Network equipment providers are companies that sell product and services to communication service providers such as fixed or mobile operators as well as to enterprise customers. If you place a call on your mobile phone, surf the internet, join a conference call or watch a video on demand through IPTV (internet protocol TV) – it is all NEPs technologies that are enabling such kind of services. The history of the NEPs goes back to the mid 19th century when the first telegraphs networks have been set up. Some of these players still exist today.
NEPs can provide:
- Mobile networks like GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication), Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). Networks of this kind are typically also known as 2G and 2.5G networks. The 3G mobile networks are based on UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication Standard) which allows much higher data rates than 2G or *5G.
- Fixed networks which are typically based on PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).
- Enterprise networks, like Unified Communication infrastructure
- Internet infrastructure, like routers and switches
The key trends for NEPs are captured in the figure below.
While there are many challenges, some of the key challenges according to Deloitte is as below. They are:
Emergenceof new wireless technology focused on faster speed, low latency andhigh battery power
- Internet of things such as NB-IoT and LTE-IoT in long and medium range respectively
- High speed converged
fixed linenetwork for voice, data and video transfer
- Cloud networking and less
reliabilityon proprietary hardware
What NEPs include:
MANAGED TESTING SERVICES
ENABLING 5G TESTING SERVICES
NETWORK TRANSFORMATION SERVICES
PRE-CERTIFICATION AND CONFORMANCE TESTING SERVICES
TEST AUTOMATION SERVICES
LAB MANAGEMENT SERVICES
A portfolio of turnkey (build, operate, transfer) or à la carte solutions that include lab infrastructure planning, setup procedures, management processes