Operators Focus on IoT and Virtualization for 2017 | Trending Network News | November 19, 2016

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.

AT&T Fiber Launches in 20 Major Metros
This week AT&T announced the launch of its Fiber service in 20 new major U.S. metro areas, as well as expansion of those services in 16 other areas where it was already rolled out. | Article by Light Reading
AT&T Exec: Artificial Intelligence Will Help Us Run a Better Network
SDN + NFV + AI could prove to the winning recipe for more efficient network operations, AT&T thinks. | Article by SDxCentral

AT&T and Verizon agree on initial 5G deployment models; standards timing in flux

Both AT&T and Verizon expect that initial 5G deployments will center on fixed broadband users, since this allows carriers to use early technical specs to power enhanced equipment in support of higher data speeds and greater capacity. | Article by RCRWireless

Verizon set for deeper dive into IoT in battle over network market share
The big picture for IoT includes established telecom operators, like Verizon, relying on more open and standards-based technologies (e.g. LTE-based narrowband-IoT). For early 2017, Verizon has some IoT network trials planned, as well as the launch of an enterprise-focused consulting service. | Article by RCRWireless

BT: Virtualization Must Include Legacy

For BT, virtualization is not just about the future, but also about making better use of existing, physical networks. | Article by Light Reading
Eurobites: Orange Belgium Gets IoT-Ready
In Belgium, Orange is preparing to upgrade its 4G network to support IoT in 2017, through investments in NB-IoT and LTE-M. | Article by Light Reading