Amdocs Research: 98% of Mobile Network Sessions Now Data

Amdocs-logoPune, India, April 17, 2014: Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience systems and services, today rolled out its new research into mobile traffic, showing an almost complete shift from voice to data. The research highlights the urgency for service providers to build and optimize mobile networks to assure network performance and quality, increasing customer satisfaction and creating new revenue opportunities.

The annual State of the Radio Access Network (RAN)1 white paper includes analysis of more than 4 million voice and data connections from more than 100,000 mobile devices at some of the busiest network locations around the world in the past twelve months. The radio access network provides wireless mobile connection for phones and tablets, using a combination of technologies, including small cells and macro cells, utilizing 3G, 4G (LTE) and Wi-Fi (for data).

Amdocs Research’s Key findings include:

  • The share of network traffic from data has grown to 98 percent – up from 90 percent in the previous 12-month period. The growth demonstrates subscribers’ overwhelming use of smartphones and tablets to consume and share content.
  • Data demand leads to an increase in dropped calls: The stress placed on networks has led to an increase in customer experience issues as network demand grows, with dropped data and voice calls increasing by 121 percent. The most stressed locations showed a 17 percent dropped call rate. While these figures give a stark reminder of the ever-increasing load carried by the RAN, the level to which individual customers were impacted often depended on their choice of mobile handset.
  •  LTE (4G) improves customer experience but does not increase data traffic exponentially: The time to establish an LTE data session is less than half that of 3G, delivering a data experience that is much closer to home broadband. Although LTE drives some increase in data consumption, high bandwidth data consumption (eg video) did not increase, indicating that usage patterns,potentially governed by data plans,remain little different from 3G networks.
  • Data traffic becomes the primary source of subscriber issues: Top customer frustrations include: Lack of data coverage (47 percent); monthly limits (30 percent) and download costs (16 percent)2.
  •  Voice grew too, customers move indoors: Despite voice calls also increasing by 16 percent, the greatest shift was to indoor usage – the period saw an increase of mobile phone usage in-building by 33 percent. With indoor data users experiencing up to a 50 per cent drop in data throughput; this shift will have a significant impact on customer experience.

Vice president of product and solutions marketing at Amdocs Rebecca Prudhomme said, “The research shows that the move to LTE/ 4G provides an opportunity to improve the customer experience without exponentially increasing data demand. Service providers need to address this challenge by implementing planning and optimization solutions to manage an increasingly active subscriber base that not only wants to consume data but produce and share it in real time.”

Amdocs offers a range of solutions to maximize the business value of networks by ensuring that service providers deliver the right experience to the right subscribers at the right time. Through the combination of Amdocs’ network solutions and B/OSS market leadership, Amdocs enables service providers to deliver a holistic, integrated customer experience. Solutions include Amdocs Self-Optimizing Networks solution, Amdocs Small Cell solution and Amdocs Smart Net solution, an intelligent Wi-Fi offload solution.

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