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Magdalena Landrobe

C&W Networks’ Latin America and the Caribbean Blog Aims to Keep the Industry Up to Date

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The company is launching a new means of communication with the industry. The goal of the blog is to provide interesting content for all those involved in the world of telecommunications.

C&W Networks’ new blog gives readers access to the company’s latest news on products and services, as well as specific information on telecommunications and technology markets in Latin America and the Caribbean and, of course, global IT trends. Through the content presented in this space, the company seeks to position itself as a resource for business decision-making.

Blog posts will be written in English and Spanish by well-known journalists with industry expertise, featuring relevant, first-hand information. The blog will present interviews with company leaders, plus chats with industry experts about the hottest topics of the moment.

Those of you following us on this new medium will find exclusive and relevant regional content that can help you make decisions based on reliable, accurate information. Come, be a part of the community at C&W Networks, awarded best wholesale telecommunications company in the Caribbean for the fourth consecutive year.

The emerging Ethernet markets will have a long run ahead

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According to the consulting firm Ovum, the global enterprise Ethernet services market will exceed US$62 billion by 2018, with the segment growing at an annual rate of 13.6 percent since 2012.

At the regional level, the market analysis firm is projecting steady revenue growth for North America at an annual rate of 11 percent through 2018. Meanwhile, the EMEA region, composed of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has a higher growth potential at a rate of 14.9 percent annually. In the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, the growth forecast is at 23.9 percent, based on a growing Ethernet market in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In Japan, the largest market in the region, growth is projected to continue at a rate of 5.3 percent.

In Ovum analysts’ opinion, Ethernet and IP VPN are the two essential data-optimized WAN connectivity technologies that are replacing many data connectivity technologies. In that regard, Ovum’s experts note that “the resilient nature of Ethernet service growth is based on numerous factors. Enterprises continue to combine voice and data networks into one converged Ethernet network connection, feel comfortable in doing so, and are happy to benefit from the connectivity savings.”

It is worth mentioning that emerging markets need world-class Ethernet services to address the growing demands raised by international competition. For that reason, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), an independent organization of approximately 200 members, declared that broadband connectivity has become an essential service — as important as drinking water and electricity — since it drives GDP growth and job creation, as well as improvements to education, health, and social services. This is how access to new technologies in emerging markets is helping these economies to compete on a global scale.

In this context, C&W Networks has recently received the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) industry standard certification for E-LINE, E-LAN, E-TREE and E-ACCESS services. This certification enhances the company’s ability to deliver a more dynamic and customized portfolio of Ethernet services to many more places in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it allows C&W to offer the highest standards of performance, management and interoperability. It is worth noting that the company went through a rigorous testing process that involves multiple requirements, including evaluation of bandwidth and performance profiles.

In this sense, emerging Ethernet markets will have a long run ahead in many countries, enabling more businesses to connect to local and global networks.


*Ovum is a market leader research and consulting British firm part of Informa Group, focalized in IT convergence, telecommunications, and media market related studies

The IoT and Its Impact on Carriers’ Business

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The evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) generates revenue opportunities for carriers, yet it also presents significant technological challenges due to the growing traffic it entails.

Although this is a huge market — according to analysts at the firm IDC, the IoT market in Latin America will grow from US$7.7 billion in 2014 to US$15.6 billion by 2020, and the number of IoT devices or things will increase from 295 million to 827 million — carriers must be prepared to meet this growing demand, since IoT fully depends on secure, highly available connectivity.

In that sense, new opportunities are emerging for telecommunications companies that provide connectivity and for the segment of suppliers that provides carriers with hardware, software, and services; however, these opportunities entail challenges as well, since IoT traffic has features that differ from traditional network traffic.

Consumers are demanding more and more IoT devices, such as wearables, Internet-connected thermostats, cloud music players and connected vehicles, among others. That is why mobile network carriers are taking the lead when it comes to driving IoT, providing connectivity for a wide range of smart devices and connected solutions in homes, hospitals, factories, cars and other means of transportation. The economic and social benefits of these connected solutions have given rise to a rapid expansion of IoT, so much so that capacity has been exceeded by the ecosystem’s spectrum requirements. As governments allocate more spectrum licenses to stimulate IoT growth, the role of carriers is becoming increasingly important in terms of shaping IoT.

In that regard, market analysis firm ABI Research recently reported that the large number of connections generated by IoT and smartphones in the enterprise segment will translate into significant revenue sources for mobile carriers, particularly considering that employees use high-value services.

ABI notes that, as the price of smartphones continues to fall, the number of units sold to enterprise employees grows. This trend represents an advantage for mobile carriers, whose revenue for enterprise segment data plans could exceed US$200 million by 2020.

According to ABI analysts, the importance of enterprise smartphones for employees must not be underestimated. Carrier services must focus on offering added value for these kinds of users through terminals, helping them choose the devices and applications that best fit their needs, as well as services to manage device content and functionalities. Furthermore, they should help businesses make the most of smartphones and their connectivity, data, and voice services as key components of their IoT solutions.

Nevertheless, IoT could turn into a nightmare for mobile carriers, whose networks could be overloaded with all sorts of sensor and device traffic. In light of this concern, several carriers are backing a series of guidelines to lead the way for application manufacturers and developers. Many of them are offering secure, comprehensive IoT platforms that enable customers to scale and manage their business needs. Additionally, there is unparalleled global network coverage, as well as technical and enterprise support to respond to customers’ changing needs.

“Enterprises are increasingly connected, both at the individual and machine level.” For this reason, carriers’ strategies need to evolve toward supporting the vast number of apps and opportunities that will be created from billions of IoT connections.