Nokia Siemens talks up QoS in mobile networks

The telecom vendor wants more operators to use QoS, but only when the network is congested

Nokia Siemens Networks is hoping more operators will start using QoS to offer differentiated mobile broadband services. But the technology will be a hard sell, because proving users are getting their money's worth will be difficult, Richard Webb, directing analyst at Infonetics, said.

Today, operators are looking for new ways to charge for mobile data, and using QoS is one alternative. Nokia Siemens sees the technology mainly being used when mobile networks are congested, it said in a blog post on Monday.

In Finland, telecom operator Elisa is already using QoS to give subscribers who are willing to pay for more bandwidth when the radio path is congested, it said on Nokia Siemens' website.

QoS can also be used to provide a more fine grained bandwidth throttling when a user has surpassed the monthly data quota. When that happens the user's priority is dropped to a lower class, resulting in a slower connection when the network is overloaded, rather than throttling the traffic all the time, Nokia Siemens wrote.

At the same time, Nokia Siemens underlines that QoS does not replace the need for having good capacity and coverage.

More operators are now looking at using QoS to differentiate their offerings. Egyptian operator Etisalat Misr has successfully tested products from Huawei and Ericsson over HSDPA (High-Speed Download Packet Access), industry organization GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) said on Sunday. During the test users were divided into three types: gold, silver and bronze.

But, in general, operators seem to be moving forward with caution when it comes to packaging these features as services.

"I would think its because so few have really figured what their long-term data strategy is. It doesn't seem so clear when you speak to [operators] about it," said Webb.

If the operators go down the QoS route, the challenge will be to justify and explain premium price plans, and then deliver on what they have promised, according to Webb. It is difficult for operators to benchmark the differences, because the speed in a mobile network depends on so many factors, he said.

"You also run the risk of losing the casual subscriber that doesn't want to understand all that stuff," said Webb.

Getting it right is important, because as operators gradually move to 4G they have to be able to position those networks as an improvement over their 3G counterparts, according to Webb.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Tags Carrierstelecommunication3gNokia Siemens Networksmobilebroadband

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?