTE… oh, and tapas…
Eurobites: Telekom Austria Tests Virtual CPE
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2/20/2015  |  Post a comment
Also in today's regional roundup: Gemalto investigates hacking claims; BT welcomes Euro support over pricing rules; T-Mobile Austria bundles Netflix; and more.
Virgin Media Business, Arqiva Team on 4G Small Cell Backhaul
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2/20/2015  |  Post a comment
Virgin Media Business and infrastructure specialist Arqiva have joined forces to offer the UK's mobile operators a small cell site and connectivity package in multiple major cities.
Ericsson Revamps Its RAN With RBS 6000 Successor
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2/19/2015  |  1 comment
As part of its pre-MWC news blast, Ericsson announces the successor to its highly successful base station and talks small cells, analytics, backhaul and more.
Ericsson Launches New Radio System
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2/19/2015  |  1 comment
Ericsson Radio System offers a modular architecture that is designed for the migration towards 5G.
Ericsson Unveils New Router Family
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2/19/2015  |  Post a comment
New Ericsson 6000 series of routers integrates radio and IP transport.
ADVA to Demo Virtualized Mobile Backhaul at MWC
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2/18/2015  |  Post a comment
ADVA optical networking to demonstrate virtualization in radio access backhaul networks at Mobile World Congress. New programmable Ethernet access device key to deploying virtual network functions for mobile industry.
Nokia & Partners Unveil Virtual Mobile Network
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2/18/2015  |  Post a comment
Apply SDN to the entire backhaul, transport and core of an LTE network. Approved ETSI NFV Proof of Concept. Milestone in design and implementation of future mobile networks.
CityFibre Bolsters Leadership Team
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2/17/2015  |  Post a comment
UK fiber challenger beefs up its management.
Nokia Offers Virtual OSS, VNF Service
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2/17/2015  |  1 comment
Vendor's pre-MWC media blitz includes cloud-ready OSS and BSS, an NFV assessment service and enhancements to its Radio Cloud proposition, including Ethernet-based fronthaul.
Crown Castle Weighs Sale of Australian Unit
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2/16/2015  |  1 comment
The heavily indebted infrastructure company says a sale could be in the best interests of shareholders.
Nokia, Coriant Extend SON to Backhaul
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2/12/2015  |  Post a comment
Self-aware mobile backhaul system automatically adapts to changing network demand.
T-Mobile Poland Taps Accedian for Network Assurance
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2/11/2015  |  Post a comment
Accedian Networks provides T-Mobile Poland with V-NID performance monitoring solution for improved mobile backhaul network visibility.
SpiderCloud Banks $20M in Fresh Funding
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2/9/2015  |  7 comments
Company has now raised a total of $125 million to develop its enterprise small cell business.
MACOM to Net $127.8M From Stock Offer
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2/6/2015  |  Post a comment
Maker of components for optical, mobile and other uses will use proceeds to pay debt.
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Huawei's Power Play With GrupoGiro

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Daniel Heredia, CEO of Energiro, the power management services part of Spain's Grupo Giro, explains why his company has just struck a partnership with Huawei for uninterruptible power supply products and how he hopes it can take the partnership into other markets.
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Huawei Intros Smart Device for eLTE

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Huawei has developed a secure, location-aware multimedia smartphone for its eLTE trunked radio solution, says Huawei's Norman Frisch.
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Win Video, Win All

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Video is going to be the next main source of revenue for operators. Operators have big opportunities and advantages to monetize video services. Globally, Huawei has helped more than 70 operators achieve over 30 million video subscribers. Watch this video for more.
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The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV

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Hyperscale cloud has been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale ...
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eLTE Rapid Meets the Need for Speed

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Designed especially for emergency and dedicated ad hoc local mobile communications coverage, Huawei's eLTE Rapid solution can deliver trunked voice, video and data coverage for multiple users over a 6km range and be set up in just 15 minutes, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
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On Videos: Challenges & Opportunities

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Most everything is now connected. And along with 4K and 4G technologies, everyone could be creating and broadcasting video contents. Users are expecting better video experience with any screen, anywhere and anytime. Operators will meet new challenges, but also see some big opportunities.
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JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience

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Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
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Smarter Service Chaining & New Ways to Benefit From Qosmos Technology

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David Le Goff, director of strategic and product marketing at Qosmos, explains how the company has added application awareness to subscriber information to make service chaining more efficient and reduce costs for networking and infrastructure. In addition, Qosmos technology, which has been delivered as C libraries, is now also available as a virtual machine, ...
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Qosmos CEO: The Changing Face of DPI

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LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures. Also, how the comms market is becoming more like the automotive industry.
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FC Schalke Scores With Its Agile Stadium

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Top German soccer club FC Schalke 04 has deployed a new, agile WiFi network from Huawei in its Veltins-Arena stadium and is reaping the benefits in terms of customer satisfaction and business opportunities, explains marketing chief Alexander Jobst.
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Huawei’s Insights on Mobile Video

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More people than ever are now watching videos on smartphones. Seventy percent of mobile traffic will be video traffic until 2018. In this video, Huawei's exports give their insights on mobile video in terms of business model, network planning and 4G network construction.
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The Rise of Industry 4.0

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Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It's a big deal for influential operators such as Deutsche Telekom.
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LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
Chattanooga’s EPB publicly owned utility comms company has become a poster child for how to enable a local economy using next-gen networking technology. Steve Saunders, Founder of Light Reading, sits down with Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, to learn how EPB is bringing big time tech to small town America.