This is by Dominie Roberts, Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, at Informa Telecoms & Media
While IPX is a technology that has been on many operator’s agendas since 2012, it was 2013 that really shaped up to be a dynamic year for those in the IPX realm. Last year saw increased interest in this technology, with many global service providers, including Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone reporting pilots for voice-over-IPX.
Now 2014 is looking as if it will be even more significant and with LTE is being heralded as the key driver for IPX, discussions surrounding this technology are increasingly filling up our news feeds and dominating roaming and voice debates during LTE events. With the threat of OTTs looming and the need for operators to gain ROI from their LTE investments, MNOs are now looking at new ways to stay ahead of the game in an increasingly competitive market.
IPX has come a long way and is continuing to evolve in line with the increased consumer demand for QoS and LTE roaming, but the key question is how quickly will this technology be fully developed and exploited by the industry?
It could be argued that it is the IPX providers that need to do a better job of explaining IPX and shouting about the services that it can enable.
However, with the recent announcement that MTS Russia has selected an IPX provider to enhance its roaming offerings, it is evident that operators are now starting to realise the potential of IPX. With operators beginning to recognise the true value of quality in the roaming space and see the potential money to be made, international LTE roaming, particularly for enterprises, is likely to be one of the first areas that will reap the benefits from IPX.
Despite this growing uptake and investment in the technology, there is clearly still much uncertainty and many issues to be addressed in order to ensure that IPX reaches its full potential and that operators take full advantage of the opportunities that IPX can offer.
As consensus around IPX grows and operators gear up to maximise their LTE deployments, now is the ideal time for the full ecosystem to come together to discuss strategies, share best practice and form fundamental business partnerships to take full advantage of the benefits next generation IPX can bring.
The 10th Annual LTE World Summit will include a dedicated track on roaming and IPX, providing the necessary platform to discuss and debate the key issues and opportunities in the space, including:
- To what extent is IPX integral to LTE roaming?
- How can MNOs enable effective LTE roaming through IPX?
- How important is the move from GRX to IPX in improving QoS as well as adding more functions and security?
- What are the implications of IPX on VoLTE roaming and to what extent is this the main driver for IPX?
- What are the main benefits IPX can bring to voice roaming?
- How important is IPX’s role in enabling MNOs to compete with OTT players?
The LTE World Summit will take place at the RAI in Amsterdam on the 23rd – 25th June with speakers already confirmed including: Erik Hoving, CTO of KPN; Hugh Bradlow, CTO of Telstra; John Jiang, CTO of China Mobile Intl; Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of TELUS; Frédéric Ruciak, EVP Strategy at Bouygues Telecom; and Chang-Seok Seo, VP, Head of Network Technology at Korea Telecom.