Predictions for carriers in 2013
29 January 2013 |
There could be some big opportunities for carriers in 2013. Here, industry insiders and experts give their predictions for the year ahead.
Alex Hawkes, editor,Capacity
Big year for big data
Carriers will be driven to explore new ways of monetising data-heavy services on their networks in 2013. The future for carriers as things stand is unsustainable – they simply cannot keep investing in infrastructure and receive such a lack of return from the increasingly powerful and wealthy OTT players. Introducing class of service has been heralded as a potential game changer for the carrier community and in the long term could be one of the factors that help carriers find greater equality with OTT players. Capacity’s money, however, is on ‘big data’. It’s the, not just big, but huge potential of big data that has made it one of the hottest software trends around. Using analytics, businesses are said to be able to tap into large volumes of internal and external data sets to help support decision-making, optimise operations and identify new areas of innovation. Although still in its infancy, some of Europe’s largest operators, such as Vodafone, Telefónica and Orange, have already been using data analysis for several years to help improve their management decisions. But experts are unanimous in their belief that operators can substantially increase their revenues and margins if they enhance the customer experience by using data analysis to improve internal processes. There are, however, some serious complexities carriers and the tech community will have to overcome first before being able to fully utilise the potential of big data. Let’s hope 2013 proves a breakthrough year.
Dan Pitt,executive director, Open Networking Foundation
SDN adoption to increase in 2013
Dr Judy Reed Smith, founder, ATLANTIC-ACM
Wireless backhaul crucial in the US in 2013
Jürgen Hase, VP of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Centre and chairman of the M2M Alliance
Machine-to-machine (M2M) comes of age
François Eloy, EVP, Colt Communications
Focus on next-generation access technologies
Sal Benti, chairman, NeXXCom Wireless
Rob Vietzke, VP of network services, Internet2
SDN could bring the most fundamental change to networks in decades
James Crowe, CEO, Level 3 Communications
Preserving the open internet through bit-mile IP interconnection
Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO, Hibernia Atlantic
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