Vic McClelland, Managing Director Networks, Optus

Vic McClelland, Managing Director Networks, Optus

Australian network Optus have been nominated for, ‘Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network’ in the LTE Asia awards, taking place on the 24th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. In this interview with Vic McClelland, Managing Director Networks, we find out what winning the award would mean for team Optus.

What was the original thinking behind the creation of your winning entry?

Since Optus entered the Australian market just over 20 years ago, our unwavering focus on innovation and customer experience has underpinned our investment in our network.

We see 4G as the chance to further highlight that Optus is an innovative and competitive alternative in Australia. We see our first-to-market launch of 700MHz LTE in Australia as a launching pad for Optus’ extension of our LTE network beyond metropolitan centres and into regional Australia.

Should you win how do you expect your business to benefit?

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Sergio Zveibil, Product Marketing Manager, InfoVista

Sergio Zveibil, Product Marketing Manager, InfoVista

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One of the greatest accomplishments of the golden age of aviation occurred on September 28, 1924, when the “Chicago” and the “New Orleans” completed the world’s first airborne circumnavigation. When the planes landed in Seattle, completing a 175-day journey, Major General Charles G. Norton said that the flight was, “brilliant proof of expert flying and mechanical ability.”

To an experienced aviator, Norton’s assessment would ring true. But, to the average American in 1924, it would seem as though it took more than just “expert flying and mechanical ability” for those pilots to travel around the world safely. Some might have said it took a little bit of magic. That sentiment was later echoed by science-fiction write Arthur C. Clarke when he said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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Itsuma Tanaka, Lead Core Network Architect, Core Network Development Department, NTT Docomo

Itsuma Tanaka, Lead Core Network Architect, Core Network Development Department, NTT Docomo

Itsuma Tanaka, Lead Core Network Architect, Core Network Development Department, NTT Docomo is speaking on the subject of “5G Infrastructure”, on Day One of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here we get insight into his views on 5G, the IoT, and LTE roaming.

What, in your opinion, will truly define 5G?

5G is the search for a new paradigm; one that will support society for another 20 years. Therefore, 5G will be defined by the new business architecture on top of technical advancements to maximize the potential of mobile radio communication.

Will 5G require an overhaul of current network architectures, or will it be an evolution?

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Roman WaditschatkaRoman Waditschatka, International Product Manager for Mobile Solutions, A1 Telekom Austria is speaking on the topic of “Creating a consistent customer experience when roaming,” taking place on Day Two of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here he gives us his views on why IPX is so important for the modern network operator.

LTE roaming is starting to become a reality – what are the main challenges to making it happen?

The main challenge is having a reliable IPX provider with a flexible core network infrastructure to interconnect MNOs that can tailor itself to their needs. Telekom Austria Group’s global IPX network guarantees our customers global LTE roaming coverage by exchanging traffic with their roaming partner networks worldwide.

To what extent does having a wholesale business with knowledge of signalling issues help solve roaming challenges?

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Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO, Consumer Singapore, SingTel

Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO, Consumer Singapore, SingTel

Yuen Kuan Moon the CEO of Consumer Singapore, SingTel is delivering one of the opening day keynotes at the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. He here reveals how Singtel looks to work with OTT players, and make the best use of the bandwidth it has available.

What are your broader challenges that you expect to face over the next five years?

Communications service providers will have to meet ever increasing customer expectations, especially in terms of offering products and services that are relevant to customers’ needs and which they value. We also have to continuously innovate and maintain an always-connected, reliable network.

Singapore is not short of bandwidth compared to many countries. What is the plan to monetize it all?

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iPhone6_34FR_SpGry_iPhone6plus_34FL_SpGry_Homescreen_HEROAs you probably have noticed Apple, the company famous for making computers, among other things, did something remarkable yesterday. Yes, it killed off the ‘Classic’ iPod. You know the one with the click wheel and the 50 trillion songs on your pocket slogan. I know, I can hardly believe it either. This is a great shame of course, especially as I was thinking of upgrading my 2005 model as just last week my iTunes library exceeded its 60GB capacity for the first time meaning I can’t just hook it up and sync. Ah, cruel world.

In the context of this blog though, I’m misdirecting you (in case you hadn’t noticed), as Apple also released three new devices in the shape of two new iPhones and a Watch, its first ‘wearable’. The latter, in all likelihood, marks the official start of the ‘IoT’, as previously ‘dumb’ devices become smart and connected. Yes, others have got their first, but no tech party can really begin till Apple arrives. (Then again, some people hate it).

In terms of LTE though, the new iPhones raise the bar, albeit relatively modestly. The phones now offer LTE support on 20 different bands, though not at once. As with the 5c/s there are three skews, with multiple variations for Europe, Asia and the US. TD-LTE support has also been slightly expanded with the addition of Band 41 – 2.5GHz.

