In 2017… tele­com reg­u­la­tors take aim...

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Tele­com reg­u­la­tors will fo­cus on net­work qual­ity

Both the FCC in the US and BEREC in Europe have is­sued guid­ance that asks tele­com op­er­a­tors to de­tail the ac­tual QoE (qual­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence) de­liv­ered to sub­scribers on their net­works – in­clud­ing through­put, la­tency, and packet loss for all ser­vice plans. Con­sumers are be­com­ing more so­phis­ti­cated in how they use broad­band and more sen­si­tive to net­work dis­rup­tion as a re­sult, es­pe­cially, if it leads to slow so­cial net­work­ing, stut­ter­ing video stream­ing, or laggy gam­ing. In 2017, as more and more con­sumers rely ex­clu­sively on their broad­band con­nec­tions for video and voice ser­vices, reg­u­la­tors will go a step fur­ther and be pulled into man­dat­ing qual­ity mea­sure­ments for op­er­a­tors.

IoT se­cu­rity is­sues will con­tinue to steal head­lines

In 2017, the well-pub­li­cized is­sues with se­cu­rity on IoT de­vices will cause more prob­lems on broad­band net­works. The Dyn at­tack that was pri­mar­ily pow­ered by hacked cam­eras is a sign of things to come. Th­ese at­tacks will con­tinue to grow in size and the sheer num­ber of IoT de­vices be­ing used will am­plify the at­tack power to Tb/ps of ca­pac­ity. It’s go­ing to be­come es­sen­tial for op­er­a­tors to mit­i­gate with fine-grained fil­ter­ing and rate lim­it­ing of at­tack traf­fic in or­der to dif­fer­en­ti­ate their ser­vice of­fer­ings and keep sub­scribers happy.

Zero rate will pro­lif­er­ate

T-Mo­bile has de­liv­ered a blue­print for mo­bile dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion that’s re­sulted in im­pres­sive sub­scriber growth in the US. In 2017, other dis­rup­tive mo­bile op­er­a­tors are likely to fol­low suit in an at­tempt to em­u­late this recipe for suc­cess – as long as lo­cal reg­u­la­tors don’t for­bid it. How­ever, to make this a re­al­ity, op­er­a­tors also need to un­der­stand what ap­pli­ca­tions would de­liver the great­est per­ceived value to their sub­scribers and how their net­work would cope with in­creased vol­ume for zero rated ap­pli­ca­tion and con­tent.

Vir­tu­al­iza­tion will get some big de­ploy­ment wins

Op­er­a­tors world­wide are work­ing to vir­tu­al­ize their in­fra­struc­ture. There are al­ready some live vir­tual de­ploy­ments, but they are not at the scale many op­er­a­tors hoped for. In 2017, we will see high pro­file de­ploy­ments that be­gin to reap the ben­e­fits of vir­tu­al­iza­tion as ven­dor so­lu­tions be­come more ma­ture, de­liver scal­a­bil­ity, and get ‘good enough’ or­ches­tra­tion to roll out ser­vices.

Big data an­a­lyt­ics will bol­ster strate­gic de­ci­sion­mak­ing

As growth and rev­enue has flat­tened out, tele­coms op­er­a­tors around the world are dig­ging deeper to im­prove their bot­tom line and meet busi­ness goals. They’re be­gin­ning to learn how to lever­age the vast sets of in­for­ma­tion they now have. This will im­pact ev­ery area of tele­com busi­ness, in­clud­ing the net­work, where in­tel­li­gence about sub­scriber be­hav­ior and net­work per­for­mance will be more heav­ily re­lied upon for net­work and op­er­a­tional goals and in­vest­ment de­ci­sions.

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