Cisco has made an investment in 6WIND, a networking software vendor with a focus on network functions virtualization and software defined networking. Coinciding with the visit this week between Cisco CEO John Chambers, his replacement Chuck Robbins, and France's President Francois Hollande, the investment is part of a broader initiative to commit $100 million to help French businesses innovate.
Alcatel-Lucent scored deals with China Mobile and China Unicom that will have it delivering mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, IP routing, agile optical networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, along with Nuage Networks' software defined networking (SDN) technologies and more.
Masergy is offering Virtual f(n), a virtualized network function platform that will enable its business customers to add routing and firewall capabilities via software and forgo the need to purchase network appliances and the associated management requirements.
AT&T says that the third release of OpenDaylight's Lithium open SDN software will help its ongoing effort to build its own SDN controller using ODL components.
AT&T is talking about investing $3 billion to build an LTE network in Mexico that will tie into its U.S. wireless network, but so far it's not saying much about whether it will deploy LTE-Advanced or VoLTE.
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei successfully demonstrated its Open Network Hypervisor (OpenNH) solution at California's Open Networking Summit 2015, held June 15-18. The solution is an independent tenant virtual network based on software-defined networking (SDN).
Noting that some 60 percent of licensed traffic is carried by unlicensed Wi-Fi--and referring to the fact that wireless operators at one time were Wi-Fi haters--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he thinks the industry and regulatory world are going through an evolutionary process where the outcome has to be recognition that spectrum is something that has to be shared.
Wireless operators around the globe are preparing for a big shift in their network architecture with the advent of software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), two technologies that promise to accelerate innovation and allow them to deploy new services more quickly and efficiently.
AT&T says the future of its network is all about software, and it's blazing a trail to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020. This week, John Donovan, senior EVP for technology and operations at AT&T, said the operator's engineers have figured out how to turn complex appliances into software running on commodity servers and other hardware.
As AT&T moves forward with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) roll out, the service provider plans to virtualize its GPON optical line terminals (OLTs) it deploys in each Central Office to deliver GigaPower 1 Gbps service to residential and business customers.