Convergence Plus
Saturday, June 24, 2017

“BANKS WILL TURN INTO APPS”A day long BFSI CXO Summit held by BW Business world in association with PwC on June 16 at St. Regis, Mumbai, saw experts from the financial world decoding the future of the banking industry. The event which saw an audience turnout of more than 550 was graced with the presence of over 100 banker delegates and more than 100 information technology experts. The summit highlighted the need for banks to match steps with technology. “Innovate, innovate, innovate, because customer expectations and experiences are changing faster than the technology itself,” said P C Panigrahi, General Manager, Financial Inclusion Department, Union Bank of India, while speaking at the BW Businessworld BFSI CXO Summit 2017.

Banks and financial institutions should adopt digital technologies, and take cues from social media, use big data and analytics and shift the definition of banking experience for the masses. The event had more than 15 organizations to showcasing new technology.
Defining the new age banking strategy, experts echoed each other in stressing that banks will eventually turn into apps and thereby, provide for safe online transactions will become the biggest challenge down the line. According to speakers, digitalization of banks, focus on safe online banking, data centers, and cloud storage is the way ahead for the banking industry. The panel discussions during the summit pointed out that industry landscape is changing with the advent of technology and players must lead this change.
Lalit Popli, Head IT, ICICI Prudential, noted that as Indians we are less concerned about the security of our information. “When it comes to our computers, we don’t buy authorised software. That itself opens up your data to security breaches. We have seen with Wannacry, how many small sectors, have been affected by it.”

Anand Ramamoorthy, MD, McAfee talked about the importance of cybersecurity in the digital world at the BW Businessworld BFSI CXO Summit saying, "The banking sector is vulnerable and is the only sector that has 300% chance of getting breached. The banking sector has an interesting complexity because of the demographics in security hence the main problems that we need to concentrate on are vulnerability while transacting digitally, resource constraints and inefficient security teams."
Mr. Prashant Singh, UIDAI, Government of India emphasized on how Aadhar has brought a paradigm shift in the identity management of citizens of the country.

(Left To Right): Mrutyunjay Mahapatra, Dy Managing Director & Chief Information Officer, State Bank of India; Anand Ramamoorthy, Managing Director, McAfee; Sanjay Padmakar Narkar, Chief Technology Officer, IDFC Bank; Mukesh Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Aditya Birla Financial Services Group; A K Kapur, Deputy Managing Director, SIDBI; Arindam Mukherjee, Director Operations - Enterprise Sales, Cisco India & SAARC; Prashant Singh, Assistant Deputy General-Technology, UIDAI, Government of India

The prominent speakers from the banking sector were Mrutunjay Mahapatra, CIO & DMD, State Bank of India, Shiva Kumar Bhasin, CTO, State Bank of India, Sanjay Narkar, CTO, IFDC Bank, Gaurav Zutshi, Chief Digital Officer, Aditya Birla Financial Services, A K Kapur, Deputy Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Ashutosh Jain, Chief Information Security Officer, Axis Bank and many more.

Many IT experts including Anand Ramamoorthy, Managing Director, McAfee, Shrikant Shitole, Managing Director, Symantec India, Sunil Mahale, Vice President and Managing Director, Nutanix India, Arindam Mukherjee, Director Operations - Enterprise Sales, Cisco India & SAARC, Jason Stirling, Senior Vice President & GM Asia Pacific, Nuance Communication, Rajan Sharma, Vice President and Practice Head, HCL Infosystems Ltd also attended the event.

The summit sponsored by 20 companies saw the presence of leading banks like State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Yes Bank, DCB Bank, IDFC Bank and many others.

The summit was held in association with top corporates including HCL Infosystem, McAfee, Cisco, Nutanix, Symantec, Redhat, Suse, Stratus, Checkpoint, EDB, Senrysa, Nuance, Amit Software and many more.

