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Traffic Management

Published: Jan 2013 | No Of Pages: 52 | Published By: IDate

Product Synopsis

New solutions need to be implemented to meet the needs generated by growing traffic, especially at the fixed and mobile access layer. This report responds to key questions for traffic management: strategies by operators, equipment providers and Internet giants, technology solutions that can be deployed, as well as the regulatory framework around traffic growth.

1. Executive Summary

2. Methodology

3. Traffic distribution status
3.1. Change in Internet traffic
Traffic consumption still growing
Specifics on fixed networks and evaluation of congestion risk
Specifics on mobile networks and valuation of congestion risk
3.2. Traffic management and regulatory supervision of Net Neutrality
European regulatory framework
Studies performed by European institutions

4. Key traffic management technical solutions
4.1. Network optimisation
4.1.1. Adding capacity and improving network performance
4.1.2. Optimising sizing by deploying diversified networks
4.1.3. Updating the collection network
4.1.4. Efficient spectrum use
4.2. Traffic management technologies
4.2.1. DPI, Deep Packet Inspection
4.2.2. PCRF, Policy Charging and Rules Function
4.2.3. QoS improvement and priorities management
4.3. Content distribution optimisation technologies
4.3.1. CDN and transparent caching
4.3.2. Other technologies specific to video distribution optimisation

5. Technology suppliers
5.1. DPI and PCRF ecosystems
Major specialists and equipment suppliers positioned in the DPI market
Heavy competition in the PCRF market
5.2. Equipment supplier positioning
Investments by equipment suppliers in CDN
Toward a form of network virtualisation

6. Ecosystem strategy
6.1. Operator strategy
6.1.1. Implementing differentiated offers or Tiered pricing
6.1.2. Congestion management
6.1.3. "On demand" bandwidth
6.1.4. Fair usage
6.1.5. Bill shock prevention
6.1.6. Summary of traffic management initiatives by major operators
6.2. Internet giant strategy
CDN strategy
Consumption data reporting services

Table 1: Application characteristics
Table 2: Integration in network equipment by the major equipment suppliers
Table 3: List of DPI contracts between specialists and telecom operators
Table 4: Partnership/interoperability agreements between DPI suppliers
Table 5: List of PCRF contracts
Table 6: Acquisitions and partnerships by major equipment suppliers
Table 7: Equipment supplier positioning
Table 8: Vodafone: LTE offers differentiated by speed
Table 9: Traffic management initiatives by major operators

Figure 1: Traffic management solutions
Figure 2: QoS on demand
Figure 3: Software-Defined Networking
Figure 4: Expansion of monthly Internet traffic, 2011-2016
Figure 5: Expansion of backbone capacity, 2007-2011
Figure 6: Various levels of saturation in a mobile network
Figure 7: Restrictions applied within the European Union
Figure 8: Regulation of Net neutrality in the Netherlands
Figure 9: Traffic management solutions
Figure 10: Range of speeds offered by access technologies (fixed and mobile)
Figure 11: Download speeds (theoretical) by type of technology
Figure 12: Scenario for deploying diversified networks based on NTE DoCoMo's LTE-Advanced network
Figure 13: Deployments and agreements by operators to deploy femtocells
Figure 14: Principle of offloading toward Wifi
Figure 15: Proportion of traffic offloaded from mobile networks to fixed networks
Figure 16: Supplier positions in small cells
Figure 17: FTTH network for LTE backhaul
Figure 18: Operation of Qosmos' ixEngine DPI solution
Figure 19: Classifying services using DPI
Figure 20: Characteristics of application types based on latency and significance in terms of revenue
Figure 21: Use of policy systems to bill a service
Figure 22: Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP)
Figure 23: Principle of IntServ
Figure 24: IPv4 and IPv6 packet headers (in yellow)
Figure 25: Principle of CDN
Figure 26: Principle of transparent caching: interception and redirection to cache if the content is "cachable"
Figure 27: Principle of adaptive streaming
Figure 28: Position of the major equipment suppliers
Figure 29: Positioning of DPI players
Figure 30: Volubill customers

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