We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- Importance of Internet connectivity during the pandemic
- How Scalable Platforms will Satisfy Data-hungry Users?
- Innovation is in STL’s DNA
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is Open RAN?
Increased Importance of Connectivity in COVID Times
Internet defines the way a large population on this planet lives, works and interacts. The importance of Internet connectivity in our lives couldn’t have been more reaffirmed during the times of COVID-19. Millions of people across the globe are now confined to their homes and find it comfortable to work thanks to the uninterrupted connectivity. Despite most of the employees working from homes, businesses have still been able to break boundaries with the use of technology and Internet.
How Scalable Platforms will Satisfy Data-hungry Users?
The human’s appetite for data has hit new levels in the last few years. To cope up with the hunger for data, telcos have given up traditional networks for nimble ones to create scalable platforms where connectivity, compute and storage can now co-exist. These software-driven networks comprise technologies such as virtual network functions, centralized control, decentralized, edge compute and memory.
They are now capable of data computing, storage and analysis, at the edge closer to the point of consumption and generation of data and applications. Networks collect and analyse quintillion bytes of data and build/modify their business strategies, improve their operational efficiencies, and make breakthrough in customer experiences.
What are the Network solutions for the Future?
With data networks being transformed from the traditional models, there is a need of network solutions that can keep up with the demands of the present as well as the future. STL, an industry-leading integrator of data networks, has the core capabilities to design, build and manage data networks for our customers. With core capabilities in optical connectivity, network and system integration, and virtualized access solutions, we deliver end-to-end solutions for data networks to global telecom companies, cloud companies, citizen networks and large enterprises.
Innovation is our DNA
STL believes in constant innovation to create a world with next-generation connected experiences that transform everyday living. Our focus is on providing innovative end-to-end network solutions that enable service providers to reach the customers faster, deliver the best customer experience while optimising their capital and operational costs. Following are the initiatives we have taken to boost our capabilities to innovate for the world of future:
Centres of Excellence
STL boasts of Centres of Excellence where we conduct fundamental research in next-generation network applications and prototype network technologies and used cases. The state-of-the-art facilities include research laboratories, demonstration centres and testing facility to enhance STL’s capabilities in data networks integration. STL also has software-development centres across India and a data centre design facility in the United Kingdom.
A testament of our innovation led initiatives is our steady growing patent portfolio. With a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence, finest researchers and prestigious international industry-academia R&D collaborations, we have been able to build a patent portfolio of over 350 patents registered across Asia, Europe and Northern America.
STL has currently organised an Innovation Challenge, inviting startups and innovators to brainstorm and come up with breakthrough technologies to handle data network needs of the future. Some of the innovations could unlock values of reduction in surveillance costs and increase in productivity of the optical fibre cable networks. The shortlisted applicants have co-created these solutions with STL and soon, we hope to incorporate these in various fibre deployment projects across India and abroad.
With data networks transforming for good, STL aims to create a world with next-generation connected experiences that transform everyday living. The only way to do this is keep innovating our way to the future.
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.