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? 

My personal view is that VoLTE will be positioned and seen by the customers as an enhanced primary voice service and therefore will continue to be the main choice for of reliable voice communications for customers, complemented by OTT voice for certain scenarios. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

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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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Some 92% of India’s nearly 200 million internet users get online using a mobile device. Yet smartphone penetration in India remains stubbornly low, and only 17% of mobile subscribers have a data plan.

But that is set to shoot up to over 50% by 2020, according to Morgan Stanley:

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One of the drivers of this coming growth is a deluge of cheap smartphones flooding the Indian market, which are prompting new customers to sign up for plans that allow them to use those phones’ features. Already smartphone shipments are seeing year-on-year growth of over 80%.

Another will be a yet-to-launch mobile data provider, Reliance Jio. It plans to roll out nationwide 4G technology, which is several times faster than existing 3G mobile broadband. The arrival of Jio (which means “live,” as an imperative, in Hindi) will undoubtedly shake up the market, but it will do so in an unusual way.

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The iPhone 6 should feature a Qualcomm modem that would make LTE download speeds 50 per cent faster.

A New report states that the iPhone 6 will feature a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which would offer download speeds of 150 megabits per second. These speeds would provide 4G LTE download speeds 50 per cent faster than the current iPhone 5S.

The third-generation Qualcomm LTE chipset was originally announced back in February 2012 and could offer marked upgrades to the current iPhone cellular download speeds.

The iPhone 5S is capable of a maximum 100Mbps download speed.

Previously rumours had teased that the iPhone 6 may come with support for LTE Category 6, which could mean super-fast download speeds of up to 300Mbps. The latest report suggests that the iPhone 6 is limited to CAT 4 LTE compatibility.

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Abdus Samad, Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee

Abdus Samad, Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee

Abdus Samad, Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee, is taking part in the Operator Mindshare taking place on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, on the 23-25 September, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here we found out more about the strategy around the transition from WiMAX to LTE.

What is your mission and what are the main challenges you are facing in delivering wireless broadband?

Our mission is to provide affordable broadband to all, so that they can experience the best of the Internet. We have been operating using WiMAX technology for more than five years and are currently in the planning stages for transition to TD-LTE. Our aim is to provide high-speed broadband service to end users no matter what technologies we are using.

Air interface management is always challenging, especially when the frequency band is above 2GHz. Then deep indoor seamless coverage becomes one of the major challenges. Other than that, end user demand for high volume content has increased significantly in last few years. With limited wireless resources, capacity management is a vital point for us. Development of LTE is now real and there are numerous live networks around the world, we expect we will be able to meet the user demand with LTE deployment.

How has the TD-LTE eco-system progressed over the last 12 months and what are your expectations for the next couple of years?

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Faisal Mobarak, Asst. General Manager, Network Operations Center, Ollo Wireless Internet

Faisal Mobarak, Asst. General Manager, Network Operations Center, Ollo Wireless Internet

Faisal Mobarak, Asst. General Manager, Network Operations Center, Ollo Wireless Internet is speaking on Day Two of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

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

For developing country like Bangladesh, the key challenge is to make LTE a profitable business case for the operators. In Bangladesh, we still have very low Internet usage and the use of data is just not up to the mark, mostly due to lack of local content and overpriced Internet bandwidth at consumer level. Therefore, the challenge is more on socio-economic part rather than technical.

What is your strategy for increasing consumer uptake of LTE services?

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Francisco Claravall, VP Consumer Broadband Products, Globe Telecom, Philippines

Francisco Claravall, VP Consumer Broadband Products, Globe Telecom, Philippines

Globe Telecom, in the Philippines is currently transitioning from WiMAX to LTE. In this interview Francisco Claravall, VP for Consumer Broadband Products tells us about the challenges it faces of doing so and how the company is looking to innovate as it does so.

You can hear more from Claravall when he takes part of a keynote panel session, and gives a presentation on Day One of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

What are the major challenges that you believe you will face over the next couple of years?

The Philippines has a lot of potential, not just in the area of broadband but as a nation. With economic growth still moving at a higher pace than most of our neighbours, the Philippines is a good growth story.

Recently we’ve had a major typhoon that hit us, and who knows how the environment will fair in the years to come. One challenge we need to address is disaster-preparedness, how quickly can we respond and reduce customer downtime.

The other challenge we see is how strategically can we evolve as a company to be at the centre of the digital life of our customers? This is all about moving beyond dumb pipes and becoming more relevant to our customers’ day-to-day activities.

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This post is by Caroline Guillaume (Vice President, Solution Sales, Asia Pacific, Gemalto)

The advancements in technology over the last decade or so are having a profound impact on the lives of many people around the world. Every day, digital technologies are creating new ways for people to work, play, transact and communicate with each other. These developments are making people’s lives more convenient. On a larger scale, they are ushering in the dawn of a digital society.

A digital society can be defined as a community where the creation, distribution, uses and integration of information is able to create significant social, economic and cultural value. We are seeing many digital societies emerging, especially in areas with high-tech clusters such as Singapore, as well as around the Silicon Valley area.

