Telecom Council Roundtable discussions provide a unique opportunity for telecom and wireless decision makers to network with decision makers in the space, review some new technologies, contribute to the discussion, and get answers from topic experts - the discussion is driven by your questions, not ours. The topic on the table for this month, Analytics – Making Big Data Work for Telcos, is sure to bring a very interactive debate, so bring your opinions and business cards.
Silicon Valley, California, May 23 2015/Meeting Recap/ In 2012, Qualcomm announced the “1000x Mobile Data Challenge” and proposed a technology vision that could allow mobile operators to increase capacity of their networks 1000x in the next ten years. Based on calculations that included continued doubling of mobile data usage every year, massive increases in connected devices and adoption of high resolution, HD video, 1000x capacity increase was not inconceivable.
Does the industry agree?
In a lively discussion at the May Telecom Council roundtable, 40 Telecom Council members and five panelists representing a cross section of the mobile industry – infrastructure manufacturers , industry associations, software developers, service providers and others – debated how operators can address the network capacity issues that a huge order of magnitude increase in traffic demand will generate.
Participants at the Roundtable, generally agreed that very high, exponential growth would continue for some time with devices, applications and services so far growing at an unabated pace. Significant drivers include higher video usage, growth in “the internet of things”, connected cars, and expansion in eHealth and eEducation.
Increased video usage plus higher resolution required for growing medical and education applications and created by high quality smart phone cameras have an especially powerful impact on capacity requirements. And interestingly, as one attendee noted, increasing storage capability on the phone doesn’t solve the problem – in fact, it actually increases traffic volume as more data is created that needs to be backed up or shared over the network.
Here’s a few of the other questions discussed during the roundtable:
Is 1000X demand increase a realistic forecast for 2022?
Perhaps not – at least in only another seven years, but order of magnitude increases are agreed to now be the norm. And even if only 200 or 300X demand increase occurs in the near term, the industry will need to address issues identified in this discussion.
What next? Be part of the next Telecom Council discussion. Join us on June 23 at the next Roundtable Lunch on Artificial Intelligence.