Many operators have chosen to deploy 4G LTE networks to support the rollout of new services and enhance user experience. The deadlines to deploy LTE networks are very tight and as networks become increasingly complex a need has arisen for a simple and transparent network-performance verification process.
New ways are needed to address the issues of spectrum availability, shortage of licenses, tougher competition in the telecom sector and global financial pressure. A wholesale network-sharing model based on cooperation with a third party could unlock added value for operators, stimulating competition and overall market growth.
As the Networked Society takes shape, providing the right user experience is a top priority for operators. Bandwidth-hungry applications common on smartphones, tablets and other connected devices are driving figures for data traffic sky high. The opportunity for operators arises from people, business and society depending on their devices, mobile broadband access and high-performance networks. Heterogeneous networks, commonly known as hetnets, are efforts to improve and densify existing mobile broadband infrastructure together with added small cells are important when meeting ever-increasing user expectations.
Backhaul plays a critical role in mobile broadband, and is rising in importance on account of the introduction of heterogeneous networks, known as hetnets. Deploying vast numbers of small cells to complement improved and densified macrocell layers will require a range of highly scalable, flexible mobile backhaul solutions that support superior user experience.
The GSMA IR.92 voice-over-LTE and GSMA IR.94 IMS conversational video specifications are the preferred industry choices for mass-market voice and video calling services over LTE, satisfying user expectations and providing the most advantageous solutions for operators. With the industry aligned telecom solution, operators can now start commercial deployments of a telecom-grade, globally interoperable solution for voice and video calling over LTE – even before LTE is fully deployed.
By significantly raising the quality of voice communication with more natural sound and improved intelligibility, HD voice will play a key role in ensuring that voice continues to offer value for operators and users of both fixed and mobile networks.
In the vision of more than 50 billion connected devices, everything that can benefit from a connection will be connected. People are already online, connected and interacting. The next step is to get things and places online and interacting. And we are moving fast in that direction. The vision of more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may seem ambitious today, but with the right approach, it is within reach.
Network evolution has an impact on almost every aspect of the communications business market, as new, powerful networks make life easier and more productive for billions of people across the globe. But a global communications system means global risks, with operators and users alike exposed to cybercrime and a host of other security risks.