Emerging markets are beginning to realize the benefits of IP-centric networks. A single IP network can transport multiple services, including voice, data, and the killer application, video.
The benefits of IP infrastructure include lower CAPEX and OPEX, economies of scale, and perhaps most important, enhanced network capacity.
Operators today must deliver increasing amounts of capacity and deliver it both efficiently and cost effectively to a growing number of mobile devices as the demand rises for wireless traffic. Today’s IP networks are reliable, secure and provide greater flexibility and scalability. These advantages, coupled with relative deployment ease, make IP ideal in emerging markets.
However, we can’t ignore that these markets may take some time to get to this ‘all IP’ holy grail. Providers must have a plan in place to evolve their networks from circuit-switched and hybrid concepts to all IP networks.
One technology to watch in developing regions is microwave. Microwave is scalable and is quick and inexpensive to deploy. It is highly reliable. It does not suffer from interruptions in service when a cable breaks. And perhaps most important, it meets both current and future capacity demands. Microwave is an ideal technology for all types of network hauling.
Udi Gordon is the EVP Marketing and Business Development for Ceragon Networks.