Supporting IoT services on 5G network

High speed, high reliability and low latency are the key benefits that CSPs expect from 5G. While high speed (targeted at 20 Gbps) helps to upload and download video-based content faster and in larger volumes, high reliability (always 100%) supports mission-critical services especially in the IoT world. Low latency (sub millisecond) cuts down the time to deliver mission-critical applications.

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In such a high-demand dynamic service environment of 5G, an SQM (Service Quality Management) especially designed for digital/IoT services will enable the CSPs to provide the following:

  • Service monitoringIoT networks are currently being overlaid on existing communication networks (and soon 5G) and therefore require CSPs to manage service degradations, root cause analysis and resolution to be carried out constantly. An SQM can help with

⁻       IoT services managed as per industry vertical

⁻       Network/slice analytics and associated service analytics

⁻       Network/slice capacity and congestion KPIs

 

  • Real-time network/slice KPIsAs IoT data traverses 5G networks, it needs to be monitored in real-time (down to a few ms of delay). Some key network/slice KPIs would be capacity, latency, jitter, throughput and bandwidth allocation. As latency can range from 1-10 ms for different IoT services, jitter from 10-100 microseconds, bandwidth from 100 Kbps (small sensored devices) to several hundred Mbps (robotic cameras), varying levels of these metrics per slice means constant manoeuvring for scaling-in, scaling out of slice resources
  • Assuring reliabilityThe acceptable level of service assurance for most time-critical services is 100% and many operator processes need proactive SQM with closed-loop automation to reduce delays and increase network reliability
  • Predictive maintenanceIn order to protect the IoT service uptime, digital SQM offers predictive and pre-emptive maintenance for services prone to failure. For example, 5G network slices can carry out dynamic route optimization especially for services that are mobile (cars, drones, etc.). In order to predict problems accurately and then follow up with pre-emptive maintenance, use of analytics-led SQM will be key
  • Analysis and resolution – Root cause analysis for identification of service issues and use of dynamic orchestration to resolve issues to improve the latency, jitter, bandwidth and other critical characteristics of the network slice, including clearing of alarms
  • Service dashboardsFor end-to-end monitoring for each industry vertical and for each end user, the 5G CSP can provide aggregated service performance dashboards and visualization/drill-down to individual network slice

Source: Telco Professionals

Which countries are achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals fastest? | World Economic Forum

The ultimate aim of the Sustainable Development Goals, which replaced the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, is to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone. Each goal has specific targets that need to be met by 2030.

So how close are countries to meeting them? To find out, non-profit organization Bertelsmann Stiftung and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network have created a prototype index that measures their performance.

full report with data is available to download; or there is a compact version.
Source: World Economic Forum

Productivity Innovation and Friction in the Economy

This productivity dispersion—in combination with declining growth rates—points toward explanations of the slowdown that involve a breakdown in the diffusion of productivity among firms.

By now, the slowdown in productivity growth in the United States and other high-income countries is a well-known and much lamented trend. A slightly less appreciated aspect of productivity growth is that the slowdown has been accompanied by an increase in dispersion, or inequality, of labor productivity across firms. This trend is not restricted to the U.S. economy. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has identified it as a problem for most high-income economies. This productivity dispersion—in combination with declining growth rates—points toward explanations of the slowdown that involve a breakdown in the diffusion of productivity among firms.

In a new paper for a National Bureau of Economic Research conference, four economists—Lucia Foster and Cheryl Grim of the U.S. Census Bureau and John Haltiwanger and Zoltan Wolf of the University of Maryland—look at what happens to productivity after new firms enter a market due to a new innovation. 

Image: Foster Grim Haltiwanger Wolf 2017

Source: World Economics Forum

China Telecom begins construction on massive Cloud datacenter

Fixed and mobile operator China Telecom broke ground today on its new cloud computing datacentre in China’s Guizhou Province in the southwest. When completed, the new facility will be one of the largest in the world.
In July this year the telco signed a framework agreement with the local government in a bid to build out the new cloud computing facility. The China Telecom Cloud Computing Guizhou Information Park will cover an area of approximately 33.3 hectares (330,000 m2) and is located near the provincial capital of Guiyang.

The project is expected to cost a total of 7bn yuan ($1.14bn USD). An initial investment of 4bn yuan will cover the first phase of the project, which is expected to include the build out of eight datacentres, one power generation centre, and two support centres.

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