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Anera wins award for “Top Innovator” at LTE North America 2014

Ryley MacKenzie, CEO of Anera

Ryley MacKenzie, CEO of Anera collects his prize for Top Innovator at LTE North America

Anera, an SDN and NFV solution provider, was crowned the winner of this year’s Innovation Accelerator at LTE North America in Dallas.

The Innovation Accelerator aims to discover the most exciting start-ups in the market today. This year, hundreds of entries poured in prior to the event, and were subsequently wittled down to a shortlist of 3 companies by our judging panel. Those three companies then pitched their services to a panel of expert judges and the LTE North America attendees.

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Interview: APAC General Manager, Tropo: “While we are a small and agile organisation and can react fairly fast, that’s not enough. We need to have everyone along the delivery chain moving quickly.”

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Tropo, an API that makes it simple to build phone, SMS and Instant messaging applications was picked as the winner of the Innovation Accelerator at the recent LTE Asia conference. In this interview with Fuxin Jiao-Kiuru, APAC General Manager for Tropo, we find out what the award means to them and why API development is so important in the telecoms space.

You won the Innovation Accelerator at LTE Asia. Why do you think your product attracted the attention of the judges?

Tropo bridges the gaps between telco and web development spaces, making fast innovation in communication possible.  I believe the reason we won is that we are not only talking about great technology, but also real customers, real applications in the market, and real innovation and we bring in great value. In the region, both China Telecom and Globe Philippines are already using Tropo with their eco-system partners. So we are not just talking about it, we are innovating with our customers and partners as we speak.

What are the main challenges you expect to face over the next 12-18 months?

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LTE Asia Awards winners announced!

 

LTE Asia Awards 2014 logoOnce again the great and the good in the Telecoms industry were present for the latest Telecoms.com awards, held for the first time at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. After a cocktail reception filled with glitz and champagne the winners were finally revealed to an expectant audience. Well done to all the nominees and especially to the winners!

See you there next year!

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Roll of Honour!

  • Best Test/Measurement LTE Product – Polystar
  • Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network (Operator Only) – SK Telecom
  • Best LTE Core Network Product – Cisco
  • Best Traffic Management Product – Gigamon
  • Best LTE Roaming Product – SAP
  • Best VoLTE Innovation – Samsung
  • Innovation in HetNet Development – Huawei
  • NFV Innovation of the year – Mavenir System

Off to the LTE Asia Awards: Singapore or Bust

Jim O'Leary, Senior Mobile Solutions Marketing Manager, Cisco

Jim O’Leary, Senior Mobile Solutions Marketing Manager, Cisco

This post is by Jim O’Leary, Senior Mobile Solutions Marketing Manager, Cisco

Think about what is going on in the APJC Mobile Market for a minute:

  • In Korea Mobile data traffic on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks increased approximately 70 per cent between 3Q 2012 and 3Q 2013.
  • In China : Mobile data traffic of China’s top three mobile operators grew 90 per cent in 2012 and 72 per cent from mid-2012 to mid-2013.
  • In Japan, Mobile data traffic grew 92 per cent in 2012 and 66 per cent from 3Q 2012 to 3Q 2013, according to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
  • While in India Bharti Airtel reported mobile data traffic growth of 112 per cent between 3Q 2012 and 3Q 2013 and Reliance Communications reported mobile data traffic growth of 116 per cent between 3Q 2012 and 3Q 2013.’Nomophobia’ is a term describing a growing fear in today’s world — the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact, which is why analysts report that 91 per cent of us keep their cell phone within three feet of themselves 24/7.cisco-lte-asia-awards

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Interview: Managing Director Networks, Optus: “We need to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service.”

Vic McClelland, Managing Director Networks, Optus

Vic McClelland, Managing Director Networks, Optus

Australian network Optus have been nominated for, ‘Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network’ in the LTE Asia awards, taking place on the 24th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. In this interview with Vic McClelland, Managing Director Networks, we find out what winning the award would mean for team Optus.

What was the original thinking behind the creation of your winning entry?

