This week wrapped up with a frenzy of New IP news spanning everything from AT&T's 5G trials to the public cloud getting the ax at Verizon to an open source group break up and more. Next week promises to be more exciting as we are one week out from Mobile World Congress.
Here's a look at just a few of the New IP news stories that crossed our desks this week:
For a glimpse into what's in store for Mobile World Congress, the 5G news has already started with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announcing plans for its 5G trials in Austin, Texas. According to AT&T's announcement, field trials will follow lab tests with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) in the second quarter before outdoor tests and trials over the summer months. AT&T says the work will guide its contributions to 5G technology standards, notes Iain Morris, news editor at Light Reading. (See AT&T Unveils Its 5G Roadmap and AT&T Lights Fire Under 5G, Plans 2016 Trials.)
In other news, the open source effort to standardize MANO has splintered into two groups due to irreconcilable views, according to Carol Wilson, editor at large, Light Reading. "One group appears to be emerging from the Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)-led effort around OpenMANO, and the other is being led by players within the Open Platform for NFV Project Inc. ," writes Wilson. Caroline Chappell, Heavy Reading's practice leader, cloud and NFV, says the differences revolve around whether to have a common information model, as the OpenMANO group believes, or tie the effort to OpenStack , as the other group plans to do. (See Split Emerges in Open Source MANO Efforts.)
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is axing its public cloud services starting in April, reported Light Reading's Mitch Wagner, west coast bureau chief, today. "As we continue to focus on the enterprise market, we're discontinuing the niche cloud service that accepted individual credit card swipes on April 12," the company said in an email statement to Light Reading. "The decision by Verizon comes as carriers change their cloud strategies in the face of overwhelming market dominance by public cloud providers Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and particularly Amazon Web Services Inc. ," writes Wagner. "Everybody outside of that group is turning to hybrid cloud or SaaS as a go-forward strategy." (See Verizon Pulls Plug on Public Cloud.)
Similarly, telcos are struggling with a data center dilemma. While repurposing Central Offices to be able to support virtualization, cloud and other New IP services, seems like a logical step, there are still many skeptics according to Light Reading's Wilson. She spent a few weeks digging into the trials and tribulations of converting central offices to data centers and talked to folks on both sides of the fence in for Light Reading this week. Don't miss The Data Center Dilemma.
Next week, stay close to The New IP for more news ahead of Mobile World Congress, and don't miss our next Tune in Tuesday radio show, which will be on Thursday (for a change) with Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD)'s CTO of Mobile Networking, Kevin Shatzkamer, and Bill Kaufmann, group manager of SDN Planning at Coriant . They will be talking about how the two companies teamed to develop a SDN/NFV-enabled smart mobile cloud and a mobile network slicing solution to reduce service activation times and enhance service performance in existing mobile networks. Register for the show here: The Smart Mobile Cloud .
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