One of the most popular features of the LTE conference blog are the interviews that we regularly conduct with many of the key speakers that come to the event.
As we come to the end of the year then we take a look at the Top 5 interviews of the year – run down in order of popularity.
1. Topping the chart for the year, was this discussion was this interview with Erik Vercouteren, program director LTE Program, for KPN, Netherlands, which took place just ahead of the LTE World Summit in June. Vercouteren focused on KPN’s aims to roll out 4G to as wide an areas as possible in the Netherlands.
Top quote: “We believe that 4G should be available everywhere – that’s why we roll the 4G service out like an “oil stain” covering the entire country, rather than building coverage in busy hot spots only. If you really want to enjoy the benefits of 4G, it should be available in the entire country – in urban and rural areas!”
2. Times are a changing for Sprint. Its acquisition by Japanese operator Softbank gave it a good injection of cash to add stability and in turn its purchase of Clearwire gave it access to a swathe of TD-LTE spectrum. In this interview from March, its CTO Stephen Bye explained Sprint’s plans for the year and how it is working on the operability between TD and FD flavours of LTE.
Top quote: “Interoperability between FDD and TDD offers exciting new opportunities. Significant progress has already been made to ensure that users can operate between these two duplex modes.”
3. South Korea’as SK Telecom is one of the most advanced players in the world for 4G, as demonstrated in this interview from June 2013, which its CTO, Dr J W Byun gave us more insight into its leading edge operations such as SDN.
Top quote: “SK Telecom’s premium quality LTE service is supported by innovative LTE network technologies like Multi Carrier, LTE femtocells, Downlink CoMP (Coordinated Multi-Point) and SON (Self-Organizing Network), all of which were commercialised by SK Telecom for the first time in the world. The application of these advanced technologies, combined with SK Telecom’s long-established know-how and experience in network operations, is making the company’s networks even stronger, faster and smarter.”
4. E-Plus is an operator that holds a 20 per cent market share in Germany, making it quite a big deal. Its Master Expert System Architect Network, Dietmar Kohnenmergen spoke to us before the LTE World Summit in June about the imminent launch of LTE and the technical challenges it was facing.
Top quote: “The introduction of Circuit-Switched Fall Back (CSFB) with acceptable performance will be a major challenge for us. The other challenge will be the preparation of the BSS systems in time for our LTE launch.”
5. T-Mobile USA was almost sold off a couple of years ago to AT&T but after being blocked by the government the network has had something of a resurgence, in no small part down to 4G/LTE. It was something of a surprise for it to come all the way out to Singapore for it to attend LTE Asia, but its principal architect in the Network Technology group explained why in this interview from September.
Top quote: “Increasing the operational experience of IPv6 network deployment among LTE mobile network operators will also help build an environment that will foster innovation. I would like reach out to other operators and share T-Mobile’s positive experience on IPv6 so others will start implementing IPv6 on their LTE networks.”