The current state of the mobile network isn’t as clean as you might hope, as marketers push the benefits of the latest and greatest 4G LTE technology and upcoming 5G capabilities. In fact, adapting to the mobile network evolution is a messy proposition that even the most advanced service providers can struggle with.
Despite the flashy promises of advanced 4G LTE and 5G networks, service providers must find more effective ways to improve service quality across multi-generation mobile networks.
While 4G and 5G networks bring the flexibility and scalability of IP to the mobile network, service providers must still contend with dominant 2G and 3G network elements. In many cases, it may seem as if 4G LTE networks are dominating more advanced regions; however, on a global scale, 2G subscribers continue to dominate most markets.
The legacy protocols that support these early-generation mobile networks present daunting challenges for service providers. Generally, mobile network evolution is pulling service providers in two different directions—a growing demand to invest in additional infrastructure for a flat architecture that supports the modern mobile network and the necessity to scale with legacy equipment in place.
Service providers need an easier way to improve the migration process, but one thing remains clear from a high-level perspective—understanding each generation of the mobile network is essential.
It’s hard to believe the mobile network is approaching 40 years old and it’s easy to take the evolution of its capabilities for granted. In a new infographic, The Mobile Network Evolution, we dig into the early days of mobile networking and compare the user experience to today’s standards—and tomorrow’s expectations.
Continue reading for an illustrated explanation of each mobile network generation and learn how we can help ease your migration challenges.
Sigal Biran-Nagar is Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing at ECI. Sigal comes to ECI with a strong record of marketing, strategy and communications for both global and local conglomerates.