Best performing banks were also felicitated in the summit on the basis of growth, size, sustainability of operations and risk. The results of the award ceremony have been carried out in the ‘Best Bank’ issue of BW Businessworld Magazine and also on the online platform of BW Businessworld (

BW Business world, led by Mr. Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, is the fastest growing business media house in India. Its network spans across, online communities, magazines and it conducts 70 of its own IP events – all of it to keep its communities meaningfully engaged with each other. (Source: Convergence Plus)

Telecom may leave a hole in non-tax revenue kitty

Telecom may leave a hole in non-tax revenue kittyThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked the finance ministry to slash the non-tax revenue targeted from the telecom industry for this fiscal year by over a third. Plunging tariffs due to promotional offers and the limited ability to invest in capital expenditure are set to erode telecom companies’ financials, which have already taken a hit in the past two quarters. The telecom department has asked that revenue estimates from the debtladen sector be reduced by 37% to Rs 29,524 crore for the financial year ending March 2018, instead of the Rs 47,304 crore set out in the Union Budget in February, member, finance, Anuradha Mitra, wrote to secretary of economic affairs Tapan Ray. ET has seen a copy of the June 1 letter

Challenge for government
The call for a sharp cut in revenue collection estimates from a sector that fetched Rs 78,715.01crore for the government in FY17 comes after the government had already reduced its expectations once earlier.

In the Union Budget early this year, telecom sector revenue projections were set at Rs 44,342.2 crore for FY18, down 55% from the year-before expectations of Rs 98,994.93 crore.

The department expects licence fee estimates for this fiscal to plunge by nearly half to Rs 9,255 crore and the spectrum usage charge (SUC) to drop more than 35% to Rs 17,056 crore.

It also expects zero revenue from spectrum sales even if there is an auction this fiscal, as service providers may not bid for airwaves given their highly leveraged balance sheets, Mitra said. FY17 gross revenue for the sector fell Rs 26,000 crore, or 11%, to Rs 2.1 lakh crore from the year earlier.

“In view of the severe financial stress in the sector and rapidly declining revenues of all major telecom service providers, revenue targets for DoT for budget estimates 2017-18 will actually require a downward revision,” Mitra said in the letter.

Any cut in the revenue target from telecom would make it more challenging for the government to meet its overall non-tax revenue target of Rs 2.88 lakh crore, which also includes proceeds from disinvestment. The fiscal deficit target for FY18 is 3.2%.

The communication from DoT to the finance ministry comes in the background of an inter-ministerial group (IMG) — set up to look into the deteriorating health of the sector — meeting all telcos and banks to come up with solutions for revival of the industry reeling under a debt of about Rs 7.29 lakh crore and facing huge pressure on revenue and profitability, intensified by the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm last September.

Some banks have already raised concerns of loan defaults while the industry itself has been pushed into consolidation mode.

Vodafone India and Idea CellularBSE 0.45 % are merging as are Reliance CommunicationsBSE 0.79 %, MTS and Aircel to better fight competition.

‘Service providers struggling’
“With service providers struggling to retain customers, it is expected that there will be some more downward adjustments in tariffs in the first three quarters at least, which may not be adequately compensated by a rise in traffic volumes,” she explained.
The department pointed out that telcos have introduced bundled voice and data plans and cut data tariffs by 45-67% amid intense competition.

A clear indicator of the rough times in the present fiscal comes from an 8% decline in advance collections of SUC for June quarter from the preceding three-month period.

This would make one full year of a drop in SUC revenue to the government — which has also seen a consecutive fall in licence fee revenue in the three quarters beginning July 2016-17 — the first since the revenuesharing regime was introduced in 1999-2000.

In its communication to the department of economic affairs, the department has argued that the revised estimates should take into account the last three consecutive quarters of declining licence fee and SUC revenue in FY17. Licence fee fell by 25% in the January-March period from the December quarter, and is set to drop to Rs 9,255 crore, while SUC is expected to be “significantly lower” at Rs 4,970 crore in this fiscal, excluding installments for spectrum bought in auctions.

Mitra, who is also a member of the Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body in the telecom ministry, said, “It is expected that these trends of falling revenue will persist for some time.” She could not be immediately reached for comment.

Carriers have asked for government support by cutting licence fee, SUC, scrapping the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and deferring payments for spectrum over 20 years, among others.

While the government panel has three months to come up with solutions for alleviating the financial stress in the sector, DoT has raised concerns that stress is likely to thwart telcos from paying up for spectrum sales, highlighting the fact that the 2016 auctions were completely funded by bank debt.

“The RBI advisory and stress in the sector put a question mark on the carriers’ ability to pay for airwaves in future spectrum auctions. In the circumstances, spectrum auction proceeds for 2017-18 are being taken as nil,” DoT said.

