2017 Networking Trends, Part II: LTE Pro’s Impact on Service Providers and You

Welcome to part II in our blog series on the key trends and themes from 451’s recent 2017 Trends in Networking Report.

While 451 doesn’t expect 5G networks to begin operation until 2020, they feel that LTE Pro is the most important new standard released since the launch of LTE. 451 analyst Jennifer Clark’s most recent blog states that “while 5G technology may continue to grab headlines in 2017, it will be LTE Advanced Pro that does the most to move the radio access network environment forward.”

LTE Pro will enable new mobile business opportunities in numerous areas previously denied to service providers, such as push-to-talk services similar to “walkie-talkies,” along with capabilities for cost-effective, low-power Internet of Things (IoT) support that will bring many more devices onto the network and into our connected lives.

LTE Pro will also bring a similar 10x increase in speeds over the original 4G, in the same way that 4G did to 3G networks, promising to finally deliver super-fast speeds for our ever-expanding mobile broadband appetites.

In fact, mobile service providers have been struggling with the need to troubleshoot, monitor, and manage their networks even before the massive speed increases that began all the way back with 3G. So, carriers are still not off the hook for the challenges that come with monitoring faster network speeds to make sure they maintain a positive user experience, and to prevent us all from calling our customer call centers or switching to competitors.

A key measure for these providers is average revenue per user, or ARPU. While new networking technologies can suddenly deliver more bandwidth, the tools needed to monitor these networks struggle to keep pace. This means they potentially face spending 1,000 percent more to monitor their networks, which would cause their ARPU to sink dramatically or even turn negative.

It’s a good thing for them that cPacket is on the job.

We have a custom chip that cost-effectively delivers a behemoth monitoring engine capable of 10x the throughput of competing solutions, as well as an innovative approach that simplifies the troubleshooting architecture by placing our devices closest to the end users who may be experiencing problems. This also makes possible the real-time results that network operators need for maintaining a high quality of service that will keep their call centers calm and their customers happy.

cPacket offers the only solution on the market today that is capable of meeting mobile carriers’ needs as they struggle to provide an all-you-can-eat buffet of broadband services to satisfy the rapacious appetites of both consumers and businesses.

Stay tuned for part III in our blog series on 451’s report, where we’ll discuss SDN.