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LTE North America post-show report now available

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The LTE North America conference took place last month and was a huge success attracting more than 1300 attendees, a record number for the show. They heard from more than 200 speakers on site, with over 40 per cent of the audience consisting of carriers.

Check out the video to see in event in full flow, and to find out more you can now download the full post-show report.

See you all next year!

Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas: “We are seeing such incredible innovation and growth in the mobile broadband wireless industry.”

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications and Analyst Relations, 4G Americas chaired the ‘The future of LTE’ track at the recent LTE North America conference, which took place in Dallas, Texas, and hosted the LTE North America 2013 Awards. Here she gives here insight into the challenges facing operators in the coming year and what were her key take-away from the conference.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges as US LTE evolves in the coming year?

Among the challenges facing mobile network operators in the US is the need for more spectrum, specifically internationally harmonised spectrum. The President and the FCC have recognised that to remain a leader in mobile innovation, the US must allocate 500MHz of spectrum over the coming years for mobile broadband services to serve society and to continue enabling innovation, connectivity and the economy. The right steps are being taken already; for example, with the November letter from the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) endorsing the repurposing of federal spectrum for commercial mobile broadband as recommended by the private sector. NTIA’s letter will help to free up the valuable 1755-1780MHz spectrum, allowing it to be paired with the 2155-2180MHz band that is internationally harmonised for deployment of mobile broadband LTE technology.

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LTE North America 2013: round-up

While Europe can stake a claim to be first with LTE, and Asia can boast of being the most advanced right now, the US is undoubtedly the largest market for LTE, with customers in the many millions. With the likes of AT&T have virtually completed their roll outs, Sprint really getting going, and many smaller players also pushing LTE, there was a lot to discuss at this year’s LTE North America 2013, which was the only 4G industry event taking place this year.

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Altair Semiconductor wins LTE North America 2013 “Best Chipset” Award

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HOD HASHARON, Israel and DALLAS, TX – November 22, 2013 – Altair Semiconductor, the world’s leading developer of high-performance, single-mode LTE chipsets, today announced it has won the “Best Chipset/Processor Product” award at the 2013  LTE North America conference.

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LTE North America 2013 – Signaling Day: Pictures

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LTE North America 2013 – Signaling Day Round Up

LTE North America started today with the Signaling Focus Day. With a busy room and a buzz around the place already the next two days are shaping up to be a fantastic experience for all involved.

With interesting presentations and panel discussions around signaling it was a great way to start three packed days of learning and networking.

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The Highlights:

  • Over 130 attendees in the room to kick off the session
  • Signaling for Success: Very popular opening presentation from Infonetics – “Singaling storm showing no signs of abating”. AT&T case study showing World Series Game 4’s total traffic is equal to more than 560,000 social media posts
  • Joint presentation from Diametriq and Connectem about Bridging the Generation Gap – Interworking between 3G, 4G and More
  • Sharing Real World Uses Cases and Learning from Diameter Network Deployments Across the World – really interesting discussion points from the interactive panel discussion
  • Presentation on Software-Defined Intelligent Networks from Oracle that got people thinking
  • Interesting thoughts on Using Diameter to Scale Tier 1 networks given to us by F5

Don’t forget tomorrow the LTE North America Awards are coming to town!

This year including live music, the top players in North America’s 4G industry will be in attendance to network and find out who all the big winners are as well as enjoying themselves in a relaxed setting from 7.00pm.

This is just taster of the first of our packed three days. Day 1 of the conference tomorrow will bring record numbers of attendees and exhibitors at the only 4G event in North America this year. If you missed today it’s not too late to be involved, get yourself down to the event tomorrow and register at the desk!

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Sprint looking to live up to its name with 1.3GHz TD-LTE demo

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Sprint has demoed speeds of over 1.3Gbps in tests with its infrastructure partner NSN

Despite its name, Sprint, the US carrier, was for the past couple of years, left in the slow lane for data as it saw its rivals Verizon Wirelesss, and AT&T streak ahead and launch LTE. However, in recent months it has gone through a large amount of network evolution, retiring its iDEN network, and acquiring Clearwire, giving it access to a large swathe of spectrum, enabling it to complete with the big guys.

