Archive for August, 2013

Executive adviser, KDDI, Japan: “KDDI considers Hetnets to be one of the key technologies required to efficiently utilise limited spectrum resources.”

Fumio Watanabe, executive adviser, KDDI & corporate officer CTO, UQ Communications, Japan

Fumio Watanabe, executive adviser, KDDI & corporate officer CTO, UQ Communications, Japan

Fumio Watanabe, executive adviser, KDDI & corporate officer CTO, UQ Communications, Japan is delivering the opening keynote on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we get an insight into what makes KDDI special compared to its rivals.

How has your LTE network developed over the past year?

Unlike the usual approach of launching services with limited coverage, KDDI adopted a far more aggressive strategy when it launched LTE services in September 2012. KDDI aimed to solicit the advantages of LTE by starting with a wide nationwide coverage on Day One and by rolling out the network at a faster pace than had ever been achieved elsewhere. Eight months after the service launched, the population coverage using the 800MHz band reached 97 per cent as of May 2013 and will be further expanded to 99 per cent by the end of FY2013 (Total 3G/LTE subscriptions: 38.6 million as of July 2013 ).

KDDI’s approach to deploying LTE is not a mere implementation of LTE, but is truly unique and ambitious. By introducing LTE in multiple bands (800MHz, 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz) at the initial launch, we have secured the capacity and coverage as well as compatibility with global handsets, while saving the cost associated with network deployment.

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Interview: Director, enterprise strategy research department, Korea Telecom: “Companies that can extract useful information from big data will be potential market-leaders.”

Mi-Young Ko, director of enterprise strategy, research department, Korea Telecom

Mi-Young Ko, director of enterprise strategy, research department, Korea Telecom

Mi-Young Ko, director of enterprise strategy, research department, Korea Telecom, Korea is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we gain his insight into how big data is changing the decision making landscape for telcos.

How can data analytics make a difference to enterprise mobile strategy?

As smart devices such as smartphone and tablet PC have become more common, the amount of useful data that includes personally identifiable information has dramatically increased. In this so called ‘Smart IT’ era, the social networking service and ‘lifelog’ data (lifelog : an individual’s daily life stored in the digital space) are all combined together. Due to this, the influence of big data is increasing.

Big data offers differentiated strategic achievements in the areas as below.

1) The accuracy of predictions can be increased as data is automatically updated

2) User’s hidden needs can be effectively discovered through new pattern from customer’s daily life.

3) The range and accuracy of risk control can be increased through providing qualitative information.

4) Customised services can be provided by differentiating individual data.

5) Real-time monitoring makes immediate responses to customer and business needs possible.

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UK finally gets some 4G competition

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An O2 4G cupcake in London today

It’s a big day for LTE in the UK as Vodafone and O2 both launch their LTE networks, giving EE some competition in the 4G space some 10 months after it first launched. However, EE’s rivals are hampered by the limited nature of their launches – London, Leeds and Bradford for O2, and just London for Vodafone. This will hit 13 and 12 cities respectively by the end of the year, but for most of the country outside London/Leeds it’s all rather less exciting.

Still if you are in coverage and you’re wondering if the networks are actually running and how they compare you’re in luck. I popped down to Oxford Street this lunchtime and into the relevant stores for some EE vs Vodafone vs O2 LTE speed test action.

While the numbers are good, my experiences in store were not exactly stellar however. Both O2 and Vodafone had specialist 4G staff on hand, but only the latter actually got it right.

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Sculpting your way to minimal interference

This post is by Philip Sorrells vice president of strategic marketing, wireless, at CommScope

LTE rollouts are now happening all across Asia and have the potential to completely reshape how networks perform. Many LTE networks incorporate a technology called multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), which splits data transmission into multiple streams and sends them at the same time on the same frequency using multiple antennas. The expression 2×2 MIMO means that there are two antennas transmitting in the downlink to two antennas receiving in the handset.

What makes this development so exciting is that MIMO offers a way around a classic limiting factor of RF communications known as Shannon’s Law, which dictates how much throughput can be delivered down a given amount of bandwidth. As Figure 1 shows, you can only expect to get to within 3dB of a bandwidth’s theoretical maximum in a practical application. With 2×2 MIMO you can potentially double the capacity over a traditional 3G implementation, which otherwise would be bound by Shannon’s law.

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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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Interview: Division Head Network Quality Assurance for Indosat: “Carriers need to start to migrate from radio backhaul to fibre”.

Jeremiah Ratadhi, Division Head Network Quality Assurance for Indosat, Indonesia

Jeremiah Ratadhi, Division Head Network Quality Assurance for Indosat, Indonesia

Jeremiah Ratadhi, Division Head Network Quality Assurance for Indosat, Indonesia is speaking on the challenges of providing backhaul for rural areas, on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show, we find out more about the challenges of providing backhaul for LTE in the region.  

