As competition and the economic crunch pit themselves against communications service providers (CSPs), it’s getting harder and harder for them to maintain profitability, so the search is on for ways of exploiting underused assets. Take customers for example – CSPs have them by the billions, yet they often know almost nothing about them other than an address or a phone number in the eyes of many providers.
The surging popularity of smartphones over the past few years has caused some serious issues for the broadband networks which consumers depend on every day. Network issues revolve around a growing capacity crunch, mainly due to the availability of streaming media and rich content being accessed by next-generation devices. A report released by ABI Research in September 2010 estimates there will be more than 1.5 billion active mobile broadband consumers by 2015. In other words, network performance will continue to decline unless solutions are put in place to mitigate the congestion.
Satellite, when combined with 4G wireless, offers two very powerful advantages for stakeholders. First, it provides a large amount of spectrum. That spectrum enables delivery of next-generation wireless services in a world that is increasingly underserved by terrestrial spectrum and is moving in the direction of broadband wireless. Also, satellite’s large coverage footprint offers unparalleled reach to the next frontier of un-served and underserved suburban, rural and remote areas.
Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA, USA) today announced a solution designed for migrating service provider transport infrastructures to support next-generation IP-based services, called Carrier Packet Transport (CPT). The company claims this solution combines the reliability of the transport network with efficiencies of packet technology to deliver current and future services.
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.
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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.
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.