Mallikarjun Rao, CTO of Vodafone Netherlands

Mallikarjun Rao, CTO of Vodafone Netherlands

We have a brief chat with Mallikarjun Rao, CTO of Vodafone Netherlands, to find out what’s next in store for the network in the country where the LTE World Summit 2014 is being hosted, which is taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Rao will be delivering one of the Keynote addresses on Day One of the conference.

Now that you’ve launched LTE what is the next step for Vodafone Netherlands in terms of network development?

Our plans revolve around three things:

a)     Delivering outstanding customer performance

b)    Offering nationwide LTE coverage, whilst also focusing on delivering the right speed and capacity that our customers need

c)     Enhancing the network buy introducing LTE-Advanced, small cells and VoLTE

What sort of changes have you seen on the network in terms of usage since you launched LTE?

There’s been a step change in data usage, with a 20 per cent increase on 4G.

What do you believe will be the potential of LTE broadcast and could it be commercialised?

We clearly see a potential for LTE broadcast and we are convinced that it can be commercialized!

Carriers are starting to make VoLTE announcements – is this on your radar?

Yes, VoLTE is on our radar and we are developing concrete plans to launch it right now.

What the biggest challenge you think you’ll face for the rest of 2014?

The biggest challenges will be the speed of delivery of new services, driving innovations, and creating the best possible customer experience.

What in your opinion will truly define 5G?

I believe it will be low latency, high bandwidth, and high speed

What are you most looking forward to with regard to the LTE World Summit?

It’s an opportunity for networking, generating inspiration and discovering new use cases for LTE.



The 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Click here to download a brochure for the event.



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