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STL Wins Big For 5G Digital Marketplace At TMForum Catalyst Program

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We discuss the following topics in this blog:

  1. STL’s breakthrough at the TMForum Digital Transformation World Series, 2021.
  2. Overview of the 5G Digital Marketplace Phase II Catalyst Project
  3. STL Digital Enterprise Marketplace Capabilities

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

  1. What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
  2. What is WiFi?

Catalyst for Proof of Concepts (PoC) Projects

Catalyst is about bringing around a new change in the way we think and innovate. It serves as fuel for your proof of concept (PoC) projects to pave the way for other commercial products and services launches.

At STL, several of the PoC’s trials underwent and later led to successful product launches.  STL’s Enterprise marketplace is a new platform-based model that opens up multi-side business opportunities.  CSPs can look forward beyond just providing traditional connectivity and offering OTT services as well. 

Recently, STL made a significant breakthrough at the TMForum Digital Transformation World Series, 2021.  As part of the TMForum Catalyst Project, STL won ‘Best Use of Open Digital Framework, (ODF)’ for its 5G Digital Marketplace catalyst project. The other participants in this project alongside STL were Amazon Web Services, Cognizant, ServiceNow, Subex, Colt Technology Services and Verizon.

With the STL marketplace offering, we empowered the project with our ‘Everything Stack’ to capitalize on the rapid evolution of Open API architectures 5G, WiFi6, cloud models platforms and make a permanent shift in end-user behavior.

Overview of the 5G Digital Marketplace Phase II Catalyst Project

This catalyst project demonstrated that deploying solutions on edge clouds using containerized network functions can radically change the architecture of enterprise network services, enabling them to provide low-latency services faster than before.  STL provided end-end 5G enterprise marketplace solutions for this PoC with its in-house developed Open Digital Architecture (ODA) framework aligned with the TMForum standards-based Open API configuration, mainly focusing on creating monetization opportunities.

What are Some of the Key Use Cases from the Project?

  • Application of driving additional revenues using the Cloud Native Digital Enterprise Marketplace model, with an enhanced customer experience (CX) in a challenging environment under 5G network  slice as a service for smart stadiums
  • Demonstrated implementation of Enterprise 5G product offerings, along with the marketplace for enterprise customers

Read more about the catalyst project here or watch the demo video to know more on this successful pilot project.

STL and TMForum Association

STL is a crucial member of the TMForum and participates in various catalyst projects along with other key events and programs. TMForum aims to provide communications service providers (CSPs) and their suppliers to digitally transform them with the help of an open, collaborative environment. Organizations like STL have proven expertise in providing such an environment.

What are the STL Digital Enterprise Marketplace Capabilities?

STL’s dEnterprise solution is a tailor-made end to end Enterprise Marketplace suite which serves as a bridge between CSPs, customers, and partners, making way for greater collaboration.

STL’s Enterprise Marketplace solution demonstrates use cases in the form of:

  • Ability to synergize the strength of multiple vendors, partners, and customers from different verticals and bring them together on a common platform to serve a range of innovative use cases for enterprise customers. 
  • It offers the proper leverage for CSPs to exploit the untapped potential of the Telco enterprise marketplace ecosystem.
  • It powers service providers to exploit XaaS business models and unlock new revenue streams for new and the next normal.
  • The DevOps-based solution ensures seamless product development and automated deployment at the customer end.  It is built under open architecture concepts and brings agility and easy integration, and a broader ecosystem of partners and vendors.

 Reach out to us for a free demo on our Enterprise Marketplace capabilities.

FAQs

What is an Optical Fibre Cable?

An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data.

This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities. There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index; Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).

An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.

The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.

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.).

FAQs

What is an Optical Fibre Cable?

An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data.

This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities. There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index; Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).

An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.

The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.

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.).

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