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Senior Project Manager, Orange Group: “The major drivers for 2014 are carrier aggregation, the flagship feature of LTE-A.”

Roman Lapszow, Senior Project Manager, Technical Strategy, Radio Networks and Microwaves, Orange Group

Roman Lapszow, Senior Project Manager, Technical Strategy, Radio Networks and Microwaves, Orange Group

Roman Lapszow, Senior Project Manager, Technical Strategy, Radio Networks and Microwaves, Orange Group is speaking on Day Two of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 11th-13th May 2014 at the at the Conrad, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we speak to him about where the Orange network is heading in 2014 and where the focus is for upcoming developments.

How much impact will LTE-Advanced have on Orange’s networks in 2014?

The launch of LTE networks has brought a significant growth of data traffic and consumer interest. LTE is driving evolution in our networks and there is no doubt of the value of LTE. The only remaining question in markets where we have yet to launch is when and in what bands. As LTE-A is concerned, the majority of our efforts are focused on studies, evaluations and deployment of LTE-A. The major drivers for 2014 are carrier aggregation, the flagship feature of LTE-A, and to a lower extent coordinated multipoint processing (CoMP).

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LTE World Summit – Preview video

Check out our preview video for the LTE World Summit 2014 from the halls of this year’s Mobile World Congress.

In this video we hear from:

  • Syniverse
  • Sub10 Systems
  • Etelm
  • Movius
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Genesis Technical Systems
  • Emotum
  • Ercom

Data Analytics in LTE Monetization

Suzanne Rankine

Suzanne Rankine
Conference Researcher, LTE World Series,
Informa Telecoms & Media

Operators that leverage the power of data analytics have a chance to uncover hidden revenue opportunities.

With a phone in almost every person’s pocket, it’s no surprise that mobile operators have access to huge amounts of subscriber data. Rather than just sitting on it though, thanks to the power of data analytics operators can uncover important insights into consumer behaviour. These insights can then be turned into targeted monetization opportunities and new revenue streams for operators.

For example, operators can analyse the data to find out the more about the services consumers are using, such as discovering the most popular OTT services, how they are using them, and by whom? They can assess how consumer trends vary from device to device, accurately predict the services individuals are most likely to pay more for and then offer these premium services to consumers. They can also track new service rollouts and monitor consumer experience to make services even more successful.

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Diameter–SS7 IWF: Bridging the Signals between New and Old Worlds

Ohad Ramot, F5

Ohad Ramot, Principal Software Engineer, F5

F5’s Ohad Ramot explains the challenges of translating signals between a 4G network using Diameter signaling and 3G networks using legacy SS7.

It’s widely known that LTE (4G) networks are spreading rapidly and are being deployed all over the globe. However, while 4G networks are growing, 2G/3G networks still serve most of the subscribers as they have been doing successfully for the last decades, and it seems these legacy networks are here to stay for a while. This requires operators and roaming mediators (IPX) to face the challenge of maintaining and interacting with both network architectures in parallel.

4G and 2G/3G network architectures differ in many aspects. One of the major differences is the signals mechanism that enables network nodes to interact with each other for authentication, billing, subscriber profile provisioning and more. While 2G/3G signaling mechanism is based on SS7 protocol stack, 4G networks use the relatively modern Diameter protocol on top of TCP/SCTP/IP stacks. Although both signaling methods provide solution to the same set of problems, they stem from different architectures and design philosophies.

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Saving Thumbs with Charging Offload for LTE

2-bad-traffic-in-spThis post is by Robert Morrison, Director, Product Management, CSG Internationa

 

On my last trip to Brazil I was surprised when my taxi driver fired up Waze to beat the Sao Paulo traffic and I immediately downloaded it to do the same for me in London’s heavy congestion. He proved to me that consumers there have developed an unquenchable thirst—like they have in every country—for fast mobile data speeds and services. CSPs in Brazil are working hard to satisfy that demand by rolling out 4G data services over LTE networks. And frankly they seem a long way ahead of the mobile data service that I experience at home.  On a recent two-hour train journey across the UK from the capital to Bristol—a major population centre—the best my provider could do was GPRS and iffy 3G at the stations.  GPRS is not very helpful with today’s bandwidth-hungry apps using pictures and video.  Believe me, having to constantly refresh apps can result in very sore thumbs!

