|[February 14, 2013]
ABI Research Finds 3G/4G Diameter Routing to Reach $500M by 2016, First Movers Threatened by Infrastructure Vendors
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
4G network crashes are extraordinarily painful and costly events for any
mobile network operator. Much of the problem is attributed to a
"signaling storm" and Diameter Routing is pitched as a cure-all for
almost any 4G network instability. "A network outage at a top tier
operator could put $300M of revenue at risk," says Joe Hoffman (News - Alert),
principal analyst at ABI Research. "Most of the problems to date are
growing pains of 4G, and Diameter Routing mitigates a lot of risk."
ABI's research report "Control Plane Signaling, Scalability, and
Diameter Challenges" finds "Signaling Storms" are caused by one-off
events, where an element node is presented with an unexpected condition
and may lurch into a chaotic state of retry and resend. Diameter is the
language of the 3GPP 4G control plane, and even an ordinary perturbation
can get out of control and cascade into a network crash because of
Diameter signals flooding the network.
"Diameter Signal Routers serve as the traffic cop of the 4G control
plane," continues Hoffman, "and disorderly conduct is quickly
squelched." But there re other network engineering practices to
consider in addition to Diameter Routing. Since Diameter Signaling is
critical for the entire network, operators will do well to make it
bulletproof as each incrementally evolve its networks to 4G.
Leading independent vendors have captured initial market share, as
Diameter Signaling has been under the radar of the major RAN/EPC
vendors. As operators step up efforts to monetize 4G investments,
Diameter usage spreads to policy and charging. Diameter Signaling is
recognized as a critical control point, and the big iron vendors are now
heating up the race.
Eight vendors are profiled and no doubt some are more suitable than
others for a given operator's position. Finally, recommendations for
both vendors and operators are shared. These findings are part of ABI
RCS & VoIP (http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/ims-rcs-voip/)
ABI Research (News - Alert) provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team
of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
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