Recently it announced Sprint Spark, which it dubs an ‘ultra-fast’ LTE service delivering speeds of 50-60Mbps. In a recent interview with the LTE World Series, Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, of Sprint said it plans to do this using a bunch of LTE Advanced technologies, specifically carrier aggregation to make 40, 60 and 80MHz bandwidth pipes, and MIMO techniques.

It hasn’t happened quite yet though, and according to this test in early November 2013 from the Wall Street Times, Walt Mossberg, who performed LTE 20 speed tests in three locations, AT&T is the fastest overall network. However, it does vary greatly by region, and if you look at 2min 54 in the video on the page you’ll see that in Silicon Valley, the heartland of all things tech, Sprint easily wins with average speeds of over 20Mbps, nearly double of AT&T.

However, it’s not content with stopping there. As demonstrated in the video below it has conducted tests with its new partner NSN, where, in test conditions, it has achieved a heady 1.3Gbps on the downlink in a single sector, around 10 times the throughput of today’s commercial networks. This is using its TDD spectrum on 2.5GHz band. TD-LTE is of course particularly efficient use of spectrum and the high frequency enables the faster speeds.

As impressive as that sounds, it’s worth stepping back and observing that this is only slightly faster than the speeds that up until just a few years ago, the ITU officially designated at 4G. True 4G was originally only meant to be used for networks that could deliver 100Mbps on the move, and 1Gbps when stationary. Anything below that was really an enhancement of 3G, until the US networks starting marketing 4G as basically anything. Anyway, semantics aside, it’s impressive that LTE is moving forward at a rapid pace.

The video is presented by Steven Bye, Chief Technical Officer for Sprint. While Steven is a regular at Informa’s LTE events he isn’t at LTE North America, but the aforementioned John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture is appearing, and will be giving a keynote speech on Day One of the LTE North America 2013 conference, taking place on Thursday 21st November 2013.

VP of Government & Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council: “Utilities are likely to use LTE to leverage the worldwide economies of scale that will likely follow.”

Brett Kilbourne, VP of Government & Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council

Brett Kilbourne, VP of Government & Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council

Brett Kilbourne, VP of Government & Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council is taking part in a panel discussion on “Perspectives on the Urban/Rural Issues for FirstNet” on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we talk to him about how LTE use public for safety and utilities overlap.

What is the opportunity that public safety LTE provides for utilities companies?

Utilities need access to broadband spectrum to support their increasing communications needs for smart grid and other enhanced applications. They currently have extensive land mobile communications systems, but these are mostly narrowband.  They also have extensive microwave, but these are for point-to-point communications and don’t generally provide wide area coverage and mobile communications. The opportunity afforded by public safety is to share the 700MHz PSBN to support the increased communications needs of utilities, and to promote interoperability and emergency response with public safety during emergencies.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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Adding Capacity Is a “Small Cell” Matter

This post is by Philip Sorrells, Vice President, Site Solutions, CommScope

This post is by Philip Sorrells, Vice President, Site Solutions, CommScope

Everybody’s talking about them, but what exactly is a small cell? In many people’s minds, a small cell is a very low power femto cell, installed in a home or office. It’s a radio device. In my mind (and in many others, too), a small cell is anything that is not a typical macro site, deployed to solve a network capacity problem.

Small cells can be indoor or outdoor. They can vary in power level. Some are carrier grade, some are for consumers. But what defines a small cell is not one of these characteristics, but rather what a small cell is trying to do—add capacity in some manner besides a standard macro site.

