When the term “Big Data” was coined, it’s quite possible that they had the Communications industry in mind. From the moment that Alexander Graham Bell spoke the famous sentence “Mr. Watson—Come here—I want to see you” into the first telephone in 1876, the need to capture large volumes of data about the telecommunications network was born.
In the traditional, wireline days of the AT&T Bell Operating Companies, highly detailed records had to be kept about every piece of copper installed in the networks that were built across the United States, including where they started, where they ended, and which manholes they traversed. You also had to track what types of equipment were attached to each copper cable, as well as, which circuits were assigned to each cable.