The IoT phenomenon will equate to nothing if the industry fails to connect the dots

December 2017 – The Internet of Things is no longer the future. It’s very much the present and the market is growing at an exponential rate. It’s set to quadruple in size, growing from $900 billion in 2014 to $4.3 trillion by 2024 , with more than 30 billion connected devices in use. Approximately 7.5 billion of those devices will access a cellular IoT core network, which is three times greater than the number of LTE-connected smartphones today. Service providers have faced waves of game changing technologies influenced by end user demand over the past 20 years, including the rise of SMS and the explosion of Over-The-Top (OTT) applications on smartphones, and IoT is in the same bracket, if not out on its own as the future of the technology world.

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Are open source solutions set to take the high ground in the telecoms industry?

October 2017 – With open source solutions rapidly growing across the telecoms industry, we’re seeing a major shift with the migration from voice and data services to an encompassing set of networking tools. While open source software may still be a new model for the industry, we’re seeing operators moving away from traditional, proprietary-based hardware and software systems, with open source solutions now viewed as a key enabler of transformation and innovation. Open source software has shaken up and disrupted the computing industry, and it now looks set to do the same for telecoms. The argument remains as to whether this is for better or worse, and how the industry will develop.

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The need for an effective packet core in IoT

Sept 2017 – The Internet of Things (IoT) is being hailed as the next big thing in the tech world. The way in which we live our day-to-day lives will change forever when all of our products and devices become ‘connected’ – that’s if we’re led to believe everything we see and hear. However, the market has somewhat slowed down. Equipment manufacturers continue to push the IoT-line, but those who need to lay the infrastructure to ensure the phenomenon becomes a reality remain reserved. This hesitancy is highlighted through an industry report which found that a massive 86 per cent of service providers admit they are not ready for IoT and only a few are showing actual progress.

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The battle for internet connectivity is fought in the stands

August 2017 – The way in which we view live events is changing. Go to any football match or music concert and you’ll find a sea of mobile phones held aloft, as spectators try to capture a moment of magic, whether it be a last-minute goal, that fatal red card or face-melting guitar solo via the photo or video function on their handsets. But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Continue reading The battle for internet connectivity is fought in the stands

How service providers can bring legacy into the 21st century

Vanilla Plus, August 2017

When it comes to future proofing their networks whilst getting the most bang for their buck, service providers can continue to use the legacy TDM equipment they have invested in at the edge, but focus on modernising the core by using VoIP and SIGTRAN to transmit calls and data over long distances.

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The 5G race is on but are we ready?

August 2017 – Whispers about 5G are getting louder and expectations to implement it are increasing as it will serve to connect industries accounting for as many as 1.1 billion connections by 2025.   The evolution through 2G to 4G has prompted rapidly increasing use of services and applications that are data heavy – and often the telecoms industry is struggling to keep apace. This illustrates that the industry has yet to fully implement a working and reliable 4G experience for users, which begs the question: can operators ensure 5G works sufficiently to provide a good consumer experience whilst making money?

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