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Combining DSL and LTE to boost the user experience

Today in many cases, DSL subscribers do not get sufficient data rates through their DSL line, which results in poor internet user experience at home. There are several ways and technologies available to increase the access speeds through the DSL line: upgrading from ADSL to VDSL; upgrading from VDSL to VDSL bonding; using VDSL Vectoring, bringing the Network (Central Office) closer to the subscriber to shorten the loop length, and using fibre, among others. However, all these technologies require an investment/upgrade of the network infrastructure.

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Interview: Chief Technology Officer, Nextel Brasil: “Nextel Brazil depends on its network quality in order to ensure an excellent experience for its customers.”

Nestor Bergero, chief technology officer for Nextel Brasil

Nestor Bergero, chief technology officer for Nextel Brasil

Nestor Bergero, chief technology officer for Nextel Brasil is speaking at the LTE Latin America conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the show we get a brief update on its LTE network status.

What is the status of your LTE roll-out and how big an impact will it make on your customers in 2014?

So far our LTE Network has been deployed in the M Band on 1800MHZ in Rio de Janeiro where we have strong brand recognition. We are also very successful in the post-paid segment with 3G. Currently we are looking for an LTE license for São Paulo.

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Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil: “We believe that more people will have Internet access through 4G than through fixed broadband by 2017.”

Artur Coimbra, Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil

Artur Coimbra, Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil

Artur Coimbra, Broadband Department, Director, MINISTERIO DAS COMUNICAÇÕES, Brazil is taking part in a regulator panel discussion entitled : “Spectrum Consolidation and Challenges and Opportunities for LTE Success”, taking place at the LTE Latin America conference on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his vision for the future of telcoms in Brazil.

What your vision for the future of Brazil’s telecommunications in the next few years?

Mobile telecommunications in Brazil will keep growing as the major vehicle of Internet access to the population, especially for those who are looking to gain access to the Internet for the first time. That will happen naturally. On the other hand, despite some investment in optical fibre, local networks will be made to support 4G deployment and usage—we think that the growth of FTTx technologies will not increase at the same level as 4G access, for example. Therefore we think a number of incentives will be needed to foster fixed broadband access networks growth.

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Interview: Online Director at FOX International Channels, Brazil: “The rise of LTE is driving the move to video on demand.”

Marcel Della Negra, FOXMarcel Della Negra, Online Director at FOX International Channels is taking part in a panel discussion entitled, “Strategic Partnerships for the Market Development”, on Day Two of the LTE LATAM conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With the rise of mobile data, how are customer expectations of content changing?

Customers are now increasingly starting to watch full TV episodes on mobile and it is my expectation that this will increase even further with 4G.

What impact is the rise of LTE having on your decisions?

The rise of LTE is driving the move to video on demand, and watching live transmissions over IP.

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Interview: CTO, TIM BRASIL: “The biggest challenge for sure is to find the right balance between investment, data growth and quality.”

Carlo Filangieri, CTO, TIM BRASIL

Carlo Filangieri, the CTO of TIM BRASIL

Carlo Filangieri, the CTO of TIM BRASIL is speaking in a panel session entitled, “How Operators Are Meeting Rural Areas Coverage Obligations in Brazil?”, taking place on Day Two of the LTE Latin America conference is taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this interview we find out a bit more about the challenges of connectivity in rural Brazil and if he is in favour on spectrum and infrastructure sharing. 

Brazil is such a large country – what are the main challenges in getting 4G out to rural areas?

For sure, the biggest problem in rural areas in Brazil is the lack of fibre optic that’s mandatory for a 4G site. However, another issue that we have is the frequency used for 4G, namely 2.5GHz. This frequency is more suitable for micro coverage than for wide coverage in as rural areas. In order to support rural coverage we are working to build fibre in the country, sharing the investment costs with other operators as much as possible.

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LTE MENA 2014 brochure now available for download

Following on from last year’s hugely successful event LTE MENA is back in Dubai for its fourth year. Returning with a new conference programme including, greater representation from the whole ecosystem, more operator case studies and more influential LTE experts than ever before.

This last year has been one of increased growth and development and many countries in the MENA region now have commercially deployed LTE networks with increasing numbers of subscribers and rapidly diversifying service offerings. Further to this are the countries in the strategic and planning stages of deployment, ready to launch over the next few months.

