The growing subscriber appetite for mobility of IP services has caused worldwide WiFi-usage rates to reach unprecedented highs. A recent trends and analysis report predicted that by 2020, wired devices will account for 34 percent of IP traffic while WiFi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent of IP traffic.
The rapid rise of WiFi utilization is seen in two distinct areas: high penetration rates of service provider WiFi within the subscriber home and increased adoption of public WiFi hotspots. Continue Reading
Where do most quality of service issues occur in the network?
If you guessed within the customer premises, you’d be right. More than half of all service issues occur within the customer premises, with everything from signal blockage, range restrictions, or outside network channel interference affecting service quality.
Visibility into usage habits and trends makes it easier to understand what new products should be offered, and to whom. With the right solution, you can identify when a customer should be offered a different package or media access, or a trial upgrade to better suit their bandwidth utilization history, traffic hours, traffic type, and subscriber type (business or residential). Continue Reading
Let’s face it, providing broadband services is more than just provisioning a gateway. No gateway is the same, provides the same management interfaces, or supports the latest protocol of the respective access technology. Beyond the various nuances at the end of the day, there are specific business drivers that need to be solved: be it providing a new MPLS circuit, activating community WiFi, provisioning telephony, enabling a new service, or providing proactive care. Today’s operators are keenly aware of the need for service agility. Automation is key to ensuring agile and reliable service. Continue Reading
Converged access networks are becoming the norm for today’s communication service provider (CSP), as the traditional wireline and fiber operators look to support the changing needs of their customers in an increasingly wireless world. What does a converged network look like for the subscriber when it includes a transparent layer offering seamless handoff between wireless and wired access? How does the CSP provide that seamless world between the wireless access within the home and abroad? Continue Reading
This blog was co-authored with Maik Hassel, Product Manager at Incognito
What are your biggest support costs? For most service providers, maintaining high quality support through a call center can be difficult — and expensive. Although the purpose of a customer service representative (CSR) is to provide assistance to subscribers, containing costs is one of the major goals at most call centers. Continue Reading
In my last blog, we explored how TR-143 consists of two parts — per-CPE network monitoring and network-initiated monitoring — to give operators visibility into network-wide metrics. Let’s dive deeper into how this kind of active monitoring and the full suite of TR-069 specifications can be used to improve quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) for subscribers. Continue Reading
Subscriber quality of experience (QoE) can be difficult to quantify. A variety of factors both inside and outside the customer premises can affect a subscriber’s service — and unfortunately, not all of these can be controlled. For instance, within the home network, there may be signal blockage or range issues affecting the service of a WiFi connected device, while outside the network there may be channel interference caused by nearby cell towers or even neighboring networks.
How can network operators and administrators adequately understand the factors affecting a subscriber’s QoE if they are unable to see the external factors impacting service quality? Continue Reading
It’s the gold medal race, the one you’ve been waiting for all day. You and your workmates huddle around the screen, anticipation building as you wait for the start. All eyes are on the favorite, your country’s rising star and the hope of the nation. Continue Reading
Last week we investigated how rich data derived from TR-069 can be used to optimize the service quality of a single access point (AP) within the subscriber premises.
Often a service provider will control multiple APs within a multi-dwelling unit, university campus, or other public space. This opens up new doors for optimizing service quality — instead of simply optimizing a single AP, you are now able to control other APs in the vicinity as well. Continue Reading