We discuss the following news in this blog:
- STL’s dTelco™ adjudged as a “Winner” in the OSS/BSS Transformation Excellence category at InformaTech 2020 Glotel Awards.
- Future of Telco/CSP
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is WiFi 6?
STL’s dTelco™ Awarded for
OSS/BSS Transformation Excellence
Honoured to be named the telecoms.com 2020 Glotel Awards winner for OSS/BSS Transformation Excellence. It’s a testimony to the innovative work we’re doing at STL in solving our customer problems.
The telecom industry for the last decade has been facing stiff competition from OTTs and peripheral players who pose several viability challenges. However, with the rise in emerging technology (5G, IoT, IIoT, Edge Computing, Data Analytics, MI, AI etc.), we see an emerging reverse wave. This is the time when the telecom industry is poised to massively disrupt many verticals, viz. education, transportation, entertainment, content streaming and several others.
What is the future of Telco/CSP?
Telcos are at the centre of industrial digital transformation and have immense future possibilities in enabling digital lifestyle while being efficient network providers.
To equip telcos to deal with the digital wave, STL brings dTelco™, a next-gen O/BSS solution with the concept of Digital Evolution from traditional siloed telco model to a customer-centric, agile, data-driven model.
Empowered by rich omni-channel experience capabilities and designed to offer complete control to subscribers, partners and machines (intelligent devices), dTelco™ helps CSPs to:
- Partner with other content and service providers through a single touchpoint
- Get a ‘digital first’ offering for digital-native customers
- Create new opportunities to transform into a Digital Lifestyle Provider
- Monetize their assets, presence and customer reach to sell anything, anywhere, anytime
What are the GLOTEL Awards?
And for pioneering this vision of a digital future for telcos, STL’s dTelco™ won the OSS/BSS Transformation Excellence award at the 8th Global Telecoms (GLOTEL) Awards. The GLOTEL Awards are organised by Telecoms.com, a world-renowned telecommunications media publication, which recognizes companies that made outstanding contributions to the development and transformation of the industry and continuous innovation.
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 WiFi 6?
WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity and is also a common name for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). WiFi 6 is the newest and fastest version of the WiFi 802.11 wireless local area network specification standard. IEEE 802.11ax or commonly marketed as WiFi 6 by the industry body WiFi-Alliance is a significant advancement over its previous generation.
It offers multiple devices to run concurrently on one network without compromising the data speeds and response times. The IEEE approved the 802.11ax standard on February 9, 2021, which is designed to operate between 1 and 7.125 GHz, including the widely used 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. To better understand, WiFi or Wireless Fidelity devices usually translate radio waves into binary code using a technique called QAM, ie. Quadrature Amplitude Modulation.
The older generations of WiFi are capable of 256 QAM, i.e., it could send 8 bits of binary data in a single transmission. In contrast, WiFi 6 is capable of 1024 QAM, i.e., 10 bits of binary data in a single transmission. This significant increase helps WiFi 6 devices to provide 30% faster speeds than its predecessors. The previous WiFi standards like 802.11/a/g/n/ac used OFDM, which meant all of the subcarriers or tones were allocated to a single device at any instance of time. WiFi 5 introduced Multi-user MIMO, enabling multiple users on the wireless medium simultaneously, thereby adding multiple users across different streams with each device using all of the subcarriers.
With WiFi 6, OFDMA can now portion up the individual sub-carriers or tones, which can be allocated to several devices. The benefits aren’t limited to greater bandwidths, higher data speeds, and lower latencies. WiFi 6 also offers better spectrum utilization using orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), Multi-user MIMO support, better power consumption, and enhanced security protocols.