Despite the global growth in broadband, it is not yet widely used in the public safety sector. Work is currently ongoing to identify the best way forward. On the technical side, the standardized LTE technology has been widely accepted as a suitable base for public safety broadband communication due to excellent technical characteristics such as high data rates and well-planned features for prioritization and control of Quality of Service.
To fulfill the potential of the Networked Society, billions of people must be able to trust that communication networks are reliable and that the information carried over them is secure.
Cloud-based services provide an opportunity for network operators to add value and improve the timeliness and quality with which they deliver enterprise services and applications – whether through more efficient telecom and internal IT services or value-added cloud services for consumers and enterprises. Cloud-based services also allow operators to ensure rapid service creation and rollout by delivering new levels of flexibility, scalability and responsiveness. This will satisfy growing user expectations for new innovative services with high QoE, while handling ever-increasing traffic loads.
Building and expanding an LTE network does not usually happen overnight. It tends to be a gradual process where new cells and capacity are added in line with business and subscriber demand. Providing LTE, voice over LTE (VoLTE), and voice handover is a fundamental part of next-generation mobile networks, where voice handover to legacy systems is a key enabler while LTE coverage continues to be spotty.
Spectrum is fundamental to the success of mobile wireless communications. In recent years, it has been difficult to add new spectrum due to incumbent or legacy use. Shared spectrum opens opportunities to unlock additional, currently underutilized, spectrum for mobile broadband, in situations when incumbent or co-primary use does not diminish the value of that spectrum to the mobile operator. This is important because clearing this underused spectrum for exclusive use by the mobile industry would not be possible within reasonable time frames.
The new era of 4G IP networking is founded on the creation of a network with the scale and scope required to satisfy the demands of an increasingly connected world. As we get closer to the Networked Society, operators face three fundamental challenges: rising subscriber expectations, a fast-evolving commercial landscape, and exponential growth in data traffic.
As smartphones and tablets became the access devices of choice, mobile user behavior has undergone a fundamental shift from being predominantly voice-centric to data-centric – or, more accurately, app-centric. To provide for this, operators need new ways to assess performance and the quality of the user experience that enables operators to build and manage their networks in the most efficient, targeted and profitable way.
The landscape of the telecommunications market is changing rapidly. Supporting the multimedia demands of an always-connected, real-time, online lifestyle for individuals and organizations creates a whole new level of challenges for operators.
The introduction of smart meters and smart grid sensors demands a cost-effective and easily deployed communications solution. Laboratory and field tests have demonstrated that LTE networks successfully meet the technical requirements for smart grid communications.
The technologies that support big data are now widely available, lowering the entry barrier for communication service providers (CSPs) to take the next step: revenue generation. The initial big-data issues represented by the three Vs – volume, variety and velocity –have been overcome. Through innovative database design, faster networks and the availability of open-source tools to handle the variety of big data, the focus has shifted to the three As: adequate, accurate and actionable – just enough accurate data to take revenue-generating action.