 

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Update: Classy HTC One M8 impresses but eschews VoLTE and LTE-A

HTC unveiled its latest flagship phone at the Olympia in London at an event tonight that in terms of scale was reminiscent of Apple’s best handset launches. The AV presentation was certainly big, bold and brash, though with the best will in the world, HTC’s execs do not have quite the same flair as Apple’s.

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It has less to worry about with the handset itself though – the HTC One M8, is a fine device. HTC clearly has an obsession with metal and its global head of design Scott Croyle boasted that 90 per cent of the handset consisted a a unibody metal construction, up from 70 per cent on last year’s HTC One M7. The finish is certainly polished and refined, and very premium in feel. This makes it slightly ironic that the case that HTC is touting covers all of that up.

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The pain of living without 4G

Mobile World Congress may have ended a month ago but am only now getting ‘closure’ on the event. The reason – I’ve just been reunited with my iPhone that I thought had been stolen at the event. What happened, in case you were interested, is that I had placed my iPhone in one of the many charging lockers around the venue only to find that it wasn’t there when I returned. I couldn’t believe it. The locker was locked when I left it – but when I returned, to my amazement the phone wasn’t there.

A search using the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature did not help – as I had put the device in ‘Airplane mode’ before placing it in the locker in order for it to charge quicker. (A handy tip for you there – as long as you don’t need to try and locate your phone shortly after).

The incident rather put a damper of the show and I returned home rather forlornly.

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Happy days then when I got an email from staff at the venue saying that my phone had been found! While I was pleased, I was very confused by what had happened. Where had it gone? Had I done something stupid and simply looked in the wrong locker? As such, I decided I would keep it to myself and not tell anyone what happened. Apart from my colleagues. And my friends. And family. And this blog post.

After two weeks of some frustrating failed courier pickups later the phone was sent back to me safe and sound by regular post. 

What came of the experience is that for nearly three weeks I had to borrow a phone, kindly lent to me by a friend. It was a two-year old HTC One X. This was noteworthy as it would be the first time that I would be using an Android phone for any length of time since I reviewed the second Android phone ever released, in a previous job.

In those days Android and the iPhone were still light-years apart – can you believe that there was no multi-touch on Android, but these days it’s Android that’s ahead in terms of feature.

Initial impressions using the phone were good. Compared to last time I used it there’s an Android app for nearly everything – though my favourite iOS Podcast app Downcast isn’t there and the interface for BeyondPod, the Android equivalent had me scratching my head somewhat.

But widgets! That’s a feature that I really enjoyed that isn’t present in iOS. You can place a small version of your app on the phone ‘desktop’ – so you can, for example, play or pause a podcast with one tap, or see live train timetable information, without having to launch the app, and then search within in it. It’s great.

However, once past the widgets the experience soon palled. The phone felt very plastickly, apps were slow to respond, while the touch screen seem oversensitive.

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The biggest issue though, was network speed. This was a 3G phone, and while I expected things to be less speedy compared to 4G I was surprised by how unresponsive everything felt. As Joni Mitchell once sang that: “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

What once seemed easy – checking Facebook or Twitter, downloading a podcast, or just reading a web page now was an almost painful experience. Apps didn’t seem to respond, and the spinning download circle was permanently on screen, either when checking web pages or waiting for the bike hire app to update with some useful information.

Speed tests revealed that despite the ‘H’ insisting I was in an HSDPA area most of the time I was getting less than half a meg of speed. Combined with the high latency inherent in 3G it all made for a frankly poor experience. Rubbish.

