>> In Orlando, Chuck Kalmanek, vice president/Research at AT&T Labs Research, outlined his company’s priorities for this year, and here are some details about a few of them. LTE network growth is top of mind, including plans for small cells and VoLTE. It also wants to expand U-verse and revamp its network security to lock out aggressive hackers (while he didn’t say it out loud, he alluded to China), and then to clean and scrub data so that customers aren’t affected. In the Big Data category, AT&T is looking at new architecture and governance; “Every time a customer reports a dropped call, that’s data that tells us where to deploy a small cell,” he noted. And regarding Service Quality Management, Kalmanek’s research group is working with other AT&T operations on new troubleshooting initiatives that can reduce outage time from days to minutes. In addition, an Impact Analysis scheme will be able to rank network events, putting out the worst fires first.
>> “I have 162 connected devices in my home. That’s freaking incredible. I can turn the lights off and freak out my wife” – Balan Nair, CTO, Liberty Global, speaking this morning. (Editor’s note: A more extensive write-up regarding Nair’s talk will be posted on CTDaily’s Web site later this week.)