By Marc Lippe, Director, Worldwide Field and Corporate Marketing, InfoVista
In this month’s round-up of industry news, issues and updates, we feature articles about challenges that communications service providers (CSPs) are facing in the telco industry, including the demand for Carrier Ethernet, bandwidth allocation and the expanding mobile backhaul market.
IT News Africa:LTE In Africa – Call It Like It Is – November 6th
LTE has evolved from initial concept stage to full roll-out in Africa, and is now being brought to consumers to enhance network speeds and communication throughput. However, many are beginning to question whether the technology they are calling LTE in regions of Africa actually adheres to the industry standards of LTE, as some analysts have alleged that LTE roll-outs may have been simply a marketing ploy to attract customers.
Light Reading:Carrier Ethernet Has a Job for SDN – November 7th
“Bandwidth-on-demand,” the ability to increase and decrease bandwidth as needed, is growing in popularity because it allows operators and their customers to re-allocate bandwidth to best suit individual business needs. Although this application has gained popularity, many believe Software-defined networking (SDN) is still sufficient without it. In fact, 15 percent of a recent Heavy Reading webinar’s participants said they are already implementing bandwidth-on-demand, but never called it that!
Fierce Telecom:Medium-Sized Businesses Buy in to Carrier Ethernet Services – November 12th
Because medium-sized businesses now require high-speed and high-quality data services due to the expansion of connectivity requirements, Carrier Ethernet service providers are expanding their customer base to incorporate both large- and medium-sized businesses. As a result, this market is likely to see a 15 percent revenue growth rate over the next several years as more and more businesses seek out the benefits of the technology.
Fierce Mobile IT:Mobile Network Backhaul Equipment Market to Reach $6.71 Billion Next Year – November 12th
As more operators work to address the increase of data traffic, the mobile industry is going to see a rise in the global mobile network backhaul equipment market. This market will be supplemented by the use of optical fiber cables, wavelength selective switches and tighter channel spacing, all of which address the most common challenges resulting from heavy data traffic.
What are your thoughts on these articles? Do you agree that more medium-sized businesses will switch to Carrier Ethernet services in 2013? Is the LTE roll-out in Africa legitimate or just a way to attract customers? We’re looking forward to your feedback!
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