However all was finally restored to normal yesterday when I finally was reunited with my iPhone. It was something of process getting it back to working order – charging it up, backing it up, watching it automatically erase when it went online, restoring it from a backup, and then physically cutting down my replacement combi-SIM to an iPhone 5 friendly nano SIM – with all the attendant will it work drama that this entails. That was a fun evening.

Now I have it back to working order, it really struck home that 4G really does enable smartphones to live up to their billing as smart devices and I really appreciated being able to do the things I had taken for granted.

I’m now back at my desk streaming hi-res FLAC music files from my NAS box at home, something that would be completely impossible with standard 3G. But while that might be an extreme use, even for more conventional use 3G simply doesn’t cut it. Yes you can use smartphones at speed on Wi-Fi, but real mobility and freedom comes from being able to able to use the power in your device when and wherever you are.

4G then is now no longer to my mind a next-gen technology– it simply enables you to use your phone as it should be.

Now, where my 5G?

Kazam bringing LTE down a peg or two

Heard of Kazam? Until recently, neither had we – but there’s a chance that this handset brand could be make a big splash in 2014.

Kazam offers three different ranges in its handsets – the Trooper at the bottom, the Tornado at the top, and the Thunder in the middle, and each is differentiated by the number of processor cores it uses, two (Trooper), four (Thunder) and eight (Tornado). Within that each model is differentiated by screen size, as indicated in the name. Simples.

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Right now LTE handset support is limited in the main to top-of-the-range models, but with the new Thunder2 4.5L, newcomer’s Kazam is taking a different approach.

Kazam is the offspring of two ex-HTC execs and in a briefing last week they were keen to extol the virtues of this anti ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, though conversely it could be accused of taking a throwing everything out there and see what sticks approach.

The selling point of the brand is not the technology, but rather the service and support – with a one-year, one-time replacement programme for a smashed screen, (avoiding people using smashed screens for months on end) and ‘Kazam Rescue’, where one of its support staff will remote access your phone when requested to help fix problems.

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Curiously, the Thunder2 4.5L is the only LTE handset in the range – but the reason for this is simple. Kazam is a Mediatek chipset shop, but MT LTE chipsets are only now being readied. As such, the Thunder2 LTE is the only one in the range to use Qualcomm – a Snapdragon 400. The 4.5in screen has an unexceptional 854 x 480p resolution, a basic 8GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM – all John Smith’s no nonsense stuff, enlivened purely by the tri-band 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz LTE support.

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This though is exactly what could make it a winner. Aside from LTE the specs might be far from headline grabbing, and from our hands on, ‘thinnest and lightest’ will not be troubling the marketing campaign either – but what we have here is a phone that will do everything anyone could need to do right now – browse the web, take pictures and engage with social media, at a very low price (TBC).

LTE will make it all work smoothly and attractively so for anyone moving up form a feature phone, this will be a revelation, without the expense, and that has to be a good thing.

“Calling all LTE Start-ups! Accelerate Innovation at the LTE World Summit”

Suzanne Rankine

Suzanne Rankine
Conference Researcher, LTE World Series,
Informa Telecoms & Media

The GSA recently reaffirmed LTE technology as the fastest developing mobile technology system ever. They noted that there was growth of more than 76 per cent for commercially launched LTE services on networks worldwide in the last year, with a total of 200 million LTE subscribers at the end of 2013.

It’s fair to say that the worldwide adoption and growth of LTE technologies has been phenomenal; but now is not the time to take our feet off the gas pedal. If we are to see continued growth of LTE and the development of more advanced services made possible by LTE-A and 5G, innovation is key.

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Will Europe lead the way towards 5G?

Dominie Roberts

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

5G is fast becoming one of the key talking points dominating the telco space and was one of the major themes to come out of this year’s MWC. Despite the fact that 5G dominated numerous discussions at MWC, there is indeed still much uncertainty over what 5G actually is.

Many argue that 5G is just a buzzword, however the level of debate around 5G at MWC indicates that it is no longer just a marketing ploy but is moving towards becoming something much more substantial with a growing number of associations and research institutions paving the way from LTE to 5G.

