We are quickly approaching a world in which most everyday devices will communicate with a vast ecosystem of other hardware that is connected and integrated with the Internet. In fact, we are almost there today.
Right now, anyone can pick up “smart” or Internet-connected lights, Fitbits, home appliances, cameras, and other hardware from the store around the corner at a reasonable price. This is a segment of technology that is continually developing, and will continue to grow rapidly over the next few years as costs decrease and more opportunities flourish. Continue Reading
Have you ever purchased a new electronic device, taken it home, excitedly unwrapped it and switched it on, only to discover that something is wrong and you need to phone customer support?
This scenario is all-too-common in the broadband services industry, and unfortunately, it’s usually the service provider who takes the blame. New customers will often purchase gateways from third parties or redistributors without knowing that the device’s firmware is out of date. When the customer attempts to connect this device to their network, they’re quickly blocked by an error message (or sometimes no message at all) due to expired or unsupported firmware. Continue Reading
In the last part of my series on Enhancing Customer Care, I described the essential role of the customer call center, which directly affects the Customer Service and Retention stages of the customer lifecycle model. Both of these stages are immediately impactful to a subscriber’s quality of experience (QoE) whenever a service issue occurs.
What’s equally impactful to the state of customer experience is how customers are using the services purchased. For the operator, this means proactively ensuring that customers receive the services they have paid for — the promised up/download speeds and bandwidth allotments, connection reliability and predictable service are being delivered. Continue Reading
Broadband service providers take note, personal virtual reality (VR) platforms are going to reshape the industry sooner than you think.
We’ve seen a constant stream of VR-related news coming from major industry tradeshows, online broadband publications, and even broadband CEO blog posts. I’ll try to generalize their comments succinctly: personal VR platforms are expected to bring massive sales, huge increases in bandwidth consumption, and dramatic shifts in subscriber quality expectations. This is an exciting time for broadband service providers, but it’s essential to consider what implications VR will have on your organization. Continue Reading
In last week’s blog, I covered the customer lifecycle, which includes two essential categories: Customer Service and Retention.
According to research with Tier 1 partners, we discovered several themes that fall under the categories of Customer Service and Retention, such as agent handling practices, issue resolution times, and retention efforts. The work an operator conducts to optimize these essential components of the services lifecycle are directly related to quarterly churn rates. Continue Reading
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