Archive for January, 2014

South Korea investigating “5G” internet connection

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South Korea’s science ministry has announced it will be sinking 1.6 trillion won ($1.5bn or £900m) into the plan by investing in local firms connected to the service.

The new “5G” network will allow users to download 800MB movies in one second, compared to 40 seconds on Korea’s current 4G network – already the fastest in the world.

South Korea’s position as the global leader in super-fast internet connections is hardly under threat as more than 78% of the population of 50 million use smartphones.

“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010,” said a spokesperson South Korea’s science ministry. “Now it is time to take preemptive action to develop 5G.”

According to the Guardian, the project is expected to generate 331 trillion won in 5G-related mobile devices and infrastructure between 2020 and 2026.

The 5G service is…

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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”.


LTE MENA 2014 brochure now available for download

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.

Download the Full Conference Brochure Here

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.


Interview: President, Teleco: “Operators are changing their focus to data services.”

Eduardo Tude, President of Teleco

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.


IHS: China’s 4G smartphone market set for explosive 1,500% growth this year

LA TV stations will share a single channel in hopes of creating new 4G spectrum

This is a fascinating example of the need to prioritise spectrum for mobile broadband over TV broadcasting is forcing change. If it succeeds the released 600MHz spectrum could prove very valuable for the stations – though it could potentially mean worse pictures if the broadcasters are forced to reduce bit-rates to fit two stations into one channel. It will be interesting to see how this pans out both technically and commercially.


Los Angeles TV stations KLCS and KJLA will conduct an interesting experiment in the next few months: they will try to merge their digital broadcasts onto a single TV channel.

The two stations are working with wireless industry group CTIA to investigate the feasibility of sharing TV airwaves, which could potentially clear up spectrum for commercial mobile broadband services. Why is this important? The Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction is a little more than a year on the horizon. And the aim of that auction is to identify vast chunks of the 600 MHz TV airwaves that could be used by carriers for 4G and by the tech industry for unlicensed broadband.

To accomplish that, the FCC and the mobile industry need the cooperation of the broadcasters. If they don’t agree to part ways with their spectrum than there’s not going to be much of an auction

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Take our LTE conference blog survey!

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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Sprint ramps up LTE in 40 new markets, but still nothing in SF, Seattle


Sprint(s s) continues to add new small cities and towns to its LTE footprint by the dozen, but two of the largest and most tech-focused cities in the country, San Francisco and Seattle, still haven’t seen a lick of LTE coverage. This is getting embarrassing.

On Monday, Sprint said it has rolled out LTE in 40 new markets (you can see the full list here), including some sizable cities like Milwaukee, Salt Lake City and Providence, R.I. The carrier is now bragging about a footprint encompassing 340 markets, but that boast is open to interpretation. For instance, in its list of cities, Sprint counts the borough of Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn/The Bronx as four separate markets, while most of us tend to think of them as one city New York.

And while Sprint has done an admirable job of bringing LTE to smaller towns like Del Rio…

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Three UK 4G testing updates (speed tests)

From a slow start on 4G in the UK, London now has four 4G networks to choose from. As this blog demonstrates, Three’s 4G network in London is now up and running, hitting amazing speeds of up to 67Mbps in places. Of course, there will be very few people making use of Three’s 4G network right now so those speeds will likely come down as the network starts to get loaded, but it’s still an impressive start, especially as Three is not charging its subscribers any premium for 4G data at all.


As long as I’ve got my 4G enabled SIM, I’ll continue to do testing as I move around London day and night.

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You’ll download full movies in a second on South Korea’s 5G network

“The 5G service will start rolling out in 2017” Really? That’s in three years’ time. Of course technology never stands still and speeds will get faster but 5G is not even close to being ratified as a standard and there’s always a ten-year gap between major standards evolving, so this sounds like marketing or just lazy tech journalism to me. We’ll see…


South Korea plans to further upgrade its cellular data speeds in the coming years, and has announced that it will invest 1.6 trillion won (or $1.5 billion) in a 5G wireless network that will be 1,000 times faster than current 4G technology and will let users download full length movies in under a second, Agence France Presse reports.

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LTE: Long Term “Extreme” behavior

Dr Michael Flanagan, JDSU

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.


AT&T Graces Yet More Markets with LTE


AT&T today launched LTE 4G service in a handful of markets around the country. The new markets include El Centro, Calif.; Jasper and Huntingburg, Ind.; Danville, Richmond, and Somerset, Ky.; Benton Harbor, Buchanan, Cadillac, McBain, and Niles, Mich.; Tunica, Miss.; East Liverpool, Ohio; New Castle, Pa.; Farjado and Ponce, P.R.; Barre and Burlington, Vt.; Wheeling, W.Va.; and La Crosse, Wisc. AT&T’s LTE 4G network covers more than 270 million Americans. AT&T will flesh out its coverage to 30 million more POPs by the end of the year until it reaches about 97% of Americans.

