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OTT Spotlight – Interview with Viber’s Luiz Felipe Barros, Brazil Country Manager

Luiz Felipe Barros, Brazil Country Manager, Viber

Luiz Felipe Barros, Brazil Country Manager, Viber

Latin America is a promising market for OTTs and data consumption, but that doesn’t mean lost revenue for operators and MNOs in the region. In this exclusive interview for the LTE World Series Blog, Luiz Felipe Barros, Brazil Country Manager at Viber, tells us about the opportunities in partnership between MNOs and OTT players.

One of the featured keynote speakers at the 6th Annual LTE Latin America conference and exhibition, Luiz Felipe sat down with us to give us a quick summary of his key message eat this year’s show.

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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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Are you ready for the switch to 4G LTE?

This post is by Eyal Amit, Product Marketing Manager, Amdocs

Plenty of service providers (and their end-customers) have jumped on the 4G LTE bandwagon. As a result, two of the most immediate and noticeable changes we are seeing are the speed at which data services are running and high-definition voice quality.

And that’s great…assuming that everything works as it should, and customers receive the quality of experience they were promised. But sadly, many 4G LTE implementations do not live up to expectations due to the challenges that lie within the core elements of these networks.

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Interview: President, 4G Americas: “We need to look at new concept, such as licensed shared access, to… solve this mobile broadband data challenge.”

Chris Pearson, President, 4G Americas

Chris Pearson, President, 4G Americas

Chris Pearson, President, 4G Americas is taking part in panel discussion on spectrum and on 5G at the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands.

Tell me more about the role that 4G Americas plays?

We’re focussed on technical facilitation and co-ordination – pre-standard, when you come up with ideas and concepts that need to go into 3GPP, or even post standard—when a standard has been made but you need an education into the wireless industry about what that means and how you get it into the marketplace.

Secondly, we do a lot or regulatory or advocacy work in the Americas. You need organisations that understand [spectrum] and can go out and work with governments on auctions and what are the internationally harmonised spectrum bands that need to come out—all kinds. We bring a real technical and international viewpoint for the Americas.

Finally, we have a lot of industry analysts and government and media that want somebody to be able to talk to, to explain the technology for them so they can do their jobs as stakeholders in the industry.

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Interview: Senior advisor, FCC: “Spectrum sharing has great potential.”

Kamran Etemad, Senior advisor, FCC

Kamran Etemad, Senior advisor, FCC

Kamran Etemad, Senior advisor, FCC is speaking at the inaugural 5G World Summit, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Here we find out about his views on making the best use of spectrum and the challenges and opportunities therein. 

Unlicensed LTE: surely a contradiction in terms? How does this work and how what problems could it solve?

LTE-U is not a contradiction but a different way of using a technology that is primarily designed to be controlled/managed, in order to leverage the significant amount of unlicensed spectrum, to address exploding demand for mobile data capacity. Depending on how the solution is approached the added complexity may be limited, or large.

Perhaps the simplest and least intrusive way to allow LTE-U operation is to use it as a supplementary carrier to opportunistically expand the effective user plane bandwidth of a licensed primary LTE carrier, which may more predictably carry control plane signaling. The LTE-U supplementary carrier may be configured/activated dynamically through primary carrier for use as a downlink only, uplink only and TDD mode, in an unlicensed or shared spectrum. Some companies are proposing concepts aligned with this approach, while some may be considering a more Wi-Fi-like operation, which requires more changes.

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Combining DSL and LTE to boost the user experience

Today in many cases, DSL subscribers do not get sufficient data rates through their DSL line, which results in poor internet user experience at home. There are several ways and technologies available to increase the access speeds through the DSL line: upgrading from ADSL to VDSL; upgrading from VDSL to VDSL bonding; using VDSL Vectoring, bringing the Network (Central Office) closer to the subscriber to shorten the loop length, and using fibre, among others. However, all these technologies require an investment/upgrade of the network infrastructure.

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Interview: Chief Technology Officer, Nextel Brasil: “Nextel Brazil depends on its network quality in order to ensure an excellent experience for its customers.”

Nestor Bergero, chief technology officer for Nextel Brasil

Nestor Bergero, chief technology officer for Nextel Brasil

Nestor Bergero, chief technology officer for Nextel Brasil is speaking 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 show we get a brief update on its LTE network status.

