Net­work Trans­for­ma­tion Trends

Voice&Data - - PREEONPLDES -

The year 2016 could eas­ily be termed the year of mo­bile broad­band in In­dia. Mo­bile data us­age has more than dou­bled in the last three years and is poised for more growth still, with 4G and 3G gain­ing mo­men­tum. Us­age in­creased from 5.87 lakh ter­abytes in 2013-14 to more than 14 lakh ter­abytes in 2015-16, ac­cord­ing to data by Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (TRAI).

With data con­sump­tion on the rise, it is hardly sur­pris­ing that In­dia’s ser­vice providers are ex­plor­ing tech­nolo­gies that en­able them to en­hance ca­pac­ity and pro­vide bet­ter cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences, while also bring­ing down op­er­a­tional costs. The fol­low­ing trends are likely to dom­i­nate the In­dian telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions seg­ment in the com­ing year:

In the be­gin­ning of 2016, we talked about the fact that fu­ture net­works will be all about soft­ware (See Voice and Data web­site, Jan­uary 11, 2016). That will still very much be the case in 2017. There’s no doubt that more of our cus­tomers will em­brace soft­ware pro­gramma­bil­ity and vir­tu­al­iza­tion to bet­ter man­age their net­works. One key ben­e­fit from soft­ware for the end user is that net­work down­time is­sues will de­crease. For ex­am­ple, in the past lo­cat­ing the point where a fiber is cut caused con­sid­er­able down­time. But in­tel­li­gent soft­ware and an­a­lyt­ics are now avail­able to help pin­point the ex­act lo­ca­tion of a cut, with­out need­ing to send a team out in the field to in­ves­ti­gate.

Ad­di­tion­ally, re­cent ad­vance­ments in soft­ware will re­duce the lim­i­ta­tions


of pro­pri­etary and box-cen­tric net­works to en­able more flex­i­bil­ity and pro­gramma­bil­ity. This will open up net­works to greater choice for op­er­a­tors and help elim­i­nate ven­dor “lock-in”.

In­dian ser­vice providers will con­tinue to feel pres­sure from end users for more high-band­width ser­vices like cloud com­put­ing, video, mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions and the in­ter­net of

Data Growth:

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