For service providers, focus has shifted to building and operating next-generation (NG) networks and services. But there remains the issue of legacy networks still accounting for a major share of operating costs. The bulk of services on legacy or TDM networks still require to be managed leading to a manifold increase in network size and complexity exacerbated by the ongoing conflict of business and investment priorities.

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In the recently concluded LTE Asia event (18-19 September) in Singapore, one of the key discussion topics was how to improve network capacity to meet ever growing demand for mobile data usage. The discussions made it quite apparent that smartphones and tablets were putting a lot of pressure on operators to quickly increase their network capacity in high traffic zones and during peak hours.

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There is a great deal of untapped potential in consistently applying existing technologies to support, and in fact, direct social change.

Technology advancements over the years have had a considerable impact on society—and yet in most cases, this social impact has been secondary to business and profit aims. Satistied with selective pockets of social and economic change, we often overlook the endless missed opportunities as we blindly follow the course of technology.

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Everyone today is talking of Big Data. The discussion is divided straight down the line - most people pushing the case present it as the panacea of all known & unknown problems; and interestingly the opposing group does not deny its relevance or value but makes every effort to categorize it as no different from the investments in data handling & management done painstakingly over the years. Of-course, both sides are right and miss the real point in the debate.

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled OpenFlow and the New Ethernet Game Plan. The webinar provided Telecom Equipment Manufacturers with exhaustive insights into the latest Software Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow technologies that are driving rapid innovation in the routing and switching domain. We discussed the architectures and application of OpenFlow/SDN to various networks including datacenters, enterprise, and transport networks. We also detailed the present state of adoption and our view on its evolution.

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled Leveraging 3G/4G WiFi offloading to reduce congestion and increase ROI.The webinar provided exhaustive insights into how Network Equipment Manufacturers can develop highly effective WiFi offloading solution that can help reduce CAPEX and OPEX requirements. They also discussed architectures and functionalities of the various WiFi offloading solutions for technologies such as 3G, LTE, WiMAX and CDMA. Given the huge number of questions asked we were not able to answer every one of them live, so we've addressed others that we didn't get to below.

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