On a week that Delta would like to forget, passengers at Indonesia's Jakarta International Airport were treated to the debut of a faster, more reliable Internet experience when a local CSP and its multi-national partner unveiled their new digital network.
Likewise, residents and businesses across almost 20 Chinese provinces will gain access to next-generation network capabilities, courtesy of another partnership. And Telstra, too, expects to transform its customer experience via an infusion of more than $2 billion over the next three years. Read on for details on these and other CSP and NIA member news:
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and mobile operator Hutchison 3 Indonesia unveiled a digital network at Jakarta International Airport this week. The network leverages Huawei's LampSite solution, which uses Ethernet cable and an end-to-end digital architecture that can use software upgrades to advance to 4.5G. The airport -- visited by about 60 million people annually -- replaced a legacy DAS system to support a surge in voice and data traffic. Since the deployment the average download speed on the wireless network improved more than 16-fold and, after two months, Internet traffic grew 300%, Huawei says.
Nokia and China Telecom plan to expand the deployment of 4G technology in 19 Chinese provinces, both to increase capacity and coverage and to build a platform for the eventual introduction of 5G technology. In 2017, China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA) expects to unveil Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. The service provider's 4G traffic is rapidly growing: At the end of June it had almost 207 million mobile subscribers, with 90 million users of 4G devices, an increase of more than 31 million during the first half of the year. In 2015 China Telecom's 4G traffic grew six-fold and the CSP predicts it will represent more than 90% of mobile data traffic on its network by 2017. The operator will use Nokia's Flexi MultiRadio 10 Base Stations, and Nokia Global Services such as project management, network design and installation and hardware and software maintenance, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) says.
Telstra will invest up to $2.31 billion US -- or $3 billion Australian -- over three years on the rollout of New IP networks and the digital transformation of its telecom business, writes Iain Morris in Telco Transformation (See Telstra to Invest $2.3B in Digitization, Networks). Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS) plans to retire old technology and systems and expand digital sales and service channels in order to improve customer service, says CEO Andrew Penn in a statement.
Spending on virtualized networking will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 25% over the next five years, compared with overall CSP capex which will rise less than 2% annually, according to the "Telecoms Software: High-Level Worldwide Forecast 2015-2020" report by Analysys Mason Group. Total global CSP service revenue is approximately $2 trillion per year, the study finds.
The Olympics brings out the best in athletes -- and the worst in cyber risk, according to the new Allot Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT) study on the event's impact on mobile business users. Indeed, 55% of potential risk arises from "intensified social media activity" from fans, 23% of which are business users, the report finds. "Mobile service providers have an opportunity to educate customers regarding cyber risks and to offer network-based security services to protect mobile devices. Mobile operators who adopt a proactive cyber-protection strategy for their customers will be able to leverage monetization opportunities," says Yaniv Sulkes, AVP Marketing at Allot Communications, in a statement.
Ixia this week released iBypass VHD, a high-density and modular inline bypass switch designed to provide security tools with continuous visibility into network traffic, thereby improving security infrastructure uptime and overall reliability, the developer says. The Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) bypass switch, which is available now, supports active-standby and active-active network/security architectures, and supports up to 12 10G bypass switches in one unit, according to the company.