The first ever specifications for the virtual Residential Gateway were released today, as the Broadband Forum concluded work on a landmark project to bring the potential of virtualization into the home.
Lifecycle Service Orchestration: Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55). This 57-page document from the MEF is the essential, foundational specification for agile end-to-end communications services that work within one carrier’s network or can span the globe linking multiple service providers.
Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, was selected by Cirrus Core Networks Inc., an innovator in Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) for Mobile Network Operators (MNO), to support its NFV based LTE mobile core infrastructure platform with intelligent networking and cloud connectivity. Cirrus Core Networks has already deployed two global hubs in Epsilon’s facilities in London and Miami followed by Hong Kong and Singapore in the next two months.
Spirent Communications and Signals Research Group (SRG) revealed their latest collaboration on chapter 5 and 6 in the multi-part study of all things VoLTE. With global interest in the 3GPP-defined Enhanced Voice Services (EVS),the two industry leaders recently executed back-to-back studies to explore the benefits and user experience of this promising voice services codec, both in the lab and on a live commercial network.
NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology today announced that they have provided a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution via NEC Taiwan Ltd. to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a non-profit research institute working under the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan.
Technology and healthcare recently came together as part of a public forum at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. I was honored to join representatives from the FCC and the health industry at this eminent institution to discuss how the advent of 5G, and the policies that enable it, will affect the future of healthcare.
The Broadband Forum today announced it has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab), with the aim of accelerating the development of future broadband requirements and standards in close collaboration with open source projects, as well as the production deployment of new services, enabling its stakeholders to realize business benefits of emerging technologies such as SDN, NFV and Cloud.
MEF (www.MEF.net) has released a new white paper, Carrier Ethernet and NFV, as part of its broad range of initiatives to accelerate the introduction of agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) welcomes the decision by Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, to consult on a proposal to increase the amount of spectrum available to Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band.
As the Broadband Forum held its quarterly meeting in Berlin, Deutsche Telekom’s 5G Executive Program Manager Antje Williams called for true convergence between fixed and mobile networks so that a seamless experience could be delivered to consumers.
Access-agnostic networks are a vital component in realizing the full potential of 5G, and in order for this to happen, more collaboration is needed between different standards bodies, including open source communities, according to Williams.
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