With that definition in mind, I see four viable “small cell” paths for wireless operators to explore for expanding wireless capacity:

  • Distributed antenna system (DAS) – the original small cell. DAS has proven itself in the field for around for 25 years or so. DAS networks often are multi-operator, multi-technology, high capacity solutions. As Infonetics’ recent research predicts, the DAS market will continue to grow as DAS has already established itself in the operators’ toolkits.
  • Pico cells or mini remote radio heads. These solutions are targeted at adding capacity in medium to large buildings, for one operator only.
  • Multibeam antennas and sector splitting. Certain sectors in macro sites, or whole sites themselves, can be in locations that see tons of data traffic. Such hot sectors need new solutions for adding capacity, increasing gain to penetrate buildings better and/or cover more outdoor space. Splitting a sector in two about doubles the capacity, and with twin beam or multibeam antennas, one antenna can handle the job.
  • Concealed, integrated metro cells. These are basically mini macro sites, designed to address the common problems of site acquisition and licensing in congested areas. The remote radio unit, antenna and other RF path equipment are concealed in one monopole type structure.

All of these four solutions need to address the challenges of site acquisition, power, backhaul and network performance to meet operators’ needs.

What do you think of these small cell approaches? What advice can you give about deploying them in the field?

I will be talking more about them in my presentation at LTE North America on November 21 at 12:15 p.m. titled “So You Want to Go Small? – Practical Considerations for Adding Capacity in a Small Cell Approach.” (Quite a long title for a “small” subject, I know.)

Interview: Senior Technical Advisor, Canadian Safety and Security Program: “the real challenge is in ensuring that the public safety community has total confidence that the technology will work.”

Claudio Lucente, Senior Technical Advisor (Contractor), Canadian Safety and Security Program is speaking on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find about about importance of LTE to Canadian Public Safety systems.

Claudio Lucente, Senior Technical Advisor, (Contractor), CSSP

Claudio Lucente, Senior Technical Advisor (Contractor), Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is speaking on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find about about importance of LTE to Canadian Public Safety systems.

To put things in context please give me some background on the Canadian Safety and Security Program.

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, in partnership with Public Safety Canada. The program’s mandate is to provide science and technology solutions, support and advice to various issues impacting public safety and security, including chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives threats, critical infrastructure protection, surveillance, intelligence and interdiction, emergency management systems and interoperability, support to domestic operations and responder safety and operational effectiveness.

The CSSP is providing technical support and advice to the development of a Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) in Canada, which is a significant national effort coordinated by Public Safety Canada, involving different policy, governance, and technical issues and many different partners in both the public and private sectors. Through the CSSP, we’ve put in place Technical Working Groups involving approximately 80 participants from all levels of government, industry and academia who are working together to provide technical advice and recommendations on the PSBN initiative. This includes looking at operational, interoperability and security requirements, as well as proposing a preliminary architecture design for the PSBN.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

Interview: VP Group Marketing North America, Orange: “marketing strategy and pricing parameters are vital to the success of 4G.”

Philippe Andres, VP Group Marketing North America, Orange

Philippe Andres, VP Group Marketing North America, Orange

Philippe Andres, VP Group Marketing North America, Orange is speaking on the subject of “How Do LTE deployments alter the attitude towards Wi-Fi?”, in the Hetnets track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out more about Orange’ is taking a lead in LTE and his thoughts on marketing and pricing.

How is Orange taking the lead in LTE around the world?

There are several examples. Starting with the UK, EE, our joint collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, was until this summer the only 4G LTE operator on the scene since it launched in October 2012. It has taken full advantage of this, and now has LTE market leadership, with more than 1.2 million 4GEE customers.

In September, Amena, Orange’s low cost brand in Spain, launched a new innovative 4G service and aims to cover 15 large cities by the end of 2013. In October, Mobistar, our Belgium subsidiary announced it was speeding up 4G deployment network and to make 15 cities accessible by the end of 2013 and to cover 40 cities more during the first quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, Orange Romania is the first carrier to offer 4G in the entire capital city Bucharest, and we also launched 4G LTE in Poland in the capital city Warsaw.

In addition, in France, we will have 40 per cent population coverage by the end of 2013 and we are the only carrier speeds to offer up to 150Mbps, and 70 per cent of our smartphone range is compatible with this. Finally we are regularly distinguished by the French regulator ARCEP for our network’s quality of service.

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Interview: Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA): “Small cells represent a critical tool in any operator’s arsenal.”

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA)

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA)

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA), is delivering a keynote on Day Two of the of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out how and why small cells are going to become a critical part of every operator’s network.

