CommsMEA What trends do you foresee in terms of the emergence of heterogeneous networks?
As far as mobile users are concerned, data is data. Whether they stream or download content over one technology or another, their main concern is having a connection capable of delivering the service they want, wherever and whenever they want it. Operators are well aware of this and are introducing the concept of heterogeneous networks (Het Nets) to help provide ubiquitous high-bandwidth connectivity. Het Nets combine numerous micro networks, consisting of multiple low power technologies such as picocells, microcells, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wireless LANs, to reinforce high-usage hotspots.
CommsMEA How will operators seek to improve site management in 2012?
One major area of expense that mobile operators will streamline in 2012 is their dependence upon network site visits. The inefficient use of a technician’s time can be considerably costly, especially for large networks with numerous sites in remote and distant locations. Operators can be warned through “soft alarms” when equipment begins to fall below optimum performance, as opposed to simply being alerted when equipment fails, which is often the case. This not only allows network managers to solve minor problems before they become major issues, but to choose the best time to respond and solve multiple problems in one visit.
CommsMEA Will operators look at the environmental impact of their operations?
From an infrastructure perspective, the move towards energy efficient solutions was undoubtedly one of the biggest trends of 2011. The benefits operators have seen so far not only justify their initial investment but can clearly maximise a network’s long term profitability. With global telecoms revenue expected to fall by 5% by 2015, as predicted by Analysys Mason, green solutions will continue to be adopted progressively throughout 2012 to offset this. Operators will be investing more in clean backup power generators, remote shelter monitoring, amplifier upgrades, hybrid cooling systems, and greater network intelligence.
CommsMEA Tell me about Commscope’s connectivity solutions.
Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions addresses our customers’ needs to build high-performing wired and wireless networks addressing both telecom operators and enterprises. In the enterprise segment, we provide a structured cabling solution primarily targeted at Fortune 1000 companies. For broadband connectivity, we provide cable TV operators with cables and connectivity solutions to connect the cable TV infrastructure to consumers. We offer site connectivity products and solutions to telecom operators addressing the wireless market or “on the go” segment. It is a big market for us and growing steadily.