As the industry moves through changes to broadband IP, 3G to 4G/LTE, 5G and beyond, providers must balance extremely large-scale and often nationwide deployments with the need to retain service levels. Feature rich smartphone and tablet devices, apps for everything and anywhere connectivity means that the boundaries between IP/ICT and traditional telecommunications are rapidly blurring. Voice minutes are declining while data usage is escalating, as users access more products and services on-the-go.
Demand outstrips capacity. In a world where personal and work networks are converging on smarter personal devices, the challenge for telecommunications organisations is how to deliver faster and more ubiquitous coverage along with improved service offerings. The rapid pace of change within the industry means that network operators and equipment vendors need to consider how decisions taken today, impact their ability to perform tomorrow.