Olusola Teniola Chief Operations Officer & Director of Engineering, Phase 3 Telecom,Nigeria
Infrastructure Development – A Panecea to Telecommunications
Four things that will change our lives: Consumer focus; HD TV, Gaming, Multi-channel services, Mobile/fixed multiscreen, applications, Tele assistance, Tele monitoring. Business focus; Cloud computing, Remote back-up, Large file-sharing and Mobility.
Public focus; Social benefits, Economic growth, International competitiveness and Digital divide. What should we be ready for?
We can’t predict the future; based on experience and common sense, we know we have to be prepared.
Ultra High Speed broadband as an engine for social and economic development
Governments are actively involved in fiber networks. In 2009 there were 10 new national BB investment stimulus packages. United States spent US$8 billion(EUR5.3 billion) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Germany’s national Broadband Strategy shared between the public and private sector in 2010-2018. The Korea Communications Commission of South Korea has pledged EUR 19.5 billion in the country’s IT infrastructure. France will allocate EUR 2.8 billion to encourage service providers’ investments in smaller cities and rural areas. Indonesia has declared an import duty subsidy of EUR 5 million (IRP70bn) on Telematics (including fiber optics).
Australia has committed to invest EUR 26.8bn (AU$43bn) in a nationwide FTTB network through a company in which it will hold a 51% stake. New Zealand plans to invest up to EUR 740M of all fiber investment stimulus packages: 60% are national 25% are municipal.
Governments are fostering investment in Open Access networks. But the Market Dynamics are changing. The increase in broadband capacity is changing the market dynamics. Video and content-rich services are booming; Bigger screens, higher video resolution, more channels and content, tele-presence, proliferation of smart phones. Users access 3rd party apps and content more and more; Apps stores, Internet TV, cloud computing and Governments are getting more involved in broadband; Broadband is linked to social and economic growth.
So what does this mean for broadband access? Operators need to extract more value from Broadband Access. This requires evolution to a more compelling solution solving two simultaneous challenges: Scaling bandwidth at the lowest cost; Pragmatic approach to NGA leveraging access investments and operational efficiencies, Leveraging access beyond residential triple play.
Enable service innovation and application enablement; Drive more intelligence into access to enhance services and differentiate, Creating value for application and content providers. There is need for a change from keeping value in the network to extracting value from the network.
Application Enabled Access -The 3rd wave of broadband access evolution
3rd wave – Application Enabled Access; Residential, mobile and business applications converge on a single IP/Ethernet/MPLS access platform, Application and subscriber intelligence to extract more value from the network, Mass market FTTx delivering 50Mbps and beyond. 2nd wave – Residential Triple Play Access; Voice, video and data from a single IP/Ethernet access platform, Service intelligence for optimizing triple play services, Emerging next generation access with VDSL and FTTH/GPON delivering +20Mbps. 1st wave – Internet Access; Internet access only using ATM/TDM technology, Best effort service and ADSL with access rates upto 8Mbps.
One Access Strategy: The High-Leverage Access network
Increased bandwidth per subscriber; Towards 100 Mbps peak for each subscriber, Converged access with a single architecture; Fiber based, residential and business, fixed & mobile, Eco-efficient access technologies; Reduce power consumption up to 25%, unique value creation by application-enabling features. A change to ensure One Network for mobile, fixed, converged Open Access implementation is necessary.
Wireline technology is always one step ahead of wireless in term of bandwidth DSL & fiber access networks can support current & future backhaul requirements.
Business Services-The business case!
Business services market is growing, Business subscribers use a range of access technologies. High-ARPU subscribers; Typically 150%-200% higher than residential subscribers.
Typical deployment models; Bonded VDSL2 and VDSL2 replacing SHDSL for micro enterprises and small enterprises, Medium enterprises moving to GPON, Large enterprises moving to P2P/GigE and GPON. Serve existing wireless business subs and new fiber-based business subs from the same platform.