Category Archives: Opinion

A wish for a new kind of Wi-Fi

Dear service provider, I need a new kind of service from you – a premium quality Wi-Fi service. Everybody loves Wi-Fi. We already have it at home; we use it to connect to Internet over our DSL or cable. We let our friends share our home Wi-Fi, too. We access it on the go, using it at many public Wi-Fi hotspots. It works everywhere, and most of the time this public Wi-Fi is free. Or is it? We all glance far too quickly over terms and conditions and click “yes” on Wi-Fi signup pages, just to get “free” Wi-Fi access. […]  More >>

Elastic PCRF – How far can it stretch data services?

There’s a lot of chatter around virtualization and elastic solutions lately, but what does it mean? Is there value for service providers beyond lowering operational costs? Can Network Function Virtualization (NFV) “stretch” data service offerings and increase ROI? Thankfully the “cloud” of confusion around NFV is beginning to dissipate as service providers realize the value in virtualizing control-plane applications – PCRF, HSS and subscriber databases – goes well beyond hardware cost savings. Software-centric core networks provide greater service agility and enable service providers to quickly extend data service offerings around more market opportunities. When evaluating NFV, service providers must consider the service […]  More >>

Olympics 2012 – Are CSPs going for gold?

By Teresa Cottam, Research and Publications Director at Telesperience In less than eight months the Olympic flame will reach London, marking the start of the XXX Olympiad. However, it’s not just the athletes that need to reach a peak of performance in time for the Games. Communications service providers (CSPs) – both fixed, mobile and broadband – face enormous challenges on so many levels in order to cope with increases in traffic, as well as maximizing the opportunities presented. This event is a milestone in communications evolution: the first m-Olympiad.  The first time that the majority of UK citizens, visitors and […]  More >>

The challenge: Moving customers from all you can eat plans to tiered pricing

By Guy Hilton, Director Product Marketing As data services become more common and are being used by a growing number of subscribers we see an increasing number of service providers moving away from all you can eat (unlimited) plans to offer tiered pricing plans. So essentially instead of having a $30 all you can eat data plan, subscribers will need to choose the right amount of data they want to use and that will come with a price tag. If they’re using a lot of wireless data they will pay accordingly. The idea does have merit as it would make […]  More >>

Do You Want Fries With That?

Have you ever thought about how different your mobile data plan is today compared to even just 5 years ago? Subscribers are using their mobile devices more out of necessity than convenience these days, with constant access to email, the Internet, social media sites and video applications. Along with subscribers using more data, they are using it in vastly different ways – some use it for work and staying in touch, others use it for gaming, surfing the web and social networking – the bottom line is how can mobile service providers capitalize on their users increased and varying data […]  More >>