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Seunghyun Sung, General Manager, LG U+

Seunghyun Sung, General Manager, LG U+ is speaking on the subject of how the Korean operator has led the way on implementing VoLTE on Day One of the second annual LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 7th-8th 2014 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London. Here she gives us some hints on how VoLTE can add to customer satisfaction and enable it to compete with OTT providers.

What are you expecting and hoping for from the commercial launch on VoLTE?

We currently provide seamless and intelligent communication experiences to our customers through our commercial VoLTE network. Since our customers use voice call features in an LTE environment, by making full use of the advantages that LTE/VoLTE technology provides we are able to offer many differentiated features. For example, we have a service called Uwa, which enables users to have a phone conversation, while using third-party apps for gaming, web surfing etc.

As we approach commercial launch is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly compete or just complement OTT services?

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Sean Aw, Marketing Manager, Singtel

Sean Aw, Marketing Manager, Singtel

Sean Aw is Marketing Manager for Singapore operator Singtel, who have been nominated for two awards at the LTE Asia Awards, taking place at the Marina Bay Sands on the 24th September. Here we find out more about Singtel’s network development and its plans for the future.


You’ve been nominated at the inaugural LTE Asia awards for two awards. Why do you think your products have attracted the attention of the judges?

Singapore’s vibrant economy necessitates a fast and reliable mobile connectivity. SingTel has more than 130 years of operating experience and has played a pivotal role in the country’s development as a major communications hub. We are Singapore’s leading mobile operator with the largest customer base and share of mobile revenue and SingTel continues to serve its customers with the best that technology has to offer. The latest LTE technology is one such example. SingTel was the first to bring in LTE service to the Singapore market in Dec 2011 and was the first to launch LTE with speeds of up to 150Mbps through cutting edge MIMO technology.

Recently, SingTel also pushed the boundaries further by working closely with our handset partner, Samsung and network vendor, Ericsson to introduce two of the world’s first commercial service, fully featured VoLTE service with a full suite of telephony services, and also a 300Mbps smartphone service based on LTE-Advanced technology.

What are the main challenges you expect to face over the next 12-18 months?

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In all of advancements in technology in the past 30 years, a lot of these advancements would not have either been possible, or even made sense, without high-speed wireless technologies like GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA. The “next” era of devices are coined “smart devices” and are interconnected through various data transfer technologies, a lot of which are still rooted in these high speed data roll outs, like LTE.

In the past, data connections, technologies, and speeds were a spin of the wheel. Depending on your domestic carriers, international carriers, development of specific technologies, costs, and other variables, high speed data transfers were subject to vastly different standards and segmented areas as small as regions in the United States.

However, as we develop these high speed data technologies, LTE has become a source of unification as CDMA and GSM technologies can easily evolve into a truly global…

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Sprint

U.S. national carrier Sprint announced today that it has signed 15 additional agreements with rural and regional carriers to cover 4G LTE roaming on its network. Rural and regional carriers participating with Sprint in the new agreements including New York and Pennsylvania’s Blue Wireless, Kentucky’s Bluegrass Wireless, Alabama’s Pine Belt Wireless, Idaho’s Syringa Wireless, and more including members and partners of the Rural independent Network Alliance.

With the 15 additional regional and rural partners announced today, Sprint says it not has 27 regional carrier partners across the United States. The announcement comes just one month after Sprint abandoned plans to acquire wireless carrier competitor T-Mobile and appointed a new CEO to lead the company. You can view a full list of Sprint’s newly announced additional 4G LTE roaming partners below and Sprint’s list of supported LTE locations here.

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Dr. Henry Wong is head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network at Hong Kong Telecommunications (HK) Limited

Dr. Henry Wong is head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network at Hong Kong Telecommunications (HK) Limited

Dr. Henry Wong is head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network at Hong Kong Telecommunications (HK) Limited. Here we find out more about how HKT’s network innovations have brought it to the attention of the judges of the LTE Asia Awards, taking place at the Marina Bay Sands on the 24th September.

You’ve been nominated at the inaugural LTE Asia awards? Why do you think your product attracted the attention of the judges?

Well firstly, being the first operator to launch VoLTE in Kong Kong and the world’s first commercial deployment of the 3GPP R10 eSRVCC technology is a remarkable achievement. However, the main attractions of our service lie in the way we have engineered it and make it different from other deployments so that we can deliver a fully transparent and improved experience for our customer. Key aspects are:

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Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom

Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom

Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom is delivering a keynote speech on SK Telecoms LTE Advanced innovations on Day One of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here he gives us an overview of SK Telekom’s latest innovation on its cutting-edge LTE network.

What was the original thinking behind the creation of your winning entry?