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LTE Advanced inspires different approaches

If you were in attendance at last week’s Mobile World Congress by now you’ve hopefully recovered from the experience. Hopefully. Even for the initiated, MWC is a daunting prospect: a sprawling mass of buzzing, active halls, along with many sections of somewhat less travelled areas. It’s a small moon of a show. No wonder the brands such as Fitbit were all over it – the miles you are a likely to walk each day are prime way of demonstrating their fitness tracking technologies. If there’s was one motto your likely to take away from the show it’s that ‘there is no such thing as lunch’.

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MWC Day Two – Innovations on Show

Cloudy with a Chance of Cost Savings

The second day of MWC proved to be another full-on day of hall walking and meetings, and innovation was on show aplenty.

That’s certainly true of Israeli VAS company CallUp. This small operation has just 25 employees but sells its products to operators all around the world, from LATAM to India. Its CEO Aron Roth explained to me how its CanVAS product can bring the value back for operators into services such as SMS and voicemail, which for those that are focussing on LTE are products that no longer really revenue generators,  but still have to be offered. The answer is the cloud. CanVAS offers these things via a cloud-based system, thus stripping out the high OPEX costs that carriers would otherwise face for these low revenue generating services. Interestingly Callup itself hosts these offerings on AWS – Amazon’s cloud services. So it’s a cloud service, built on top of a cloud service, which is kinda cool.

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LTE World Summit 2014 Event Brochure Now Available to Download…

LTE World Summit – the world’s leading 4G event, is back for 2014!

World Summit 2014

After much anticipation the full conference brochure (including CTO- led speaker line up, full sponsor & exhibitor list, expo features, co-located events and multi-track conference agenda) is now available to download:

Download the Full Conference Brochure Here

Amsterdam welcomes us back as the host city for the event, which is taking place from the 23-25 June at the Amsterdam RAI. Take a look at the hot topics we have instore for you this year…

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  • 5G
  • Antenna Evolution
  • Signaling
  • Service Innovation & Voice over LTE
  • IPX
  • Effective Roaming & Spectrum Management
  • HetNets & WiFi Offload
  • TD-LTE & LTE- Advanced
  • And many more…

Click here to view the full programme, which includes a record-breaking 150+ operator case studies!

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Is The Market Ready For Active Antenna Systems?

Suzanne Rankine

Suzanne Rankine
Conference Researcher, LTE World Series,
Informa Telecoms & Media

As we move further into the LTE era, antenna systems must evolve to keep up with increasing capacity demand.

Challenges arise as operators battle against limited and expensive real estate and congestion at current sites. It’s becoming clear that operators have to do more with the space they have available if they are to provide the capacity that today’s LTE subscribers expect.

One solution currently in development are Active Antenna Systems (AAS). A recent paper from Commscope (top link), outlined the benefits of AAS. It states that AAS demonstrates significant potential to reduce the site footprint, offers built-in redundancy and improved thermal performance, which can result in lower failure rates. However, despite being ‘in field trials’ for almost 20 years, AAS are yet to reach the mass market.

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Interview – VP Product Development, Orange Technocentre: “we believe that cameras, together with more upstream capacities will lead to new business or consumer services.”

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Pierre François Dubois, VP Product Development, Orange Technocentre

Will eMBMS be a success in 2014 or beyond? This is what Pierre François Dubois, VP Product Development at the Orange Technocentre will be discussing on Day One of the 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we caught up with him to gain a sneak peek at his insights into this and other LTE technologies such as VoLTE.

LTE Broadcast/eMBMS – hasn’t the wireless industry been here before and why will it be different this time?

There have been several attempts in the last ten years to enrich mobile networks with broadcast solutions, but all of them failed for two main reasons: no real breakthrough in terms of service for the consumer and the difficulty of building an ecosystem (the second being often the consequence of the first one). Integrated Mobile Broadcast (IMB) with 3G was a good idea as it could enable many MNOs to leverage useless TD spectrum they acquired with 3G but it came too late, and with 4G in the horizon no one made the first move.

