Networks that are agile, efficient, and well orchestrated are the first priority if service providers are to meet the challenges of automated, speedy, and ultimately profitable service delivery. The holy grail of programmable networks is driving the acceleration in network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).
There are many reasons for justifying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) beyond the obvious efficiencies for voice services. Some of the business case drivers include:
Arguably, the biggest driver is simply “Dialable VoIP”.
Big Data has won acclaim – and rightfully so – for helping marketers improve the efficiency of their campaigns, assisting doctors in making diagnoses, fighting fraud, detecting hacker attacks, and even predicting financial markets. While most of the attention has been on consumer applications, Big Data analytics and techniques can be applied to telecommunications and carrier networks as well.
There is a huge opportunity for carriers to connect all their CDNs together. This will result in a federated Content Delivery Network (CDN). Lately, operators have started to take serious actions towards this concept. They have created a new cooperation called “Operator Carrier Exchange” (OCX). The idea of the OCX is for carriers and telecom service providers to share ideas, develop CDN standards, and allow one another to connect their CDN networks.
With the capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and smart-machines becoming more advanced, consumers are using their mobile devices to handle more data intensive operations. According to Akamai’s Q4/2014 State of the Internet Report, mobile data usage grew 11 percent quarter over quarter and 54 percent year over year.
Cloud computing is computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked in such a way to provide some centralized service (i.e., data storage or online access to computer services or resources). Cloud computing ("the cloud") focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of shared resources. Cloud computing is the convergence of multiple concepts which includes virtualization, distributed applications, grid, maturity of enterprise software applications and enterprise IT management.
Big Data represents a major inflection point for the ICT and Telecom sectors as it will transform business asset utility and value forever more. It isn’t a revolution or a replacement for the current technologies, but it is rather a valued extension of business assets.
Data as a Service (DaaS) serves and important role in the ICT ecosystem and provides great benefits across many industry verticals.
DaaS is defined as any service offered wherein users can access vendor provided databases or host their own databases on vendor managed systems. DaaS is expected to grow significantly in the near future due to a few dominant themes including cloud-based infrastructure/services, enterprise data syndication, and the consumer services trend towards Everything as a Service (XaaS).
So, what’s the current status and efforts of carriers in telecom toward Big Data Analytics?
Good question – and one that’s hard to answer because there doesn’t seem to be much publicized on this front.
There are plenty of companies willing to help telecom carriers to analyze all that data they’re collecting, but not many carriers are advertising their current status and efforts in this area.