Managing network traffic

Sue Marek

Managing traffic on today's wireless networks is a very complex process--one that requires operators to analyze traffic patterns despite their unpredictability.

The good news is that there are a bevy of tools available that operators can deploy to help optimize the network. The trick is to pick the right set of tools that deliver the best value.

Policy control was talked about extensively a few years ago as a way for operators to package services to keep OTT players from taking away subscribers and revenues. But now policy control is envisioned as a tool that can provide more sophisticated rate plans to more effectively compete.

Network function virtualization, or NFV, also offers a lot of promise because it lets operators use network resources in the most efficient way. NFV is in the early stages, but analysts expect NFV to offer operators many more opportunities because it creates a more dynamic network environment.

Self-organizing network solutions also are a key tool for operators. Some are using SON to shift resources during large events. Others are using SON in dense areas to help manage network traffic.

In the latest ebook from FierceWireless, "Managing Network Traffic," we take an in-depth look at these various tools that operators are starting to deploy to help optimize their networks. To download, click here. --Sue