It is too early to say that eMBMS will be a success but the situation is obviously different:

-          On the fixed access side, mixing broadcast and interactive services has led to new business models in the media industry. It inspires MNOs and their partners as mobile network are more and more content and video driven.

-          4G has been fully designed for data and anticipated eMBMS in the standard, which was not the case with IMB.

-          The technology is close to maturity. The chipsets are there and end-to-end trials have been completed by several MNOs.

“Will there be a true business model for this technology?” remains the main question and the answer may vary from one country to another.

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Interview: Head of Mobile Access: Deutsche Telekom: “[LTE Radar] is nothing less than a powerful new enabler that will significantly enhance value of the mobile access.”

Thomas Henze

Thomas Henze, Head of Mobile Access, products & innovation, Core Telco Products, at Deutsche Telekom

Is ‘LTE Radar’ a rare example of forward thinking from the telcom community? Thomas Henze, Head of Mobile Access, products & innovation, Core Telco Products, at Deutsche Telekom, certainly thinks so and in this interview he tells us more about the fledgling technology and why he’s excited about the impact it will have on consumers and the prospects it offers to operators.

Henze will be speaking on Day One of the 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. 

Can you tell me more about “LTE Radar” and LTE proximity services?

Technically proximity services consist of two components: broadcast and discovery. This means devices will be enabled to a) broadcast digital information into their proximate environment in order to “become aware” and b) discover similar information, about and from other devices.

Integrating control of this functionality into the mobile network as well as using LTE on licensed spectrum for the transmission makes it a powerful telco grade solution.

As for the terms, at Deutsche Telekom we refer to our related project as “LTE Radar”, a name which is especially refers to user’s perception of the discovery function.  It’s not necessarily our final product name, rather a working title. The technology behind “LTE Radar” is pretty much based on Qualcomm’s “LTE Direct” concept and is currently being standardised by a 3GPP project called “Prose”.

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EE claims “seismic shift” in UK B2B market as it looks expand revenue streams

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EE, the UK network made up of the joint parish of Deutsche Telecom and Orange, has been making a lot of noise recently about its progress in 4G, recently reaching two million subscribers, but at a briefing this week EE revealed some interesting figures about its progress in other areas as well.

It said a total of 17 per cent of that two million were B2B customers, and that it has already moved up one notch from third to second in the corporate accounts in the UK, which, in a market where shifting incumbents can prove to be very challenging and unusual, it claimed represented a “seismic shift”.  It said it now has 4,100 corporate accounts and that the value of its new accounts in terms of ARPU was now up 64% year-on-year, and 34% in terms of volume beating the market trends.

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Data support trumps raw speed for Caterham F1 and Truphone

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Last week I got a chance to take a look around the factory of Formula 1 team Caterham, located in Leafield, Oxfordshire, in the UK.  If you’re wondering why this was relevant for a visit from the LTE World Series, it’s because Caterham had invited some journalist types down to hear from Truphone, which has a partnership Caterham. (And any excuse to see the likes of Heikki Kovalainen in a full size F1 simulator).

Caterham and Truphone teamed up after the F1 team found that its previous suppliers, a mainstream UK operator, were not giving it adequate support in situations where there were issues with handsets, which isn’t great news for a Formula 1 team, which has to jet off to around 20 countries a year.

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Senior Analyst, Wireless Operator Strategies, Strategy Analytics: “The latest EU roaming regulation is potentially a game changer for roaming business in Europe.”

Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics

Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics

Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics and is moderating the panel session entitled, “How Can a Converged, Dual Mode FD and TD Network Most Effectively Work?”, taking place on Day One of the TD-LTE Summit, taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Click here to download a brochure.

In this interview we catch up with him to get a insightful overview into TD-LTE and 4G in general in 2014. He explains how ending roaming charges could be a game changer for Europe, discussed the introduction of LTE Broadcast and the effects of China’s 4G roll-out could have on the TD-LTE eco-system.

