The mass adoption of advanced LTE technologies like video streaming and connected devices is expected to drive explosive growth in diameter signaling over the next several years, Oracle said in a new report.
According to its “LTE Diameter Signaling Index, Fifth Edition,” Oracle forecast diameter signaling will reach 513 million messages per second by 2020 and expand even further with the advent of 5G.
“LTE continues to gain momentum, fueled by new ways of transmitting and consuming information – from vine videos to car sensors that detect upcoming road hazards,” Oracle Senior Vice President and General Manager Doug Suriano said. “CSPs need to continue to innovate and properly plan for Diameter signaling growth to meet changing industry and consumer demands, and leveraging the cloud is one of the clearest avenues for CSPs to achieve these goals.
Oracle said massive growth is expected across the globe, including in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa and the Asia Pacific, which are all forecast to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just under 60 percent through 2020. Oracle said diameter signaling in Latin American and the Caribbean will generate 15.6 million messages per second by 2020; while the Middle East and Africa will reach 19 million messages per second and the Asia Pacific region will top out at 385 million messages per second.
Additionally, diameter signaling in North America is expected to more than triple to 46 million messages per second by 2020. Western Europe is expected to see diameter signaling grow to 34 million messages per second by 2020 for a CAGR of 46 percent.
But even these impressive figures will be overshadowed by those from Eastern Europe, where Oracle said diameter signaling will experience a CAGR of 88 percent to reach 1.39 billion messages per second by 2020.
According to Oracle, much of the growth can be attributed to the widespread adoption of new LTE technologies, including video streaming and connected devices such as smart sensors and connected cars.
Oracle said LTE-Broadcast also remains one of the fastest-growing generators of diameter signaling traffic thanks to the rise of video streaming. But an uptick in traffic from Voice-over-LTE technologies is also expected, Oracle said, as consumers increasingly seek to multi-task with simultaneous voice and data use on their devices.