Since Optus entered the Australian market just over 20 years ago, our unwavering focus on innovation and customer experience has underpinned our investment in our network.

We see 4G as the chance to further highlight that Optus is an innovative and competitive alternative in Australia. We see our first-to-market launch of 700MHz LTE in Australia as a launching pad for Optus’ extension of our LTE network beyond metropolitan centres and into regional Australia.

Should you win how do you expect your business to benefit?

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Interview: Head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network, HKT: “The launch of VoLTE is just the beginning of the journey to a new era of mobile voice communications.”

Dr. Henry Wong is head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network at Hong Kong Telecommunications (HK) Limited

Dr. Henry Wong is head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network at Hong Kong Telecommunications (HK) Limited

Dr. Henry Wong is head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Network at Hong Kong Telecommunications (HK) Limited. Here we find out more about how HKT’s network innovations have brought it to the attention of the judges of the LTE Asia Awards, taking place at the Marina Bay Sands on the 24th September.

You’ve been nominated at the inaugural LTE Asia awards? Why do you think your product attracted the attention of the judges?

Well firstly, being the first operator to launch VoLTE in Kong Kong and the world’s first commercial deployment of the 3GPP R10 eSRVCC technology is a remarkable achievement. However, the main attractions of our service lie in the way we have engineered it and make it different from other deployments so that we can deliver a fully transparent and improved experience for our customer. Key aspects are:

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Interview: SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom: “It is imperative that operators keep developing innovative technologies.”

Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom

Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom

Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, Head of Network R&D Center, SK Telecom is delivering a keynote speech on SK Telecoms LTE Advanced innovations on Day One of the 9th annual LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here he gives us an overview of SK Telekom’s latest innovation on its cutting-edge LTE network.

What was the original thinking behind the creation of your winning entry?

SK Telecom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers have already surpassed 55 per cent of the company’s total subscriber base, and the company holds more than 47 per cent of market share for LTE and LTE-Advanced market in Korea. To provide more advanced and faster LTE services to customers, SK Telecom has continuously upgraded its LTE and LTE-Advanced networks by commercializing carrier aggregation technology, adding more frequency channels, and expanding network coverage.

How do you plan to improve it even further?

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LTE Asia Awards shortlist announced!

LTE Asia Awards 2014 logoHere at the LTE World Series we have received a huge array of entries for the inaugural LTE Asia Awards, with submissions impressing our panel of expert judges with their innovation, hard-work and commitment to LTE.

Our analyst-led panel of judges have made their final decisions and the awards shortlist can be seen below. The winners will be announced on the first evening of this year’s LTE Asia event on the 24th September at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas: “We are seeing such incredible innovation and growth in the mobile broadband wireless industry.”

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas chaired the ‘The future of LTE’ track at the recent LTE North America conference, which took place in Dallas, Texas, and hosted the LTE North America 2013 Awards. Here she gives here insight into the challenges facing operators in the coming year and what were her key take-away from the conference.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges as US LTE evolves in the coming year?

Among the challenges facing mobile network operators in the US is the need for more spectrum, specifically internationally harmonised spectrum. The President and the FCC have recognised that to remain a leader in mobile innovation, the US must allocate 500MHz of spectrum over the coming years for mobile broadband services to serve society and to continue enabling innovation, connectivity and the economy. The right steps are being taken already; for example, with the November letter from the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) endorsing the repurposing of federal spectrum for commercial mobile broadband as recommended by the private sector. NTIA’s letter will help to free up the valuable 1755-1780MHz spectrum, allowing it to be paired with the 2155-2180MHz band that is internationally harmonised for deployment of mobile broadband LTE technology.

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LTE North America 2013 Awards round up

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Last week in Dallas North America’s LTE industry leaders came together for the fourth annual Telecoms.com LTE North America Awards to celebrate innovation and recognise excellence in the LTE community.