Roaming, especially within Europe is a high on the EU digital agenda. Is the lowering of roaming pricing through regulation a threat or an opportunity for operators?

The latest EU roaming regulation is potentially a game changer for roaming business in Europe. Many options for technical and commercial models may rise with the regulatory update. Although there are a lot of uncertainties and challenges in the roaming market, the data roaming should be an opportunity for mobile operators. Regulation has turned Europe into an innovative market for roaming products, in many cases with pricing already significantly below the regulated ceiling. Currently, 90 per cent of data roaming traffic in the EU is on Wi-Fi rather than cellular networks, so there is a real opportunity there for operators to grow, despite the pressure on pricing.

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4G shopping not yet open all hours

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I received a press release yesterday from EE that observed that 4G has increased the likelihood of UK shoppers conducting their shopping online. To be more precise EE’s 4GEE “Mobile Living Index” – essentially a survey – said that the number of people who said that they planned to shop online using a smartphone or tablet had increased from 15 per cent last year to 39 per cent this year.

That might be true but what caught my eye was the claim that “The daily commute (8.30am and 5.30pm) is the most popular time for shopping on mobile devices”.

Well that might be true for some, but not in my case, or anyone that shares my train commute.

As an EE customer I can attest to excellent network performance near my home and work locations, but on the commute is a rather different story. During this, my phone goes through every flavour of mobile standard, from no service, to 2G, to GPRS, to EDGE, to HSDPA and for a few brief minutes of data bliss, to 4G. The commute is tiring for me – it must be exhausting for my phone.

The reason for this is the terrain. The train line is set away from the good coverage areas and the signal has to contend with high walls round the line, extensive tree coverage and bridges. In addition, occasionally, in between signal failures, the train sometimes moves at speed. None of these things is conducive to delivering a solid data connection. EE use of 1800MHz spectrum, rather than 800MHz, while great for speed in good coverage areas, makes it less likely the signal will penetrate these obstructions.

However, it’s not as if EE can’t compete, as in the spectrum auction it picked up 2 x 5MHz of 800MHz LTE (as well as 2 x 35MHz of 2.6GHz), but it has yet to play its hand on what its plans are for these.

Of course, even if this was deployed it would only help me if I changed my handset (the UK iPhone 5 only supports LTE 1800MHz), which I have no plans to do at the moment.

The frustration is that we’ve been sold the concept of 4G as enabling us to work, play and shop online at high speed while on the go, specifically on trains, but in many cases, it’s still a pipe dream in real world situations.

If seems it’s not going to get much better any time soon. According to this story, “High-speed 4G broadband will be fully in use on sections of Britain’s rail network in 2019 under new plans announced by ministers.”

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Inside a train, yesterday. The  lack of 4G can clearly be seen.

2019? Really?

On top of that we’re told that only 70 per cent of the public will get 4G on trains by 2019.

Well colour me excited. That’s fully ten years after the first 4G was introduced in Europe, which means that by then, well could expect 5G to be nearing reality.

Furthermore, while Network Rail will be responsible for the track side infrastructure, it will be up to the individual train operators to supply and install the 4G systems on the trains themselves.

Seeing as my train operator, First Capital Connect doesn’t seem too hot on actually running a train service, (as in trains running on time, running with enough carriages, or running at all), I don’t expect it to be able to do sterling work as a 4G network installer.

It’s not all bad of course. On the upside, I’m getting to read more.

Interview: VP Group Marketing North America, Orange: “marketing strategy and pricing parameters are vital to the success of 4G.”

Philippe Andres, VP Group Marketing North America, Orange

Philippe Andres, VP Group Marketing North America, Orange

Philippe Andres, VP Group Marketing North America, Orange is speaking on the subject of “How Do LTE deployments alter the attitude towards Wi-Fi?”, in the Hetnets track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out more about Orange’ is taking a lead in LTE and his thoughts on marketing and pricing.