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

Indosat plans to modernise 25,000 of our base stations to MSR BTS (Multi-Standards Radio Base Station) that already for LTE. It’s a major project and currently we have 50 per cent competed. However, Indosat is still waiting for the Indonesian government to issue licenses for LTE before we can launch our network.

How much of a challenge do you feel monetising LTE will be?

The challenge will be great since the amount of data traffic is set to increase significantly, while subscribers may not be willing to pay more for the higher speeds. At the same time, ever more OTT players will be able to sell their content thanks to the high-speed LTE networks.

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Vice president, FTTH Council APAC: “With the increase of multimedia services running over 4G systems the strain is now at the backhaul link.”

Bernard HL Lee, R&D Director, SENKO Advanced Components and vice president, FTTH Council APAC

Bernard HL Lee, R&D Director, SENKO Advanced Components and vice president, FTTH Council APAC

Bernard HL Lee, R&D Director, SENKO Advanced Components and vice president, FTTH Council APAC is taking part in a panel discussion on effectively commercialising LTE Networks through policy control on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we get a few of this thoughts on the importance of policy control systems and whether fibre is a necessity for backhaul.

To what extent are policy control systems essential for enabling operators to offer points of differentiation?

In order to encourage operators to offer points of differentiation to the end consumers there need to be fair and healthy competition in the market. The policy control system should therefore encourage fair competition and opportunities for new and ‘innovative’ operators into the market place. One such policy that has been widely adopted is the common trenching or shared infrastructure policy by regulators or government, which not only lower the barrier for new operators to offer their services but also assist in proper and managed civil infrastructure planning and deployment.

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Partner and Lead Digital Strategist, AsiaDigitalMojo:“Telco’s do best when they offer clear pricing, flexible contracts and excellent service.”

David Williams, partner and lead digital strategist for AsiaDigitalMojo

David Williams, partner and lead digital strategist for AsiaDigitalMojo

David Williams, partner and lead digital strategist for AsiaDigitalMojo is speaking in the Monetising LTE track on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how telcos can innovate in digital advertising and we find out more about what inspires him.

What exactly is personal advertising?

Advertising that is tailored to an online customer’s interests, preferences, purchasing history, friendship network or physical location.

What the most innovative use of digital advertising you’ve seen in the telco space?

My agency AsiaDigitalMojo has developed several advertising solutions which link retail space, outdoor ads and mobile ads. One solution for a fashion brand was that hugging a giant rabbit in the store caused a like on the brand’s Facebook page – the Telco offered free access to this page. Work by Vodafone in India and South Africa to over low cost home internet devices supported by their wireless modem provide a great brand statement and indirect marketing. Generally, telco’s do best when they offer clear pricing, flexible contracts and excellent service.

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Australia debuts calls over combined LTE spectrum bands

This guest post is by Edwin Feldmann, a freelance journalist and blogger who is passionate about technology and the internet…

The Australian operator Telstra has successfully used LTE-Advanced by combining live traffic over the 1800MHz and the 900MHz spectrum bands. According to the operator it was the world’s first call on the two combined spectrum bands.

The LTE-Advanced test was carried out on July 31, when Telstra transferred data across its live network on a number of sites in Queensland carrying commercial traffic. Telstra was supported by Ericsson.

Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, thinks that many operators will be watching the Australian deployment of LTE-Advanced on multiple spectrum bands. “Because many operators have spectrum available in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands as they migrate subscribers from 2G to 3G or 4G.”

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Interview: Deputy managing director of strategic planning for Nepal Telecom: “The success of RCS initiatives requires co-operative group work from all the related parties.”

Anoop Bhattarai is deputy managing director of strategic planning for Nepal Telecom

Anoop Bhattarai is deputy managing director of strategic planning for Nepal Telecom

Anoop Bhattarai is deputy managing director of strategic planning for Nepal Telecom and is speaking at the LTE Asia conference taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out more about what the state of play is for Nepal Telecom.

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

There have been two major milestones for us. Firstly, installation of GSM/WCDMA/LTE core equipment was completed and we await spectrum to begin offering commercial services. Secondly, there was the formation of a study team for countrywide network implementation of LTE-Advanced, beginning in 2015.

How much of a challenge do you feel monetising LTE will be?

It will be one of the most challenging aspects for developing a business plan for the LTE network. For the end-to-end LTE network readiness a huge sum needs to be spent just to guarantee sufficient bandwidth for every user in the coverage area. However, the OTT services will be the one exploiting all the investments. Developing the local content, services and getting the benefits from it will be the challenge. Furthermore, the availability of affordable/cheap terminals will also affect the growth of the LTE ecosystem and in turn the monetisation prospects.

