“If you’re already doing everything online on your smartphone anyway, why pay for home broadband service?
That seems to be the conclusion of a growing number of Americans, particularly Millennials. According to the Pew Research Center, as charted here for us by Statista, the percentage of U.S. adults with home broadband has declined over the last two years, and is down six percentage points among adults 18 to 29. Meanwhile, the percentage of adults with a smartphone and no home broadband is rising, and jumped 7 percentage points among 18-to-29-year-olds since 2013.
If you think this is just a temporary state of affairs, remember that 90% of Americans had landlines 10 years ago, according to Statista. Now, only half do.”
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The quote above has interesting implications for OSS vendors that have traditionally focussed on providing fixed network capabilities only.
Sure, mobile network infrastructure still needs backhaul, which is modelled using traditional inventory tools, whilst alarms, performance and provisioning of mobile networks are also supported by the mainstream OSS (typically).
The differences that impact a majority of vendor offerings are in the network planning, traffic engineering and user / location functionality sets because completely different insight rules apply.
The trend indicated in the quote above appears to be an entrenched one that l belier we can expect to see continuing. Of course there are existing OSS that are designed to support wireless networks but I think we’ll see wireless functionality become more common in mainstream OSS in line with this trend.
Increasing prevalence of IoT will also increase the importance of wireless functionality.