What is the status of your LTE roll-out and how big an impact will it make on your customers in 2014?

So far our LTE Network has been deployed in the M Band on 1800MHZ in Rio de Janeiro where we have strong brand recognition. We are also very successful in the post-paid segment with 3G. Currently we are looking for an LTE license for São Paulo.

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Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil: “We believe that more people will have Internet access through 4G than through fixed broadband by 2017.”

Artur Coimbra, Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil

Artur Coimbra, Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil

Artur Coimbra, Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil is taking part in a regulator panel discussion entitled : “Spectrum Consolidation and Challenges and Opportunities for LTE Success”, taking place at the LTE Latin America conference on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his vision for the future of telcoms in Brazil.

What your vision for the future of Brazil’s telecommunications in the next few years?

Mobile telecommunications in Brazil will keep growing as the major vehicle of Internet access to the population, especially for those who are looking to gain access to the Internet for the first time. That will happen naturally. On the other hand, despite some investment in optical fibre, local networks will be made to support 4G deployment and usage—we think that the growth of FTTx technologies will not increase at the same level as 4G access, for example. Therefore we think a number of incentives will be needed to foster fixed broadband access networks growth.

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Interview: Online Director at FOX International Channels, Brazil: “The rise of LTE is driving the move to video on demand.”

Marcel Della Negra, FOXMarcel Della Negra, Online Director at FOX International Channels is taking part in a panel discussion entitled, “Strategic Partnerships for the Market Development”, on Day Two of the LTE LATAM conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With the rise of mobile data, how are customer expectations of content changing?

Customers are now increasingly starting to watch full TV episodes on mobile and it is my expectation that this will increase even further with 4G.

What impact is the rise of LTE having on your decisions?

The rise of LTE is driving the move to video on demand, and watching live transmissions over IP.

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Saving Thumbs with Charging Offload for LTE

2-bad-traffic-in-spThis post is by Robert Morrison, Director, Product Management, CSG Internationa

 

On my last trip to Brazil I was surprised when my taxi driver fired up Waze to beat the Sao Paulo traffic and I immediately downloaded it to do the same for me in London’s heavy congestion. He proved to me that consumers there have developed an unquenchable thirst—like they have in every country—for fast mobile data speeds and services. CSPs in Brazil are working hard to satisfy that demand by rolling out 4G data services over LTE networks. And frankly they seem a long way ahead of the mobile data service that I experience at home.  On a recent two-hour train journey across the UK from the capital to Bristol—a major population centre—the best my provider could do was GPRS and iffy 3G at the stations.  GPRS is not very helpful with today’s bandwidth-hungry apps using pictures and video.  Believe me, having to constantly refresh apps can result in very sore thumbs!

 

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Interview: CTO, TIM BRASIL: “The biggest challenge for sure is to find the right balance between investment, data growth and quality.”

Carlo Filangieri, CTO, TIM BRASIL

Carlo Filangieri, the CTO of TIM BRASIL

Carlo Filangieri, the CTO of TIM BRASIL is speaking in a panel session entitled, “How Operators Are Meeting Rural Areas Coverage Obligations in Brazil?”, taking place on Day Two of the LTE Latin America conference is taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this interview we find out a bit more about the challenges of connectivity in rural Brazil and if he is in favour on spectrum and infrastructure sharing. 

Brazil is such a large country – what are the main challenges in getting 4G out to rural areas?

For sure, the biggest problem in rural areas in Brazil is the lack of fibre optic that’s mandatory for a 4G site. However, another issue that we have is the frequency used for 4G, namely 2.5GHz. This frequency is more suitable for micro coverage than for wide coverage in as rural areas. In order to support rural coverage we are working to build fibre in the country, sharing the investment costs with other operators as much as possible.

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LTE Advanced inspires different approaches

If you were in attendance at last week’s Mobile World Congress by now you’ve hopefully recovered from the experience. Hopefully. Even for the initiated, MWC is a daunting prospect: a sprawling mass of buzzing, active halls, along with many sections of somewhat less travelled areas. It’s a small moon of a show. No wonder the brands such as Fitbit were all over it – the miles you are a likely to walk each day are prime way of demonstrating their fitness tracking technologies. If there’s was one motto your likely to take away from the show it’s that ‘there is no such thing as lunch’.

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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.

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Interview: Technology consultant, Oi Brazil: “Oi considers small cells as important tools for improving customer experience by increasing coverage and capacity.”

