- Preventing network saturation from the explosive growth in mobile data traffic. Potential solutions include data offload to WiFi hot zones/ Femtocells, smaller cells/ sectors using “nano Base Stations, ” Self Organizing Networks (see 4. below), Traffic Shapping/throttling, tiered data plans to discourage heavy data use, etc.
- Making money off the boom in mobile data usage. Examples include capitalizing on LBSs, new pricing models for network access (e.g. Amazon eReader 3G), M2M, IoT, eCommerce, eHealth, Smart Grid, eBanking, smart phone wallet, etc.
- Having to support multiple device types and multi-mode Base Stations that can handle 2G, 3G, and different versions of “4G’ – mobile WiMAX and LTE (neither of which is ITU-R Complaint true 4G. Roaming and hand-off will be challenging problems to solve.
- Deploying new technologies that have been researched for years but don’t ever seem to be ready for prime time, Examples include cognitive radio, software defined radio and self organizing networks.
- Bigger pipes (either fiber or microwave based) for backhauling more 3G/4G traffic. With more subscribers buying 4G smart phones & tablets, the backhaul could be the bottleneck (more so than the mobile access network).
- Including QoS, local caching of videos, RF awareness in wireless netweork architectures, especially “4G.” These will be very important for good quality streaming (mobile) video, video conferencing/ video chat, medical imaging, and other real time, low latency applications.
Joint ComSoc/SIPA meeting: 6pm-8:30pm on Sept 22 @ HP Cupertino Campus:
Trends, New Markets and Opportunities for Wireless Telecom Providers
- Michael Finegan from Sprint M2M Solutions Group
- Sumeet Ahuja from AT&T Mobility Group
- Alan J Weissberger, IEEE ComsocSCV Chair and Manager of global ComSoc Community web site
As more and more devices get connected to telco networks (estimates are around 850 million by 2016), there will be an increased demand for complete IT solutions that can automatically provision services, monitor, analyze and control the connected devices. There will also be a pressing need to collect and act on real time data.
On the consumer side of the telecom industry, there are huge challenges confronting wireless telcos. Will they be able to capitalize on new value added services or just be purveyors of dumb pipes that are used by others to make money?
What types of new services or markets might telcos enter and will they be able to monetize and gain from emerging technologies that others are deploying? For example, can telcos make money from home security monitoring, telemedicine/e-health, life style automation or other “connected home” types of services?
To ensure future growth and stability for M2M (Machine to Machine) communications and mobile broadband (3G/4G), telcos need to think ahead to anticipate and cope with the expected of mobile data traffic as well as the management of millions more end points. Mike Finegan will reveal how Sprint will enable M2M communications with its network resident, “purpose built” platform. He’ll also identify some very interesting M2M applications.
AT&Ts Sumeet Ahuja will discuss optimizing bandwidth consumption through metered plans, better technical management of the network and bandwidth on the back-end, and other related topics. He will also share AT&Ts observations of user behaviors, patterns and trends and rise of non-traditional players who are seriously challenging telco revenues.
More info + Registration link at:
PRIORITY CODE FOR FREE IEEE MEMBER REGISTRATION: IE3M
For more information on IEEE ComSocSCV upcoming & past events, please visit: www.comsocscv.org