Dropped calls, slow data, network interruptions, and phone hacking are problems that mobile users are sorely aware of. With faster mobile devices that consume more data and network resources, the challenge for mobile operators is likely to increase.
Research teams at the Etisalat BT Innovation Center (EBTIC), a joint venture between Khalifa University, Etisalat and British Telecom, are working on solving these problems. The following is what they are developing:
Efficient & reliable services
Network based services in the cloud are becoming an integral part of how businesses operate. In fact, Cloud based services have seen massive take-up amongst consumers too, with services from Apple, Microsoft, Google and others providing, data storage, emails, web applications and more. This growing demand is placing heavy loads at certain times on the infrastructure such as data centres and communications networks, which is leading to poor utilisation. EBTIC is developing a more flexible way of scheduling processes so as to avoid costly bottlenecks.
The result: more efficient resource utilisation and improved performance for business and consumer services.
Advanced Mobile Communications
Mobile phone usage is rising at an incredible pace in the UAE, the GCC and worldwide. But providing service to such a large amount of mobile users is challenging, and loss of service quality is a problem facing many mobile operators today. So EBTIC researchers are creating an advanced algorithm for providing better network service that can handle large increases in mobile activity without degrading the quality of service for each device. This algorithm can help ensure high quality mobile calls and reduce the rate of dropped calls as operators migrate to next generation mobile networks.
Reliable Business Networks
Businesses are relying more and more on network-based services for business critical operations. But increased use of services such as networked drives, email, communications and other critical business functions “in the cloud,” are causing heavy loads and are leading to downtime or delay for some critical business tasks. So in response, EBTIC is developing a way to accurately monitor network services in order to predict future performance and processor workload.
The result: less service downtime and better network performance for business services.