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Telecoms.com LTE North America Awards 2012- Now Open for Entries!

The most glamorous night in the North America LTE industry calendar is back for its 3rd year! Telecoms.com LTE North America Awards 2012, taking place on the 14th November at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, will celebrate the triumphs and innovations of North America’s LTE marketplace.

Go for Gold in this Olympic year- Enter the Awards Today: http://bit.ly/PF6yil 

The past year has seen an influx of LTE network deployments in the North American region, placing it at the forefront of the LTE mobile revolution. We are delighted to introduce two brand new categories this year; ‘Best LTE Backhauling Solution’ and ‘Most Innovative LTE Application/Service’ to reflect the movements made in the LTE industry. With a total of 10 different LTE focused categories, the awards provide the perfect opportunity to showcase your involvement and gain industry applause!

Make sure your products & services earn their place in the spotlight and enter today…

ENTRIES CLOSE 31ST AUGUST- to nominate your company download your entry forms from the website by clicking here: http://bit.ly/PF6yil

For more information about the awards, download the brochure here: http://bit.ly/PIh5df or visit the website: http://bit.ly/SXkEMN

2012 Categories 

* Category 1- Most Significant Development for Commercial LTE Network- Carrier
* Category 2- Most Significant Development for Commercial LTE Network- Vendor
* Category 3- Best Chipset /Processor Product
* Category 4- Best LTE Core Network Product
* Category 5- Best LTE Device/Handset
* Category 6- Best Test/Measurement LTE Product
* Category 7- Best LTE RAN Product
* Category 8- Best LTE Traffic Management Product
* Category 9- Best LTE Backhauling Solution
* Category 10- Most Innovative LTE Application/Service

Independently judged by our analyst-led panel: 

> Mike Roberts, Principal Analyst and Head of Americas, Informa Telecoms & Media

> Michael Thelander, Founder and CEO, Signals Research Group

> Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research

> Monica Paolini, President, Senza Fili Consulting

> Karim Taga, Managing Partner & Global Practice Leader TIME, Arthur D.Little

> Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Yankee Group Research

> Chetan Sharma, President, Sharma Consulting

View the judge’s profiles: http://northamerica.lteawards.com/judges/

Book your table today! 

Limited places are available for this exciting evening and demand is expected to be high, so don’t delay booking your table. A number of additional opportunities are available also to raise your company’s profile at the Awards!

For further information contact Tom Winter:
Email: tom.winter@informa.com 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 5627

** Remember deadline for entries is 31st August 2012. Enter the awards today: http://bit.ly/PF6yil ** 

Good luck with your entries and we hope to be celebrating with you in November!

LTE World Series Team
www.lteawards.com/northamerica

UK LTE finally gets a date

There’s playing hard to get, and then there’s Ofcom and LTE. After a seemingly endless period of delays, the UK regulator has finally announced that it has set a date for the auction of spectrum for 4G services – and that date, according to the Ofcom release is, – “as soon as possible”. The only actual date given is 11 September 2012, which is when consultation on the legal document that outlines the auction rules will close. (Yes, more consultations). After that Ofcom ‘expects’ the auction process to be start before the end of the year with the actual bidding process will take place is early 2012.

Ofcom said it expects the networks to start rolling out from mid-2013 with services live later in the year. So it could be a full year before consumers will actually be using LTE in the UK using this new spectrum. This seems like a long, long wait when the US has been up and running with LTE in a major way since Verizon launched services in December 2010. Across Verizon, AT&T, Metro PCS and U.S. Cellular, the USA now has around 15 million active LTE subscribers. Let’s not forget our friends in Korea – 4G adoption there has already reached 17% of the current mobile user base.

While the US and other parts of the world are clearly taking the lead for LTE, the consensus is that the UK is lagging the rest of Europe. However, when you look closely the rest of the continent isn’t too far ahead. Germany has had LTE since Vodafone launched in mid 2011, but according to Informa WCIS stats as of June 2012 only 0.26% of the country is using LTE. Italy and France has some coverage but subscriber numbers are yet to register. Telia Sonera launched the world’s first LTE network in December 2009, but as of June only 1.66% of its subscribers are using LTE. Placed in that context, the UK is not quite in the 4G backwater that some might think.

In fact, one could consider it beneficial coming late to the LTE party. By the middle of next year consumers will be able to benefit from more mature and more affordable LTE devices, due to improved technology and economies of scale. To take one, rather important example, Apple will have plenty of time to produce an iPhone and iPad with LTE chipset suitable for UK use. Even if LTE in the iPhone 5 isn’t ready for the UKs 800 and 2.6GHz frequencies, the next one certainly will be.

