The alarm goes off at 6:30 am. A notification pops up on the smart device that sends a request to my driver to pick me from my home and drop me off at the airport for a meeting at 8:30 am. All of this happens without me having to tell my driver about the airport drop. In less than two hours I’m at the airport; courtesy of connected things and the connected ecosystem.

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The billing system-also known as the business support system-is a vital tool for communications service providers. The system bills end customers and manages payments to service providers. Having an efficient, feature-rich and “smart” system is essential as technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Internet of Things (IoT) and Advanced Analytics become more pervasive.

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Going once, going twice - sold! Over the years, spectrum auctions have raised billions of dollars in revenue for government coffers across the world. Given the insatiable appetite for mobile services, demand for spectrum has surpassed supply. That is not good news for operators, enterprises or even regulators as a shortage of spectrum stifles business growth. With 5G services just around the corner, carriers require innovative solutions to provide more spectrum rather than relying on conventional auctions and allocations.

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Internet of Things or IoT is a technology that deals with bringing control of physical devices over the internet. We are already surrounded by smartphones, smartglasses, smartwatches, and smart homes, but IoT will create an explosion of new devices and applications, one of which is the smart office.

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There are a few major trends driving the rapid increase in data traffic on the network. At the top of the list is the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and the convergence of mobile broadband and media traffic.

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AWS IoT provides a managed, multitenant service that enables communication between IoT devices, applications, and the backend. By virtue of being a managed service, IoT platform eases out several deployment and infrastructure monitoring issues. However, it imposes some limits and restrictions on how data can be modeled and the size of device information that can be stored in a “shadow” on AWS IoT 1. Primarily, the restrictions ensure the safety and security of the platform and deployments, and avoid misuse of the platform by a tenant or rogue entity. It is critical to be aware of and understand these restrictions before finalizing the solution architecture as some of them may impact the feasibility of the solution architecture and operating costs.

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