The evening was a great success, paying tribute to the exciting and innovative work that is being done across the industry. All of the categories were very closely fought and the quality of the entries was extremely high. It was the perfect evening to reward everyone for their hard work after a busy first day at LTE North America 2013

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Vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera: “We see that that 4G roaming is a clear requirement from our customers.”

Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera

Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Tommy Ljunggren, vice president, Mobile System Development, Nordic and Baltics, TeliaSonera about the company’s win for its 4G roaming service in the Best LTE Roaming Product or Service category.

Tell us more about your entry for the LTE Awards 2013

TeliaSonera was first in the world to launch a commercial 4G/LTE service on 14 December 2009. Since then we have been the first operator to launch 4G/LTE in all the Nordic and Baltic countries in which we operate. For these achievements we also won an LTE Awards in 2010 and 2011.

What do you think made your entry stand out from the crowd?

Our entry this time was based on the fact that we were the first operator in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to launch commercial 4G roaming, and have real life experience from this.

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Interview: VP & GM Service Provider Platforms, Cloud Networking, Citrix: “The defining challenge for LTE will be ensuring QoE is maintained at all times.”

Chris Koopmans, VP and GM, Service Provider Platforms, Citrix

Chris Koopmans, VP and GM, Service Provider Platforms, Citrix

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Chris Koopmans, VP & GM Service Provider Platforms, Cloud Networking for Citrix, winners of the ‘Best LTE Traffic Management Product’ category.

Tell us more about your entry to the LTE Awards 2013.

Citrix ByteMobile entered the T3100 into the Best LTE Traffic Management Product category for the LTE Awards 2013. LTE promises a better user experience to subscribers, from superfast web browsing to stall-free HD video. For the operator, this means the opportunity to deliver new mobile services, generating extra revenue from content such as premium streaming movies, TV, music and video calls. However, the move to LTE does not in and of itself guarantee a good user quality of experience for all of these services all of the time. All too often, the very services that delight us can severely hamper network performance, degrading the experience for many – and immediately breaking the operator’s promise to the subscriber.

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Interview: “Sales and marketing director for Samsung Networks Europe:“The ‘Best LTE RAN Product’ award is a very prestigious and is a testimony to our innovation success.”

sales and marketing director for Samsung Networks Europe

sales and marketing director for Samsung Networks Europe

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Mark Thompson, sales and marketing director for Samsung Networks Europe, winners in the Best LTE RAN Product category.

Tell us more about your entry for the LTE Award 2013

Samsung LTE solutions are focused on facilitating and supporting media delivery networks. Our industry-leading portfolio of RAN solutions is based on the concept of Telecom and IT convergence. Smart LTE Networks, already commercialised in South Korea, is an LTE solution that leverages this concept to incorporate real-time radio scheduling, content caching and delivery, media broadcast and mobile computing over LTE networks.

Smart SON, one of the components of Smart LTE Networks, provides advanced network optimisation for all types of RAN: macro cell, femto cell and pico cell as well as Heterogeneous Networks. Unlike conventional SON, it optimises the network in near real-time, resulting in dramatic cost reduction and performance gains for mobile operators.

We hope to leverage the great platform provided by LTE World Summit, one of the largest LTE focused industry events, to share the success of our cutting-edge technologies with thousands of attendees across all domains.

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Interview: General manager of the Traffix Division of F5 Networks: “We’ve had great resonance in the market, which increased visibility supporting our work.”

Ben Volkow, general manager of the Traffix Division of F5 Networks

Ben Volkow, general manager of the Traffix Division of F5 Networks

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Ben Volkow, general manager of the Traffix Division of F5 Networks, about the company’s win in the ‘Best LTE Core Network Element’ category.

Tell us more about your entry in the LTE Awards 2013.

F5’s Traffix Diameter Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC) enables operators to control and steer signalling in ways that optimise, monetise and secure an LTE network for maximum revenue generation. You can find the SDC in more field deployments than any other Diameter signalling solution. It is the market’s most mature product as our DRA was the first in the market to be deployed, in 2009. It’s a comprehensive Diameter signalling solution offering a DEA, DRA, IWF, Diameter Gateway all consolidated into one platform powered by an extensive central network management system that not just reports and displays network statistics, but is configured to prevent network problems.

