– Latency and heterogeneity of VoLTE technology stokes opportunities for testing and monitoring solutions, finds Frost & Sullivan
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — When fully deployed, voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) is expected to be a huge asset to the wireless communications industry. However, during handovers, the technology’s heterogeneity is expected to create interference and latency complications. Furthermore, heavy power requirements compel VoLTE providers to partner with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop VoLTE-specific phones with longer battery life. These significant roadblocks to deployment are generating abundant opportunities for network testing and monitoring vendors.
The VoLTE testing and monitoring market will also get a boost from the deployment of small cells specific to LTE.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global VoLTE Testing and Monitoring Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $524.6 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $1499.6 million in 2021.
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"The heterogeneous network infrastructure comprising 2G, 3G, 4G and VoLTE deployments will require end-to-end testing solutions that comprise both legacy-based and contemporary network monitoring systems," said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Research Associate Rohan Joy Thomas.
The VoLTE testing and monitoring market will also get a boost from the deployment of small cells specific to LTE. This infrastructure, termed self optimizing networks (SON), is expected to be more intelligent than current macro cell deployment. Still, it has all the attendant complexities of interference and latency during handovers between small cells or between a small cell and a macro cell.
In addition, these small cells are deployed over a greater area, making it unfeasible to send testing engineers to each base station to ensure uptime. This necessitates remote testing and monitoring solutions that are deployable across such small cells.
Although VoLTE-specific testing and monitoring equipment is highly sophisticated, it comes at a high premium. End users may not perceive any value in purchasing expensive equipment to test and monitor a network that has not yet been fully deployed.
Furthermore, as the market caters to a network built upon various other network deployments, the participants are usually well-established. In a market with huge entry barriers, entrants need to market a unique and differentiated product portfolio.
"Entrenched participants usually acquire smaller participants that have a more differentiated approach to network monitoring," noted Thomas. "Apart from helping provide more comprehensive solutions, these acquisitions also help market participants lower the attrition rate."
While North America leads the market in terms of VoLTE network deployment, the highest penetration rate is in Asia-Pacific. Growth is spearheaded by South Korea, Japan and Singapore, with many others expected to follow suit.
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