Software-defined networking (SDN) is rapidly emerging at the forefront of next-generation networking. By decoupling the control and data planes in network switches and routers, SDN enables the rapid innovation and optimization of routing and switching equipment.  OpenFlow is the leading SDN architecture driving the adoption of this new wave of telecom networking standards and concepts.

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The telecom industry is moving in the direction of a broadband utility model in which utility computing and storage capabilities are connected by low-latency Ethernet and wavelength services and are delivered to a customer - with an on-demand option - through a single Ethernet user network interface that can handle many applications with SLA guarantees. But more needs to be done for operators to build on-demand cloud networks with broad service coverage. This webinar will explore what innovations are possible in Carrier Ethernet 2.0, MPLS, packet-optical, access, and software technologies to evolve toward a network architecture better optimized for cloud service delivery.

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled Next Generation Backhaul for Small Cells. The webinar provided Telecom Equipment Manufacturers with exhaustive insights into small cell backhaul requirements and a roadmap for how backhaul networking requirements will evolve to meet the unique demands of the public access small cell era. We discussed the architectures and features of various public access small cell backhaul technologies and identified the key considerations to arrive at the most optimal mix for different small cell backhaul requirements.

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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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