There’s also good news in the one of the 800MHz licences will require indoor coverage of 98% by 2017. This is a clever move, in that Ofcom only has to force one operator to do this, and the others will be likely to follow suit in order to keep up for competitive reasons. Ofcom has also given expected coveage figures of caround 98%. This, rather than speed, could in fact be the killer difference over 3G. Just this weekend I was out in the country, and while there was GPRS coverage, anything beyond patient checking of email was out of the question. If you can travel countrywide and always have the expectation of data access, then the revolution will not be televised – it will be streamed live to your smartphone.

Ofcom’s also decided to reserve some spectrum for a fourth operator, which as it points out might not necessarily be Huthison’s 3. Well, that’s a bit exciting. A bit.

If 3 doesn’t win the spectrum, it seems unlikely that it could continue in the long term in the UK and with fixed line providers such as BT, Virgin and even O2, having a nationwide wifi strategy, they could well have an eye on picking up that LTE spectrum.

Of course there’s still a chance that the UK could see LTE by the end of the year. Everything Everywhere has already submitted its application to launch LTE in the UK by the end of the year using refarmed 1800Mhz spectrum. In response to today’s news it’s released a statement to say: “the auction is only one step towards bringing 4G to Britain. Everything Everywhere is committed to bringing 4G to the UK this year, and the next milestone will be the regulator’s response to our request to roll out 4G over our existing 1800MHz spectrum without further delay.”

So once again, we’re left waiting for Ofcom. We have indeed hit a milestone, there are plenty more to hit, before the UK’s LTE story is anywhere near to properly getting going.

The LTE Asia 2012 conference is taking place on the 8-9 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Click here to register your interest.

An Apple a day ….

Anjan Ghosal, CEO, Diametriq

This is a guest post from Anjan Ghosal, CEO of Diametriq, who describes the effects that the iPhone has had on the telecoms industry. 

On Jun 29, 2012 Apple celebrated the fifth anniversary of the iPhone, a remarkable event indeed. In these few years, the iPhone has generated an astounding US$143 billion in revenue – more than the GDP of New Zealand! Today, the annual revenue for this single product surpasses that of Coca Cola Company and Microsoft!

But while we raise our glasses to celebrate this veritable milestone, let us not forget to dedicate a moment of silence to mark the obituary of telecoms (as we knew it!).

In the late 1990’s, if you chanced to visit CTIA or Mobile World Congress, the biggest booth (and after show parties) belonged to Nortel, Siemens, Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel. All of them falling over each other to woo mobile operators with bulging wallets. Those that did not have a booth ferried the high rollers to their rented mega yachts parked overlooking the bay at Cannes – something that would put Las Vegas to shame.

Well, those days are gone. Nortel is no more. Alcatel and Lucent merged and have never been profitable since. Nokia-Siemens are no different. Ericsson and Huawei are locked in fierce competition with no breakout in sight. The mega yachts and fancy booths have been consigned to history!

The telecoms world today belongs to Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft (with Skype, Microsoft is the largest telecom operator in the world). And all this can be traced to the advent of the iPhone.

The iPhone is responsible for morphing the phone from a mere voice communication tool to our window to the world. (From someone who has never owned an iPhone it is quite a compliment!). It has changed how we live life (when is the last time you bought a map, or looked something up in the Yellow Pages?) and spawned a new multi-billion dollar industry around mobile applications, a trend continued by the iPad.

It has given rise to new acronyms like – OTT – “Over the Top” – whereby third parties make millions leveraging the mobile networks infrastructure to deliver applications to your device, yet not having to share any of the revenue with them. The net result has been an explosive growth of data traffic on operator networks but with an inability to monetize that growth.

Technologies like wif data offload and Long Term Evolution (LTE) are a direct response of the impact of the iPhone (and its ilk). And it is not only having an impact on the data capacity of the networks, but also the underlying signaling capabilities. Operators and vendors have to adjust to the “new normal” and have discovered that for them, an Apple a day can be fatal.

LTE Asia Event Speaker Interview – Denny Kim, Director of KT

The industry-leading LTE Asia event is approaching fast and as preparations continue for Singapore on 18-19 September, we speak to Denny Kim, Director of KT, the second largest operator in Korea, who is presenting on Day Two.  We get his views on the importance of small cells and how he envisions monetising LTE…

What have been the main developments and major milestones for you over the last 12 months with regards to LTE?

KT has launched LTE commercial service in January 2012 and has provided nationwide LTE coverage. The brand name of the KT LTE service is LTE WARP, a name designed to demonstrate how KT offers the best and most efficient data throughput performance. KT was able to achieve this level of performance through the LTE virtualization network technology, which was developed jointly by KT and Samsung.

What impact will technology such as IMS and Joyn have for you?

OTT players are expanding their influence via smartphone services. RCS services such as Joyn could be the substantial and powerful alternative for telcos to increase the value of their services. To leverage the greatest value from RCS services, interoperability between telcos will be important.

