Historically, telecommunication companies have been characterized by fixed rates for telephone and Internet service. Because price is the distinguishing factor instead of features or other differentiators, the average revenue per user has been on a downward trend. The industry has been looking for a solution to this trend for some time, and some providers are now finding it in managed IT services in the cloud.
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We have described in a recent article the dimensions of the M2M Switch currently taking place in the wireless industry: a renewed emphasis on machine-to-machine communications away from human-to-human communications, and the implementation of a new business model based on new “ABCs”: low Average Revenue per Unit or ARPU; low bandwidth or data rate transfer; and low churn or customer attrition. These characteristics are fundamentally different from the wireless operator’s traditional business model. However, the shift in the business model foundation is not the only radical change. In addition to bringing a new focus, the M2M Switch transforms the way businesses operate. As millions of remote devices are going to be linked up together, the ability to better comprehend and monitor the operational quilt or the business environment in general will be increased, and, as a result, overall productivity enhanced. The M2M Switch infuses new life into the business-to-business (B2B) M2M market.
As mobile usage in the developed countries moves rapidly from voice to applications, the level of call processing in the network must increase correspondingly. Applications such as video and navigation require hundreds of times more data than voice, and the network’s processing capabilities must be upgraded to handle it. Yet choices now being made about 4G infrastructures will significantly impact operators’ ability to scale processing power as needed.
As someone who's been in and around the telecom industry for a long time, you can appreciate the kinds of changes I’ve seen over the years. At its basic level, we've gone from a world of monopoly fixed line service providers, to a de-regulated one where CLECs temporarily roamed, to the fragmented mobile-centric/Internet-centric business of today, where players like Amazon and Google and innovative device companies like Apple and RIM lead the way.
The EU has mandated that member states introduce smart metering in homes and businesses by 2020, to understand and monitor energy consumption with the aim of reducing usage, and ensuring reliability of supply.
Flowserve Corporation, a Texas-based provider of flow control products and services for pipelines and infrastructure, recently launched and an end-to-end, global MPLS network with Orange Business Services.
Mike Wald, vice president of operations for Flowserve Corporation’s information technology department and VP of IT for the Flow Control Division, said the network is paying dividends already. Its value is not just in the number connections and bandwidth throughput, but in Flowserve’s ability to monitor the performance of the network's constituents.
Today's communications world is not your grandfather's, or even your father's, communications world. What we used to call telecom is now a much broader industry that encompasses entertainment, Internet and web-based media and services and much more. And communications has been quickly converging with the IT world, which has necessitated a rethinking of how we approach a business architecture for the present day.
Today's manufacturing and consumer goods supply chains have become so complex, they incorporate almost every available facet of Information Communications Technologies (ICT). As these major industries retool for the future, they have identified common threads, including the elevation of decision-making to the highest levels of corporate accountability.
Semiconductors manufacturer Analog Devices, Inc., and provider of RF ICs (radio frequency integrated circuits), is offering an RF transceiver targeting short-range wireless systems in the global 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, science and medical) band.
The transceiver supports the IEEE802.15.4 standard and may be used to implement solutions based upon protocols such as Zigbee IPv6/6LowWPAN, ISA100.11a and Wireless HART, as well as offering the flexibility to implement proprietary FSK-based protocols with data rates of up to 2 Mbps.
If you’ve been reading my columns with any regularity, you’ll know that even though I’ve been in the communications business longer than I might care to admit, I’d like to think I’m still pretty connected when it comes to new technologies, new services and new ways of doing business.