What is a Next Generation Network?

Real Broadband™ has taken a dramatic leap from “optional tool” or even “luxury” to “critical utility” in any competitive society.

Next generation networks transform the way we work, learn, communicate, shop, find information and entertain ourselves and our families. The momentum surrounding next generation networks continues to grow as governments conclude that their global competitiveness and long-term socio-economic development depends on ubiquitous digital connectivity. Additionally, the explosion of smart phones and tablets as well as the demand for web services provided by companies such as Apple, Google and Netflix has led to business and consumers expecting large amounts of bandwidth that deliver faster and better access at reasonable prices. As much as railways and roads became critical infrastructure in the previous century, broadband is widely recognized as the foundation for high-performing economies during this century.

Network engineers now have access to technology that creates the connectivity that enables essentially any end user service requirement. Uncompromised digital connectivity is in demand to enable individuals, teams and organizations to compete in a modern economy whether they are in the private or public sector. The challenge is not in developing the technology, it is in applying it through a business approach that creates ubiquitous connectivity and provides a choice of services to end users.

Today, the telecommunications sector is typically dominated by fully integrated telecommunication companies and cable companies who were founded on a regulated utility approach focused on voice and television services respectively. This traditional approach means that the owner and operator of the network can also restrict competition for its own benefit as its competitors, for business and consumer services, are often obliged to use the traditional network. This approach, referred to as the traditional telco approach, compromises performance of the network, choice of services and competitive pricing of services to end users. The Axia NGN Solution challenges the traditional telco approach.