We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- Peek in data usage during the pandemic
- How can telcos deliver elite QoS in tough times?
- Key challenges CSPs face during this time and how Intellza can help
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is Open RAN?
Increasing Data Usage in the ‘New Normal’
As days go by, humanity seems to be adding new meaning to words “The New Normal” and work from home has become an inextricable part of it.
According to Comscore, the average American in-home data usage has increased by 18% in the last couple of months. According to reports from Newstack, Vodafone saw data usage rise by 30% in the UK and more than 50% in certain parts of the EU. Leading telcos in Asia-pacific region are also witnessing a surge in data consumption. This clearly translates to the change in world’s digital consumption behavior. Commercial establishments and offices are running with skeletal capacities, leading to pockets of high network congestion and data usage.
How Can Telcos Deliver Impeccable QoS in These Times?
Sudden increase in the use of digital tools for virtual meetings, using apps for ordering essentials, collaborative working through virtual class rooms, social media activism, etc. is driving up demand exponentially for telecom services. Telcos are under tremendous pressure to continue delivering infrastructure and services during this time. The challenge for CSPs is twofold – deal with the demands on the network while delivering impeccable QoS. They also have a moral responsibility to help government protect their citizens through precautionary measures and social distancing.
One of the ways CSPs can deal with this is by gaining deeper insight into the kind of data that’s generated. By making sense of bandwidth allocation, processes and resources and extracting meaningful actionable insights from it. An analytical engine such as Intellza can help accomplish this. It’s an AI-powered scalable data powerhouse solution that helps CSPs efficiently manage data consumption with its unified data storage, integrated analytics and intelligent search functionalities.
How to Leverage Analytics?
The AI/ML algorithms-driven data powerhouse provides exceptional actionable insights at remarkable speed and scale focusing on real-time decision making, customer experience, network optimization and regulatory compliance solutions. Here are some of key challenges CSPs face during this time and how Intellza can help:
Decongest networks with efficient data management
Due to surge in data consumption, CSPs have to deal with heavy strain on their networks. An analytical platform can help in decongesting the network by identifying abnormal cell sites, low throughput sites, and creating a credible basis to take quick corrective actions.
Prioritize key applications
Intellza can distinguish top business applications from non-essential services such as entertainment, gaming, etc. CSP’s can then put them in L1 cache memory, hence, enabling glitch-free and faster functioning of these applications.
Assist civic authorities in enforcing social distancing
Intellza identifies public gatherings through cell-site location in areas where is higher density of population. It can then share the analysis with civic authorities with the help of cell tower triangulation to undertake corrective action for enforcing social distancing.
Control data thefts and frauds
An exponential surge in the usage of digital tools often leads to data thefts and frauds. Intellza identifies top data traffic apps and recognizes websites processing data outside the country and notifies concerned government authorities.
The novel coronavirus has posed multiple challenges to the telecommunications industry. Intellza offers a proactive, data insight driven apparatus to key stakeholders – CSPs and civic authorities in overcoming these challenges.
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 Open RAN?
From a deployment standpoint, we have Non-Standalone Mode(NSA), Dynamic Spectrum Sharing(DSS), and Standalone Mode (SA). The initial deployments of 5G NR are based on NSA standards, meaning the existing 4G LTE network will operate on the control plane, and 5G NR will be introduced to the user plane.
This particular standard was introduced by 3GPP, keeping in mind the industry’s push to faster 5G services rollout while utilizing the existing 4G LTE infrastructure currently in place. On the other hand, operators are also implementing Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) to accelerate the deployment cycle, which will reduce costs and improve spectrum utilization. In this standard, the same spectrum is shared between the 5G NR and 4G LTE, multiplexing over time per user demands. Lastly, we have the Standalone Mode (SA), which moves towards a complete 5G based network where both signaling and the information transfer are driven by a 5G cell.