Network Slicing is a popular buzzword. You hear it everywhere, whether it’s referring to LTE or next-generation 5G technology.

What exactly is network slicing? Basically, it provides differentiated treatment depending on user requirement and improves the efficiency of network resources. In network slicing, customized networks are created and based on user requirements, mobility management entity (MME) providing the required service is selected.

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What was touted as the ‘must-attend mobile telecommunications event of 2016’, just concluded with much aplomb. It set the tone for what the newest innovations in the fascinating world of small cells will be, and what trends to look forward to in this niche area. The much-awaited SCWS World was held at Intercontinental O2 Hotel, London, from 10 to 12 May 2016, and Aricent was a Sponsor at this prestigious event.

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Wireless Service Providers (WSP) have been extending wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi and LTE/3G/GSM/CDMA by using Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). Using Wi-Fi for offloading data from LTE/3G networking is an attractive value proposition for WSPs. Typically DAS deployments have significant installation and maintenance cost and this cost sometimes is taken care by the carrier provider but in most cases the venue owner needs to bear this cost. In most cases this cost cannot be mapped to direct revenue and is considered as part of infrastructure cost.

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From staying relevant to enabling hyper growth – Cloud is imperative for ISVs! A recent business report estimates that, 85% of new software firms in the market have SaaS (Software as a Service) based software delivery, whereas 65% of new software from established ISVs is delivered as SaaS. One of the latest IDC report also forecasted that SaaS revenues grew 5x faster than traditional packaged software. This implies that Cloud is challenging traditional ISV business models. While Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are under pressure to rapidly offer cloud ready or SaaS models of their application versions, to stay relevant and be competitive in the market, cloud offers opportunities to reach out to newer market segments and open new revenue streams rapidly. Cloud has leveled the pitch, offering the same benefits and opportunities to ISVs of all sizes and maturities. It is now up to the ISVs to adopt and exploit these opportunities to their benefit.

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With the emergence of Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and rapid innovations in the cloud, service providers and networking equipment manufacturers are working to transform existing carrier and data center networking infrastructure. The network is transforming to be more robust, faster, low-latency, highly resilient and agile ̶ a network that can reconfigure itself easily, attach itself with CPUs and steer the data in and out efficiently from CPU clusters.

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LTE network improvements were hotly predicted for 2015. It’s only March and well on the way to becoming reality – with more to come from Mobile World Congress.  As just one example, we’re proud to showcase new LTE “network in a box” capabilities here this week in Barcelona. Our proof of concept demonstrates how enhanced LTE will improve enterprise connectivity, enhance rural services, and potentially save lives with tactical communication capabilities in disaster zones.

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