Verizon Takes SDN Wireless, with the Help of AI

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The nascent software-defined networking (SDN) approach continues to expand its reach, with wireless being among the newest frontiers in which it has made inroads. The move into the wireless ecosystem is exemplified by Verizon’s debut of its Software Defined Wireless Local Area Network (SD WLAN) last week.

With the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology from Mist Systems, the SD WLAN is said to increase visibility into corporate wireless network operations — including Bluetooth-enabled devices connected to such networks — with the aim of improving the user experience. The self-described user-centric wireless LAN managed solution is under Verizon’s Virtual Network Services umbrella. As far back as 2016, Verizon has positioned its new-age offerings as having wireless capabilities, as it sought to keep pace with SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) functionality found in managed virtualized service products from rivals such as AT&T, Nuage Networks and Cisco.

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