Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) are companies that provide communication solutions to service providers like fixed or mobile operators as well as to Enterprise customers. If you place a call on your mobile phone, surf the internet, join a conference call or watch a video on demand through IPTV (internet protocol TV) – it is all NEPs technologies that are enabling such kind of services. NEPs are literally influencing lives of billions of people around the world. The history of the NEPs goes even back to the mid of the 19th century when the first telegraphs networks have been set up. Some of these players still exist today.
Some of the most important communication solutions that NEPs provide can include the following:
• Mobile networks like GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication), EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) or GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). These kind of networks are typically also known as 2G and 2.5G networks. The 3G mobile networks are based on UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication Standard) which allows much higher data rates than 2G or *5G.
• Fixed networks which are typically based on PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).
• Enterprise networks, like Unified Communication infrastructure
• Internet infrastructure, like routers and switches