LTE to Gain Trac­tion

There is no magic-bul­let tech­nol­ogy that will guar­an­tee im­mu­nity from In­ter­net crime or de­ter­mined, tar­geted at­tacks, but be­ing pre­pared for the worst can pre­vent some at­tacks.

Voice&Data - - COLUMN -

Head of Tech­nol­ogy, In­dia Mar­ket, Nokia Net­works

015 def­i­nitely saw the birth of fu­tur­is­tic and cut­ting-edge global tech­nolo­gies in the mo­bile data and broad­band seg­ment. Look­ing to­wards 2016, the un­der­ly­ing tele­com mar­ket trends of mo­bile broad­band, Telco Cloud (VoLTE/ VoWiFi), 5G, se­cu­rity so­lu­tions, In­ter­net of things, etc, will con­tinue to em­power the oper­a­tors in their jour­ney of evo­lu­tion in or­der to ef­fec­tively man­age and mon­e­tize the surg­ing mo­bile broad­band growth.

The so­lu­tions like Ul­tra Dense Net­works, Telco Cloud, Big Data An­a­lyt­ics and Smart Lo­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ences will en­able oper­a­tors to serve huge data de­mands and op­ti­mize spec­trum in­vest­ments.

The mo­bile broad­band data con­tin­ues to surge and will keep on dou­bling ev­ery year es­pe­cially in megac­i­ties and the places where peo­ple are gath­er­ing.

Th­ese high den­sity ar­eas are typ­i­cally con­sid­ered the seam­less multi–layer tech­nol­ogy net­works car­ry­ing huge ca­pac­ity and cov­er­age en­abling good qual­ity for oper­a­tors’ cus­tomers.

To sat­isfy ever in­creas­ing data de­mand, oper­a­tors will be re­quired to evolve with flex­i­ble and scal­able net­work ar­chi­tec­ture to mod­ern­ize, re-farm and add more ca­pac­ity into their macro layer and build­ing new small cells.

In 2016, LTE will be­come main-stream in In­dia as more In­dian play­ers will launch 4G on a more ef­fi­cient spec­trum. This will re­sult in mas­sive growth in mo­bile data with more ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing de­manded and smart­phones be­ing pen­e­trated fur­ther into In­dia’s tele­com sub­scriber base.

5G and be­yond

More­over, 5G tech­nolo­gies and IOT are now un­der de­vel­op­ment, how­ever, the early play­ers are test­ing their own ver­sions of the 5G tech­nol­ogy which will give us an idea as to what ad­vance­ments in wire­less tech­nolo­gies we can ex­pect.

Need­less to say, the path to 5G will not be a sin­gle tech­nol­ogy but a con­sis­tent set of tech­nolo­gies that sup­ports wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion for mo­bile net­works, which can be ex­tended to sup­port var­i­ous in­dus­try ver­ti­cals as well.

An­other trend ex­pected is VoLTE/ VoWi-Fi which al­lows users to speak over high-speed net­works. With LTE gain­ing ground in In­dia, and with the avail­abil­ity of iPhone6s which sup­ports VoLTE, oper­a­tors are mov­ing to sup­port Voice on LTE for their ex­ist­ing 2G/3G sub­scribers.

Se­cu­rity so­lu­tions

With IOT con­nected devices on the hori­zon, se­cu­rity is paramount for the safe and re­li­able op­er­a­tion. The need is to bring in tighter rules to se­cure the data and pre­vent pri­vacy lapses.

More­over, the need for an ad­vanced se­cu­rity so­lu­tions which can ben­e­fit the oper­a­tors to en­sure an ef­fi­cient and clean net­work with 24*7 real time mon­i­tor­ing and au­to­mated ac­tions in the ad­vent of fraud by pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion for all sub­scribers, in­de­pen­dent of de­vice type and an­tivirus in­stalled or not will come into play.

More­over, as the de­mand from cus­tomers and con­sumers is ever-in­creas­ing, we ex­pect ‘Pre­dic­tive Ser­vices’ to grow which helps oper­a­tors meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for ex­cel­lent ser­vice qual­ity.

Th­ese ser­vices ex­pand the use of big data in­sights to deep net­work el­e­ment level which de­tects and re­solves is­sues be­fore they im­pact cus­tomers, even weeks ahead us­ing in-house Au­to­mated Health Check and Pre­dic­tive Trou­bleshoot­ing en­gines with ex­pert Care ser­vices.

As traf­fic con­tin­ues to grow ex­po­nen­tially, tel­cos will con­tinue to re­main fo­cussed on pro­vid­ing ad­vanced high-speed net­work ex­pe­ri­ence and con­sumers will there­fore choose ac­cord­ingly.

We ex­pect that a smooth net­work ex­pe­ri­ence will pre­vail over dif­fer­en­ti­ated cus­tomer ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence for op­er­a­tor se­lec­tion by con­sumers.

In a nut­shell, 2016 will wit­ness all th­ese tech­no­log­i­cal progress fur­ther and we ex­pect cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions to rise and con­sumers will con­tinue to de­mand a per­son­al­ized net­work - whether its qual­ity of net­work, qual­ity of ser­vice and qual­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence.

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