Dan Joe Barry, Napatech
Continued adoption of smartphones is driving unabated growth in mobile data networks, and with high-speed LTE connections coming on line, the likelihood is that consumers will use their smartphones even more. Mobile carriers have been aware of this and the bandwidth versus revenue "scissor effect" it has created for some time, and have been actively investigating strategies from traffic shaping to intelligent billing services to address the data usage explosion. Policy control thus plays a central role in supporting these strategies, and indeed can be regarded as the key enabler. Using policy control, mobile carriers can lead the transformation of telecom operators from utility service providers to retail communication service providers, which has long been seen as the necessary strategic transition for carriers to compete in the modern Internet-driven economy.
The impending network analysis infrastructure will provide new opportunities for telecom carriers and allow for optimized communications services into the future.