The integration of the policy server (the 3GPP-defined policy and charging rules function, or PCRF) with charging and billing systems is emerging as one of the key considerations in the 3GPP Policy and Charging Control (PCC) architecture.
How operators can leverage quality of service (QoS) and policy management to meet growing demands.
Why is an urban DAS like a compute cloud? Because both offer multi-tenancy with a shared set of centralized resources. In the case of the DAS, the centralized resources are signal sources from a base station hotel. This architecture provides a lot of flexibility for mobile operators to optimize the capacity...
Not too long ago, it would have taken quite the stretch of imagination to picture a Nokia smartphone as the belle of the ball at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.
"The impetus wasn't to create a competitor to Siri," Tunstall-Pedoe says. "Evi is actually just the natural progression from what True Knowledge has been doing for the last four to five years."
While it's taken some time to integrate mobile with those flashy Super Bowl ads, every year more advertisers supplement their pricey air time with short codes and calls to action. Admittedly, success for mobile has varied, but there's no denying that viewers have their devices on them during the game.
For years, the wireless industry has been talking itself blue in the face about the myriad devices that would one day be connected to the network. Whether by Wi-Fi or through a cellular modem, major vendors like Ericsson and Intel, as well as operators big and small, hope darn near every item in your house receives or sends a signal of one kind or another.
We all know that mobile video consumption is growing. Industry analyst firm In-Stat forecasts that worldwide mobile video consumption will surpass 693 billion minutes by 2015. A recent Yahoo study found that mobile video consumption had grown 29 percent since 2010.
Under the strain of a mobile data onslaught, the move to small cells is opening the door to new and unexpected uses of smarter Wi-Fi.
If mobile marketers move away from bombardment-style consumer engagement to avoid their customers "turning a deaf ear," they will need to speak less, and when they do speak, do it in more convincing ways.
At the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample 16 GB Kingston Wi-Drive, courtesy of Kingston themselves. The Wi-Drive is a slim, portable solid-state hard drive that allows users to stream stored content to up to three devices.
With many operators already committed to LTE and the number of users now exceeding 3 million, the charge to evolve is on.
Like most wireless Internet service providers, JAB Broadband relies on unlicensed spectrum to get its service out to sparsely populated areas where there's only dial-up service.
Most carriers ignore the problem, but, with limited resource investment, significant improvement can be made to the carrier/customer relationship, and with that comes an increase in revenue and a decrease in cost.
The LTE ecosystem is still immature, and legacy networks require continued support, so an immediate move to LTE may not be truly necessary.