The department has also raised concerns that any fall in revenue will adversely impact operators’ ability to invest in capex.

This could affect growth as the capital-intensive sector would require investments of Rs 2.5 lakh crore till 2020 to constantly upgrade networks and adopt new technology, thus hurting future earnings potential.

Funding capex through debt or other borrowings could also be constrained due to the sector high leverage, it cautioned. (Source: Economic Times)

Telecom sector revenues hit 20% after RJio entry

Telecom sector revenues hit 20% after RJio entryAirtel says the sector requires investment of Rs 2 lakh rore in the next three years
The revenues of telecom industry have shrunk 20% in the last three quarters after the entry of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio's (RJio) in September last year. While the industry posted a topline of Rs 43,509 crore in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to Rs 54,961 crore in Q1 of the same fiscal, it requires an investment of Rs 2 lakh crore in the next three years for setting up new sites, optic fibre network and acquisition of spectrum.

These figures were a part of the presentation made by country's largest telecom player, Airtel, on Friday to the inter-ministerial group (IMG) set up to look into the financial health of the telecom sector. According to the estimates, the sector is under cumulative debt of Rs 4.9 lakh crore. Incumbents including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have been facing pressure on their margins since the entry of RJio, which started offering free voice calls and data.

During FY2012-17, Airtel has invested Rs 125,000 crore towards total capex and spectrum cost. Out of this, Rs 46,000 crore was raised as debt and Rs 79,000 crore as equity infused from operating cash flow. Only Rs 4,000 crore dividend was paid out of cash generated from the business while rest was infused back as equity, as per the presentation. This came few days after RJio alleged in an IMG meeting that existing players must invest equity of up to Rs 1,25,000 crore in their business rather than asking government for a bailout package. RJio had also alleged that debt to fresh equity infusion ratio was 32.8x for Airtel, 8.6x for Idea and 9.3x for Reliance Communications, according to people close to the development.

Idea Cellular and Vodafone also made their submissions before the IMG on Friday.
Idea said it supports lower data prices but the government policy framework should allow operators to recover their network costs. Vodafone said that call connect charge, currently at 14 paise, is already below cost. All operators favoured lowering of spectrum usage charges and the universal service obligation USO levy, and the subsequent phasing out of the same. The industry is of the view that various levies like licence fee, spectrum usage charges and USO should be subsumed by GST.

IMG has already met senior executives from Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel apart from state-run telecom operators BSNL and MTNL. Sectoral watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had also met all the operators on Thursday to discuss the industry's financial health. (Source: DNA)

Cost-Effective Support for GCF/PTCRB RF/Protocol Conformance Tests

Cost-Effective Support for GCF/PTCRB RF/Protocol Conformance TestsAnritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) has released its Simple Conformance Test System ME7800L for easy and cost-effective RF and protocol conformance tests of 3GPP-compliant LTE mobile terminals. The new ME7800L test system supports conformance testing to confirm that LTE mobile terminals can connect with the world’s mobile networks.

It is based on Anritsu’s popular ME7873LA and ME7834LA with proven track records in full RF and protocol conformance testing, respectively, but incorporates only basic functions and performance in one simple package.

LTE is a 4G mobile communications standard in use by smartphones in the world’s developed countries. It is also expected to see widespread deployment in other countries currently using the legacy 2G GSM mobile standard, which will create increasing demand for a cost-effective test system incorporating the required key test functions.
With this ME7800L launch, Anritsu expects to maintain its leading role as the main player in meeting customers’ requirements for deployment of LTE mobile systems with better communications quality.

Development Background

Operators in Europe, North America, and Far East Asia have taken the lead in rolling-out LTE mobile services, and terminal certification in Europe and N. America is handled by GCF and PTCRB, respectively. To support terminal certification, Anritsu already markets the LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA for RF tests, and the LTE-Advanced Mobile Terminal Test Platform ME7834LA for protocol tests. Since both these systems are focused on early support for conformance tests for advanced technologies such as LTE-A now being deployed in more advanced economies, they combine a mix of expensive hardware and software that may not meet some customers’ needs. Additionally, since some NIEs with smaller-scale markets are starting LTE deployments, there is increasing need for a cost-effective test system supporting basic test functions rather than expensive advanced functions.

