We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- CSP’s seeking digital partner ecosystems.
- 5G technology opens up an entire ecosystem.
- STL, contribution as an industry-leading digital network aggregator.
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
How CSPs can Benefit from Partner Ecosystems?
Innovation, agility, and lower costs are takeaways for communication service providers (CSPs) when they participate and get involved in the partner ecosystem. With CSPs relying more on traditional service partners, opportunities are restricted and not aligned with emerging technologies. The move from linear and fixed value chain to the platform with interchangeable ecosystem partner roles is the new norm for now. Interactions between the ecosystem participants will foster innovations and bring new offerings.
This needs a change in business strategy. CSP’s are now seeking to make a run towards a digital partner ecosystem that amplifies opportunities, and thereby, CSPs make more revenues by crafting newer business models.
Can 5G Open Up New Horizons for Entire Ecosystems?
5G is extensive with many opportunities for everyone; Telcos are not the only ones who derive benefits from it, 5G technology opens up an entire ecosystem that many vendors, CSP’s, start-ups, digital incumbents can get to participate in the digital ecosystem that supports 5G technology.
CSPs get to collaborate with their partners and play a role in partner onboarding, dispute settlement, and billing. STL, an industry-leading digital network aggregator, has been recognized as an Enabler for enhanced partner ecosystem support in digital marketplaces in the 2021 Gartner® report, Market Trend: Expand CSPs’ Monetization with 5G, AI, and Edge Compute. CSPs get to collaborate with their partners and play a role in partner onboarding, dispute settlement, and billing. Further, in the same report, STL is highlighted as a key BSS vendor offering 5G CHF, an innovator to develop and promote newer pricing levers for monetization.
The successful running of the partner ecosystem will depend on all the parties’ need to be interoperable, dynamic, and scalable, and CSPs need to create new opportunities across B2B and B2C segments.
In another setting, STL has proved its industry leadership making a big breakthrough at the Forum Digital Transformation World Series, 2021, and STL being a key member of the Forum Catalyst Project, STL has been identified as the ‘Best Use of Open Digital Framework, (ODF)’ for its 5G Digital Marketplace catalyst project.
Constant dialogues between players in the ecosystem will bring forth more innovations and better offerings. This will see its traction only when a sound business strategy is in place and how CSPs will adapt to it. CSPs will rely on the partner ecosystem to see greater opportunities and will be able to innovate new business models. CSPs will see STL’s digital marketplaces as the key to their success.
What is WiFi?
Put simply, WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to create a wireless network through which devices like mobile phones, computers, printers, etc., connect to the internet. A wireless router is needed to establish a WiFi hotspot that people in its vicinity may use to access internet services. You’re sure to have encountered such a WiFi hotspot in houses, offices, restaurants, etc.
To get a little more technical, WiFi works by enabling a Wireless Local Area Network or WLAN that allows devices connected to it to exchange signals with the internet via a router. The frequencies of these signals are either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidths. These frequencies are much higher than those transmitted to or by radios, mobile phones, and televisions since WiFi signals need to carry significantly higher amounts of data. The networking standards are variants of 802.11, of which there are several (802.11a, 802.11b, 801.11g, etc.).
What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data. This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities.
There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index; Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).
An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.
The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.