The 3Rs for the new mobile economy

Mobile data traffic has tripled year-over-year for the past three years. Three basic elements will be required to support such explosive growth in the new mobile economy. Real-time performance measurements will be necessary for proactive real-time load balancing. Resiliency or elasticity of the network will be a key capability necessary to maintain cost-efficient infrastructure. Relevancy techniques and policies will be required to detect congestion and dynamically load balance traffic to accommodate virtualized resources.

The current rate of adoption of wireless mobile communications has hit a staggering 70+ per cent of the 6.9 billion global population who now own at least one cellphone with nearly 28 per cent of global consumers owning multiple cellphones (according to Microsoft TAG, SSI [Survey Sampling International] and Opinionology Opinionology from recent global cellphone research studies as of November 2011).

With cellphones falling to the sub-US$100 mark and a hefty used market from the churn of older cellphones to newer smartphones, significant saturation of communications devices has begun to level the playing field for the technology ‘have-nots’ outside of North America.

Outside of North America, Europe, Asia and developing countries contribute to 87 per cent of total Internet users as they have jumped on the mobile Internet bandwagon.

Mobile economy = explosive data growth

Based on Cisco’s visual networking index, overall mobile data traffic is expected to grow at a CAGR of 92 per cent from 2010 to 2015 and is expected to reach 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015, a 26-fold increase over 2010. As we move towards building the new mobile economy, certain basic elements will be required to truly support a mobile network that has seen data traffic triple yearover- year for the past three years. Years ago the educational system coined the term, the 3Rs, (for those of you who are too young to remember!) which stood for the three basic requirements each student should master: reading, writing, and arithmetic. (I guess they were spelling challenged in those days!)

The 3Rs for the new mobile economy are the key elements of innovation that

Click here to download the full article (PDF) by Greg Gum for Connect-World: Europe I (2012)


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