Signaling volumes on 4G LTE networks will grow at twice the rate of mobile data traffic through 2017, according to new research from Oracle.
As a refresher, the Diameter protocol is an authentication, authorization, and accounting protocol defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for HSPA+, LTE, and IMS. It's an important Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) protocol as operators look to create and manage new personalized services over 4G LTE, including voice-over LTE (VoLTE). (See: Diameter Matters.)
Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), via its acquisition of Tekelec, is forecasting that worldwide LTE Diameter signaling traffic will increase at a 140 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), from 1.2 million messages per second (MPS) in 2012 to nearly 99 million MPS by 2017.
Network policy is the main contributor to signaling volumes, and, by 2017, will account for 62 percent of the signaling volumes, Oracle says. Every new personalized mobile data plan, mobile ad, M2M service, or content partnership will also drive up the numbers.
Check out the following infographic in which Oracle lays out the future of LTE Diameter signaling across the globe. And, read up on the topic below.