Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet will be talking about the challenges of migrating from WiMAX to TD-LTE at the 4th annual LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 11th-13th May 2014 at the Conrad, Dubai, UAE.
What is the status of your transition from WiMAX to LTE and what challenges is it throwing up?
MobinNet has made some tangible progress since we decided to migrate to TD-LTE technology according to the roadmap of the WiMAX Advanced published by the WiMAX Forum. MobinNet could secure some bandwidth on a new frequency band—2.6 GHz. Meanwhile, the infrastructure needed to completely cover one of our existing markets will be supplied. We estimate that by the end of the year, MobinNet’s first TD-LTE-based market will be launched.
In a competitive home market what is it about your network that differentiates you from the competition?
The country’s broadband market has its own characteristics. MobinNet has a unique position in this market as it is the single nationwide portable broadband service provider to both consumers and enterprises. This uniqueness has enabled MobinNet to become the market leader amongst tens of national and regional wired/wireless broadband service providers.
Are you looking at the latest LTE technologies such as LTE Advanced?
The main focus is on LTE itself; however, the radio access technology will be based on 3GPP release 10, which basically contains LTE Advanced specifications.
As a data-only player could you implement VoLTE in order to compete with voice operators?
The important factor in providing competing voice services is to guarantee a level of quality of service, which means booking expensive network resources for the customers for a relatively low ARPU. Due to low voice tariffs in the market and the growth of the OTT applications, we are not convinced about the return rate on the investment.
What impact is the availability of high-speed data usage having on your customers?
On the one hand, booming traffic is not a negligible phenomenon, while at the same time, customers won’t tolerate service quality downgrades even for a short period of time due to congestion. On the other hand, in 4G radio networks like WiMAX or LTE, coverage and capacity are heavily tied together and hence it is critical to maintain good coverage to decrease the traffic burden on radios sites. All in all, MobinNet controls the challenge of high speed data usage by preserving a reasonable coverage level and not offering unlimited service plans.
What are you expecting to learn from attending the LTE MENA 2014 conference?
The ways that partnerships may considerably monetize LTE networks and learning the success stories are among my main agendas.
The 4th annual LTE MENA conference is taking place on the 11th-13th May 2014 at the Conrad, Dubai, UAE. Click here to DOWNLOAD the brochure for the event.