The advent of 5G technology signifies the start of an even more globally connected society, a completely digital society. This technology, expected to be implemented in 2020, will change the way we interact with each other and objects, allowing us to be permanently connected, both to other people, and to everyday objects like the refrigerator or car.The Internet of things boom is imminent, and depends directly on the evolution of communications networks and the arrival of 5G technologies.
Traditional PLC-based smart metering solutions require the installation of PLC data concentrators in remote and unattended second tier substations. PLC Data concentrators handle communications with the different smart meters installed at consumer premises, consolidate the metering data and send it to the AMI management systems. (more…)
Traditional ISDN and POTS communication networks are now obsolete. Deployments using old technology, the devices making up these networks, etc., have reached, in many cases, the end of their lives. Another influencing factor is that experts and technicians in this field are approaching, or have even reached, retirement.
However, there are still millions of lines in service and millions of clients who use them on a daily basis, both at home and in companies, not only for voice communications but also for data. Communication carriers, the owners of said networks, are faced with the unavoidable fact that they must replace them with new technology. The dismantling of the old network goes hand in hand with deploying the new ultra-broadband.
Migration from traditional telephony to IP
The migration of traditional telephony to convergent services based on IP, plays a key role in dismantling the net. While data has been transmitted over IP for quite some time now, the vast majority of telephony services still continue to use the old ISDN and POTS networks.
One of the most important goals for carriers is to keep their customers during said migration. The latter, when faced with radical or abrupt changes, may well decide to change providers. Given this, the change for the end-user must be as transparent and staggered as possible while still meeting customer demands.
This boils down to three main factors:
- Customers should continue to use their existing voice infrastructure (PBX and phone handsets) for as long as they wish.
- The new networks retain all the advanced features currently used by said customers
- Quality of service remains optimum.
The carrier must be able to efficiently mass deploy the new convergent services. Integrated with the modern management and installation systems, all featured in ultra-bandwidth networks, the converging infrastructure, usually based on TR-69, must have zero-touch configuration ability.
Moreover, carriers require on-site product lines for customers, which integrate the advanced features of ultra-broadband networks, accessed through corporate devices, together with advanced telephony features: IP switchboards and media gateways for example. A perfectly integrated ecosystem of features and accessories (IP and DECT telephones, or wireless access points), for both voice and data, together with access routers, provide both customer and carrier with a simple, flexible, professional approach to new fully convergent IP.
The Teldat Grouphas been selected by a major ISDN network carrier, as the principal supplier to enable customer migration from ISDN to IP. Teldat’s expertise in telephony systems together with their successful range of access routers for carrier managed services, made them the ideal choice.
The American author John Gray who wrote “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” is strongly committed to this theory as he advises that communication is very important in helping to bring a relationship back into balance. However, not only relationship counselors believe in communication. “The Father of Advertising” David Ogilvy, for instance, who Time called “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry”, believed in the deep impact of communication and I guess we can acknowledge that his worldwide success proved him right.
What does communication mean?
The pivotal question which compulsorily occurs is of course, why does communication have such an important role, to the extent that it can turn an unhappy relationship into a happy one. It even made Dove for instance, become the top selling soap in the U.S. The slogan at that time was “Only Dove is one-quarter moisturizing cream.”
When we have a closer look at the etymology of the word “communication” which comes from the Latin word “communicare” and means “to share” we get a slight hint. The Latin word “communis” means “things held in common”. So by sharing information between each other, we also enter someone’s community (Latin “communion”) and we get in touch with each other. Thus, communication is more than just exchanging information. It is also forming a community with the person you are talking to.
How do we communicate?
So how do we do it? The first basic model of communication by Claude Elwood Shannon and Warren Weaver consisted of 3 basic parts, very similar to radio and telephone technologies: sender, channel, and receiver. The model is comparable to a telephone conversation. The sender was a person speaking into the telephone, the channel was the telephone device and line itself and the receiver was the other person on the telephone listening to the first person. Interferences during the conversation can occur which they defined as noise. The strengths of this very famous model are no doubt the simplicity and generality, but the model explains only the basic parts of communication.
Why is communication so important?
Having learned that communication is more than exchanging information, we come to the conclusion that there must be more to why it is so important to communicate with our families, partners, and friends, and of course with our customers in order to maintain a good working relationship on both sides. This is why modern companies communicate with their customers and partners through various “channels” (speaking in terms of the Shannon-Weaver model of communication): from press releases to articles, newsletters to advertisements, case studies to brochures and flyers, websites to social media sites. However, that is by no means everything. Communication is constantly evolving. An example of a modern communication methodology is a webcast. This allows companies to keep their clients and partners totally up to date. Moreover, it also gives the audience a chance to be interactive. To ask questions about new features, products, etc. As webcasts can be recorded, somebody who missed a webcast can watch it at a later stage via the internet. Webcasts are also convenient because they are easy to join without having to travel. Nevertheless, it is important to communicate face-to-face. So it is therefore essential to get personally in touch through meetings and various events such as road shows, business breakfasts, trade fairs and in-house exhibitions.
At Teldat we are very highly conscious that “communication” is vital in order to “share our information” with our clients and partners. We use all the above methods of communication and are always investigating for new modern communication platforms.