How would you sell the benefits of using small cells in a network?

It’s a well-publicised fact mobile data usage is continuing to grow with no sign of this abating; as such, carriers need to increase network capacity. While there are a number of means of bolstering capacity – moving to 4G, improving spectrum efficiency, Wi-Fi offload – nothing comes close to frequency reuse through increased numbers of cell sites which improve capacity by up to 1600x. In addition, small cells yield noticeable benefits for the macro network; a 2012 Forum study showed that by placing four small cells within one macro, not only is data offload of over 50 per cent achieved, the macro network performance is improved by 315 per cent. Small cells give operators a relatively low-cost means of augmenting their networks where improvements are needed, whether it’s a busy urban area or remote village with poor coverage. This isn’t to say small cells will supersede macro cells or that they overcome all spectrum limitations, but they do now represent a critical tool in any operator’s arsenal.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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Interview: Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Nevada Division of Emergency Management: “In the drive to go IP, we should pause to consider what the best transport for voice is.”

George Molnar, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Nevada Div of Emergency Management

George Molnar, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Nevada Div of Emergency Management

George Molnar, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Nevada Div of Emergency Management is speaking in the Public Safety LTE track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about some of the key issues surrounding LTE for Public Safety networks.

What are the key benefits you feel LTE brings to public safety networks?

LTE enables us to focus more on the content of communications instead of the technology. By providing reliable and evolving capabilities, LTE enables public safety agencies to better serve their communities. By enabling more and better communications, we enhance responder safety and enable better decision making in the field.

Are there still limitations with LTE technology that will need to be overcome in terms of providing mission-critical voice and data?

LTE isn’t the final stage in communications technology evolution. The ability to provide robust data rates in high-noise situations, with congestion, and to distant users, is important. The ability to rapidly prioritise users and applications for life and property protection is a must. Bandwidth management will be increasingly critical as more demands are made on limited spectrum. Applications designers for public safety tout the amazing things their products can do; only with adequate bandwidth can this work. System designs will need to adapt to increasingly heavy continuous high bandwidth demands.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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Interview: Vice President, Advanced Technology & Strategy, U.S. Cellular: “Carrier aggregation and small cells are two features of LTE Advanced that provide an immediate benefit.”

Narothum Saxena, Vice President, Advanced Technology & Strategy US Cellular

Narothum Saxena, Vice President, Advanced Technology & Strategy US Cellular

Narothum Saxena, Vice President, Advanced Technology & Strategy US Cellular, USA is taking part in a keynote panel discussion on LTE Advanced on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show he explains what the key aspects of LTE Advanced are and why the technology is so important to operators.

What are operators getting so excited about LTE-Advanced, and in particular Carrier Aggregation?

Carrier aggregation allows the operators to increase the bandwidth by aggregating different blocks and sizes of contiguous or non-contiguous spectrum which could be intra-band or inter-band. It allows for efficient management and utilisation of spectrum. For example, if a carrier has 10MHz of AWS (Band 4) and 10MHz of lower 700MHz (Band 12) spectrum they can operate two independent LTE networks, but with carrier aggregation these two different bands can be aggregated into one 20MHz downlink pipe. It’s a more effective use of spectrum that potentially increases throughput. From an operator’s perspective, this provides many benefits such as supporting higher number of users and apps of the future that demand increased bandwidth.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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Interview: SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint: “We have the ability to build a bigger pipe than the competition because of our spectrum position.”

Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint

Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint

Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint is delivering a keynote address on “Analyzing the LTE Opportunity”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show he tells us more about how Sprint is differentiating itself from the competition and gives us the low down on its Spark brand. 

It’s a crowded market out there. How is your network differentiated from the competition?

How we’re different is pretty simple. We have the ability to build a bigger pipe than the competition because of our spectrum position, especially in the top 100 markets. We have a lot of contiguous spectrum at 2.5GHz, and this allows for carrier aggregation to build the big pipes we need to ultimately offer better performance, faster speeds, and unlimited data. We actually want customers to use our LTE network because we will have the capacity to support the demand for high speed data. Where it’s really coming together (how we’re different) can be seen in Sprint SparkSM – an effort that we expect to bring together some of the most advanced technologies in wireless to deliver unprecedented speeds.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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Interview: Principle Member, Technical Staff, Verizon: “Verizon is pushing hard for VoLTE deployments.”

