Tuesday, May 31, 2011
On Sandvine's Business:
"Telcos that offer DSL services are now the largest component of our customer base and we have very quickly grown a substantial base of mobile service provider customers a group that wouldn’t talk to us a couple years ago. .. One of the [Q1] customers was our inaugural win with our new reseller partner Acision [here], a major systems integrator in the mobile market. We did not lose any notable deals in the quarter. We responded to more RFPs, RFIs and RFQs in Q1 than we did in the fourth quarter of 2010 and the sales funnel has never been larger .. On a quarterly or annual basis, it’s more difficult to predict what will happen as one or two large deployments in one part of the world can skew our results over such a short period."
Products and solutions:
".. We can measure network quality, mitigate malicious traffic, like Spam, and enhance the efficiency of third party solutions, like network caches, by directing only the relevant network traffic to them (e.g., only cacheable traffic).. We also announced our new Policy Traffic Switch 22000 platform [here], which is ideal for both fixed line and new mobile LTE networks .. Deployed at the edge, the new platform will be able to intersect certain network links that let us gather critical information to enable unique policy opportunities for service providers to run their networks more efficiently and increase revenue opportunities. We already have a first customer for this exciting new platform.
In the APAC region, Ultra Broadband networks have been deployed in Japan, South Korea and Hong-Kong; Malaysia and China are in the process of deployment while other countries, including New Zealand and Australia, are getting ready to deploy.
Nigel talks about QoS, fair use, network efficiency and more.
See "Taking Broadband Into the QoS Era" - here and video below.
Monday, May 30, 2011
"First, we develop an active end-to-end detection mechanism, referred to as ShaperProbe, that can infer whether a particular path is subject to traffic shaping, and in that case, estimate the shaper characteristics. Second, we analyze results from a large-scale deployment of ShaperProbe on M-Lab over the last few months, detecting traffic shaping in several major ISPs. Our deployment has received more than one million users so far from 5,700 ISPs. Third, we modify the Shaper-Probe detection algorithm so that it can be applied passively on the traffic of any TCP-based application".
So which ISPs are using traffic shaping? 4 case studies are presented in the paper; see also the table below:
- Comcast - "We observed many shaping configurations in our observations between October 2009 and May 2011" (no need to repeat the Sandvine-Comcast history)
- Road Runner - "94% of upstream runs did not detect shaping, while 64% of downstream runs found shaping"
- Cox - "we found Cox to have a significant number of upstream shaping detections of 20%" (see - "Procera: Cox Generated $2.2M in 2010" - here)
Sunday, May 29, 2011
One of the sessions in the Telco 2.0 stream, "Mobile Broadband Economics", was covered by the Telco2.0 site - see "Mobile Broadband Economics: LTE 'Not Enough'" - here.
I selected two of the items:
"Delegates voted on the obstacles to mobile broadband revenues and the impact of various measures on the control of costs":
Ofcom also found that "17% of UK households are using mobile broadband to access online services, with 7% using it as their only means of internet access, compared to 3 per cent in 2009".
See "Mobile broadband speeds revealed" - here, full Report - here and coverage by channel 4 news (here and below).
Saturday, May 28, 2011
In March, an Infonetics report found that "Policy management revenue grew 48% in 2010 to $418.7M, with the majority of spending occurring in the wireless market ..policy management market to nearly quadruple from 2010 to 2015, to $1.6B" (here).
Friday, May 27, 2011
Allot Communications announced that "a major Russian fixed and mobile operator with over 25 million subscribers has deployed Allot Service Gateway Sigma (SG-Sigma) platforms to offer revenue-generating parental control and anti-virus services to its subscribers. Nokia Siemens Networks acted as prime integrator on this joint project, which is the first major win to result from the strategic partnership between the companies. The solution has been initially deployed in two key hubs within the operator's network .. SG-Sigma acts as a nexus point in the operator's network, accurately identifying traffic in real time at high speeds, and enabling intelligent policy-based steering of subscriber traffic to these value added services. The solution identifies those customers who have subscribed to the service and steers only their traffic to the relevant VAS platform, allowing optimized deployment of VAS infrastructure"
See "Allot and Nokia Siemens Networks Partnership Enables Major Russian Operator to Deploy Revenue Generating Services" - here.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The answer was:
"You know, usage-based pricing -- I don't think we've --first of all be clear, we're not adopting it. Obviously, we are watching it. We're very comfortable with our structure. Our goal is to really capture share and increase ARPU. And I think that -- and make sure that we have the best product that's going in the house or in the business. And I think that we absolutely do, whether it's in the business or in the house. So we're pretty comfortable with the model. We've deployed the instrumentation that people need to sort of gauge how much they're using, and if we ever wanted to go to usage-based billing or consumption-based billing, we could possibly do that. I don't know why we would disrupt a pretty good run we're having right now. We feel really good about our capacity and our capability to continue to manage additional bandwidth needs. So I feel pretty good"
Full transcript - here.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
See "Openet Launches Dynamic Context Router to Simplify Network Traffic Management" - here and "The Skinny on Dynamic Resource Allocation" blog post here.
