Offloading from Cellular Networks to WiFi

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We discuss the following topics in this blog:

  1. Offloading traffic from Cellular network to WiFi networks
  2. dSmartMobility solution to leverage cloud capabilities

In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:

  1. What is WiFi?
  2. What is Open RAN?

How CSPs Have Handled the WFH Wave?

The world is preparing for a future where WFH is going to be more commonplace and reliable high-speed connectivity will be the backbone for this. For CSPs offloading traffic from Cellular network to WiFi networks has been the norm for managing data on the networks. But the spikes in usage of OTT apps (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.) as well as other applications running in parallel, such as videoconferencing for instance, has resulted in overloading of broadband, while cellular networks have been witnessing underutilization in pockets. Which means that CSPs now have a scenario that is exactly opposite what they were designed to handle. I wrote about this curious scenario Telcos are facing in some parts of their networks in this blog. It is a herculean task. And CSPs are doing an admirable job.

We knew that our dSmartMobility solution is a capable one for this situation. Correspondingly, taking advantage of our existing cloud capabilities, we decided to engineer our solution in order to offer a trial version of dSmartMobility that CSPs can access and use instantly.

Why dSmartMobility is the Solution You Need?

With our engineering responding immediately on this challenge in true STLer (pronounced as Stellar) style, I am very happy to announce that STL is ready for a full functional version of dSmartMobility that is ready to be tested by operators to experience the seamless offloading of their subscribers to the best available network by removing network congestions. Operators can offer dSmartMobility Client App which their subscribers can download on their Android and iOS devices for a seamless connectivity experience (indoor as well as outdoor). We have also pre-bundled it with two advanced features;

  • An interactive dashboard GUI – Operators can set offload policies and various thresholds without fear of losing customers due to poor customer experience.
  • Edge Analytics – Operators can plan network better by providing detailed insights about data offload, peak hours, top locations, data usage, failure reasons etc.

So, here we are with a ready to use full featured version of dSmartMobility that can be configured and used in a matter of hours. You can experience our free trial for the next 45 days.

Interested? Get in touch with us by registering at this link.

FAQs

What is WiFi?

Put simply, WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to create a wireless network through which devices like mobile phones, computers, printers, etc., connect to the internet. A wireless router is needed to establish a WiFi hotspot that people in its vicinity may use to access internet services. You’re sure to have encountered such a WiFi hotspot in houses, offices, restaurants, etc.

To get a little more technical, WiFi works by enabling a Wireless Local Area Network or WLAN that allows devices connected to it to exchange signals with the internet via a router. The frequencies of these signals are either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidths. These frequencies are much higher than those transmitted to or by radios, mobile phones, and televisions since WiFi signals need to carry significantly higher amounts of data. The networking standards are variants of 802.11, of which there are several (802.11a, 802.11b, 801.11g, etc.).

What is Open RAN?

From a deployment standpoint, we have Non-Standalone Mode(NSA), Dynamic Spectrum Sharing(DSS), and Standalone Mode (SA). The initial deployments of 5G NR are based on NSA standards, meaning the existing 4G LTE network will operate on the control plane, and 5G NR will be introduced to the user plane.

This particular standard was introduced by 3GPP, keeping in mind the industry’s push to faster 5G services rollout while utilizing the existing 4G LTE infrastructure currently in place. On the other hand, operators are also implementing Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) to accelerate the deployment cycle, which will reduce costs and improve spectrum utilization. In this standard, the same spectrum is shared between the 5G NR and 4G LTE, multiplexing over time per user demands. Lastly, we have the Standalone Mode (SA), which moves towards a complete 5G based network where both signaling and the information transfer are driven by a 5G cell.

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