For more than 20 years, Aricent has been at the forefront of software-powered innovations for communications, including the world’s first frame relay networks, the first WiMax and “small cell” base stations, the first in-flight WiFi service, the first frameworks for software-defined networking, etc.

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Every time there’s a discussion on disruption in the industry, I’m reminded of a time I was visiting Bangalore. It was about eight years ago and I was working for IBM. We wanted to make a really big statement about how important India was to us. So we rented the palace grounds, erected a building in the grounds, got all the production bells and whistles and invited all of the 10,000 local employees to attend. We even hooked up satellites and connected an additional 40,000 employees so they could participate.

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) along with Software Defined Networking (SDN) is emerging to be a disruptive technology, introducing many innovations in the service provider network architecture. Service providers are looking at ways of optimizing cost, increasing ROI and simplifying the management of their network infrastructure, and NFV and SDN provides them with unlimited possibilities.

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2013 was abuzz with SDN, SON, VoLTE, and WiFi. Even though these technologies are there for quite some time now, they generated far more interest in 2013, than ever. We expect them to bring about some of the biggest disruptions in the communications domain in 2014. Let’s look at what our experts have to say about the future of these technologies.

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Voice over LTE was developed as a standardized way for operators to transmit voice over new data-oriented LTE networks, meaning that voice services can use the higher speeds and quality of service that LTE provides over its 2G and 3G predecessors.

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