Managing data efficiently between LTE and WiFi is critical, more so when the world is working from home

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As this blog goes up the world is still staring at uncertainty. An extreme reminder of how vulnerable humanity is. It is affecting countries, economies, organizations and people is unimaginable ways, the complete impact of which is still being understood.

An industry that is standing tall and punching above its weight, in helping humanity cope up with the situation, is undeniably the Telecom industry. Ably supporting everything that is thrown at it, be it the needs to keep administrations, hospitals, security and emergency services connected or even the needs of work from homes or self-quarantines. Imagine having to scale to up overnight to scenarios, that increased the load on cellular networks multi fold, which the networks were never designed for! Like in China where usage of collaboration platforms went up a whopping 500% since the end January 2020 or like in the case of Telecom Italia where the internet traffic has zoomed by over 70%.

CSPs have resorted to multiple solutions to keep the networks up and running including limiting traffic of less essential background services, prioritizing mission critical applications over others, optimizing RAN schedulers etc. Decisions like Netflix and YouTube downgrading quality of services help too.

A curious scenario that emerged on certain networks from the increased WFH demands is that of traffic going up on broadband lines leaving mobile networks underutilized. Along with affecting the quality of service this also puts additional needs on the already stretched schedules of telco staff who are ensuring uptimes. The need, thus, is for a solution that is intelligent enough to understand the situation and take steps to balance load between mobile and fixed networks.

STL does offer a solution that precisely delivers this. Its dWiFi platform helps in decongesting network traffic by efficient data management in LTE and WiFi channels. It intelligently switches network from LTE-to-WiFi-to-LTE networks based on signal strength, throughput, latency, jitter and packet-loss without manual intervention and provide seamless connectivity. It also helps to improve network selection, adds policy-control capabilities, enables smart decision making based on analytics. This intelligent offload offering consists of three building blocks – Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF) server, Smart ANDSF compliant Client and Edge Analytics. dWifi platform deliver proven value with over 250m customers already benefiting from it.

  • No additional infra investments, dWiFi leverages existing infra and improves ROI on infra investments
  • Built in analytics provides actionable insights into categories of Network & Policy, User Mobile Device & Location for Data Monetization, Network Optimization & Enhance User Experience
  • Improves user experience & customer loyalty by providing seamless transition between LTE and WiFi
  • Alleviates 4G/3G network clogging and augments cellular network capacity by offering reliable Wi-Fi access with improvised coverage

Learn more about dWiFi here

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Managing data efficiently between LTE and WiFi is critical, more so when the world is working from home
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Managing data efficiently between LTE and WiFi is critical, more so when the world is working from home
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As people across the globe are opting for Work From Home practices, STL sheds light on why effective data management is critical between LTE & Wifi. We also share insights on the situation of the telecom industry & how they can cope up with this in an efficient manner.
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