Top-5 multi-channel bonding use cases

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Businesses across industriescontinue to evolve at a fast pace - be it Digital Transformation, Adoption ofCloud based solutions, Enabling IoT for gathering insights or Automation. Assystems get online and access to information becomes real-time, the need forreliable, secure and always-on connectivity becomes more important.

While there are Telecom companiesand ISPs that cater to connectivity requirements with their standard offerings,there are challenges that continue to remain, such as limited bandwidth, non-availabilityof broadband network, fluctuating cellular networks, white spots or lack ofback-up connectivity options.

The good news is that there arealternative connectivity solutions available, that can address these networkconcerns to a large extent. The solution essentially functions as an over-thetop(OTT) and leverages the connectivity options available from differenttelcos to intelligently manage traffic. The solution provides options to connectmultiple connection types, whether wired or wireless; belonging to any networkor operator; and define traffic routing policies to prioritize, load balance oraggregate bandwidth. These solutions are termed as multi-channel bonding ormulti-channel aggregation.

Top use-cases where multi-channelbonding solutions are apt include the following:

1.       Mobility

Mobilitysolutions rely solely on wireless networks. Most personal vehicles comein-built with ‘connected’ option providing a single SIMconnection that is sufficient for vehicle diagnostics. However, commercialvehicles have a need for higher throughput. Multi-cellular gateways providemuch needed broadband like connectivity for services like Passenger Wifi,Infotainment, Backup Connectivity options for OBD and in-vehiclecommunications. In personal vehicles as well, automobile companies areexploring alternate options to provide real-time and always-on vehicleconnectivity.

2.       TemporarySites

Temporaryinstallations such as public events and camps need a working office setup for managingticketing, payments, surveillance, emergency services, for immediate access.Similarly, constructions sites need connectivity to track project activities,progress on tasks, material tracking and security. Being a temporary setup,often wired broadband is not available at such locations and only multiplecellular connections can help provide broadband like connectivity to the sites.Even in scenarios where wired broadband is available, data traffic can besegregated across different connections prioritizing select activities over theothers.

3.       SmartCities

All smart cityprojects require a fiber ring network as part of the overall architecture. Suchprojects need to be meticulously planned keeping future expansions in mind.However, there are also several applications within smart cities that need notdepend on a fibre network. And therefore, these applications can also beimplemented in towns that are not formally planned for smart cities. These canbe implemented as mini projects, in isolation, that come together as part of aformal smart city implementation. Some of these applications include SmartPole, Smart Parking, Waste Management, Mobile utility services. Such solutions onlyneed reliable networks, and a multi-channel gateway can be leveraged usingconnections from different operators. Multiple operator networks providereliability over network congestions or fluctuations, whether stationary ormobile.

4.       RemoteSites / Constrained Environment

Locations thatare not inhabited or not accessible, rely solely on wireless networks. Further,places such as forest perimeters, mining sites, utility pipelines have limitedconnectivity. Similarly, in these scenarios, multi-cellular gateways providethe much-needed bandwidth to establish connectivity with remote sites. Placesthat are not accessible by even cellular networks are often connected in a meshnetwork of devices, thereby acting as a chain bridging even the most remotesite with the reachable cell site. VSAT connection are typically used for suchsites, however its cost, implementation time and unreliable connections duringweather changes are known hindrances.

5.       EnterpriseConnectivity

Enterprisesand retail chains have a network of satellite offices and depend on robustconnectivity not only to server customers, but also to connect with theircentral office and data centre for daily business management. Offices establisha VPN connection to securely connect and transact, however limited bandwidth availabilityhampers productivity and efficiency. A multi-channel device can utilizemultiple low-cost cellular connections to provide a robust and boostedbandwidth. Enterprises, therefore, save on network costs, without the need toupgrade existing expensive MPLS connections and add cheaper cellular options tofill in for the bandwidth gap.

There are many other businessimplementations that demand the need for robust connectivity and that can bemet with a multi-channel solution. To know more on how we can achieve this withour patented universal bonding solution - UBonding, visit our website www.wistronaiedge.com or write to us oninfo@wistronaiedge.com

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