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Interview: CTO of SK Telecom: “LTE has become the global mainstream service.”

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Jae W. Byun, CTO of SK Telecom

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Jae W. Byun, CTO of SK Telecom, regarding the company’s award for winning the ‘Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network’ award.

Tell us more about your LTE Awards 2013 entry.

SK Telecom has continuously developed and commercialised diverse innovative network technologies to provide the best LTE service to customers. Since launching Korea’s first LTE network using the 800MHz frequency band in July 2011, SK Telecom completed its nationwide LTE rollout in June 2012. It is now providing seamless LTE service in underground and in-building areas as well as mountainous regions and coastal/island areas through the world’s first commercialisation of LTE femtocells in June 2012. Furthermore, after acquiring 1.8GHz frequency band, SK Telecom developed and applied the world’s first Multi Carrier (MC) to offer faster and more reliable LTE service through effective operation of the two frequency bands (800MHz and 1.8GHz) in July 2012. Moreover, based on its strong network, SK Telecom achieved the world’s first commercialisation of nationwide VoLTE in August, 2012.

What do you think made your entry stand out from the crowd?

SK Telecom was able to differentiate itself from others by developing and applying breakthrough LTE technologies, securing the richest LTE smartphone line-up and providing a wide variety of mobile value-added services optimised for the LTE network. Based on such efforts, the number of SK Telecom’s LTE subscribers grew rapidly to reach about 11 million (as of the end of June 2013), taking it up to around 40 per cent of SK Telecom’s total mobile subscriber base.

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Interview: Senior director, networks marketing, Alcatel-Lucent: “The rollout of small cells for coverage and capacity will bring new challenges.”

Heidi Adams, senior director, networks marketing for Alcatel-Lucent

Heidi Adams, senior director, networks marketing for Alcatel-Lucent

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Heidi Adams, senior director, networks marketing for Alcatel-Lucent, winners of the award for ‘Best LTE Backhaul Solution’.

Tell us more about your entry.

Alcatel-Lucent has put significant focus and investment into the mobile backhaul segment, and we are seeing strong momentum in the market with our comprehensive suite of LTE mobile backhaul products, solutions and professional services. Our entry highlighted our experience in helping mobile operators navigate the transition to LTE backhaul, as well as some of our latest product enhancements that support LTE backhaul for both macro cell and small cell sites across a range of backhaul access technologies.

What do you think made your entry stand out from the crowd?

Our track record of working with mobile network operators worldwide to successfully plan and deploy large scale LTE backhaul networks, combined with our continuing innovation in developing fixed access, packet microwave, packet optical and Carrier Ethernet solutions for both macro and small cell LTE backhaul applications, certainly made us stand out from the crowd.

How will your product evolve and improve in the future?

We will continue to evolve our portfolio to meet the needs of our customers, with a particular eye on ensuring our solutions continue to scale to support the growth in mobile data demand, that they have the flexibility to leverage the most cost effective access mechanism that can meet the SLAs required for service from a given cell site, and that the backhaul network itself can be managed and operated as simply and efficiently as possible to minimise deployment and operations costs.

What trends do you see ahead for the industry for the next 12 months?

Increasing shift to all-data, more devices, more new services, more new applications, more integration between home use and work use.  We’ll also see the exploration of new approaches to simplifying and streamlining backhaul network operational models.

What are the biggest challenges the lie ahead for LTE?

From a backhaul point of view – the rollout of small cells for coverage and capacity will bring new challenges in how to manage a massive number of end points in a much larger backhaul network. Maintaining strong security, ensuring outstanding QoS, timing and synchronisation, and supporting efficient video distribution will also become increasingly important in LTE backhaul.

What impact has winning this award had for your business?

We have has a lot of positive response from within the Alcatel-Lucent community who were extremely pleased to be recognised with this award.  We are also seeing a lot of interest from customers and prospects who are interested in learning more about what made our offer for LTE backhaul award-winning.

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