Mobile data traffic to spur rapid growth in mobile monitoring, optimization gear market, says ABI

The explosion in mobile data traffic will spur rapid growth in mobile monitoring and optimization gear revenue, reaching more than $9 billion by 2018, according to ABI Research.

Mobile operators are increasingly turning to self-optimizing networks (SON) and Wi-Fi offloading to handle mobile data traffic volume and congested networks.

In addition, mobile operators are using optimization across heterogeneous wireless networks and technologies, such as 3G, 4G, macrocell and Wi-Fi, according to ABI.

"The coordination between the macro cells and small cells is vital to deliver optimum performance of the radio network and provide a meaningful end customer experience," explains ABI research analyst Sabir Rafiq.

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has an edge among mobile network infrastructure vendors because of its early deployment of intelligent SON automation across 3G and 4G networks, enabling operators to monitor the deployment, process alignment strategies and implement new network elements. says ABI. Other leading vendors competing in the space include Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei.

According to a Small Cell Forum document on enterprise SON use cases, the "broad goal of SON is to enable the configuration, deployment, optimization, operation and maintenance of dense networks across multiple scales with very low or no manual input or feedback." SON is a key element in operators' ability to monetize small cells.

Gordon Mansfield, chair of the Small Cell Forum, explains in a statement: "Addressing the wide range of enterprise cellular requirements has conventionally been challenging for operators both from a technical and a business perspective. Using small cells enables challenges to be addressed in unique ways, to the benefit of operators and enterprises alike, delivering value for both."

For more:
- check out the ABI release
- see the Small Cell Forum release

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