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Interview: Access technology deployment plan manager at PT Telkomsel: “FTTH for backhaul is a must.”

Gunadi Dwi Hantoro, access technology deployment plan manager at PT Telkomsel

Gunadi Dwi Hantoro, access technology deployment plan manager at PT Telkomsel

Gunadi Dwi Hantoro, access technology deployment plan manager at PT Telkomsel, is speaking in the Mobile Backhaul & HetNets track on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out about the milestones and challenges facing the Indonesian operator.

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

PT Telkomsel Indonesia has primarily focused on regulation issues. We have tried to propose the frequency we want to use via trials and have produced reports on these to the national regulator.

How much of a challenge do you feel monetising LTE will be?

It will be a challenge. LTE will create the growth of a data boom and the problem is how to monetise that data that is generated from an LTE infrastructure.

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Interview: COO, Nimbuzz: “The way forward has to be the path of collaboration and partnership.”

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Joby Babu, COO, Nimbuzz

Joby Babu, COO, Nimbuzz is taking part in a debate ‘Analysing the App Opportunity’ on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his perspectives on the relationship between OTTs and carriers.

Collaborate or compete? From the OTT perspective, what relationship should you have with operators?

The way forward has to be the path of collaboration and partnership. Competing with each other will lead to further cannibalisation of messaging revenues and it will be a lost opportunity to explore newer revenue streams such as virtual economies, gaming etc. Partnerships with the common intent of providing a seamless experience to the end user will be the best option forward and this will help stakeholders maximise their monetisation opportunities.

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Interview: Head of IP management, Deutsche Telekom: “I hope the conference will reinforce my belief that VoLTE is happening.”

Michele Zarri, head of international standardisation and IP management, Deutsche Telekom, UK

Michele Zarri, head of international standardisation and IP management, Deutsche Telekom, UK

Michele Zarri, head of international standardisation and IP management, Deutsche Telekom, UK is speaking on Day One of inaugural LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the show we speak we get an update on Deutsche Telekom’s progress on VoLTE.

When we spoke in May you said that consumers will use VoLTE as they prefer telco quality voice services? With OTT voice set to grow massively over the next 12 months will consumers really care about VoLTE?

I respectfully disagree with the notion that OTT voice is set for a major growth. Though LTE will greatly improve bandwidth and latency, current HSPA and WLAN access is perfectly capable of supporting OTT voice. As smartphone penetration for which many OTT voice clients exist is already significant, there therefore seems to be not much reason why customers should suddenly change their habits. OTT will grow because the general trend of voice traffic is growing, but I still see OTT voice as a different product than VoLTE and catering for different use cases.

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Interview: CEO, Fring: “One of the remaining challenges of IP telephony is the quality of the “last mile” connection.”

Roy Timor-Rousso, CEO, Fring

Roy Timor-Rousso, CEO, Fring

Roy Timor-Rousso, CEO, Fring is taking part in a debate on Ecosystem-Wide Service Innovation on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the The LTE Asia conference is taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out more of his thoughts on the relationship between app developers and operators.

Collaborate or compete? What should the relationship with operators be from the OTT perspective?

The issue of cooperate vs. compete between operators and OTT has begun to settle, as an ever growing number of operators have chosen to launch a “Telco OTT” solution. Services like Libon by Orange, Tu Go and Tu Me by Telefonica and World & YOu by Bouygues, offer users the best of OTT and telephony worlds. Telco OTT communication services that work with any IP connection, the capability to call or message any phone number (without having to make sure that their counterpart uses the same application) and the simplicity of bundling the calls and messages with their existing mobile plan.

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Local Breakout – A new challenge for networks

Michel van Veen, IPX business manager for SAP Mobile Services

Michel van Veen, IPX business manager for SAP Mobile Services

Going on holiday this summer? In this post, Michel van Veen, IPX business manager for SAP Mobile Services takes a look at the how Local Breakout and IPX will enable operators to meet the strategic challenges presented when customers roam.

As LTE rollouts gain pace, consumers will have access to new networks and higher data speed. While it will take time for the end-user market to catch-up with the industry’s perceptions, the industry still needs to address certain expectations around LTE.

 

At first glance the roaming advantages dominate the LTE experience. Local Breakout, a mechanism where roaming traffic does not traverse back to the home network and is handled by the local operator, allows for cheaper tariffs and will also bring increased localised revenue. The challenge for the network operators is to understand how and where the placement of Local Breakout can be advantageous for them.

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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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