If the transition to virtualized environments in the enterprise is any indicator, it appears that the transition to NFV in CSPs is only a question of when, not if. Why is this so? Well, for the same reason the enterprises did it: to be more agile.
The near ubiquity of mobile devices has created a virtuous cycle: More and more users of mobile devices need more and more capabilities. At the same time, the availability of more capabilities on mobile devices has in itself attracted more users.
Have you ever heard that phrase muttered in response to the question, “Why are we doing it this way?” If so, you are probably not alone. In fact, you may have even heard the “Five Monkeys and a Ladder” story, loosely based on social experiments with monkeys, that is used to emphasize the need to question the status quo and embrace new processes rather than holding tightly to existing ones just because they have always been there.
DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) can be considered the first iteration on the evolutionary road to C-RAN (Centralized RAN). As the name suggests, the antennas are distributed over a wide area, typically different stories of a building. A DAS solution provides improved carrier coverage, something that is becoming increasingly harder to achieve indoor due to ever-improving building and insulation standards. Additionally, as there are more antennas, they can broadcast at lower power.
MDT (Minimization of Drive Test) is a 3GPP feature first released in Release 10, which was frozen in 2011. And yet, it has not yet made a major impact in the marketplace despite it now being 5 years later.
Churn continues to be a hot topic for all mobile service providers, regardless of their size or location. It’s easy to understand why, because customer churn could result in millions of lost revenues.
By now, most of us involved within the Telecoms space will have heard about Voice over LTE. Like any new technology, it comes with a lot of hope and promise to improve customer experiences and reduce operating expenses, but what exactly is it and what challenges will it present for the service provider.
Consider how private car hire and ride-sharing service Uber has transformed public transportation internationally. Customers can simply queue up the app to find a nearby driver and conduct the entire transaction digitally, making for an easy and cashless ride. As more industries embrace digital technology – from hyper growth organizations to the local coffee shop on your nearest street corner – service providers will increasingly find an opportunity to add value.
One of TMC’s most coveted honors, the Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award recognizes exceptional products and services brought to market or greatly improved upon in the past year that facilitate voice, data, and video communications. Of the winners of this year’s awards, Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC said, “True leaders within their industries, these honorees represent the best-of-the-best products and solutions available on the market today.”
O2 is using Empirix IntelliSight in the implementation of its new Self-Optimizing Intelligent Network. The first of its kind in the United Kingdom, this new network will learn from and analyze the experiences and behaviors of 24 million O2 customers while redirecting signals in real time, rendering it the smartest mobile network in the United Kingdom.