2020 may seem like a long way off, but it is less than six years from now. That means although 5G is still not officially defined, every company on the industry value chain is already working out how its products will fit into this next generation of wireless connectivity, said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management of Freescale Semiconductor's digital networking group.
AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud initiative continues to expand, with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications becoming the latest vendors to join the program, which is launching a number of so-called beachhead programs starting this year as part of the operator's shift to an IP- and cloud-based network.
AT&T is enhancing its growing cloud services ambitions by adding Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu to its User-Defined Network Cloud program it initially launched in February.
MidoNet and ParStream, which created solutions for software-defined networking (SDN) and big data analytics, respectively, were named the winners of an innovation challenge held by Nokia's networks unit, which will continue working with both companies on future offerings.
AMSTERDAM--The development of so-called fifth generation (5G) technology will require a rethink in the way networks are built and run, said Marnix Botte, board member of the 5G public-private partnership (5GPPP) on Wednesday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— CenturyLink may be just as anxious to use a mixture of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as anyone, but the telco is realistic about how these technologies will fit into a network of its size.
Since unveiling Domain 2.0 and its vision for a user-defined network cloud, AT&T has made the point that it needs employees with comprehensive software skills that can take the company into a world based on IP and mobile. To help fill those roles, the telco has partnered with Udacity to launch an online "nanodegree" program this fall that will develop a new crop of software experts.
Though the Open Networking Forum (ONF) is still in the early days of specifying requirements for wireless transport through its Wireless and Mobile Working Group, which was announced in January, early virtualized backhaul solutions could be ready for trials in 2015 with production products arriving in the 2016-2017 time frame, according to Ran Avital, vice president of strategic and product marketing at wireless hauling specialist Ceragon Networks.
Cisco Systems is betting on the shift to Software-Defined Networking and is buying startup networking vendor Tail-f Systems for $175 million. The deal comes amid the start of a major shift in network design to SDN and Network Function Virtualization.
Revenue from Ethernet services delivered on 10GE and 100GE is forecast by Infonetics Research to grow 300 percent between 2013 and 2018.