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Discover the Untapped LTE Markets of Asia

This blog was written as part of the LTE Asia 2015 content series

This blog was written as part of the LTE Asia 2015 content series

LTE adoption is exploding in Japan, Korea and other highly developed Asian countries; but in this “red ocean” competition is fierce – companies find themselves in a continuous arms race to deliver the most innovative solutions and keep their service offering one step ahead of the curve.

In the Emerging Markets of Asia (EMAP) development has, until now, been slower. But the opportunity for growth is huge.

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2015 – The Year for VoLTE!

Sonal Ghelani, Senior Researcher VoLTE & 5G at Informa Telecoms & Media

Sonal Ghelani, Senior Researcher VoLTE & 5G at Informa Telecoms & Media

Mobile operators have finally seen first deployments of this much talked about service and VoLTE is evolving as the platform of choice for voice calls + enabling additional services over the network.

VoLTE platforms are making significant progress in VoWiFi services too, with the aim of improved in-building coverage, however the quality of services is yet to be defined due to the complexity of the network.

As VoLTE is said to provide a long term solution for voice, does this mean 3G networks can be retired? What other benefits does VoLTE offer and how does this help operators retain profits, that were until quite recently lost to OTT players?

The 3rd Annual LTE Voice Summit, will address all current and pressing questions surrounding Voice over LTE along with bringing tier 1 operators + vendors sharing latest case studies from live VoLTE networks! Register + Join this flagship event today @ http://voice.lteconference.com/

The Most Important LTE Markets in the World…

The pocket sized Bolt! streams 4G to smartphones, tablets or laptops – making high speed LTE accessible on the move.

The pocket sized Bolt! streams 4G to smartphones, tablets or laptops – making high speed LTE accessible on the move.

The emerging markets of Asia (EMAP) could soon be the most important LTE markets in the World.

All eyes are on the emerging markets of Asia Pacific; countries including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam among others, as they begin to deploy and expand their LTE networks.

Studies show that EMAP is set to outstrip the developing markets of Asia Pacific (Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia) in terms of LTE subscribers by 2017, creating a tremendous opportunity for LTE players across the region. As demand grows, users will require connectivity throughout the region, meaning more complex networks, better service and competitive rates across the board. (more…)

LTE Deployments in Emerging Markets – Interview with Marc Zirka, Head of Corporate Strategy, Bakcell

Marc Zirka, Head of Corporate Strategy, Bakcell

Marc Zirka, Head of Corporate Strategy, Bakcell

Some of the discussions at LTE MENA 2015 will examine the challenges of deploying LTE in the emerging markets in the region. One of the key questions at the event will be what does it take to rollout a successful commercial LTE network?

To help us understand the challenges of LTE rollout, we caught up with keynote speaker Marc Zirka, Head of Corporate Strategy at Bakcell, ahead of their commercial LTE launch. He gave us a breakdown of the challenges they faced preparing to deploy their network and key insights into the strategy and thought process behind their decision to deploy LTE.

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5G by 2020: Hype or reality?

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

Although 5G is still just a vague concept, the hype around this next generation technology continues with EE and NTT DoCoMo both recently in the news showcasing their activities in this space.

Last week, NTT DoCoMo announced their plans for major 5G trials in an attempt to demonstrate the potential of 5G mobile technologies at frequency bands above 6GHz. The operator plans to collaborate with six of the industry’s leading equipment vendors – Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung – each running in parallel on a specific trial as part of an overall proof of concept.

Furthermore, here in the UK, although we’re only just getting to grips with 4G (with even this being a long way off for most), EE have already shown signs that they’re already on the countdown to 5G.

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Over-the-top services: Is now the time to join them?

Sonal Ghelani

Conference Researcher, Informa Telecoms & Media

In recent years we have seen a rapid growth in the use of over-the-top (OTT) applications for voice and messaging communications, which has forced operators to think twice about how they will protect critical voice revenues from attrition.

We saw the launch of TU Me by the carrier Telefonica in 2012, a free VoIP voice and messaging app, which was offered to customers to compete with the likes of Skype/Whatsapp.  The carriers scraped the idea a year later as they failed to make significant revenue or dent customer loyalty that OTT platforms such as Skype already have.

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Will LTE Broadcast be a success this time around?

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

LTE Broadcast, hit the news this week, as KPN became the first operator in the Netherlands to conduct live tests using the technology,  during a football game between Ajax against NEC. The trials were conducted at the Amsterdam Arena, and were in conjunction with Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung and IBM.

12 months ago, LTE Broadcast was a relatively new technology with Ericsson leading the way with interest from Telstra and Verizon. In 2014, we are already seeing it gain more and more momentum within the increasingly converging mobile and broadcast ecosystem with KPN now joining the growing list of operators jumping on the LTE Broadcast bandwagon and hoping to realise the potential of this exciting technology.

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What does the future hold for LTE Proximity Services?

Dominie Roberts

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

Over the past few months, we have been hearing more and more about LTE Proximity Services and LTE Direct. These discussions are being driven by a handful of key players in the market, in particular Qualcomm and Deutsche Telekom.

But what is LTE Direct? This is Qualcomm’s preferred term for a new and innovative device-to-device technology that will enable users to discover other devices and services within a proximity radius of ~500m.

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‘VoLTE Calling’: Are we ready for Voice-over-LTE?

Sonal Ghelani

Conference Researcher, Informa Telecoms & Media

Voice-over-LTE is a much awaited technology that has seen many trials since its first commercial launch by Korea’s SK Telecom and MetroPCS in the US in 2012. With 279 LTE networks now deployed around the world, according to the GSA, it is expected that 2014 will be the year that will see VoLTE more widely launched.

