Telecom Analytics: Increased interest in big data solutions for carriers; more MWC highlights


Big data and analytics have been hailed as the next technology trends for telecom operators. As carriers feel the pressure to mine the huge amount of data they already have in both their customer base and their networks, they are seeking tools to help analyze and manage this information. Aware of this need, vendors are responding by offering big data solutions to carriers. At last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, several companies made announcements about their analytical and intelligence tools that enable mobile operators to better understand customer and network behavior.

In addition to these announcements, it is interesting to note the latest move by Gigamon. The firm which specializes in traffic visibility solutions announced “a holistic approach to the current big data challenge” facing mobile carriers.

The company stated that since carriers continue to increase not only the number of pipes in their networks but also the speed of existing pipes from 10Gb and 40Gb to 100Gb, they require a solution that can enable the efficient management and monitoring of this rising volume of data.

“Big Data is no a longer a problem unique to enterprise data centers. Mobile carriers are now facing a deluge of traffic in their pipes, from an increasingly mobile workforce and the proliferation of smart devices and applications,” Andy Huckridge, director of service provider solutions at Gigamon, noted in a statement. According to Huckridge, mobile carriers must have the capacity to connect pipes to individual analytics tools at the network core and concentration points to ensure accurate data processing and analysis, since carriers have already invested a tremendous amount on their existing tools.

Intel is also looking at the big data phenomenon. The company announced the availability of Intel distribution for Apache Hadoop software aimed at allowing organizations and individuals to use the vast amounts of data being generated, collected and stored every day.

Hadoop, an open source framework for storing and processing large volumes of diverse data on a scalable cluster of servers, has emerged as the preferred platform for managing big data. Intel said that Apache Hadoop can keep pace with the rapid evolution of big data analytics, since the software expands Intel’s extensive portfolio of datacenter computing, networking, storage and intelligent systems products.

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The telecom analytics series provides weekly insights on trends, new products and other topics that touch on the advantages and  monetization opportunities of analytics tools for telecom operators, including big databusiness intelligencecustomer experience analysis and management, business analytics  and network analytics.

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Editor, Americas
Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.