SK Telecom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers have already surpassed 55 per cent of the company’s total subscriber base, and the company holds more than 47 per cent of market share for LTE and LTE-Advanced market in Korea. To provide more advanced and faster LTE services to customers, SK Telecom has continuously upgraded its LTE and LTE-Advanced networks by commercializing carrier aggregation technology, adding more frequency channels, and expanding network coverage.

How do you plan to improve it even further?

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Ms Aileen Chia, Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy Director General (Telecoms and Post), IDA

Ms Aileen Chia, Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy Director General (Telecoms and Post), IDA

Ms Aileen Chia, Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy Director General (Telecoms and Post), IDA is delivering the opening keynote on Day One of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference,  taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here she gives us an overview into the work of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and how it is helping take Singapore on its ‘smart city’ journey.

What are the primary opportunities and challenges for your region over the next three years?

The Asia Pacific region accounts for over 50% of the world’s mobile subscribers, with mobile penetration expected to reach 89% by the end of 2014.  Fuelled by increasingly affordable smart devices, the rate of adoption of mobile broadband is increasing alongside with mobile penetration as networks are being upgraded to next generation platforms. Additionally, 44% of global fixed broadband subscriptions are from the Asia Pacific with some Asian countries such as Singapore having introduced high speed broadband network such as fibre broadband. These indicate that there are both opportunities and challenges in the region, as there is a large and still-growing data-hungry consumer base.

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Amit Bhayani, Co-Founder, Telestax

Amit Bhayani, Co-Founder, Telestax is taking part in the Innovation Accelerator, showcasing developers of interesting start-ups before a panel of judges, taking place at the 9th annual LTE Asia conference on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Read on to find out more about Telestax and Bhayani vision of where WebRTC fits in to the telco eco-system and why cloud is the future.

Please give me a brief overview of Telestax and what makes it unique?

TeleStax provides open source communications software and services that facilitate the shift from legacy SS7 based IN networks to IP based LTE and IMS networks hosted on private (on-premise), hybrid or public clouds. TeleStax products include Restcomm, WebRTC services ,SMSC Gateway, USSD Gateway, JSLEE, SS7 Resource Adaptors, SIP Servlets, Rich Multimedia Services, Presence Services/RCS, Diameter/AAA Services, XMPP Services and others.

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Leonid Burakovsky Sr. Director, Strategic Solutions for F5 Networks

Leonid Burakovsky Sr. Director, Strategic Solutions for F5 Networks

With Apple’s iCloud’s coming under the spotlight in recent days for recent high profile data thefts, Leonid Burakovsky Sr. Director, Strategic Solutions for F5 Networks takes a timely look at security in LTE networks.

The concept of security for service providers is undergoing significant changes. Several key trends are contributing to this change: as it relates to business, to technology and who is attacking.

Historically, the main sources of operators’ revenue were voice and SMS. More recently, data revenue is the new star, together with the forays toward new services and service monetization such as mobile commerce, banking, mobile health, and others.

The need for tight security is clear, for example, in the mobile health ecosystem that would require end-to-end security mechanisms including the participating operator’s network. Or for example, mobile commerce, which is currently running over SMS, and obviously can’t function without comprehensive security mechanisms including the network as part of the overall ecosystem.

But do we truly the trust these ecosystems today?

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After years of delays, voice-over-LTE finally seems to be making its way into mobile networks and phones. T-Mobile recently announced its entire U.S. LTE network now supports the VoIP technology, while Verizon recently revealed it would begin selling its first 4G-only phones in 2016.

As we purchase new smartphones over the next few years, we’ll find traditional 2G phone calls receding into the past and voice or SMS becoming just another IP service. Today, however, consumers buying new VoLTE phones probably won’t notice much of a difference.

These initial VoLTE rollouts are focused solely on voice, which makes sense given the technology’s name, but apart from making the occasional HD voice call to other VoLTE device owners, the service is going to look – and cost – the same as old-school voice calls.

The real promise of VoLTE isn’t voice, but rather the raft of IP services…

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Alcatel-Lucent is looking to make up for its dismal performance in the Indian 3G equipment market by capturing a significant share in the country’s much-anticipated market for infrastructure.

AlcaLu’s India business failed to snare any 3G infrastructure business following the auction of spectrum held in May 2010, which in turn lead to a cutthroat race to land initial 3G network deals. But the award of 3G licenses was immediately followed by the auction of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum in the 2.3GHz band that is suitable for the deployment of WiMax and LTE TDD networks. And with the key BWA license-holders looking likely to opt for LTE TDD rollouts – both Qualcomm Inc. and Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) have committed to the technology – AlcaLu, which has been gearing up to capitalize on early demand for TDD LTE systems, fancies its chances of regaining some wireless infrastructure bragging rights.

Munish…

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Philippe Lucas, SVP Standardisation and Ecosystems Development, Orange

Philippe Lucas, SVP Standardisation and Ecosystems Development, Orange

Philippe Lucas, SVP Standardisation and Ecosystems Development, Orange is speaking on Day One of of the 2nd annual LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 7th-8th 2014 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.

