Carriers To Move to Fiber-Based Services for Handling Overloaded Mobile Networks: M/C Partners
By Arvind Arora December 02, 2011
The ever increasing number of mobile phone calls being made and high bandwidth wireless data being transferred every moment in the form of photos, music and videos has been exerting a heavy load upon the wireless networks worldwide. This phenomenon has been compelling telecommunication carriers to look for other alternatives for data transmission.
M/C Partners, a private equity firm that concentrates upon the communications, media, and information technology sectors, has announced in its recent ‘Annual List Of Top 10 Communications, Technology & Media Industry Trends To Watch In 2012,’ that as mobile networks are being pushed to their limits, telecom carriers worldwide will be focusing upon providing fiber-based services to their customers.
As the usage of cloud services and video has been increasing at high rates globally, carriers are facing serious challenges and in order to address these issues, most of them will prefer to deploy fiber networks for upgrading cell tower backhaul networks and further rising network capacity, suggests the list.
The company had already been conducting a study for understanding industry trends and identifying investment opportunities in the communications, media, and information technology sectors, and the new Top 10 list has been compiled as a component of the study.
A yet another trend mentioned in the Top 10 list by M/C Partners to be seen in the year 2012 will be that as a result of large scale enterprise adoption of cloud-based services, the demand for network-based managed services will increase considerably, allowing the enterprises to access critical monitoring and management of application and service performance across LANs, MANs, WANs and the public Internet.
Further, a number of vital features such as caching, compression and signaling will be enhanced due to advanced technological innovations being made on the handset and in the network, which will provide better mobile user experience, battery life and network access to the end users, the list says.
“As mobile users expect their phones to operate more like PCs and increase their consumption of social and traditional media, mobile networks are being pushed to their absolute limits,” commented James Wade, managing general partner at M/C Partners.
“Adoption of cloud services and mobile consumption of video are only in their early stages, but growing very quickly. Networks are struggling to handle it right now. What will happen when demand grows ten-fold, as it likely will? Ubiquitous fiber will be the solution,” added Wade.
In August 2011, M/C Partners announced the sale of portfolio company, Attenda Ltd, a provider of managed hosting services to UK enterprises, to Darwin Private Equity, a London-based mid-market private equity firm, for USD $83 million.