Last week, we discussed why scalability is crucial to building out the New Diameter Network. Today, we’ll examine the role of reliability.
Mobile data is the greatest opportunity that service providers have ever seen. Mobile data revenues are expected to reach $1.2 trillion by 2020 – a seven fold increase over 2011, according to the GSMA. This growth in data is being driven by mobile application store revenues which are increasing from $1 billion to more than $25 billion and enterprise cloud services, which are growing from $ 5 billion to more than $20 billion over the same period (Yankee Group). It is also being impacted by the rapid growth in connected mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, smart meters, traffic cameras and many others, which is doubling from $6 billion today to $12 billion by 2020 (GSMA).
With this plethora of connected devices and data usage, always-on, reliability is key for global service providers to establish strong customer relationships. However, enabling and maintaining that level of reliability in IP networks is complex. Data and signaling loads are unpredictable – as recent outages have shown. A single event, such as the World Cup, or even a new iconic devic,e such as the third-generation iPad with LTE, can create a sudden, huge spike in traffic. And, when M2M devices begin to dominate the network, billions of new connections will create unimaginable data and signaling volumes.
To maintain reliability in the all-IP world, service providers will need a rock-solid Diameter network with a common operation, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAM&P) framework to handle network management, analytics, congestion control, and overload protection.
This article is part of the series Architecting the New Diameter Network. Next week, we’ll examine the need for a software-based approach as you build your robust Diameter network. For more information about Diameter protocol, check out the Diameter Learning Center.