What are you expecting and hoping for from the commercial launch on VoLTE?

I’m expecting a rapid take-off and a large terminal offering. Our intent is that VoLTE will drive adoption of enriched communication services. Therefore operators will have to quickly move to all-IP so that we can collectively provide a universal interoperable service offering with much richer capabilities that before, e.g. messaging, video etc.

As we approach commercial launch is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly compete or just complement OTT services?

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Maria Cuevas, Head of Core Mobile Networks Research, BT

Maria Cuevas, Head of Core Mobile Networks Research, BT

Maria Cuevas, Head of Core Mobile Networks Research, BT is taking part in a panel discussion on Day Two of the 2nd annual LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 7th-8th 2014 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.

In this interview she presents some of her personal views on VoLTE – please note, these do not reflect the official views of BT.

As we approach commercial launch of VoLTE services in the IUK is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly compete or just complement OTT services? 

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Benny Har-Even:

The 2nd annual LTE Africa conference is taking place on the 11th-13th November 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Click here to download the brochure for the event.

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Last year, I was absolutely pumped when I first got wind of three LTE providers gearing up to start operations in Ghana soon. Blu Telecom, Surfline and Goldkey Telecom. Turns out Surfline scooped the trailblazer spot and is obviously the “Samsung” amongst these three, marketing-wise. They’ve really made their presence felt even before starting any mainstream operations.

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Surfline is outfitted like any other telco we know, except they don’t offer voice calls (yet), but on the other hand, offer next generation 4G LTE mobile broadband technology. So just like traditional mobile telcos, they have various data bundles. When word of Surfline’s package plans came out, my Twitter timeline went on fire with backlash.

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The HTC Desire 510 comes with a 4.7-inch display, which will soon be all the rage in the high-end smartphone market (thanks to the iPhone 6), and an 854 x 480 resolution that definitely won’t be.

While the Desire 510 is powered by a seemingly low-end 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, this is actually Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chip. In other words, it might not ever be the fastest CPU on the market, but it’s one of the more future proof.

Elsewhere the HTC Desire 510 has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot for expansion purposes. Around back there’s a 5-megapixel camera, while your selfie/video call (delete according to age) needs are taken care of by a 0.3-megapixel camera.

It’s not exactly the slimmest phone for the specs, with a 9.99mm-thick polycarbonate body that weighs in at 158g.

There’s a 2,100mAh battery on board, and the…

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LTE Asia Awards 2014 logoHere at the LTE World Series we have received a huge array of entries for the inaugural LTE Asia Awards, with submissions impressing our panel of expert judges with their innovation, hard-work and commitment to LTE.

Our analyst-led panel of judges have made their final decisions and the awards shortlist can be seen below. The winners will be announced on the first evening of this year’s LTE Asia event on the 24th September at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden

Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden

This post is byTorbjörn A Pettersson, Manager Technical Sales and IPX Solutions

Telenor Global ServicesOver the past few years I have experienced a number of examples where customers have experienced “bill shock” after returning home from travelling abroad. The good news in Europe is that since July this year additional EU regulations have made data roaming more affordable, and this is a trend that is about to go global.

What is the catalyst for this new trend? There are so many data-hungry apps on smartphones and tablets being used by people of all ages. In a workshop during the last LTE World Summit in Amsterdam several operators gave similar observations from different segments—not only SME customers. This means that data retail prices are bundled (daily or weekly bundling for example), which make the data roaming much cheaper, and at the same time increase the operators roaming data revenues worldwide.

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Originally posted on Cloud News Asia:

Telstra will add Sydney and Adelaide to its trial of 4G services on new blocks of 700MHz spectrum in mid September, ahead of the formal commencement of access licenses in early 2015. The telco kicked off commercial trials of 4G services using the 2x20MHz of 700MHz spectrum it purchased in the Government’s 2013 digital dividend auction across Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith in June this year, after being granted an early access license to the spectrum.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391414,telstra-trials-4g-700mhz-services-in-sydney-adelaide.aspx

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This post is by Philip Sorrells, Vice President, Site Solutions, CommScope

This post is by Philip Sorrells, Vice President, Site Solutions, CommScope

This post is by Philip Sorrells, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Wireless, CommScope

Asia Pacific users lead in mobile traffic consumption. With the popularity of streaming via apps from YouTube, Youku and PPStream, users in the region on average download 1.1 GB of data per month.– According to a GSMA study, by 2015 this number will only increase and there will be more than 120 million LTE subscribers in the Asia Pacific region.

Between the leading-edge Asian Tigers of Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the emerging markets of Southeast Asia, China and South Asia, a number of challenges have surfaced for mobile networks in the region.

This leads to issues like spectrum and cell-site scarcity as well as the speed of network modernization.

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