We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- Emergence of AI creating a market for MVNOs
- MVNOs to adopt a cloud-centric approach.
- More use cases for MVNOs with rise of 5G.
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
Why are Mobile Virtual Network Operators on the Rise?
Mobile Virtual network operators (MVNO) are wireless service providers who hire the network infrastructure from a mobile network operator (MNO). Many opportunities are emerging with ongoing trends seen in the MVNO space. With the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technologies is witnessing a big potential market for MVNOs.
Currently, the MVNO market estimates stand at USD 61.9 billion and are expected to swell to USD 91.63 billion by 2026, states a report by Mordor Intelligence. Emerging opportunities in the form of e-SIM, 5G, IoT (Internet of Things), AI, ML, and edge computing are expected to fuel the growth of MVNOs in the coming days.
At present, the telecom market seems to head towards a data-centric market, and higher activity will be seen happening over the cloud as more computing-related work and apps will be accessed. Work from home is the new normal, and with most companies making it mandatory, it is witnessing high growth in internet traffic, making it a good case for MVNOs to latch on to this opportunity.
How Can MVNOs Formulate a Business Model and Earn Revenue?
Moving to the clouds is the way ahead. Many MVNOs are looking to adopt a cloud approach strategy by harnessing the benefits of using cloud-native business support services (BSS) based on the public cloud. This will optimize costs, bring more agility, and offer the best customer support.
Digital and mobile payments are on the rise; withdrawals, make payments, pay bills can be made over the mobile phone. With over one billion unbanked customers MVNOs can make it big and seize this opportunity to offer services. Self-service portals are providing more power to the customer over their mobile data. Users require fast, flexible services for self-service portals, and MVNOs can provide such services at optimal costs.
Better data connectivity management will see MVNOs offer more services and enable newer revenue streams for MVNOs. AI-enabled customer service can lower costs in such areas MVNOs have a role to play. This will increase when mobile networks are made virtual with 5G, and more new use cases will emerge. Machine to machine (M2M) and the IoT markets continue to grow, and MVNOs are looking to seize this as an ample opportunity.
MVNOs cannot do it alone, and they will require partners like STL to integrate these technological innovations into their business service offerings across the range of Wi-Fi support and MVNO partnerships. Engage with STL’s consultants who have worked earlier with MVNO’s and will navigate and address their needs. Learn more about STL’s MVNO solutions here and explore the endless business expansion opportunities.
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.