AT&T is collaborating with Ericsson and Intel to test 5G network technology in the operator's Austin, Texas, network labs starting in the second quarter of this year, and it plans to conduct outdoor tests and trials of the technology this summer. The company said that it expects to conduct field trials of 5G before year-end, with those trials focusing on providing wireless connectivity to fixed locations.
The wireline and wireless industry segments have started, or are considering, implementing SDN and NFV into their networks to gain new network agility and the ability to drive automation into their service delivery processes. These providers' SDN/NFV strategies will be the focus of a panel I'm moderating at Mobile World Congress.
Calix is anticipating that the Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers that have accepted funds from the FCC's CAF-II program have started to see some spending activity amongst its largest customers as they begin network builds to bring broadband to rural areas of their footprints.
IDC predicted the worldwide software-defined networking (SDN) market to increase by a CAGR of 53.9 per cent from 2014 to 2020 and be worth nearly $12.5 billion (€11 billion) in 2020.
AT&T may have recently reached its goal to equip 1 million business locations, but it plans to expand the footprint further via GPON and traditional carrier Ethernet technologies.
Inspired by Google and Facebook, Big Switch Networks is committed to "redefining" data center networking, announcing significant updates to its Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric. The company is also giving away software worth $25,000 for lab and development environments.
Juniper Networks has acquired BTI Systems, a provider of metro optical networking and software, bolstering its cloud and SDN capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Verizon has become the latest major service provider to join ONOS (Open source SDN Network Operating System), an organization for service providers and networks and a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Just as the open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS) is celebrating major milestones, along comes Verizon as a new member of the ONOS project, whose mission is to accelerate adoption of open source SDN and NFV solutions.
SDN pioneer Big Switch Networks announced that it has closed a Series C round and raised $48.5 million in total growth financing. The funds will be used to spur adoption with both enterprise and carrier customers.