I asked the company how their product is different from the offering of other vendors - such as Traffix Systems (here) and Tekelec (here).
Andrea Kavanagh, Openet's Marketing Communications Director, explained that "the Openet Dynamic Context Router doesn’t just route on static information when performing diameter routing. DCR is a high-performance stand-alone router that intelligently routes network traffic, using both static and dynamic context based routing rules. It is designed with a thorough understanding of the requirements of 3GPP diameter applications, and the resultant signaling burdens that come with the introduction of multiples of such applications".
Earlier this week, Traffix Systems announced "..the establishment of its LTE Diameter Interoperability (IOT) lab and calls for vendors and service providers to participate in testing their products for Diameter conformance standards and for interoperability with specific service provider network requirements" - see "Traffix Opens an LTE Diameter Interoperability Lab and Calls for Participants Promoting a Vibrant LTE Ecosystem, Traffix Welcomes Vendors and Service Providers to Take Advantage of Remote Testing Facilities in First Full Diameter Lab" - here.
Good initiative to the growing number of players in this space (PCRFs, PCEFs and Diameter routers).
StarHub, Singapore’s 2nd largest mobile operator, had 2.145M subscribers at the end of Q1, 2011 (see chart).
Joanna Chan, VP of Personal Solutions, StarHub said: “The insights provided by SevenFlow help us in understanding customers' data usage pattern so that we can develop products and initiatives that better cater to the needs of specific customer segments.”
Neuralitic’s SevenFlow is a Mobile Data Intelligence solution that gives marketing professionals and other decision-makers the critical insights they need to improve marketing ROI based on actual subscriber usage characteristics. Its Data Bus component extracts 100% of all mobile network data from a copy of traffic across an industry-standard network interface. The Data Bus also includes customizable business rules to filter data on an as-needed basis, and channels the data to the Knowledge Portal.
Among other functions, the Knowledge Portal presents protocol usage information on a wide range of distinct protocols (http, BitTorrent, ftp, etc.); and helps users measure the impact of particular protocols on the mobile network. See also a patent application - "A METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYSING A MOBILE OPERATOR DATA NETWORK" - here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
See "Sandvine Chooses Spirent for Mobile Core Testing of Network Policy Control" - here.
Spirent Landslide emulates up to 800,000 mobile nodes and 2,000 network components in a single chassis; up to 32 chassis can be used together.
See "Mgmt World: Telstra Sees ASP Future" - here.
Carol assumes that Telstra "..would be using DPI or similar technology within these broadband network gateways, both to offer tiered services starting with best effort and moving up, and to ensure proper treatment of traffic types. Telstra already uses a tiered offering with bandwidth caps, something it has taken heat from in the past, but will make this next transition smoother" (see "Telstra Uses NSN PCS-5000" - here).
Monday, May 23, 2011
Rohde & Schwarz has announced ".. it has completed the acquisition of German-based Internet traffic management and monitoring specialist ipoque GmbH ..ipoque was founded in 2005 in the community surrounding the University of Leipzig and today employs more than 70 people. ipoque’s focus is on deep packet inspections (DPI) solutions for network operators and broadband providers to analyze, monitor and optimize their networks to maximize investment and generate new subscriber revenues ..ipoque is now a subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz and will continue to operate under its new name "ipoque – a Rohde & Schwarz company" with no change to existing customer relationships".
See "Rohde & Schwarz Acquires ipoque" - here.
Recently we have seen several initiatives by mobile operators to impose usage fees for the use of certain applications, mainly those competing with their core services (VoIP, messaging and video streaming). See the case of KPN (here), TeliaSonera (here) and a recent win by Allot (here).
See "FCC Tells Us Their Neutrality Rules Prevent Pay-Per App But ISPs Will Simply Argue They're Pricing Creatively..." - here.