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Sun Tae Kim, EVP Corp R&D, LG U+

Sun Tae Kim, EVP Corp R&D, LG U+

LG U+ believes South Korea’s market leading network status derives from the cutting-edge handsets present in the market. In this interview he details the plans for bringing further enhancements and speeds to the network over the next couple of years. To hear more about LGU+’s strategy you can hear Sun Tae Kim, EVP/Director of SD, LG U+, speak on Day Two of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

Operators in South Korea seem more willing and able to invest in next-gen technologies earlier than many Western operators? Why do you think this is so?

South Korea has the world-leading manufacturers of smart devices – such as Samsung and LG – and implemented nationwide LTE network sporting the best quality and functionality. But mobile subscribers have been already saturated. The Korean operators, SKT, KT, and LGU+, could not survive in the market just with existing technology and can only beat the competition with new technologies and services. As a result, South Korea has become the world test-bed for next generation technologies.

Following on from that would you say South Korean customers are more willing to try, and pay for, new mobile services?
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Andrew Mackay, Manager Mobile Solutions, Cisco Systems

Andrew Mackay, Manager Mobile Solutions, Cisco Systems

This post is by Andrew Mackay, Manager Mobile Solutions, Cisco Systems

As LTE networks continue to be deployed, it is becoming evident that matching the existing 3G coverage quality is going to be a challenge. This is reminiscent of the early days of 3G, when it took many years to get coverage matching underlying GSM. The higher carrier frequency (2.1GHz) and partial initial overlays left deep indoor coverage with “cold spots.”  This resulted in unreliable calls and increased battery consumption, which led many users to disable 3G out of frustration.  Over time, operators invested in more infill Broadband Telephony Services (BTS), wider use of In-building Systems (IBS) and repeaters, but indoor coverage was only really resolved when 3G on 850/900 MHz was deployed as a coverage “safety net.”

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Santosh Payal, Manager for Mobile Data and Broadband Services for Vodafone Fiji Limited

Santosh Payal, Manager for Mobile Data and Broadband Services for Vodafone Fiji Limited

Santosh Payal, Manager for Mobile Data and Broadband Services for Vodafone Fiji Limited will be discussing optimal LTE pricing in his presentation on Day Two of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

Are billing systems keeping pace with changes in how MNOs now charge for data?

Billing vendors are trying to keep up with the phenomenal growth of data and the need to support different charging mechanisms. However, the data market dynamics are such that it makes them hard to cope with these changes and implement them in a short time. The constant billing system updates also comes at a cost, with which most of MNOs are not willing to keep up. We believe the flexibility in billing platforms should be increased, thus enabling MNOs to create their own service/charging logic without going through the pain of frequent investing in billing platforms.

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Eyal Hilzenrat, Vice President of Product & Marketing at Flash Networks

Eyal Hilzenrat, Vice President of Product & Marketing at Flash Networks.

The post is by Eyal Hilzenrat, Vice President of Product & Marketing at Flash Networks.

For some in the industry network neutrality has been the ‘Holy Grail’ for a long time, with subscribers wanting equal access to all content and applications without favouring particular websites. However, with the increase in network congestion and with companies like Netflix complaining that operators are responsible for poor network performance while streaming content from their site, I began to wonder if subscribers might be open to the concept of priority delivery for the faster delivery of premium mobile content.

We sent a team to the LTE World Summit to poll mobile operators and subscribers and find out if they were open to premium services. Read the rest of this entry »

Originally posted on 9to5Google:

VoLTET-Mobile announced during its earnings report that it has now completed its US roll-out of its Voice over LTE service after its launch in Seattle back in May and expansion to 16 markets last month.

With more than 8 million VoLTE-capable devices on the T-Mobile network, our customers have made over 52 million crystal-clear VoLTE calls to date.

VoLTE offers faster call setup and better audio quality during calls through HD Voice, as well as the ability to switch seamlessly between voice and video calls. It’s supported by a limited number of handsets at present, with the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Light and LG’s G Flex among them, but is likely to become a standard feature over time. Verizon has also announced that it will be launching its own VoLTE service nationwide later in the year.

T-Mobile also noted that JD Power just ranked T-Mobile the highest in customer service…

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It seems India can never get a telecom spectrum allotment right.

In February 2012, the Supreme Court cancelled 112 telecom licences granted in a botched 2008 allotment allegedly riddled with collusion and conspiracy. That event snowballed into an international dispute and companies from countries such as Russia, Norway and the UAE suffered losses on their investments in India.

That controversy, now known as the 2G spectrum scam, had broken into national attention after the government auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), raised questions about the allotment process. The legal proceeding in that case is still ongoing. It dealt a severe blow to the image of the Manmohan Singh government. Many important people, including the telecom minister, went to jail.

