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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: 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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