We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- The world rapidly shifting towards all things digital.
- STL brings dTelco, a next-gen O/BSS Platform.
- Accolades at the 19th Telecom Leadership Forum
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
Is the World Shifting Towards Digital?
As the world rapidly shifts towards all things digital, telcos are beginning to digitize their services, offerings, business processes and models. This has been accelerated by stiff competition from OTTs who have become role models to follow on maximising the potential of digital.
Thanks to the rise of emerging tech (5G, IoT, IIoT, Edge Computing, Data Analytics, MI, AI etc.), we see an emerging reverse wave in the telecom industry.
How Does STL’s dTelco Help in Dealing with the Digital Wave?
To equip telcos to deal with the digital wave, STL brings dTelco, a next-gen O/BSS Platform with the concept of Digital Evolution from traditional siloed telco model to a customer-centric, agile, data-driven model.
Accolades at the 19th Telecom Leadership Forum
And for pioneering this vision of a digital future for telcos, STL’s dTelco has been recognized as a “Leader” in the OSS/BSS Category at the 19th Telecom Leadership Forum conducted by Voice & Data.
Telecom Leadership Forum recognises industry leaders who are pioneering research and innovation in a growing digital ecosystem. The award was presented on January 31st at Shangri-La, New Delhi amidst 200+ telecom leaders.
Empowered by rich omni-channel experience capabilities and designed to offer complete control to subscribers, partners and machines (intelligent devices), the dTelco platform helps CSPs to achieve maximum measurable impact with a higher EBITDA.
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 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.