Alberto Boaventura

Alberto Boaventura, technology consultant for Oi Brazil

Oi Brasil is the brand name of Telemar, one of the four large carriers operating in Brazil, with over 50 million subscribers as of December 2013, according to Informa’s WCIS statistics. LTE deployment and uptake is in its early stages, but Alberto Boaventura, technology consultant for Oi, describes how delivering capacity rather than speed is the focus for its network deployment.

Boaventura is speaking at the fifth annual LTE LATAM conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where you can catch him speaking on Day Two describing a case study focusing on how 4G is providing a new level of experience for customers.

How big an opportunity is the forthcoming World Cup for Oi Brasil?

Oi is as official sponsor of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and our focus is to accomplish this important mission.

How important will LTE roaming be in time for the World Cup next year?

Currently, the infrastructure and interconnection agreements are on course to provide LTE Roaming in 2014.

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“Freeing up spectrum is a critical, and challenging, effort for policymakers.”: Director of Latin America & the Caribbean, 4G Americas

director of 4G Americas for the Latin America and Caribbean region, Bob Calaff

Director of 4G Americas for the Latin America and Caribbean region, Bob Calaff

Ahead of the LTE LATAM show in April we catch up with the director of 4G Americas for the Latin America and Caribbean region, Bob Calaff. He will be speaking on a regulator panel at the LTE LATAM conference taking place on the on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In this interview, he explains the work that 4G Americas is doing in helping to meet the challenges of freeing up licensed spectrum for use by operators in the region and tells us more about its work integrating cellular and Wi-Fi to improve the user experience. Check out the links to the white papers below for more information.

How much of a challenge is spectrum for the LATAM region?

As in other regions around the world, freeing up spectrum is a critical, and challenging, effort for policymakers. While making spectrum available for exclusive licensed use has historically been the most effective way to facilitate mobile broadband deployment and quality of service, 4G Americas recognises that we should be considering other ways of licensing spectrum in the absence of vacant frequency bands.  An important part of what 4G Americas tries to do is present new and innovative ways to free up licensed spectrum for mobile broadband, such as the proposals being discussed regionally to explore Authorized Shared Access mechanisms. Our recent 4G Americas white paper Meeting the 1000X Challenge goes into, among other things, considerable detail on the drivers for and specifics of these proposals.

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LTE North America post-show report now available

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The LTE North America conference took place last month and was a huge success attracting more than 1300 attendees, a record number for the show. They heard from more than 200 speakers on site, with over 40 per cent of the audience consisting of carriers.

Check out the video to see in event in full flow, and to find out more you can now download the full post-show report.

See you all next year!

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Data support trumps raw speed for Caterham F1 and Truphone

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Last week I got a chance to take a look around the factory of Formula 1 team Caterham, located in Leafield, Oxfordshire, in the UK.  If you’re wondering why this was relevant for a visit from the LTE World Series, it’s because Caterham had invited some journalist types down to hear from Truphone, which has a partnership Caterham. (And any excuse to see the likes of Heikki Kovalainen in a full size F1 simulator).

Caterham and Truphone teamed up after the F1 team found that its previous suppliers, a mainstream UK operator, were not giving it adequate support in situations where there were issues with handsets, which isn’t great news for a Formula 1 team, which has to jet off to around 20 countries a year.

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LTE Webinar: Pricing Strategies

map-latin-america-370x229If you’re interested in any way in LTE pricing strategies then you’ll want to check out this upcoming webinar, focusing on the LATAM region.

2013 has seen a steady increase in the number of LTE deployments in Latin America. The region now has 24 live networks, and 2014 is set to keep up the momentum. For instance, six new 4G networks are expected to be rolled out in Colombia alone, and other countries are planning to auction the highly-prized 700MHz spectrum.

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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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LTE North America 2013: round-up

While Europe can stake a claim to be first with LTE, and Asia can boast of being the most advanced right now, the US is undoubtedly the largest market for LTE, with customers in the many millions. With the likes of AT&T have virtually completed their roll outs, Sprint really getting going, and many smaller players also pushing LTE, there was a lot to discuss at this year’s LTE North America 2013, which was the only 4G industry event taking place this year.

