2016 kicked off to a roaring start with lots of news around smart cities and IoT, and the New IP technology required to build agile, flexible networks that can handle the expected massive influx of connected people and things.
Here is a rundown of some of the hot New IP news this week:
AT&T and Verizon both announced smart city initiatives this week so we think it's officially OK to say that the race to get smart is on. On Tuesday, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said that it is working with Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas to implement smarter utility and traffic systems. And on Wednesday, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s Marni Walden, EVP and president of product innovation and new businesses, said they had "a number of pilots out there," including Savannah, Georgia, and others which they will announce later this year. (See Verizon Eyeing Smart Cities Too.)
On the New IP infrastructure side,
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) gained control of Alcatel-Lucent this week. Said Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia, in a press release: "As of January 14, 2016, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will offer a combined end-to-end portfolio of the scope and scale to meet the needs of our global customers. We will have unparalleled R&D and innovation capabilities, which we will use to lead the world in creating next-generation technology and services." No word yet on if the company name will change -- but it should be interesting to watch how the industry shifts to make way for the networking equipment behemoth. (See Nokia Gains Control of Alcatel-Lucent.)
In the New IP business benefits news category, AT&T's John Donovan, senior executive vice president of technology and operations, said at the Citi 2016 Global Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference that the company has beaten Moore's Law at last. Writes Carol Wilson, editor-at-large, Light Reading: "After two decades in which its networks failed to match Moore's Law improvements in performance, AT&T has now caught and exceeded that standard and will continue to improve by moving things from hardware to software and doing smarter planning of capital outlays." (See Donovan: AT&T Beating Moore's Law.)
She continues: "The ability to beat Moore's Law actually happened about five years ago on the network side. The picture continues to improve as more things are moved into software and commodity hardware does more of the hard work within the network as well, enabling reductions in capex and opex, [Donovan] stated."
Speaking of New IP, don’t miss our radio show next week with the The New IP Agency 's director Jeff Hannah, and Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director of the EANTC -- Light Reading's and the NIA's test partner. The three of us will be talking about the NIA's first much-anticipated multi-vendor NFV interoperability test, which wrapped up in late 2015. We'll also talk about the next round of testing, and we'll take your questions live on the air. Read about the test results here: First NFV Interop Test Results Are In and register now for the show: Putting NFV to the Test.
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.