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LTE LATAM 2014 brochure now available for download

LTE Latin America – the region’s ONLY dedicated LTE show, is back for 2014 and the full conference brochure is now available to download.

Download the Full Conference Brochure Here

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

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Interview: President of On Telecom Brazil: “On expects that demand for access to rich-media coverage of the [World Cup] will drive demand for high-quality broadband access.”

Farès Nassar, President, ON TELECOM BRASIL

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 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.


Press release: Informa Telecoms & Media’s top predictions for 2014


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.


Google Puts Fast Israeli 4G Chips in Its Newest Notebook

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.

LTE Network and Feature Testing Needs Update

Telecom Akademi


In the past, our network performance testing methods were sustainable, and manageable.

We were testing the specific network features that would probably stay with us for next 6 months, and similarly we were testing the specific devices that would be running in the network for next 6-8 months as well. This was an easy task since we had good amount of test data to analyze the performance of these specific network features, and mobile devices. 

Briefly, let me share my thought on the nature of testing.

Testing is a statistical method which means you need to perform the same test over and over again in order to support your hypothesis (if you get the same result)

So, for instance if you want to test whether a particular feature increases the network throughput by 30%, every time you test the network with this feature/under this feature, you should get 30%…

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Interview: Founding Director, Packet One, Malaysia: “Innovative services and applications in the M2M market will create the Internet of Things, with cost-effective inter-connection for ubiquitous wireless broadband.”

Pen San Tang

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.


Google dollars push IoT into the spotlight

Earlier this week Google announced that it would be purchasing Nest for $3.2 billion. Even for Google that’s a significant sum of money – well OK, maybe not for Google – but it’s enough for anyone else to take note.

Nest is the poster child for the new ‘smart’ connected device trend that is promising (threatening?) to take over the world. The company offers two devices, a smoke alarm and a thermostat, both of which are cool, stylish and web connected, enabling you to remotely adjust the temperature, or presumably monitor your house burning down from a safe distance.

One of the two guys who founded Nest is Tony Fadell, who was the behind-the-scenes-man that was key in the creation of the original iPod, one of the most iconic and ground-breaking products of the 21st century, so that’s some track record right there.

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Smartphone Users Worldwide Will Total 1.75 Billion in 2014

Santa Paula Chevrolet: Chevrolet Adds 4G LTE

LTE and connected cars… the must have accessory for 2014?

Santa Paula Chevrolet


Santa Paula Chevrolet: Chevrolet Adds 4G LTE


Chevrolet Accelerates to 4G LTE Speeds in 2014


Starting this summer, Chevrolet will have some of the fastest vehicles on the roads, and that has nothing to do with horsepower. Chevrolet drivers will be enjoying high-speed data – made possible by a new OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle, running on AT&T’s network, the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

Chevrolet announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt would be the first General Motors’ vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G…

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Best of both worlds: Managing TDD and FDD cells in an LTE network

NSN talk TDD and FDD co-existence is this free white paper.


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Most early LTE roll outs tended to favor Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD-LTE), with Time Division Duplexing (TD-LTE) technology being almost ignored in some markets. But that’s changing fast as TD-LTE gains ground, either as a first choice for 4G or as a way of adding extra capacity to an FDD-LTE based network.

With ten frequency bands defined by 3GPP, TD-LTE can provide valuable extra spectrum for operators in most countries: TDD spectrum is available for 60% of the world’s population and 50% of the world’s land mass.

Terminal vendors have not been sitting idly. More than 200 TD-LTE capable devices are on the market – 71% support TD-LTE at 2.6 GHz, with 66% supporting 2.3 GHz.

There are several ways to deploy both TD-LTE cells and FDD-LTE cells in the same network to complement each other. Using all spectrum efficiently depends on being able to shift traffic between…

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Japan’s Docomo prepares upgrade to bring 150Mpbs downlink speeds to its Xi LTE network

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137780863 520x245 Japans Docomo prepares upgrade to bring 150Mpbs downlink speeds to its Xi LTE network

NTT Docomo, the largest mobile network operators in Japan, announced today that it will be starting prelaunch operations for an upgrade to its Xi LTE network, offering downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps – similar to speeds being offered by South Korean operators SK Telecom and LG Uplus for their LTE-Advanced services.

Docomo will start verifying its 150 Mbps LTE service in Japan’s Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture from July 30 onward, prior to the planned launch of the service in parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya this October.

Docomo says it has been upgrading its LTE coverage and data transmission speeds consistently, most recently expanding its 112.5 Mbps downlink service to more than 130 cities as of this month. Its latest move has not been termed as LTE-A by the operator, so this is probably an appetizer to the final LTE-A rollout (which is expected to arrive in 2015). In…

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HP’s LTE Chromebook 11 to skip on 3G hardware, says chip supplier Altair

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.

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