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LTE Could Support Widespread Cloud and UC Deployments

July 06, 2011

According to a survey conducted by analyst firm MobileSQUARED on behalf of BroadSoft, about three quarters of mobile operators surveyed globally are currently deploying, trialing or planning to deploy Long Term Evolution. Read more here.

To the extent that LTE will create a ubiquitous, low latency and high bandwidth access connection, LTE should have the same effect on the hosted services or cloud services market as any other advance in broadband speeds, availability and latency. Some would argue that the failure of the earlier "application service provider" market between 1990 and 2005 was in large part because the technology infrastructure could not support it. SeeMore here..

There arguably were consumer demand issues as well. The business advantages then are the same as now: a third party operates and maintains your applications resulting in cost savings and better performance. But many observers will note that there were performance issues. At least some of those issues were related to latency and bandwidth issues. Read more here.

But faster LTE speeds should alleviate such concerns. That might be important, given that the survey suggested 92 percent of provider respondents currently offer or are planning to offer unified communications services for enterprise customers and 83 percent are currently or are planning to offer Rich Communications Suite services for consumers.

Compared to 1999, mobility is a far bigger issue for enterprises and the rest of the software and hardware infrastructure has advanced measurably. Broadband connections are much faster, the costs of creating software products is vastly lower and the range of computing devices able to use cloud services a wide range of scenarios are much more vast. 

To the extent that LTE enables a cloud experience or hosted experience that rivals that of services provided over a fixed line connection, cloud-based applications should provide much-higher value.

Gary Kim is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Gary’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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