How important are small cells to your network roll-out plans?

In high density areas LTE sites must be deployed extremely closely together so in that environment inter-cell interference will be a big issue to tackle. KT has deployed the LTE virtualization network technology to control the inter-cell interference in high density areas. Small cells for LTE could be the key to achieve the expected throughput performance.

What business models would you say are best for monetising LTE?

Mobile networks offering enhanced performance such as from LTE could accelerate the virtual goods market place. The digital content and application market and the related value chain could be the one of the best opportunities for monetising LTE.

The LTE Asia 2012 conference is taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.  To find out more about Denny’s presentation, please download the brochure by clicking here

To find out more about the LTE Asia event, click here

LTE North America 2012 Conference Programme Now Available to Download!

   

LTE North America – the region’s ONLY dedicated LTE event, is back for 2012! 

Taking place on 14-15 November 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, TX, this year’s event looks certain to be the best yet!

We are pleased to announce that after much anticipation, North America’s most comprehensive event agenda on LTE is now ready for you to download:

Download LTE North America Brochure

This year’s conference brings together  800+ attendees from across North America and beyond who will be enjoying an un-rivalled forum to exchange ideas and be inspired – benefitting from the 40+ carrier case studies and unrivalled 6 track programme taking place at this year’s show!

This year’s event features presentations from industry pioneers including:

  • Stephen Bye, CTO, Sprint 
  •  Tom Sawanobori, VP Network Planning, Verizon 
  • John Saw, CTO, Clearwire 
  • Solyman Ashrafi, VP, Product Management, MetroPCS 
  • Enrique Blanco, Global CTO, Telefonica 
  • Narothum Saxena, Senior Director, Advanced Technology, U.S.Cellular 
  • Krish Prabhu, CTO, AT&T 
  • Ahmed Bencheikh, VP of Wireless Engineering and Technology Development, Time Warner Cable 
  • Dean Hardy, CTO, NetSet Communications 
  • Glenn Lovelace, CEO, Peñasco Valley Telecommunications 
  • Johnie Johnson, President & CEO, Nex-Tech Wireless, LLC 
  • James Tagg, CTO, Truphone 
  • Adam Massey, Head of Enterprise Partner Business, Google 
  • Drew Onufer, VP Interactive Publishing and Digital Content, National Geographic 
  • Evert-Japp Lugt, CEO, Nimbuzz 
  • Roman Karachinsky, CEO, News360 

To view the full speaker line up please click here

LTE North America 2012 presents you with over 3 jam-packed days incorporating 6 tracks and 2 co-located events with more content than ever before including:

Track 1:  Monetising LTE & Innovative Business Models
Track 2:  Handling the Mobile Data Explosion
Track 3:  Harvesting Network Intelligence & Analytics
Track 4:  LTE Spectrum Management
Track 5:  Handling the Mobile Data Explosion
Track 6:  Voice over LTE / Exploring the Device Ecosystem

Signaling North America Focus Day

Co-located events: Small Cells North America Congress, MVNOs Industry Summit USA and Connected Cars Focus Day


Download the full conference programme for the 5th LTE North America today!  Click here

Carriers!  Make sure you claim a limited FREE conference pass – click here to claim your’s today!

From Russia with LTE

Have you heard about the one where one of the supposedly leading economies of Europe had its LTE rollout repeatedly delayed much to the frustration of everyone except the lawyers. Yes, it’s called the UK. No you’re right, it’s not funny.

Over here, this week we’ve been looking enviously at Russia that has given out its 800MHz LTE licences with virtually no fuss to its top four network operators – the state-owned Rostelecom and the other big three: MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon. They paid exactly nothing for the licences but as part of the deal they are required to spend 15 billion Russian rubles ($457.42m or £296.2m) into network infrastructure each year until 2019. Which doesn’t seem that much compared to the billions that UK networks are required to pay.

Yota is of course already operating there, based on its WiMAX standard but in the process of switching over to LTE using 2.3GHZ, 2.5GHZ and 3.5GHz.

The point is that it’s all go as far as LTE is concerned over there, while over here we seem to be sitting behind what could be described as a virtual iron curtain.

The LTE Asia 2012 conference is taking place on the 8-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Click here to register your interest.

LTE Asia Event Agenda Now Available to Download…

      

LTE Asia is back for 2012!  Taking place on 18-19 September 2012 at the stunning Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, this year’s conference will be bigger and better than ever before.  Join 800+ high-level attendees (60+% of whom will be representing operators) from 30+ countries at Asia’s leading 4G event!  