Download the Full Conference Brochure Here

LTE MENA is back in Dubai for its 4th year at the Conrad, Dubai, UAE. 

dubai_hotelsCheck out the top speakers coming to the event

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This year LTE MENA will look closely at the monetization aspects of LTE and how the network can bring increasing sources of revenue to the operator.  We will examine the new services that operators are providing for their subscribers and the infrastructure that is needed to make these services possible.

LTE MENA will also examine the emerging markets of the region. We will bring together the most exciting case studies and hear from the most innovative operators that are making LTE rollout a reality.

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Interview: President, Teleco: “Operators are changing their focus to data services.”

Eduardo Tude, President of Teleco

Eduardo Tude, President of Teleco

Eduardo Tude, President of consultancy Teleco will be speaking on LTE roaming at the LTE Latin America conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the conference we find out his views on how the 4G market will progress in Brazil in 2014 and how LTE will change the user experience.

What progress will be made in the nascent LTE market in Brazil and the wider LATAM region in 2014?

There are LTE networks in 13 countries in Latin America and Brazil, reaching one million 4G subscribers in 2013. The price of 4G smartphones is still the main obstacle for 4G diffusion in LATAM. Teleco expected that Brazil will end 2014 with five million 4G subscribers.

Is there still growth in voice and SMS in the region or will the focus switch to data?

Voice and SMS are still growing in some countries, even in Brasil, but a lower rate. Operators are changing their focus to data services building 3G and 4G networks.

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LTE LATAM 2014 brochure now available for download

LTE Latin America – the region’s ONLY dedicated LTE show, is back for 2014 and the full conference brochure is now available to download.

Download the Full Conference Brochure Here

Rio de Janeiro welcomes the event back as the host city with the two day event taking place from the 28-30 April at the Windsor Barra Hotel

windsors barra view

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Interview: President of On Telecom Brazil: “On expects that demand for access to rich-media coverage of the [World Cup] will drive demand for high-quality broadband access.”

Farès Nassar, President, ON TELECOM BRASIL

Farès Nassar, President, ON TELECOM BRASIL

Fares Nassar is President of On Telecom Brazil, a new operator looking to improve the quality of broadband access for Brazilians. Nasar is taking part in the CxO panel discussion on Day One of the LTE Latin America conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the show  we find a bit more about the new venture and the impact it hopes to have on the country in the year of the World Cup.

Please tell me a little about On Telecom?

On Telecom is a new operator, founded by industry veterans, with the mission of providing high-quality broadband Internet access to residences and businesses using the most advanced wireless broadband technology to date, TD-LTE. On has spectrum concessions throughout the state of São Paulo, Brazil and has already started deploying its services in 2013 in five cities.

How big a hunger is there for 4G in Brazil?

Brazil, despite being one of the world 10 largest economies, seriously lags in terms of true broadband connectivity. Both in terms of number of broadband accesses as well as in average broadband speed, Brazil´s ranking is below 70th. New applications such as IPTV, tele-education, gaming and rich social media are further fueling the demand for quality broadband connectivity, and Brazilians rank very high in terms of usage of such services and applications. The infrastructure must now follow to cope with the exploding demand.

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Interview: Technology consultant, Oi Brazil: “Oi considers small cells as important tools for improving customer experience by increasing coverage and capacity.”

Alberto Boaventura

Alberto Boaventura, technology consultant for Oi Brazil

Oi Brasil is the brand name of Telemar, one of the four large carriers operating in Brazil, with over 50 million subscribers as of December 2013, according to Informa’s WCIS statistics. LTE deployment and uptake is in its early stages, but Alberto Boaventura, technology consultant for Oi, describes how delivering capacity rather than speed is the focus for its network deployment.

Boaventura is speaking at the fifth annual LTE LATAM conference, taking place on the 28th-30th April 2014, at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where you can catch him speaking on Day Two describing a case study focusing on how 4G is providing a new level of experience for customers.

How big an opportunity is the forthcoming World Cup for Oi Brasil?

Oi is as official sponsor of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and our focus is to accomplish this important mission.

How important will LTE roaming be in time for the World Cup next year?

Currently, the infrastructure and interconnection agreements are on course to provide LTE Roaming in 2014.

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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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LTE Webinar: Pricing Strategies

map-latin-america-370x229If you’re interested in any way in LTE pricing strategies then you’ll want to check out this upcoming webinar, focusing on the LATAM region.

2013 has seen a steady increase in the number of LTE deployments in Latin America. The region now has 24 live networks, and 2014 is set to keep up the momentum. For instance, six new 4G networks are expected to be rolled out in Colombia alone, and other countries are planning to auction the highly-prized 700MHz spectrum.

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