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

Telecom Analytics

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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  1. [...] World Congress saw a number of vendors step up to help operators manage their data, which Analsys Mason says has grown more in the last two years [...]


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