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Interview with José Otero, Director of Latin America & the Caribbean, 4G AMERICAS

José Otero, Director of Latin America & the Caribbean, 4G AMERICAS

José Otero, Director of Latin America & the Caribbean, 4G AMERICAS

Ahead of LTE Latin America 2015 in Rio de Janeiro next month, Informa’s LTE World Series team sat down with José Otero, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean at 4G Americas, to discuss the present and future of LTE in the region.

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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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Interview: Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas: “The spectrum crunch is a critical issue in the U.S.”

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas is delivering a keynote address on the subject of “Challenges to LTE Progress”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on November 21-22 2013, Westin Galleria, Dallas, Texas. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the successes and challenges in the US LTE market.

We’ve been talking about the massive increase in demand for data for a long while. How do you say the carriers are doing dealing with that?

The operators are doing a great job in trying to manage the robust demand for mobile data. The four national carriers in the North American market—AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint—are investing billions of dollars each year to increase network capacity and efficiency. While there are still significant challenges in attaining more spectrum to meeting the robust demand the operators are making tremendous progress in their LTE network coverage. This is exemplified by AT&T expecting LTE to reach 270 million POPS and T-Mobile expecting to reach 205 million POPS by the end of 2013.

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