Now daily newspaper reports about a draft report by the same government auditor raise a whiff of yet another scandal in airwaves allotment, threatening to delay an ambitious telecom venture that…

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Pen San Tang, founding director of Packet One and on the GTI Steering Committee

Pen San Tang, founding director of Packet One and on the GTI Steering Committee

Could the TD-LTE eco-system match or even outpace that of FDD? Pen San Tang, founding director of Packet One and on the GTI Steering Committee, certainly think so. To hear more from Tang come to hear him speak in the TD-LTE track on Day One of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

How is P1 progressing with the launch of LTE-based services?

P1 is in the midst of completing a strategic investment agreement and joint collaboration between Malaysia’s leading broadband player, Telekom Malaysia Berhad and its existing stakeholders; founder Green Packet Berhad and South Korea’s SK Telecom for the rollout of LTE. The transaction is anticipated to be completed by Q3, and the teams have come together to do extensive planning.

What is your strategy to move from WiMAX to TD-LTE?

P1’s WiMAX network will continue to provide broadband services to customers as a parallel LTE network is built out. Once WiMAX customers have migrated out over a number of years, P1 expects to use the 2.3Ghz spectrum as an additional capacity band to meet the growing data demands of customers. However, the use of the spectrum would be subject to local regulatory approval.

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

Dish Network(s dish) is already sitting on a nest egg of 4G frequencies, but this week it told U.S. regulators it wants to acquire more. In a meeting with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, the satellite TV provider said it would participate in two upcoming spectrum auctions, according to an FCC filing.

The first of those auctions is called the Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) auction, scheduled for this November. It will be the FCC’s attempt to create a shared commercial-government band. But the big prize is the 600 MHz airwaves going on the block in 2015 as part of the FCC’s enormously complex and controversial incentive auction.

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The wireless industry views the low frequency 600 MHz band as a kind of spectrum diamond mine. Lower bands allow signals to propagate better; they can travel miles further than higher bands and punch through…

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Tesco Mobile has announced that all customers, including PAYG users, will now be offered 4G speeds at no extra cost.

With Tesco Mobile using O2’s network, the supermarket is to open its 4G doors to all pay as you go customers to for the first time starting today, July 24.

The network’s pay monthly users have enjoyed 4G speeds – where available – at no additional charge for some time.

“The world we live in is becoming ever more fast-paced and data hungry,” Simon Groves, Chief Marketing Officer for Tesco Mobile said in making the announcement.

“No one likes being made to wait around and we see no reason why our pay as you go customers shouldn’t have access to the same speeds as pay monthly ones; which is why we now offer 4G to all our customers at prices that are accessible to everyone.”

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Dwayne Ruffin, Chief Market Development Executive at CSG Invotas

Dwayne Ruffin, Chief Market Development Executive at CSG Invotas

This post is by Dwayne Ruffin, Chief Market Development Executive at CSG Invotas.

One of my colleagues likes to say that cybersecurity starts at the top.  That is to say, security is not just a challenge for IT teams alone. A cyber attack is an attack on an organisation’s reputation, its relationship with consumers, and its revenue. We all know that consumer trust builds over time but can be wiped out in an instant and take a lifetime to rebuild.

Let’s face it, high-profile data breaches make front page news regularly these days, and the more we read about cyber attacks, the more we recognise the responsibility organisations have to protect the customer data in their systems.

But that protection is far easier said than done. The popularity of 4G LTE technology has greatly expanded the opportunities for cyber attacks and the need for improved security strategies across the board—a need further complicated by the exponential extension of the digital ecosystem through increased mobile device use. More and more payment information and other sensitive data are shared with organisations of all kinds, which leaves more and more points of contact at risk and in need of defence.

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Aircel launched its 4G services which will be offered across four circles namely, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Odisha. With this launch, Aircel will now offer services under all the three existing technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE bringing it at par with global telecommunication offerings.

Aircel holds 20MHz of spectrum in the 4G LTE 2300 MHz band across eight circles – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and North East and Jammu and Kashmir. With the launch of 4G LTE services, Aircel is well placed to continue meeting the ever increasing data demand of its customers.

Aircel’s enterprise customers will experience a 4G LTE high-speed network to receive dedicated internet and secure VPN (Virtual Private Network) services whereas its Home customers will experience various infotainment services on high-speed broadband that will help connect any wifi device to support services such as faster internet access, Smart TVs…

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China has been going through an explosive internet adoption period, with mobile playing a key role in getting people online.

And now, the latest report published by state-affiliated research organization China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) shows that the percentage of Chinese users accessing the Internet via mobile grew to 83.4 percent as of June 2014, for the first time surpassing the percentage of users who access the internet via PCs (80.9 percent).

CNNIC July 1 In China, more people now access the internet from a mobile device than a PC

The figure for mobile internet access is up 2.4 percentage points in just six months from the end of 2013. On the other hand, desktop computer and laptop usage both continued their decline — the former by 0.1 percentage point to 69.6 percent, and the latter by 0.4 percentage point to 43.7 percent. In total, 80.9 percent of users went through traditional PC access (including desktop computers and laptops but excluding tablets) to go online.

CNNIC 2 In China, more people now access the internet from a mobile device than a PC

China’s internet population

New numbers released…

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