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.
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.
Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics
Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics and is moderating the panel session entitled, “How Can a Converged, Dual Mode FD and TD Network Most Effectively Work?”, taking place on Day One of the TD-LTE Summit, taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Click here to download a brochure.
In this interview we catch up with him to get a insightful overview into TD-LTE and 4G in general in 2014. He explains how ending roaming charges could be a game changer for Europe, discussed the introduction of LTE Broadcast and the effects of China’s 4G roll-out could have on the TD-LTE eco-system.
Roaming, especially within Europe is a high on the EU digital agenda. Is the lowering of roaming pricing through regulation a threat or an opportunity for operators?
The latest EU roaming regulation is potentially a game changer for roaming business in Europe. Many options for technical and commercial models may rise with the regulatory update. Although there are a lot of uncertainties and challenges in the roaming market, the data roaming should be an opportunity for mobile operators. Regulation has turned Europe into an innovative market for roaming products, in many cases with pricing already significantly below the regulated ceiling. Currently, 90 per cent of data roaming traffic in the EU is on Wi-Fi rather than cellular networks, so there is a real opportunity there for operators to grow, despite the pressure on pricing.