By Andrew Mackay, Head of Mobile Solutions, APAC
I have discussed in the past the increasing importance of Smallcells in a Service Providers access strategy (Bringing LTE Indoors and Cost Optimised Indoor Coverage), but to truly leverage Smallcells once deployed in an optimal way is not a trivial task. Normally the Smallcell supplier is different to the Macro network and often a different mix of technologies (e.g in the case of Wi-Fi) and frequency bands are involved. The term Heterogeneous, meaning “diverse in character or content” (oxforddictionaries.com), is indeed fitting. So what is the right approach to building an optimal Heterogeneous Network or HetNet?
The guiding principle must be the consideration of end user Quality of Experience (QoE). Read More »
Tags: ANDSF, Cisco Quantum software, connectivity, cSON, dSON, HetNet, LTE, mobile, network, orchestration, ott, QoE, service providers, Smallcell, Solutions, wifi
by Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications, 4G Americas
From the first batters up to the plate in South Korea in 2012, with a flurry from Metro PCS in the U.S., Voice over LTE (VoLTE) seemed to be in a field of dreams and not making much noise or progress. However, bring it on baby… as VoLTE may be getting ready for prime time in 2014. Analyst firm Infonetics expects 30 commercial networks and 51 million subscribers with VoLTE by the end of this year and that number will grow to the major leagues on 2015.
So, what is it? And why is it good? Read More »
Tags: 3G, 4G Americas, contact management evolution, devices, HD, IMS, LTE, messaging, network, operators, ott, RCS, RCS implementations, service providers, Solutions, telephony, vendors, VoLTE
As the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) meets in Hawaii (IETF 91), the unavoidable question for both participants and observers is whether a Standards Development Organization (SDO) like the IETF is relevant in a rapidly expanding environment of Open Source Software (OSS) projects.
For those new to the conversation, the open question is NOT whether SDOs should exist. They are a political reality inexorably tied to trade policies and international relationships. The fundamental reason behind their existence is to avoid a communications Tower of Babel (with the resulting economic consequences) and establish governance over the use of global commercial and information infrastructure (not just acceptable behavior, but the management of resources like addressing as well). Rather, the question is about their role going forward in enabling innovation.
SDOs (like the IETF) have to evolve their processes Read More »
Tags: API, carrier ethernet, ietf, network function virtualization, Open Loop, open source, Open Stack, open standards, OSS, SDN NFV, SDO, service providers, software defined network, yang
As consumers and workers seamlessly move from home, to the office, the subway, coffee shops, and everything in between, they expect a seamless connectivity between their mobile, Wi-Fi, and broadband experience. It makes sense that the policy for their data use will also be seamless across all technologies, thus providing the user with a more customized experience.
NTT Docomo recently announced that they will Read More »
Tags: broadband, Cisco Quantum Policy Suite, connectivity, high-speed, LTE, mobile, network, policy, service providers, Solutions, subscriber, wifi
On November 3rd, 2014 at the Software Defined Network-Multiprotocol label Switching SDN-MPLS (Software Defined Networking-Multiprotocol Label Switching) Conference in Washington D.C: I moderated a stellar panel titled, “Developing Products and Services in the 21st Century.”
Quite a few of the attendees represented Service Providers; with a few attendees from the Public Sector and vendor communities.
In framing up the discussion, I had proposed the following provocative abstract:
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Tags: cloud, Cloud Computing, co-innovation partnership, deployment, innovation, mpls, NFV, SDN, SDx, service providers