FIRA WIRE DAY 1: Sterlite’s Future BSS, LTE data roaming, AmdocsONE

MWC 2018
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MWC18 news from Day 1: Sterlite launches the ‘BSS of the future’; LTE data roaming hits tipping point; Vodafone hearts Netcracker; ZTE’s new 5G base stations; and Tmall integrates iStaging’s VR capture.

Sterlite introduces the ‘BSS of the Future’

Sterlite Tech announced the launch of ‘BSS of the future’, a platform that enables the digital transformation of Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to Digital Service Providers (DSPs). The BSS platform brings enhanced benefits for both CSPs and end-users. The platform is powered by DevOps, open APIs and data science and enables CSPs to rapidly and effectively go digital. This new architecture integrates disparate Systems of Record, Engagement and Intelligence, which enables multiple benefits:

  • Continuous delivery & integration cycle with 2x faster deployment of customer offerings
  • Analytics-enabled insights for ongoing customer acquisition, growth and retention
  • Scalable B2B2X monetisation platform usable for both B2C and B2B customers
  • Open-API platform enables interoperability and ease of onboarding new partners and services

The next-gen BSS enhances the user experience by automating the billing process and providing omni-channel connectivity options across email, chat and other digital platforms for the end-users.

LTE now accounts for the majority of mobile data roaming: Syniverse

New data released today at MWC shows that LTE usage has hit the tipping point and inter-regional LTE data roaming traffic has surpassed non-LTE data roaming traffic. Specifically, LTE traffic rose to 54% of global outbound roaming traffic in 2017, up from 42% in 2016. The new figures come from a Syniverse study that analyzed global roaming traffic records from its global IPX network that connects nearly 1,000 mobile operators, including most of the world’s LTE providers. The data highlights the need for operators to deploy an IPX network to provide the critical interconnectivity necessary to not only enable global LTE reach but also provide the initial thrust for 5G to build upon.

Vodafone Group picks Netcracker as its key cloud player

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology announced today that Vodafone Group has selected Netcracker’s solution to support its transition into a telecommunications cloud provider. The virtualization initiative will incorporate the use of cloud-native, SDN and NFV technologies to evolve operational and business systems and processes. The partnership will support the initiative by orchestrating and managing end-to-end resources and services within Vodafone domains.

“As we accelerate the transformation of our network and services to fully leverage cloud and virtualization, Orchestration and Automation plays a critical role in how we build and operate both the infrastructure and our business,” said Fran Heeran, Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV at Vodafone Group.

AmdocsONE brings DevOps and microservices to power digital transformation

Amdocs announced the launch of AmdocsONE, an enabler of business-led DevOps deployments of cloud-native and microservices capabilities. The new solution set leverages industry-specific best practices and methodologies from serving over 350 customers worldwide to give service providers of all sizes the business agility to successfully navigate the continuous digital transformation process.

ZTE has new 5G base stations

ZTE unveiled its full series of new-generation 5G base stations, including new-generation 5G high/low frequency AAUs, a new baseband unit compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G (and also supports C-RANs, D-RANs, and 5G CUs/DUs), a 4G/5G dual-mode RRU that ZTE says can reduce fiber rental costs by 75% and decrease operators’ TCO. All of the new base stations are based on ZTE’s own 5G soft-baseband chips and digital intermediate-frequency chips.

Tmall integrates iStaging’s VR capture solution

iStaging’s VR capture solution has been integrated with Alibaba’s Tmall, one of China’s largest e-commerce platforms. In an effort to bridge the virtual and physical worlds, Tmall sellers can use iStaging’s VR Maker to digitize their physical stores in VR. Tmall sellers can then upload their VR content on Tmall and sync VR content on Tmall with search results based on the location and distance of their physical shops. See here for an example.

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