Many network interruptions associated with smartphones are related to signaling overload, not bandwidth overload. It is critical to understand and be able to scale and optimize the signaling capacity in the network, ensuring that the vast number of devices and applications are not causing unnecessary congestion.
This is the most valuable asset in the telecom world. Spectrum increases are critical to app coverage and to scalability to meet the ever-expanding number of subscribers and bandwidth demands. This is true throughout the world. Increased and well-utilized spectrum will deliver better user experience.
6Small-Cell Coordinated Spectrum
On the technical side, small cells increase both app coverage and radio performance in dense 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. However, to get the most performance and to utilize spectrum, it is critical to coordinate the spectrum between the macrocells and the small cells, and to use small cells where appropriate as a complement to macrocells and microcells.
8Quick Network Configuration
Service providers will soon be able to reconfigure their networks quickly (using virtualization and a software-defined networking approach) to quickly test new services; if it works, they can quickly scale it to millions. There is no longer the need to invest months of operational configuring to trial and offer a service.
9Application Deployment Using APIs
The OpenDaylight project is aimed at providing an open-source platform where members collaborate to build common software-defined networking infrastructure. Ericsson’s contribution to the collaboration is focused on expanding this intelligence from the data center into the network—providing a more integrated and simpler development environment.
There is a network infrastructure revolution under way that will accelerate the development and deployment of applications for the enterprise and consumer markets. Telecom providers, OEMs and developers alike need to remain aware of this and to keep abreast of new use cases and trends.