Product Outline

The ME7800L is a cost-effective test system focused on basic RF and protocol conformance tests in one platform. Like its predecessor ME7873LA and ME7834LA units, as well as offering GCF/PTCRB-approved test cases, it also inherits their excellent operability, reliability and stability. It is the ideal platform for starting development and testing of LTE mobiles as well as for strengthening test resources.

Key Features

  • Cost-effective LTE RF and protocol conformance testing
    It incorporates all the hardware and software for LTE basic function tests in one convenient package, lowering the barrier to introducing conformance testing. Both RF and protocol conformance tests can be run simultaneously while the RF conformance tests support TRx, performance, and RRM tests.
  • GCF/PTCRB-approved conformance test system following 3GPP standards
    Like the ME7873LA and ME7834LA, the ME7800L is a GCF/PTCRB-approved test system and all its supported test cases are approved by GCF/PTCRB.
    Both the RF and protocol tests follow the 3GPP standards.

Target Markets and Applications

  • Target Markets: LTE-chipset, module, mobile-terminal, and smartphone manufacturers; communications operators; test houses
  • Applications: Development and QA of chipsets, modules, mobile terminals, and smartphones (Source: Convergence Plus)
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea report sharp fall in adjusted gross revenue

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea report sharp fall in adjusted gross revenueIndia’s top mobile phone companies — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular — have reported a sharp sequential fall in their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) in the fiscal fourth quarter ended March, following another quarter of free voice and data services from Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel’s AGR in the March quarter was down 9.9 per cent sequentially to Rs 10,400 crore, while that of Vodafone India and Idea fell 12.6 per cent and 8 per cent to Rs 7,300 crore andRs 6,400 crore, respectively, brokerage ICICI Securities said, analysing data provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).

AGR has dropped “nearly 22 per cent on-year and 14 per cent sequentially to Rs 29,700 crore in the March quarter on intense competitive pressure unleashed by Jio,” Sanjesh Jain, research analyst at ICICI Securities, said in a note to clients. The plunging AGR numbers come at a time when
the telecom regulator is tipped to meet heads of telcos mid-June to discuss the financial stress in the sector and seek suggestions on possible ways to ease the situation.

That is expected to be followed by another meeting between telecom minister Manoj Sinha and the promoters of the phone companies on June 22-23 on the financial crisis plaguing the debt-laden industry. Nevertheless, the Big 3 of Indian telecoms have registered onyear gains in their respective AGR market shares in the March quarter regardless of heightened competition triggered by Jio’s entry last September.

For instance, Bharti Airtel’s AGR market share in the March quarter rose 315 basis points (bps) on-year to 34.9 per cent, while Vodafone and Idea’s climbed 170 bps and 135 bps to 24.4 per cent and 21.5 per cent respectively. A basis point is 0.01percentage point. “Bharti improved its AGR market share across buckets. In the 900 MHz circles, its AGR market share rose 390 bps on-year to 45 per cent, while in the 1800 MHz circles, it improved to 22.1 per cent, up 135 bps year-on-year,” said brokerage ICICI Securities in a note.

Vodafone India, it said, also improved AGR market in established circles by 180 bps on-year to 26.7 per cent while in the new circles it rose 135 bps on-year to 13.7 per cent. Third-largest carrier Idea Cellular also saw its AGR market share bounce back in established and emerging circles to 36.8 per cent and 12.6 per cent, respectively, while in the new circles, it continued to grow at 6.4 per cent.

Not surprisingly, the combined AGR market share of Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea rose sharply by as much as 625 bps on-year to 80.8 per cent in the fiscal fourth quarter ended March. In a separate note, brokerage HSBC said the Big 3 telcos also held on to their 75.3 per cent combined revenue market share (RMS) in the March quarter despite Jio’s disruptive launch.

Among smaller players, Tata Teleservices had the sharpest RMS decline in the past 11 quarters by 60 bps sequentially to 5.6 per cent while Aircel’s fell 50 bps on-quarter to 5 per cent, said HSBC. Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications, the brokerage said, was “an exception, seeing a sequential jump in RMS in the March quarter to 5.2 per cent from 4 per cent in the previous one.” (Source: Economic Times)

Telecom industry disappointed at unchanged GST rate

Telecom industry disappointed at unchanged GST rateIndustry body COAI today said it is disappointed with GST rate for telecom services remaining unchanged at 18 per cent. The Cellular Operators Association of India - which has Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio as members - has been pushing for lowering of Goods and Services Tax, or GST rate, for telecom services to five per cent in sync with essential services.

