Driven by the growing surge for mobile broadband, carriers worldwide are investing in WiFi and small cell infrastructure as an economically efficient solution to expand network capacity and coverage.
AT&T’s project Velocity IP (VIP) represents the deployment of more than 40,000 small
Bill Smith, president of network operations at AT&T, was recently heard to say that with VIP, AT&T is deploying both small cells and distributed antenna systems, or DAS. This year the company is focusing primarily on indoor deployments such as shopping malls and hotels, which will make for a better customer experience, particularly VoLTE.
The associated savings in both CAPEX and OPEX, together with higher throughout rates make WiFi and small cell deployments make WiFi and small cells a necessity for Carriers worldwide. Mind commerce, thus expects that Carrier WiFi and small cells infrastructure market will grow at a CAGR of nearly 37% over the next five years eventually accounting for nearly USD 9 Billion in revenues by the end of 2017.
Meanwhile, there is downward price pressure on voice services and even basic data service. There is an increasing awareness of Internet Protocol (IP) being cheap source of transport, and hence more people becoming aware of VoIP, and therefore Over the Top (OTT) VoIP alternatives.
However, simply deploying VoLTE will not be enough for the carriers. All bearer services (voice and data) are becoming marginalized due to market expectations, economic conditions, and a coming supply side expansion in terms of network capacity. Incumbent carriers leverage IMS, SDP, and other NGN technologies to offer their own differentiating capabilities and service offerings. Network operators must leverage IMS, SDP, and other NGN technologies to offer their own differentiating capabilities and service offerings.
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