VoLTE promises clearer calls that will connect much quicker and use less bandwidth, thus the move from legacy circuit-switched networks onto LTE networks is vital. Successful VoLTE calls require VoLTE technology in the network along with compatible devices, such as those made by Samsung, and these have already been used in trials by Verizon, AT&T and EE, though the GSA now lists 329 devices that support VoLTE’s W-AMR codec.

What is also important are the other services, and therefore monetisation opportunities, that VoLTE enables over the network—how this technology is becoming the evolution of voice services and how it might bring different ecosystems together to provide great customer experience.

VoLTE will be a hot topic at the upcoming LTE World Summit in June, but also later in the year the LTE Voice Summit 2014, a dedicated voice event, will present speakers from Orange, Vodafone, EE, Telefonica, SK Telecom, LG Uplus and many other operators. At the event these operators will share their experiences and provide an insight on use and test cases of VoLTE deployments, along with discussing the fundamental reasons why carriers are implementing VoLTE.

Will it be successful in creating another revenue stream for operators, or is it just to eliminate the treat by OTT players? Come and join this debate at the LTE World Summit on 24-25th June, and at the LTE Voice Summit on the 7-8th October 2014, London.

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Data Analytics in LTE Monetization

Suzanne Rankine

Suzanne Rankine
Conference Researcher, LTE World Series,
Informa Telecoms & Media

Operators that leverage the power of data analytics have a chance to uncover hidden revenue opportunities.

With a phone in almost every person’s pocket, it’s no surprise that mobile operators have access to huge amounts of subscriber data. Rather than just sitting on it though, thanks to the power of data analytics operators can uncover important insights into consumer behaviour. These insights can then be turned into targeted monetization opportunities and new revenue streams for operators.

For example, operators can analyse the data to find out the more about the services consumers are using, such as discovering the most popular OTT services, how they are using them, and by whom? They can assess how consumer trends vary from device to device, accurately predict the services individuals are most likely to pay more for and then offer these premium services to consumers. They can also track new service rollouts and monitor consumer experience to make services even more successful.

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How small cells will boost operator networks in 2014 and set them on the path to HetNets

Dominie Roberts

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

With more and more of us using our smartphone on the move, demand on LTE networks is growing rapidly and operators are coming under increasing pressure to both increase network capacity and ensure QoS.

MWC 2014 gave us a sneak-peek into the future possibilities of the mobile space with exhibitors showcasing their solutions and technologies, paving the way towards 5G, IoT, wearables, M2M, LTE Broadcast, VoLTE and so on.

Despite the future looking bright in terms of these advanced technologies, it is important that operators don’t run before they can walk and overlook the impact on the network from increasing consumer demand.

For consumers, the networks’ shortcomings become evident in densely-populated situations, such as sporting events, festivals and large conferences/exhibitions, where the networks experience huge challenges in providing fast and reliable mobile communications services.

These shortcomings need to be addressed before mobile network operators are able to move forwards and meet standards, and for MNOs, creating HetNets and implementing LTE Advanced are crucial steps towards increasing capacity in the networks, particularly at these busy locations.

HetNets are now perceived as key drivers in ensuring the ongoing success of LTE and LTE-A, and towards the development of 5G.

In the more advanced markets, building out the Heterogenous Networks will be high on many operators’ agenda for 2014. Vodafone has already deployed SpiderCloud’s enterprise small cells in the Netherlands and is now looking at rolling out small cells in the UK to support enhanced, in-building mobile coverage.

AT&T has spent 2013 trialling small cells to find the optimum locations and is planning to deploy these this year. AT&T is so serious about improving its network that it has even rolled out a new advertising campaign called “Better Network”, which illustrates exactly how AT&T is improving coverage and capacity.

HetNets will in the future play a pivotal role in addressing the capacity needs for high traffic surges and small cells will be an important focus for many operators in 2014.

At this year’s LTE World Summit, which takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam, we are including a dedicated small cells session on the 24th June featuring presentations and panel discussions addressing the key opportunities and challenges around the technology. With expert speakers from many companies such as Vodafone, Three, PT Telekomunikasi, Telus, SpiderCloud Wireless, Actix, Huawei, Gemalto and Comba Telecom International, this event is not to be missed and will provide a necessary platform showcasing the key developments in today’s HetNet’s ecosystem.

 

Will Europe lead the way towards 5G?

Dominie Roberts

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

5G is fast becoming one of the key talking points dominating the telco space and was one of the major themes to come out of this year’s MWC. Despite the fact that 5G dominated numerous discussions at MWC, there is indeed still much uncertainty over what 5G actually is.

Many argue that 5G is just a buzzword, however the level of debate around 5G at MWC indicates that it is no longer just a marketing ploy but is moving towards becoming something much more substantial with a growing number of associations and research institutions paving the way from LTE to 5G.

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Is The Market Ready For Active Antenna Systems?

Suzanne Rankine

Suzanne Rankine
Conference Researcher, LTE World Series,
Informa Telecoms & Media

As we move further into the LTE era, antenna systems must evolve to keep up with increasing capacity demand.

Challenges arise as operators battle against limited and expensive real estate and congestion at current sites. It’s becoming clear that operators have to do more with the space they have available if they are to provide the capacity that today’s LTE subscribers expect.

One solution currently in development are Active Antenna Systems (AAS). A recent paper from Commscope (top link), outlined the benefits of AAS. It states that AAS demonstrates significant potential to reduce the site footprint, offers built-in redundancy and improved thermal performance, which can result in lower failure rates. However, despite being ‘in field trials’ for almost 20 years, AAS are yet to reach the mass market.

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