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”.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful event LTE MENA is back in Dubai for its fourth year. Returning with a new conference programme including, greater representation from the whole ecosystem, more operator case studies and more influential LTE experts than ever before.
This last year has been one of increased growth and development and many countries in the MENA region now have commercially deployed LTE networks with increasing numbers of subscribers and rapidly diversifying service offerings. Further to this are the countries in the strategic and planning stages of deployment, ready to launch over the next few months.
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LTE MENA is back in Dubai for its 4th year at the Conrad, Dubai, UAE.
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This year LTE MENA will look closely at the monetization aspects of LTE and how the network can bring increasing sources of revenue to the operator. We will examine the new services that operators are providing for their subscribers and the infrastructure that is needed to make these services possible.
LTE MENA will also examine the emerging markets of the region. We will bring together the most exciting case studies and hear from the most innovative operators that are making LTE rollout a reality.
Eduardo Tude, President of Teleco
Eduardo Tude, President of consultancy Teleco will be speaking on LTE roaming at the LTE Latin America conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the conference we find out his views on how the 4G market will progress in Brazil in 2014 and how LTE will change the user experience.
What progress will be made in the nascent LTE market in Brazil and the wider LATAM region in 2014?
There are LTE networks in 13 countries in Latin America and Brazil, reaching one million 4G subscribers in 2013. The price of 4G smartphones is still the main obstacle for 4G diffusion in LATAM. Teleco expected that Brazil will end 2014 with five million 4G subscribers.
Is there still growth in voice and SMS in the region or will the focus switch to data?
Voice and SMS are still growing in some countries, even in Brasil, but a lower rate. Operators are changing their focus to data services building 3G and 4G networks.
The LTE World Series blog is now more than two years’ old, and, much like LTE operators around the world, we’re really pleased to see our traffic growing month by month. We’d love to make the LTE World Series blog the best it can be, and to help us do that we’d like to find out a little bit more about our readers, what they think of the content we have, and what else they might want to see. As such, we’d be really grateful if you would be willing to take a few moments and answer some questions in our survey.
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Dr Michael Flanagan – CTO Mobility, JDSU
This post is by Dr Michael Flanagan – CTO Mobility, JDSU
The presence of “extreme” data users is well-known in the industry and past reports have shown that as little as one per cent of the hungriest UMTS users consume half of all downlink data. The advent of LTE has introduced unprecedented downlink data rates in the wireless mass market. It has been postulated that the combination of extreme users and high data rates would result in a perfect storm where the hungriest users consume even more due to a high-speed delivery mechanism. Recent analyses confirm this prediction and show that LTE users are ten times more extreme than their UMTS predecessors.
LTE Latin America – the region’s ONLY dedicated LTE show, is back for 2014 and the full conference brochure is now available to download.
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Rio de Janeiro welcomes the event back as the host city with the two day event taking place from the 28-30 April at the Windsor Barra Hotel
Farès Nassar, President, ON TELECOM BRASIL
Fares Nassar is President of On Telecom Brazil, a new operator looking to improve the quality of broadband access for Brazilians. Nasar is taking part in the CxO panel discussion on Day One of the LTE Latin America conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the show we find a bit more about the new venture and the impact it hopes to have on the country in the year of the World Cup.
Please tell me a little about On Telecom?
On Telecom is a new operator, founded by industry veterans, with the mission of providing high-quality broadband Internet access to residences and businesses using the most advanced wireless broadband technology to date, TD-LTE. On has spectrum concessions throughout the state of São Paulo, Brazil and has already started deploying its services in 2013 in five cities.
How big a hunger is there for 4G in Brazil?
Brazil, despite being one of the world 10 largest economies, seriously lags in terms of true broadband connectivity. Both in terms of number of broadband accesses as well as in average broadband speed, Brazil´s ranking is below 70th. New applications such as IPTV, tele-education, gaming and rich social media are further fueling the demand for quality broadband connectivity, and Brazilians rank very high in terms of usage of such services and applications. The infrastructure must now follow to cope with the exploding demand.
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.
Mark Newman is Chief Research Officer for Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms & Media has revealed its predictions and trends for 2014 for the telecoms and media sectors.
Telecoms operator consolidation will be a recurring theme throughout 2014. In addition to in-market consolidation – Informa Telecoms & Media is seeing a slow but steady transition to three-operator mobile markets – we expect to see regional and global telecoms operator groups entering into discussions and potential deals. One potential move in particular would significantly change the telecoms landscape. AT&T’s reported interest in Vodafone has echoes of US telcos’ expansion into European cable TV and mobile markets in the 1990s. Those European forays brought mixed success.
The telecoms business generally will see a further refinement of operator strategy towards OTT players and diversification. Rather than trying to build separate digital businesses for the consumer market, telecoms operators will increasingly focus on bundling digital content, communications services and publications with their core services. New revenue opportunities will be around selling connectivity – both on a retail and wholesale basis – to devices such as tablets and in cars.
An interesting look at why Google is so keen to put Altair’s 4G chipset into its Chromebooks – and not just because the article points out that Altair won the, ““Best Chipset/Processor Product” award at the 2013 LTE North America conference, considered the premiere 4G event in the U.S.”
We also like the name Altair as not only is it a real star, it’s also a planet in the original series of Star Trek and also the name of one of the very earliest home computers.
Pen San Tang , Founding Director, Packet One, Malaysia
Packet One is the main alternative to the local incumbent for mobile broadband in Malaysia and in this interview we with its founding director Pen San Tang we find more about P1’s transition to from WiMAX to LTE and his views on the potential of the TD-LTE eco-system in 2014.
Pen San Tang will be taking part in a panel discussion entitled “Why TD-LTE? Assessing the Key TD-LTE Drivers” at the TD-LTE conference, taking place on the 8-9 April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore.
Please tell us the latest state-of-play for P1’s LTE deployment
P1 is planning to deploy TD-LTE using 20MHz in the 2.5GHz band and is finalising its financing arrangement for the deployment.
What are the prospects for the TD-LTE eco-system in 2014?
With China Mobile deploying on a very large scale after the release of commercial TD-LTE license and the Softbank acquisition of Sprint/Clearwire, the eco-system is expected to grow very significantly in 2014.
This is a Verizon 4G-only product, so only applies Stateside, but it’s significant that the market is ready for an embedded device that eschews 3G completely. The single cellular technology approach should optimise battery-life, but if there is an coverage issues, you’ll have to hope you’re near a Wi-Fi hotspot.