VoLTE, Virtualisation and More. What’s Going to Matter in 2016?

Much of the attention at MWC was given to ongoing challenges of VoLTE deployment and virtualisation. This adds to the issues many operators have faced in offering continuity of service to their B2B customers as legacy solutions for IP Centrex and Voice VPN reach end-of-life. But addressing today’s problems isn’t enough. Operators must be able to invest in solutions that solve these problems while providing the flexibility for future service evolution. Simply solving today’s challenges leads to an operational and functional dead-end. You need more.

MWC has just passed and the usual media speculation reached a new peak. This year, although there was an increased focus on smart services and the odd new device that will capture the headlines, much of the practical work and in-depth discussions were orientated around the twin topics of VoLTE deployments and Network Function Virtualisation.

It’s fair to suggest that the two topics go hand-in-hand. VoLTE is an ideal candidate to be used as a driver for a longer term process of migration towards full virtualisation. It’s a specific, discrete service that can be used as an early-adoption pathfinder for the more widespread changes to come.

While many have questioned the additional benefits that might accrue with the introduction of VoLTE as a subscriber service (pointing mainly to the spectral efficiencies that provide incentives), there are other concerns that are drawing our attention and focus. Specifically, the need to provide service continuity to business subscribers.

A couple of years ago, the main concern for operators with enterprise businesses was the End of Life (EoL) of existing IN-based solutions that delivered B2B services such as Voice VPN and so on. While that hasn’t disappeared – indeed, the trend has accelerated with more and more operators having to confront this issue – the additional imperatives to adopt VoLTE combined with the need to prepare for large scale migration towards virtualised networks have made the problem even more serious.

In short, operators have to:

  • Replace legacy B2B service platforms delivering valuable, revenue generating services, such as Voice VPN and IP Centrex
  • Adapt to the requirements of VoLTE and deploy IMS
  • Prepare for widespread adoption of NFV

These are pressing concerns. Happily, Gintel can help. We are already helping leading operators with the replacement of their legacy VPN service, full adaptation to VoLTE and our solutions are also available for deployment in virtualised environments.

But these are not the only issues at stake. Operators need not only to solve these problems but to prepare for a host of problems that they have not yet anticipated. This means that even while they deploy platforms that meet today’s needs – VPN replacement, VoLTE compliant, NFV compatible – they must also make sure that such platforms are capable of evolution to meet emerging requirements. Simply solving today’s immediate problems could lead to an operational and functional dead-end which, in turn, would reduce ROI and could prove costly in the long term.

This is where we excel. We provide the capability to enable continuous evolution of our solutions, allowing our customers to invest in new service enhancements and differentiation for their customers, capturing new revenue and helping retain subscribers in challenging competitive environments.

The golden rule is that, simply addressing known needs and current imperatives is necessary, but not sufficient. You must invest in platforms that both address today’s challenges and provide flexibility to meet those in the future. Why not talk to Gintel to see how we can help you secure more value from your B2B customers and resolve today’s challenges while preparing for those of tomorrow?

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