Ubiquitous Broadband is the Need of the Hour

by Sharon Lobo    Nov 20, 2009

In the near future, Web 2.0, Video 2.0, Social Networking and User Generated Content is set to drive an unprecedented growth of information. Additionally the next-generation services such as Cloud Computing are expected to drive the future broadband content on carrier networks with bandwidths of up to 24 Mb/s per user. However for telecom operators in India, these trends pose both as a challenge and an opportunity. Its a challenge because telcos will have to address the concerns of the evolving broadband demands of the consumers and opportunity because by offering these services telcos can offset the declining margins from traditional voice services.

Therefore as the growing PC penetration and requirement of multi-media services ushers the broadband era in the country, telcos will have to capture the tremendous business opportunities it brings along in terms of broadband usage. To help telcos address this growing broadband demand, companies such as Huawei provide an All-IP based Broadband network solutions, which include

  • NGN (Next Generation Networking): It is a term used to describe key architectural evolutions in telecommunications networks that will be deployed in the near future. The idea behind NGN is that one network transports all information and services (voice, data, and all sorts of media such as video) by encapsulating these into packets, like it is on the Internet. 
  • IP-DSLAM (Internet Protocol-Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer): It is a device that allows telephone lines to make faster connections to the Internet.
  • GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network): It is a high bandwidth network, which enables a single optical fiber to serve multiple premises.
  • Hybrid Microwave
  • Carrier-grade IP routers: These routers are used to carry an increasing number of diverse applications over IP
    such as Data, Web, Voice, Video (IPTV) etc

These solutions assists telcos in breaking the bandwidth bottleneck by providing omnipresent broadband connectivity and backhaul solutions, while offering new revenue opportunities. Additionally, these solutions help operators reduce the TCO, attract subscribers with superior quality of experience, ensure smooth end-to-end traffic flow and sustainable development of broadband networks with ultra high bandwidth and low power consumption addressing Green objectives. It also enhances current networks towards NGN, as a first step, which will drive fiber access like FTTx/GPON, and leading to a Flat IP architecture. In the long-term this trend will lead towards the Fixed-Mobile Convergence, giving the Operators increased agility.

When it comes to choosing between 3G and WiMAX, both the technologies have their own areas of application and are complementary technologies. While WiMAX will be primarily targeted at high-speed data applications with lesser voice component to it, 3G will enable telcos to augment non-voice revenues by offering value-added services. It is important for India to accept that broadband is the need of the hour for the country’s consistently booming service requirements.