12 Wireless Trends for 2014 Identified by Industry Executives

1 - 12 Wireless Trends for 2014 Identified by Industry Executives
2 - Small Cells Finally Get Big
3 - Self-Organizing Networks Move to the Front Lines
4 - Geo Analytics and Localized Services Permeate Carrier Plans
5 - Cross-Border Investments on Sharp Rise
6 - Expect to See Cool New Services Popping Up
7 - Internet of Things Explodes in Size
8 - Unlocking Structured and Unstructured Data
9 - Carriers Embrace a More Customer-Centric Philosophy
10 - Carriers Turn to Existing Customer Marketing Campaigns
11 - Bundling Up the Cloud
12 - Operators Look for High-Value Network Services
13 - UCaaS Transforming Device Experience for Consumers
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12 Wireless Trends for 2014 Identified by Industry Executives

by Chris Preimesberger

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Small Cells Finally Get Big

We will see a few thousand small cells deployed in 2014, allowing operators to increase network capacity in localized areas. Small cells are low-powered radio access nodes that operate in licensed and unlicensed spectrum that have a range of 10 meters to 1 or 2 kilometers, compared with a mobile macrocell, which might have a range of a few tens of kilometers. Small cells will help remove pressure from macro sites and meet the growing demand for data. However, with the complexity of small-cell deployment, the infrastructure of small cells will evolve to support multiple wireless technologies, such as 3G, 4G and WiFi. —Naveen Bhatia, Nexius VP of Network Engineering

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Self-Organizing Networks Move to the Front Lines

With increased small-cell deployment, self-organizing networks (SON) will be necessary to maintain increasingly complex heterogeneous networks. Basic tasks such as self-configuration, self-optimizing and self-healing will be automated, allowing human intellect to focus on more complex tasks. —Naveen Bhatia, Nexius VP of Network Engineering

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Geo Analytics and Localized Services Permeate Carrier Plans

Geo analytics and localized services will be a vital part of 2014, with renewed focus on optimization for smaller customer-centric pockets. Instead of monitoring an entire city, network performance will look at very specific areas. This shift will result in more detailed network planning and optimization to improve customer experience and reduce costs. —Naveen Bhatia, Nexius VP of Network Engineering

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Cross-Border Investments on Sharp Rise

In 2013, we saw WiFi operators begin to expand globally, but in 2014, we will see even more increases in cross-border investments. Top U.S. operators will shift some of their focus away from expanding their domestic network footprint and look for growth opportunities abroad. —Paul-Andre Raymond, Nexius VP of Technology

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Expect to See Cool New Services Popping Up

2014 will also see proliferation of new service offerings. The large LTE footprint that operators have already achieved is making a wealth of new, innovative services possible. So in the next year, operators will not only invest in expanding their LTE networks, but also in increasing the monetization of their existing structures. Because of this shift, you can expect to see more attention on applications such as connected cars, gaming and video services in 2014. —Paul-Andre Raymond, Nexius VP of Technology

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Internet of Things Explodes in Size

With the focus on applications, you can expect to see new device manufacturers emerge. Companies will get creative to produce new wearable technology and devices for the Internet of things (IoT). —Paul-Andre Raymond, Nexius VP of Technology

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Unlocking Structured and Unstructured Data

There will be a lot more emphasis on unlocking the value of structured and unstructured data in 2014. This will come from enhanced analysis tools and capabilities that will help carriers identify customer sentiment, reduce churn and increase efficient spending. —Atul Srivastava, Nexius VP of Software Delivery

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Carriers Embrace a More Customer-Centric Philosophy

More attention on understanding customer sentiment will result in a shift from a network-centric view to a customer-centric view. Through understanding customer behavior and feelings, carriers will be able to optimize their focus and spending. —Atul Srivastava, Nexius VP of Software Delivery

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Carriers Turn to Existing Customer Marketing Campaigns

Carriers will also look to monetize the data they already have. There was movement here in 2013 as some operators began to sell very focused information to outside marketers. This intelligence provides outside marketers with information such as the demographics of and actions performed by people on their smartphones and the types of services they are using. Information is even available to identify people's movements after events, giving event sponsors a better understanding of their consumers. There is a creepiness factor, however. —Atul Srivastava, Nexius VP of Software Delivery

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Bundling Up the Cloud

In 2014, operators will begin to utilize the bundling potential of cloud computing and virtualization to provide on-demand increased network resources and bandwidth. These efforts will define how operators securely free up network resources for managing costly network applications and services, while also introducing new revenue streams. —Jim Hudmon, Nexius Director of Cloud and Service Delivery

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Operators Look for High-Value Network Services

With software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) efforts in place, value focus will shift from software to high-value network services for the operators. SDN/NFV standards define how applications and services can control network assets to shift resources real time for high-value applications running on the operator's network. —Jim Hudmon, Nexius Director of Cloud and Service Delivery

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UCaaS Transforming Device Experience for Consumers

With the maturation of unified communication as a service (UCaaS) in 2014, operators can offer a standard unified communications experience across all devices. In 2014, we will see UCaaS services combined with Web real-time communication (WebRTC) clients to provide operators with a portfolio of embedded converged communication services for PCs, mobile devices and tablets. —Jim Hudmon, Nexius Director of Cloud and Service Delivery

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