The debt-ridden industry has been saying that benefit of input credit is not enough to fully compensate the higher tax incidence in the new regime, and that telecom services are bound to become expensive for consumers once the new rates come into effect.

At present, telecom consumers are charged 15 per cent in form of tax and cess over their phone bills. "We are disappointed that there has been no change in the GST rate for telecom, which is an essential service. It will increase the cost to consumers," COAI director-general, Rajan S Mathews told PTI.

The GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and having state counterparts as members, today lowered tax rates on 66 of the 133 items demanded by various sections of the industry. Asked if there would be any further revision of rates, Jaitley said the fitment committee and the GST Council have gone into the depth of all the cases and whatever rates have been decided are based on "informed reasons" and "detailed discussions".

"These broadly are the final rates... just because somebody raises an issue does not mean you have to grant it," Jaitley said. Last week, COAI had shot-off a letter to the Revenue Secretary - the second such letter in a week - lamenting the high GST rate fixed for the telecom sector.

"While telecom is an essential service, it does not receive the benefits of that category....we seek your intervention that the government consider lowering the GST for telecom to be the same as that of essential services that is five per cent," Mathews said in the letter dated June 7.

The apex industry body had highlighted that Singapore has a GST rate of only 7 per cent on telecom services, Malaysia (6 per cent), and Australia (10 per cent). The COAI letter further added that the sector, which has over a billion consumers and offers one of the lowest voice call rates in the world, is undergoing one of its most disruptive phases. The sector is reeling under a "daunting" debt burden of Rs 4.6 lakh crore.

We submit that the government extend urgent rescue and relief to the sector....the move to raise GST rates is contrary to the need of the hour, as it is going to effectively increase the tax burden on the end consumer, break the back of the industry further and inevitably lead to a hike in telecom services prices," it said. (Source: Economic Times)

BW Businessworld’s BFSI CXO Summit to be held on 16th June 2017 at Mumbai

BW Businessworld’s BFSI CXO Summit to be held on 16th June 2017 at MumbaiBW Businessworld’s BFSI CXO Summit will be held on 16th June 2017 at St. Regis Mumbai. The day long summit will bring together more than 30 CXO’s of leading commercial banks across India. The summit will focus on advances in the banking industry, with emphasis on the impact of technology and innovation in the sector. As banks are becoming digital entities, it will be innovation that will help banks stand out.

Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, Minister of State, Home Finance and Planning, Maharashtra will be the guest of honour for the event. The event will be addressed by over 30 C-level top speakers from BFSI Industry. The event will also witness the presence of more than 100 Directors and Managers from the BFSI Industry, over 120 top Business Delegates and over a dozen Exhibitors and Partners, together constructing a requisite summit.

The BFSI Summit will provide one-to-one networking opportunities between the partners and banks extending by executive’s exchange, thought leader sessions, CXO case studies and executive panels on latest topics in industry. The summit will gather additional attendance from Bank, NPCI, RBI, UDAI and Nabard. New technologies will be demonstrated live by our exhibitors and partners.

Significant dialogue areas for the summit are- The future of banking through digital transformation, cyber Security in banking, leveraging cloud and datacentre for business benefits for banks and other financial service providers, the digital payments future of $500 billion by 2020 and the implementation of innovative technologies for next gen banking.

The summit will be integrated with an expo platform, where the companies can showcase technologies, solution and innovative services. The event caters top industry partnerships of HCL, McAfee, Cisco, Symantec and many more.

The BFSI CXO Summit is BW Businessworld’s endeavour to bring BFSI stakeholders, CTO’s, representatives from RBI, NPCI, UIDAI, NABARD, Financial Ministry and leading commercial banks under one roof and on a single platform. (Source: Convergence Plus)

Tax sops may top agenda at telecom meet

Tax sops may top agenda at telecom meetTelcos are expected to seek immediate cuts in levies and rationalisation of taxes when they meet an inter-ministerial group (IMG) that's been set up to look into their financial woes from June 12 to 17. The panel will start by meeting the more stressed companies such as Reliance Communications, MTS, Aircel and Tata Teleservices.
The group constituted by the cabinet secretary last month will meet representatives of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular on June 15, along with those from Reliance Jio Infocomm. Meetings with state-run telcos BSNL and MTNL will be held on June 17, said people aware of the details.