How is Orange taking the lead in LTE around the world?

There are several examples. Starting with the UK, EE, our joint collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, was until this summer the only 4G LTE operator on the scene since it launched in October 2012. It has taken full advantage of this, and now has LTE market leadership, with more than 1.2 million 4GEE customers.

In September, Amena, Orange’s low cost brand in Spain, launched a new innovative 4G service and aims to cover 15 large cities by the end of 2013. In October, Mobistar, our Belgium subsidiary announced it was speeding up 4G deployment network and to make 15 cities accessible by the end of 2013 and to cover 40 cities more during the first quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, Orange Romania is the first carrier to offer 4G in the entire capital city Bucharest, and we also launched 4G LTE in Poland in the capital city Warsaw.

In addition, in France, we will have 40 per cent population coverage by the end of 2013 and we are the only carrier speeds to offer up to 150Mbps, and 70 per cent of our smartphone range is compatible with this. Finally we are regularly distinguished by the French regulator ARCEP for our network’s quality of service.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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Interview: Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK: “We believe that ensuring excellent quality in mobility will be the biggest challenge.”

Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK

Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK

Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK is speaking in a panel discussion on the evolution of voice services on Day One of the inaugural LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the conference we find out more about the recent advances EE has made to its network and find out more about the challenges that implementing VoLTE will bring.

EE has recently moved to offer ‘double speed’. Can you explain technically exactly what you did and what the challenges were?

From launch until June of this year our 4G network was running on 2x10MHz of 1800MHz spectrum. Technically this allows a maximum speed of around 70Mbps per second. Since June we’ve doubled the spectrum used for 4G to 2x20MHz, increasing the maximum theoretical download speed to 150Mbps in 20 of the largest cities across the country. The maximum upload speed was also increased to around 45Mbps. In real-world usage, this translates to average user download speeds of 24-30Mbps, and upload speeds often in excess of 20Mbps.

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Interview: VP core network and services, Deutsche Telekom: “IMS based services like RCSe/Joyn and VoLTE… are key building blocks of our all-IP strategy.”

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany, is speaking on Day One of the LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the show we speak to him why operators have been slow to implement IMS and the benefits the services running on it will bring.

At the LTE Voice conference you’re addressing the issue of slow IMS deployment. Do you think it’s symptomatic of the struggle that many telecoms operators are having moving to IP-based thinking?

The fact is that IMS deployments are rather slow. From a technology perspective this is due the extremely high complexity of these deployments. IMS complexity drivers can be split up into six different groups and IMS’ inherent complexities is one of these groups. The mismatch of traditional telco design approaches with IP technologies another one. I will give an overview on all six categories during my talk at the LTE Voice summit.

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Kroes: Europe is behind in global 4G race

lagging-behindKroes: Europe is behind in global 4G race

Europe lags behind in the global 4G race, concluded EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes this week, in a press release issued by the EU. Three out of every four people living in the EU can’t access LTE mobile connections in their hometowns, and virtually no rural areas have 4G coverage, she observes.

That’s different to the US, where over 90 per cent of people have access to 4G. The low 4G coverage in Europe is down to several things, says Kroes. Almost every European country is dealing with complex spectrum licensing issues, resulting in fragmentation across the 28 national markets. The result is that mobile operators have no little possibility to develop an EU-wide mobile strategy.

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Vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera: “We see that that 4G roaming is a clear requirement from our customers.”

Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera

Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera about the company’s win for its 4G roaming service in the Best LTE Roaming Product or Service category.

Tell us more about your entry for the LTE Awards 2013

TeliaSonera was first in the world to launch a commercial 4G/LTE service on 14 December 2009. Since then we have been the first operator to launch 4G/LTE in all the Nordic and Baltic countries in which we operate. For these achievements we also won an LTE Awards in 2010 and 2011.

What do you think made your entry stand out from the crowd?

Our entry this time was based on the fact that we were the first operator in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to launch commercial 4G roaming, and have real life experience from this.

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