- FCC: VoIP Replaces Regular Phone Service with Annual Growth of 21% - here
- FCC: We Need "Apps" to Monitor Naughty Service Providers - here
- FCC: Usage-Based Pricing is Important - here
A person engaged in the provision of mobile broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block consumers from accessing lawful websites, subject to reasonable network management; nor shall such person block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services, subject to reasonable network management.
|Source: Allot Communications|
67. Some concerns have been expressed that broadband providers may seek to charge edge providers simply for delivering traffic to or carrying traffic from the broadband provider’s end-user customers. To the extent that a content, application, or service provider could avoid being blocked only by paying a fee, charging such a fee would not be permissible under these rules.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Few months ago a lawsuit was filed against AT&T claiming that (see video below from NBC's Today show) - " .. the company's billing system records data use up to three times the actual use, including "phantom" charges that occur when the phone is not in use".
Saturday, May 21, 2011
See "GENBAND GENiUS Platform to Enable Transformation of Nationwide Honduras Communications Network" - here.
GENBAND P Series are ATCA solutions OEMed from Procera (here).
Friday, May 20, 2011
First, it seems (or at least reported in the UK) that the French 3-strikes system works and supported by the public (!):
"[UK] Shadow culture minister Ivan Lewis [picture] has cited new research from France to support anti-piracy enforcement online. Lewis quoted research suggesting that 50 per cent of internet users state Hadopi prompts them to use more legal content and 41 per cent said it persuaded them to change their net habits, while 50 per cent supported the Three Strikes system".
See "Labour: France's pirate-bashing Hadopi laws work" - here.
However does the system work? Is it safe?: "Eric Walter, France's secretary general of internet piracy, made the announcement over Twitter on Tuesday, saying that Hadopi, short for the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights, was taking control of Trident Media Guard “following the leak of IP addresses.”
See "France's official P2P monitoring firm hacked" - here.
See "Cisco M.O.VE. – New Tools for Mobile Policy and Charging Control" - here. See also "Cisco MOVEs into Video Optimization and Monetization; New Mobile Services Edge Gateway" - here.
The Cisco solution consists of three new components:
- The Cisco Subscriber Service Controller (SSC): A 3GPP-compliant Subscriber Policy Register (SPR) function for exchanging both static and dynamic subscriber profile data with the Cisco IPCF. With the optional Decision Center functionality, the Cisco SSC enforces aggregate volume usage rules across groups of subscribers sharing a common account.
- The Cisco Policy Provisioning Tool (PPT): A graphical user interface for facilitating the definition of policy rules and managing their distribution to the deployed Cisco SSC and Cisco IPCF nodes.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
See "TeliaSonera: No Free VoIP on Our 4G" - here. See also "TeliaSonera's LTE Comes with Traffic Management" - here and "Review of Current LTE Pricing" - here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The document "LTE Pricing and Packaging - Current Operator LTE Pricing and Packaging Overview" is downloadable here.
".. The specific usage limits imposed by mobile operators vary dramatically, ranging from 20-30 GB/month in many European markets, to 10GB/month or less in the US and 5GB/month in other markets like Japan. Once these caps are reached, operators are applying a mixture of throttling and overage charges, with no uniformity .. As of May 2011, it can be seen that LTE is focused on meeting the needs of a small subset of users. Operators are starting to innovate with their data plans and during the writing of this report several operators changed their pricing plans in a drive to attract new LTE subscribers"
Main conclusions relate to entertainment traffic and particularly:
- Real-Time Entertainment traffic* is continuing its journey to network dominance, particularly in North America, where it represents 49.2% of peak period fixed access traffic. If this rate of growth is sustained, Real-Time Entertainment will make up 55-60% of traffic by the end of the year. See also "TDG: "OTT video to eclipse live broadcast TV around 2020" - here.
- Netflix is the undisputed bandwidth leader on North America’s fixed access networks. See also "Does Netflix Replace P2P File Sharing?" - here.
- The continued growth of Real-Time Entertainment enables a seemingly contradictory conclusion: P2P Filesharing is here to stay, at least for the immediate future, as evidenced by the marginal drop in share from 19.2% of peak period traffic in Fall 2010 to 18.8% in Spring 2011
- In Europe, Real-Time Entertainment continues a steady climb, rising to 33.2% of peak aggregate traffic, up from 31.9% last fall. BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocol, is the largest single component of both upstream (59.7%) and downstream (21.6%) Internet traffic during peak periods.
- In the UK, BBC’s iPlayer is 6.6% of peak downstream traffic, reflecting the demand for localized content in many markets.
- Overall, individual subscribers in Europe consume twice the amount of data as North Americans (monthly mean of 39.6 GB vs. 23 GB, see charts below)