Service providers are struggling to provide a highly reliable transport mechanism across all network types that maintains the Five 9s reliability that telecom networks demand.
There is renewed urgency to address signaling-based threats to wireless communications networks and service providers are struggling to protect their networks. As the number of LTE subscribers grows so does the number of connected devices and as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to snowball vast numbers of devices need to connect to the core network. The underlying transmission protocols, such as SCTP, need to be able to support the huge number of simultaneous connections trying to access the network simultaneously and security in the network is more important today than ever before. Today’s interconnected networks are vulnerable to hijacking via insecure links or rogue network nodes. Application vendors are worried that they can unknowingly allow the network to be compromised when presumably ‘secure VPNs’ invisibly transport threats within packets.
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VanillaPlus, Nov 2016
…Network operators want to grow and adapt to the change but cannot afford to suddenly pack up their bags and leave behind their legacy interfaces. Legacy SS7 based services need to work alongside LTE protocols to ensure that both ends of the functionality spectrum meet the QoS required. Operators need a signaling gateway solution for SS7-IP interworking that they can rely on to ensure the transition from legacy to LTE is as smooth as possible.
Telecoms.com, Sept 2016
…With strong predictions that NB-IoT will significantly improve the power consumption of devices, system capacity and spectrum efficiency, especially for deep coverage, at a low cost, operators need to be equipped with the correct tools to make sure it’s a true success. Launches of the technology are expected soon so now is the time for the industry to prepare and ensure everything is in place to cope with the undoubted high demand on the core networks from end users.
Smart Chimps, Sept 2016
…The huge potential for market growth is one major attraction that IoT offers to operators, yet 86% of them admit they are not yet ready for the concept [Telecoms.com Intelligence Annual Industry Survey 2016]. In addition, according to Telecoms.com Intelligence IoT Outlook Report 2015, concerns regarding security are the biggest barrier to implementing IoT among operators, and just 10% said they are fully capable of launching secure IoT services. These are worrying statistics so it’s essential for operators to have peace of mind that their networks are secure…
We all know that the Internet of Things (IoT) is the hot topic in the tech world today. From smart homes and connected cars, to intelligent systems in the healthcare and retail sectors, IoT promises to deliver a great deal to both consumers and businesses alike. However, for the phenomenon to become a success, the pioneers leading the development of the concept must ensure they have all the tools and knowledge they need for it to truly take-off. It’s not as easy as simply adopting IoT technology, working with device manufacturers and offering a brand new package to end users. With the thousands of dedicated IoT networks being deployed, operators need to address the inevitable security and capacity issues in connecting them to the core network. Standardisation and deployment costs should also be considered, and one such technology network operators are looking to adopt is Narrow Band (NB-IoT).
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Telecom Ramblings, July 2016
…We know that capacity and how operators can handle the mass deployment of low speed, low volume IoT networks is a key issue, and will ultimately will determine whether the phenomenon is a success for years to come. However, with this increased traffic comes the major issue of security. Instead of reacting to threats to the core network, which IoT networks will run off, operators need to ensure they plan for the worse and have prevention measures in place for possible hijackers. The repercussions of such a breach can have serious consequences for both the operator and end user…
The speed at which the telecoms industry is needing to keep up with rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is quite alarming. Network operators are frantically trying to make sure everything is in place to satisfy the inevitable end user demands and expectations. We’ve heard about the benefits IoT can bring for not just consumers looking to build their connected homes and drive connect cars, but a range of different industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing, and retail.
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Network operators are constantly looking to introduce new services and design networks in different ways to improve performance and lower costs. The industry currently appears curious over Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) but this could be the innovative service that they have been looking for. Now is definitely the time for operators to press ahead and start deploying vEPC in large scale LTE networks. However, they need to know how to best utilise the solution, which we also refer to as the network in the cloud, and in what way to implement it in order to provide the highest Quality of Experience (Q of E) possible to the end user, who in today’s world demands 4G connectivity.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has continued to snowball over the past couple of years, and it’s the buzzword that continues to dominate the tech world. It was alarming just how big a focus it was at Mobile World Congress this year. With connected cars, kitchens and even cows being showcased for the world to see, one very important question begs to be answered – just how are network operators going to be able to cope with the overwhelming demand to be connected today? According to an industry report, a massive 86 per cent of operators admit they are not ready for IoT  so with many industry experts expecting mobile to be the key to making the concept a success, just how can the industry ensure end users will be satisfied?
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Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) has continued to grow and prove popular across many industries in today’s connected world. Telecommunications is one such industry that is reaping the benefits it offers. According to a whitepaper from Linux Foundation, the main goal of NFV is to increase service agility while enabling better asset utilization’[i]. However, this goal often gets lost in the search for a ‘software only’, NFV/SDN solution without really understanding the needs of individual networks and applications.
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