Download LTE Asia Agenda

With the APAC mobile broadband market’s rapid progression and with LTE subscriptions in Asia set to surpass 120 million by 2015, this is the venue for you to discover the latest developments in the market.   The last year has been extremely exciting, with significant LTE deployments taking place in India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and numerous other markets planned for the next 12 months.

LTE Asia 2012’s agenda, featuring 45+ operator case studies and an unrivalled 6 track programme, reflects the great strides being made in the industry, and the event’s 800+ attendees from across Asia and beyond will enjoy an un-rivalled forum to exchange ideas and be inspired.  This year’s event features presentations from industry heavyweights including:

  • Madam Huang Yuhong, Secretary General, GTI, General Manager, China Mobile, China
  • Puneet Garg, VP, Wireless Planning, Bharti Airtel, India
  • Mock Pak Lum, CTO, StarHub, Singapore
  • Tejaswini Tilak, Global Head of Carrier Services, Telstra Global, Singapore
  • Gulzar Azad, Mobile Partnership Lead APAC, Google
  • Michael Lai, CEO, Packet 1 Networks, Malaysia
  • Rohit Kanwar, General Manager, Network Optimization, Bakrie Telecom, Indonesia
  • Denny Kim, Director, Strategy Department, Korea Telecom, Korea
  • Suresh Sidhu, CCOO, Celcom Axiata, Malaysia
  • Christian Daignault, CTO, CSL, Hong Kong
  • Bayu Hanantasena, Group Head, National Commercial Operations, Indosat, Indonesia
  • Yijing Brentano, Vice President International Markets, Sprint

To see the full speaker line-up, click here

LTE Asia Exhibition     

LTE Asia 2012 brings together these pioneering operators in the largest dedicated LTE event in the region, to discuss the opportunities the technology brings and the number of challenges that remain in its evolution.

The full programme agenda for this year’s 7th LTE Asia conference is now available to download – click here

Do you represent an operator?  If yes, you are eligible for a limited free conference pass – click here to claim your’s today!

VoLTE: the missing piece of the LTE jigsaw

Paul Beaver, products director, of Anite Telecoms

This is a guest post from Paul Beaver, products director, of Anite Telecoms who explains why VoLTE is an important missing link in the LTE success story.

Global LTE deployments are continuing to rise exponentially and the technology continues to gain ground in the marketplace. However, there is one constraining element of LTE that the industry is increasingly keen to resolve – the issue of voice. At present LTE networks are only capable of supporting data and remain unable to process voice calls. This omission is particularly surprising when you consider that traditionally, one of the primary functions of mobile operators is to deliver voice services. This flaw in LTE’s current service portfolio has left operators susceptible to being overtaken in the mobile voice market by OTT providers such as Skype.

However, there is a concerted industry drive to develop a solution which will enable voice calls to be made over LTE networks. Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology will ultimately enable operators to introduce new business models to reaffirm their position as providers of premium voice services.

VoLTE trials are currently in progress; and chipset vendors, device manufacturers and mobile operators are testing VoLTE in controlled lab-based environments. Technologically speaking, VoLTE is still in its infancy, and this has naturally led to a wide range of interpretations as to how the mechanism should be integrated in both networks and devices. Each individual operator will initially have a unique set of VoLTE requirements, owing to a diverse range of network sizes, handset models, LTE standards and user numbers. These unique requirements mean that there can be no ‘one size fits all’ VoLTE solution for operators. Therefore, testing will need to be calibrated in order to account for the different conditions that could potentially impact on the operator’s ability to roll out and maintain VoLTE.

Mobile subscribers will expect top quality voice services, and a ‘best effort’ Voice over Internet Protocol type service, such as Skype, will not suffice. VoLTE must offer a high quality of service, or risk a perception among consumers that LTE is an unreliable proposition. Levels of network signalling will naturally escalate as a result of VoLTE’s introduction, and this will undoubtedly put networks under an increased strain. Operators will need to account for this, and incorporate this type of scenario into their testing.

Ultimately, VoLTE’s success will be determined by its ability to deliver a top quality voice service across an all-IP infrastructure, on the newest LTE devices. If VoLTE is to emerge as a genuine, and strong, commercial possibility, then the industry will need to co-operate.

The effective introduction of VoLTE is fundamentally dependent upon a rigorous programme of testing from the very outset. This could be a relatively time consuming and expensive process. However, that does not have to be the case, as handset manufacturers, chipset vendors and mobile operators can leverage lab-based testing; which provides a simulated network environment in which to test audio quality and component interoperability. By adopting this process, operators are no longer fundamentally reliant upon live network testing and lengthy, costly device field trials. Meticulous VoLTE testing can be undertaken at a reduced cost, and with far greater ease, to ensure VoLTE works perfectly and keeps operators at the top of the voice delivery market.

The LTE Asia 2012 conference is taking place on the 8-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Click here to register your interest.

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