Rohan Dhamija, Partner, Head of India and South Asia, Analysys Mason is speaking on a panel discussion entitled, “Battleground of the Standards: TD-LTE vs FD-LTE”, at the TD-LTE summit taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore.
How do the challenges of the TD-LTE focussed operators differ from that of the FD-LTE?
I would say that the ecosystem challenges for TD operator are more significant than that of FD operators.
The TD-LTE eco-system grew significantly in 2013 but a disparity with FD LTE remains. Will TD-LTE always play ‘second fiddle’ to FDD?
I think it’s less about ‘second fiddle’ but rather the future would be one where both TD and FD LTE co-exist in a complimentary fashion (even potentially within the same network). So, for example, FD could be the coverage layer, whereas TD would play the role of the capacity layer.
Many operators in Asia are coming from a WiMAX data focused background. Will the arrival of VoLTE give former WiMAX operators the chance to compete with incumbent telcos for voice revenue?
In my opinion, VoLTE is still some time off. I wouldn’t see VoLTE becoming a real threat to the incumbents’ voice revenues in the short term. In the medium-long term though, such a scenario could play out (but off-net calls could still be a challenge). It’ll be interesting to see what RJio in India does from a VoLTE ecosystem development perspective.
From your perspective, what’s the most exciting thing happening in the LTE market today?
For me it’s the product development that’s enabling new revenue streams on top of LTE platforms.
How would you describe the importance of attending the TD-LTE conference for operators and vendors?
The conference is very timely and very relevant. It’s bringing together global subject matter experts on the topic, so in that sense is extremely important for all stakeholders.
The 2nd annual TD-LTE Summit is taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Click here to download a brochure.