India's telecom industry is saddled with a debt of almost Rs 8 lakh crore, including loans from Indian banks, overseas borrowings and dues for spectrum bought in auctions over the past few years.

ET reported last week that telecom department officials held informal meetings with individual carriers over the past fortnight in an attempt to understand their financial troubles. However, chances of the department offering a relief package for the industry have been ruled out.

The telecom IMG has four members from the Department of Telecommunications and one each from the departments of economic affairs, revenue and finance. The group will submit its recommendations to the government in three months.

The carriers did not offer any immediate comment on the upcoming meetings. Reliance Communications, which got a breather of seven months from lenders after delaying servicing of Rs 45,000 crore in debt, said over the weekend that an intense tariff war and high taxes are expected to squeeze Indian telecom operators, leaving a Rs 1,20,000 crore deficit between the industry's earnings and its debt or payment commitments this year.

RCom said the sector could be staring at 30,000 to 40,000 job losses over the next 12-18 months, compared with 10,000 job cuts last year. It said the industry wants deferment of payment liability with respect to levies imposed by DoT and spectrum charges by three years, a three-year moratorium on service tax or GST for short term cash flow relief and complete suspension of mobile termination charges.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India have sought a cut in adjusted gross revenue or the licence fee based on this revenue to 5% from the present 8%, while Idea Cellular has sought a flat spectrum usage charge of 3% against the existing level of 4.8%, said people aware of the informal meetings. Telcos also want contributions to the Universal Service Obligation Fund to be scrapped as the money is not being utilised. (Source: Economic Times)

Viavi launches Remote RF Spectrum Monitoring System

Viavi launches Remote RF Spectrum Monitoring System CPRIAdvisor enables 24/7 remote monitoring of RF Spectrum of any cell site with fiber fronthaul
Viavi Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, today, announced the launch of CPRIAdvisor, a remote RF spectrum monitoring system that addresses a wide range of antenna deployment options in heterogeneous networks. Developed in partnership with tier one mobile service providers, it offers the ability to monitor and troubleshoot RF conditions around the clock for any cell site with fiber fronthaul.

As a highly scalable solution, CPRIAdvisor can support a macro cell with a smaller number of fronthaul fiber links; a large centralized radio access network (C-RAN) or distributed antenna system (DAS) with hundreds of fronthaul links. Depending on the network configuration, it can save mobile service providers up to 50 per cent in terms of time and cost compared to current practices in place for monitoring and troubleshooting.

To stay ahead of continually increasing mobile bandwidth demand while managing cost and efficiency, service providers are expanding and transitioning from a typical distributed radio access network (RAN) architecture to a C-RAN network topology. In C-RAN, base band units (BBUs) are co-located at a remote facility, and connected via fiber links – based on the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) or Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) standards – to a substantial number of remote radio heads (RRHs) spread around the network.

Where C-RAN offers network and operational efficiencies, it also creates an opportunity for mobile service providers to improve quality of experience by proactively monitoring the spectrum used by subscribers, and performing proactive maintenance and remote troubleshooting of service-affecting issues like RF interference in a more effective way.

In addition, CPRIAdvisor increases RF visibility by performing continuous monitoring of the mobile spectrum. This allows remote access to expedite maintenance and problem resolution.

“As service providers diversify their access networks to expand capacity and accommodate new services like IoT, they need scalable and flexible methods to monitor performance,” said Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director of Test & Measurement for Frost & Sullivan. “The ability to use RF over CPRI technology to monitor and troubleshoot the network, while increasing spectral efficiency with a C-RAN architecture, helps mobile operators keep costs in check and preserve QoE.”

“Mobile service providers are facing ever increasing, ever complex challenges trying to assure quality of experience while keeping an eye on cost containment and workforce efficiency,” explained Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, Viavi Solutions. “In order to address this, and support their diversifying RAN with a single solution, Viavi has partnered with Tier-1 mobile service providers worldwide to develop CPRIAdvisor. It’s a welcome addition to Viavi Solutions’ world class portfolio of RF test solutions, including CellAdvisor and InterferenceAdvisor.” (Source: Convergence Plus)

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