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Altair Semiconductor wins LTE North America 2013 “Best Chipset” Award

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HOD HASHARON, Israel and DALLAS, TX – November 22, 2013 – Altair Semiconductor, the world’s leading developer of high-performance, single-mode LTE chipsets, today announced it has won the “Best Chipset/Processor Product” award at the 2013  LTE North America conference.

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LTE North America 2013 – Signaling Day: Pictures

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#LTENA session on how #F5 Diameter SDC with context aware routing solves challenges for carriers so we enjoy LTE

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@diametriq drinks at #ltena draws #Signaling day to a close! Roll on tomorrow!

LTE North America 2013 – Signaling Day Round Up

LTE North America started today with the Signaling Focus Day. With a busy room and a buzz around the place already the next two days are shaping up to be a fantastic experience for all involved.

With interesting presentations and panel discussions around signaling it was a great way to start three packed days of learning and networking.

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The Highlights:

  • Over 130 attendees in the room to kick off the session
  • Signaling for Success: Very popular opening presentation from Infonetics – “Singaling storm showing no signs of abating”. AT&T case study showing World Series Game 4’s total traffic is equal to more than 560,000 social media posts
  • Joint presentation from Diametriq and Connectem about Bridging the Generation Gap – Interworking between 3G, 4G and More
  • Sharing Real World Uses Cases and Learning from Diameter Network Deployments Across the World – really interesting discussion points from the interactive panel discussion
  • Presentation on Software-Defined Intelligent Networks from Oracle that got people thinking
  • Interesting thoughts on Using Diameter to Scale Tier 1 networks given to us by F5

Don’t forget tomorrow the LTE North America Awards are coming to town!

This year including live music, the top players in North America’s 4G industry will be in attendance to network and find out who all the big winners are as well as enjoying themselves in a relaxed setting from 7.00pm.

This is just taster of the first of our packed three days. Day 1 of the conference tomorrow will bring record numbers of attendees and exhibitors at the only 4G event in North America this year. If you missed today it’s not too late to be involved, get yourself down to the event tomorrow and register at the desk!

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Sprint looking to live up to its name with 1.3GHz TD-LTE demo

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Sprint has demoed speeds of over 1.3Gbps in tests with its infrastructure partner NSN

Despite its name, Sprint, the US carrier, was for the past couple of years, left in the slow lane for data as it saw its rivals Verizon Wirelesss, and AT&T streak ahead and launch LTE. However, in recent months it has gone through a large amount of network evolution, retiring its iDEN network, and acquiring Clearwire, giving it access to a large swathe of spectrum, enabling it to complete with the big guys.

Recently it announced Sprint Spark, which it dubs an ‘ultra-fast’ LTE service delivering speeds of 50-60Mbps. In a recent interview with the LTE World Series, Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, of Sprint said it plans to do this using a bunch of LTE Advanced technologies, specifically carrier aggregation to make 40, 60 and 80MHz bandwidth pipes, and MIMO techniques.

It hasn’t happened quite yet though, and according to this test in early November 2013 from the Wall Street Times, Walt Mossberg, who performed LTE 20 speed tests in three locations, AT&T is the fastest overall network. However, it does vary greatly by region, and if you look at 2min 54 in the video on the page you’ll see that in Silicon Valley, the heartland of all things tech, Sprint easily wins with average speeds of over 20Mbps, nearly double of AT&T.

However, it’s not content with stopping there. As demonstrated in the video below it has conducted tests with its new partner NSN, where, in test conditions, it has achieved a heady 1.3Gbps on the downlink in a single sector, around 10 times the throughput of today’s commercial networks. This is using its TDD spectrum on 2.5GHz band. TD-LTE is of course particularly efficient use of spectrum and the high frequency enables the faster speeds.

As impressive as that sounds, it’s worth stepping back and observing that this is only slightly faster than the speeds that up until just a few years ago, the ITU officially designated at 4G. True 4G was originally only meant to be used for networks that could deliver 100Mbps on the move, and 1Gbps when stationary. Anything below that was really an enhancement of 3G, until the US networks starting marketing 4G as basically anything. Anyway, semantics aside, it’s impressive that LTE is moving forward at a rapid pace.

The video is presented by Steven Bye, Chief Technical Officer for Sprint. While Steven is a regular at Informa’s LTE events he isn’t at LTE North America, but the aforementioned John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture is appearing, and will be giving a keynote speech on Day One of the LTE North America 2013 conference, taking place on Thursday 21st November 2013.

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