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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The data explosion is all around us and technology is catapulting to match its pace. That broadband is the backbone on which this enormous demand is to be satiated, is old news. What is new and evermore exciting is that broadband technologies continue to grow  better, faster, stronger, and that this evolution is creating ripples in every network around us such as the Carrier Ethernet access and core transport, enterprise and consumer WLANs, data centers, aggregation hubs etc.

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RCR Wireless talked to Tom Lybarger, AVP Carrier Solutions and Services, about Aricent's approach to Customer Experience Management (CEM) at TM Forum's Management World in Dublin. Tom has also written a blog on how the worlds of M2M and CEM must converge to enhance customer satisfaction.

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Aricent announced its TMMi Level 4 certification at TM Forum's Management World in Dublin; RCR Wireless interviewed Priya Bhatt, Director- Marketing, about it. The highlight is that Aricent is first company in the UK and second in the World to achieve this.

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