Eden Rock has established key alliances throughout the wireless ecosystem.
The greatest challenge wireless operators face today is keeping pace with rapidly growing consumer demand for increased wireless broadband data capacity. These challenges have been exacerbated by the growing mainstream adoption of smartphones and the desire for greater ‘cloud’ connectivity of laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
The worldwide total of smartphones reached 1 billion at the end of 2012 and is expected to exceed 2 billion by the end of 2015. Smartphones generate 35 times more mobile data traffic than feature phones. As a result, mobile data traffic is projected to grow more than 25-fold by 2016. Additionally, the total number of mobile-connected devices is expected to reach 10 billion in 2016, an average of 1.4 devices per person worldwide.
Mobile operators are responding to the uninterrupted growth in devices and data by investing heavily into building out LTE networks, evolving to heterogeneous networks with small cell deployments, implementing Wi-Fi offload policies, exploring new models for spectrum sharing, and adopting Self Organizing Network (SON) solutions. While mobile operators are growing, evolving and increasing the complexities of their networks in order to meet the rising demand for mobile data, these operators also need to rely on SON to contain their operations costs and improve customer experience.
SON is a new layer of cloud software intelligence that increases network capacity, enhances Quality of Service (QoS), and reduces Operational Expenditure (OPEX). SON solutions allow operators to automate the configuration, optimization, and maintenance of large-scale modern networks. SON works across multiple technologies (2G, 3G, and 4G) and supports multiple vendors. The NGMN Alliance and the 3GPP standards have defined basic SON use cases and categorized the use cases into: Self-configuration, Self-optimization, and Self-healing. SON automatically closes the loop across multiple domains that previously required substantial human interaction. These domains include planning, performance management, alarm management, inventory management, geolocation, optimization, test and measurement, and RAN equipment.