The telecom industry is on the rebound and the demand for more and newer wireless services is ever increasing. To meet these market demands, wireless providers have to deploy advanced radio access networks to enhance the mobile communications infrastructure. This forward-looking book delivers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of mobile radio access networks, focusing on high-level architectural issues that engineers and managers need to understand.
Chapter 17 OPERATIONS. Many projects in the telecom environment are operations projects. Most projects require some involvement from operations organizations, even if they are not centrally operations projects. In the telecom industry, “operations” encompasses many diverse functions, and often aspects of many such systems are needed.
Validation of Communications Systems with SDL provides a clear practical guide to validating, by simulation, a telecom system modelled in SDL. SDL, the Specification and Description Language standardised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T), is used to specify and develop complex systems such as GSM, GPRS, UMTS, IEEE 802.11 or Hiperlan. Since the downturn in the telecom industry, validating a system before its implementation has become mandatory to reduce costs.
One of the most exciting dynamics of the telecommunications industry is change. While a large portion of the
industry is steady and predictable, the introduction of new technology, new applications and new vendors into
any environment creates opportunities to improve the performance of telecom services and departmental
operations. Discovering a better, faster and more cost effective solution is always an exciting moment.
As with national association meetings, the segment encompasses a wide range of organisations
which can be governmental, professional, scientific or social in nature. However, it is usually
the medical, scientific and pharmaceutical meetings which are the most attractive both in terms
of attendance and revenue.
Convergence is a word many of us in the industry grow weary of hearing.
It oozed from the mouths of marketers during the dot-com explosion and
even during its violent implosion. Now, as our market moves from survival
to recovery mode, the word has begun to take on a life of its own once
again. It seems that convergence is as popular in the telecom world as
other over-used catch phrases such as Next-Generation Networks (NGN),
Quality of Service (QoS), and Scalable Networks.
IMS – the IP Multimedia Subsystem of the 3GPP family of telecommunication standards –
may very well be at the same time the worst and the best kept secret of the telecom world.
“Secret” because it is essentially designed to be invisible – the modern version of the infrastructure
that delivers communication to the world. “Worst kept” because it has dominated
the strategies for communication evolution in the past years, and has thus been very visible,
at least to those in the industry.
Our knowledge partner Value Partners, a leading global management
consultancy firm with strong experience in telecom and media, and the staff at
Dubai Press Club have worked together to make the report as comprehensive
and accurate as possible. In addition to relying on primary and secondary
research on the subject, we have also interviewed representatives of over
125 media organizations from the countries covered. The report has been
particularly enriched through the incorporation of interview findings that played
an important role in getting direct industry feedback.
In terms of industry representation, 22% of respondents work for IT firms, 13% for financial services
firms, 8% in government, 8% in telecom and 7% in construction/engineering. However, regardless of
the primary industry of their employer, the slight majority of respondents (60%) primarily work on IT-
related projects, followed by engineering projects. Of note is that one quarter of respondents work on
“business transformation projects.
I was born in 1950 in Chelsea, London, but grew up in New Zealand returning to England in 1966. I
have worked in the computer industry since 1975 after a couple of years as a professional drummer.
My first experience was five years as a mainframe hardware engineer for Sperry Univac (now Unisys)
followed by 14 years as an analyst programmer with British Telecom in London.
While engaged in a complex task of converting large quantities of geographical data (map coordinate
references) I discovered the joys of C – its speed and efficiency. That was in 1985 and I have been a
fan of C ever...