What’s the Winning Strategy for Operators? | Trending Network News | October 15, 2016

In this edition of Trending Network News, we start with a question: what’s the best differentiation strategy for telco operators? It’s an open question, and the answer varies somewhat by region. This week’s news gives some clues as to the activities operators think will help them most, in the short- and in the long-term. A few examples: AT&T’s recent partnership with Amazon Web Services, a case study showing how Verizon’s Internet of Things (IoT) fleet tracking solution works in the real world, Comcast’s plans to test long range WAN (LoRaWAN) IoT networks, Telefonica’s demo of 800 Mbps download speeds using a 4G network, and Swisscom’s focus on network functions virtualization (NFV) as a prerequisite for 5G. 

Telco strategies – an open mystery
How can mobile carriers differentiate themselves? Answers vary; for some, growth seems to mean a renewed focus on their core business. For others, diversification is the name of the game. | Article by Telecom Ramblings

AT&T & AWS: Heavy Reading’s View
The partnership between AT&T and Amazon Web Services will shape the landscape of telecom industry collaborations for years to come. | Article by Light Reading

Verizon IoT solution enables fleet tracking for landscaping company

Verizon’s Networkfleet’s GPS solution is being used by a landscape company in North Dakota to manage its fleet of vehicles and drivers. | Article by RCR Wireless

Comcast Will Test LoRaWAN IoT Networks in Two Markets
Comcast is working with Semtech to test a LoRaWAN network in Philadelphia and San Francisco. | Article by SDxCentral

Telefónica demos download speeds up to 800 Mbps on 4G network
Working with technology from Nokia and Qualcomm, Spanish telecom operator Telefonica recently demonstrated download speeds up to 800 megabits per second using its 4G network. Article by RCR Wireless

Swisscom sees NFV as a prerequisite for the 5G journey
NFV is the baseline for 5G, says Swisscom. | Video by TelecomTV