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LTE World Summit 2014 – Day One Round-Up

Once again the LTE World Summit returned to the sunny streets on Amsterdam, or at least to the interior of the RAI exhibition centre, which is nearly as good. This time up on stage a live Twitter feed was visible behind the speakers, providing an opportunity for those in the audience to get their Tweet up on the big screen in real-time – always a thrill.

Proceedings were kicked off by Erik Hoving, CTO of KPN. Hoving reiterated a theme that he has expressed before from this platform – that operators need to move away from specifications and become more people centric.

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“We need to figure out the role of the smartphone,” he said. “The future isn’t about LTE or 5G, it’s about users. If we don’t understand users, we don’t have a role to play. We need to move to a user centric world.”

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Interview: Head of Network Strategy, EE: “NFV is an enabler for service evolution including some ideas being discussed for 5G.”

Paul Ceely, head of network strategy, EE

Paul Ceely, head of network strategy, EE

Want to find out more about what comes after 4G? Paul Ceely, head of network strategy at EE is speaking on the subject of evolving beyond LTE on Day One of the 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. In this interview we find out his views on the impact new technology such as NFV will make and how the carrier plans to maintain its 4G leadership.

Do you feel any pressure for EE to be leaders in terms of network technology?

Our ambition and vision is to build the best network and best service so our customers trust us with their digital lives.  And to this end we see network technology and more specifically LTE and LTE-A as a way to maintain network leadership.  Technology is evolving increasingly quickly, both on the user device side and the network, and so to maintain network leadership we must maintain technology leadership.

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Interview: SVP & Head of Network Technology, R&D Center, SK Telecom: “SK Telecom believes that NFV technology will become a key enabler in its mid-to-long term network structure innovation.”

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

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

In this interview ahead of the LTE World Summit, Park Jin-Hyo, SVP & Head of Network Technology at the R&D Center, SK Telecom, tells us how the Korean operator is taking a lead on virtualization and gives us a glimpse of what benefits a fully-fledged VoLTE and LTE Advanced network can bring end-users.

Do you feel any pressure for SK Telecom to be leaders in the network technology space?

With the world’s first commercialization of CDMA, multi-carrier, VoLTE, and LTE-Advanced, SK Telecom has been a pioneer in developing mobile network technologies. Rather than pressure, we feel pride for pursuing the best customer experience through providing leading and differentiated technologies.

To what extent have you virtualised your network and how important will NFV be in the future?

Our ultimate goal is to virtualize all telecommunications equipment in implementing software. However, considering the possible impact on the existing network, in 2014 we plan to start with IMS, telecommunications infrastructure to provide HD Voice, as it is based on a general-purpose hardware server and therefore easier to apply virtualization technology.

After validating performance and stability of IT virtualization, we will continue to virtualize other network equipment as well. Going beyond virtualization of core network functions, we plan to apply the technology on base stations, the access point with customer, eventually aiming to innovate the whole structure of telecommunications infrastructure.

By applying NFV technology, a MNO can efficiently cope with ever-increasing data traffic by securing flexible network structure, apply new services at an incomparably faster pace and, as hardware and software will be separated also provide more business opportunities to SMEs. As such, SK Telecom believes that NFV technology will become a key enabler in its mid-to-long term network structure innovation.

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Interview: CTO, Telstra: “While the wearable’s space has thrown up some interesting opportunities the consumer proposition has yet to mature.”

Hugh Bradlow, CTO, Telstra

Hugh Bradlow, CTO, Telstra

Telstra is one of the world leaders when it comes to leading edge network technology. We hear from its CTO Hugh Bradlow on what it’s been doing on LTE Advanced and what its plans for the future are in technologies such as LTE Broadcast. To hear more from Hugh Bradlow on this subject, sign up to 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.

What’s the latest on Telstra’s LTE network? For example, at what stage are your plans for LTE Advanced and VoLTE?

Telstra has been amongst the world leaders in pushing LTE-Advanced. We have done a number of trials on our network of carrier aggregation, including a world first in May this year in aggregating three 2x20MHz FDD bands between 1,800MHz (1 band) and 2,600MHz (2 bands) to achieve live network speeds of 450Mbps. We have also tested carrier aggregation across the 700MHz and 1,800MHz bands. We continue to evaluate the use of VoLTE in our network but at this stage, do not see any compelling reason to deploy it urgently.

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Where next for LTE?

Keith Dyer is Editor of The Mobile Network

Keith Dyer is Editor of The Mobile Network

For understandable reasons, most attention regarding LTE progression tends to focus on the sort of technical features that will boost capacities and decrease latencies across the network. I’m thinking of those items that are about enabling Carrier Aggregation, interference cancellation, HetNet co-ordination, increased antenna arrays and so on.

But LTE as a technology is also travelling in another direction. If the “more features enabling more bandwidth” path represents a vertical deepening of LTE’s capabilities, you might call this other direction a horizontal expansion. That is because this direction of travel sees LTE radio technology being used for something other than increased cellular capacities, but instead utilises (in the proper meaning of that word) LTE for a wider range of applications. Although these may be niche use cases, I think they are interesting to keep an eye on for three main reasons.

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Interview – VP Product Development, Orange Technocentre: “we believe that cameras, together with more upstream capacities will lead to new business or consumer services.”

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Pierre François Dubois, VP Product Development, Orange Technocentre

Will eMBMS be a success in 2014 or beyond? This is what Pierre François Dubois, VP Product Development at the Orange Technocentre will be discussing on Day One of the 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we caught up with him to gain a sneak peek at his insights into this and other LTE technologies such as VoLTE.

LTE Broadcast/eMBMS – hasn’t the wireless industry been here before and why will it be different this time?

There have been several attempts in the last ten years to enrich mobile networks with broadcast solutions, but all of them failed for two main reasons: no real breakthrough in terms of service for the consumer and the difficulty of building an ecosystem (the second being often the consequence of the first one). Integrated Mobile Broadcast (IMB) with 3G was a good idea as it could enable many MNOs to leverage useless TD spectrum they acquired with 3G but it came too late, and with 4G in the horizon no one made the first move.

It is too early to say that eMBMS will be a success but the situation is obviously different:

–          On the fixed access side, mixing broadcast and interactive services has led to new business models in the media industry. It inspires MNOs and their partners as mobile network are more and more content and video driven.

–          4G has been fully designed for data and anticipated eMBMS in the standard, which was not the case with IMB.

–          The technology is close to maturity. The chipsets are there and end-to-end trials have been completed by several MNOs.

“Will there be a true business model for this technology?” remains the main question and the answer may vary from one country to another.

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