In this edition of Trending Network News, we keep an eye on the activities of major telecom players around the globe, focused on 5G, virtualization, and the Internet of Things (IoT). In North America, AT&T launched its Fiber service in 20 new major metro markets, and the operator said it plans to use artificial intelligence (AI), combined with software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) to run a better network. Verizon (as well as AT&T) speculated on the role of fixed broadband for initial 5G rollouts, and made clear its intentions to invest in IoT during 2017. Elsewhere, BT stressed the importance of legacy physical networks, and Orange Belgium outlined its 4G network upgrades to support IoT next year.
BT: Virtualization Must Include Legacy