Sunday, 24 September 2017

Friday Review: Milking it

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 25 October 13

The industry has a vision of what we need from the networks of the future but progress is proving slow.

There was a lot of talk and not much action at Broadband World Forum this week. There was endless debate about the biggest industry trends; you couldn't walk more than a couple of feet without hearing someone mention SDN, NFV, vectoring or G.fast, for example, but is anyone actually doing this stuff yet? Well, no. That's not to say, however, that I didn't expand my knowledge as a result of attending. This week I learnt that there are still some people in the world who think it's reasonable to try to take a pint of milk through airport security; if a German gives you a bottle of beer with the word 'hell' printed on it, that's not a bad thing; and despite all the rhetoric about the cloud, we're just not ready for it. Marcus Weldon, Alcatel-Lucent's corporate CTO, opened proceedings in Amsterdam on Tuesday with a vision of the network of the future, which will be made up of small cells backed by robust fixed networks, of software-defined networking…

There was a lot of talk and not much action at Broadband World Forum this week. There was endless debate about the biggest industry trends; you couldn't walk more than a couple of feet without hearing someone mention SDN, NFV, vectoring or G.fast, for example, but is anyone actually doing this stuff yet? Well, no. That's not to say, however, that I didn't expand my knowledge as a result of attending. This week I learnt that there are still some people in the world who think it's reasonable to try to take a pint of milk through airport security; if a German gives you a bottle of beer with the word 'hell' printed on it, that's not a bad thing; and despite all the rhetoric about the cloud, we're just not ready for it. Marcus Weldon, Alcatel-Lucent's corporate CTO, opened proceedings in Amsterdam on Tuesday with a vision of the network of the future, which will be made up of small cells backed by robust fixed networks, of software-defined networking…

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