Michael Freiberger, Principle Member, Technical Staff, Verizon

Michael Freiberger, Principle Member, Technical Staff, Verizon

Michael Freiberger, Principle Member, Technical Staff, Verizon is speaking on the subject of LTE’s backhaul design on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. 

How is data usage continuing to develop on your network, and how much of your data usage now goes over LTE?

Verizon’s 4G LTE network now covers 95 per cent of the U.S. population with speeds in the 10 to 12 megabit range. At last count, we have close to 50 LTE-enabled smartphones, tablets and Internet devices. Considering that voice calls currently reside in a separate band, the 10-12 megabit capacity capability of LTE is being used for data and video. Verizon is pushing hard for VoLTE deployments.

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Interview: Chief Engineer, LTE, Texas Department of Public Safety: “We predict progress and success for public safety LTE rollouts.”

Mike Barney, Chief Engineer, LTE, Texas Department of Public Safety

Mike Barney, Chief Engineer, LTE, Texas Department of Public Safety

Mike Barney, Chief Engineer, LTE, Texas Department of Public Safety and Karla Jurrens, Special Project Manager, Texas Department of Public Safety are speaking on “A Discussion on the Differences between Public Safety and Carrier Broadband Networks & Opportunities”, on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

What are the key benefits you feel LTE brings to public safety networks?

There are several benefits that will be critical to public safety.  They include:

  • Ubiquitous operability and interoperability
  • Network Resiliency
  • Priority
  • Security

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Interview: Head of LTE Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, NIST: “LTE-Advanced will bring several important things for public safety.”

Emil Olbrich, Head of LTE Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, NIST

Emil Olbrich, Head of LTE Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, NIST

Emil Olbrich, Head of LTE Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, NIST is speaking in the Public Safety LTE track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Here we speak to him about what still needs to be worked on to get LTE up to speed for public safety requirements.

Are there still limitations with LTE technology that will need to be overcome in terms of providing mission-critical voice and data?

I would say that we need to prove out several of the key features within LTE that are intended to provide a better quality of experience to the end customer. These include the QoS and ARP features and how they’re implemented end-to-end, from the application to device, to RAN to EPC, to app server. The lack of a PTT implementation that meets all of public safety needs will also be something to be proven out or developed too. The use of VoLTE/RCS or an OTT application for telephony based voice/MMS/file transfer is also still being evaluated in order to determine what best meets the needs of public safety.

LTE is a fast evolving standard compared to previous public safety system. Will progressions such as LTE-Advanced have any bearing on the public safety standard?

LTE-Advanced will bring several important things for public safety. Speed is great but the increase in spectral efficiency will also increase the number of simultaneous users on the network and hopefully allow for better cell edge performance. Also the introduction of relay nodes will be important for extending coverage.

How will a Public Safety handset differ from a mainstream LTE handset?

The intent for LTE user equipment for public safety is to remain within the 3GPP LTE standards to reduce time to market, fragmentation and cost. Some users may require specific environmental features (e.g. intrinsically safe, works with gloves, larger speaker, discrete PTT button) and other 3GPP future releases will potentially include higher power and direct mode.

Why is the LTE North America conference such an important date in your diary?

The ability to meet the key vendors and carriers of LTE in a single place is by far the most appealing thing.  Being able to interact with our peers in the LTE space and partake in the latest information regarding technology and analyst presentations is also key to keeping up with the latest innovations.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

Interview: Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Oregon: “mission critical voice will be the biggest challenge.”

teve Noel is Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Oregon

Steve Noel is Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Oregon

Steve Noel is Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Oregon. Ahead of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA, we quiz him on his views on the use of LTE for public safety networks.

What are the key benefits you feel LTE brings to public safety networks?

The first benefit is having a national standard for public safety communications, and the ability to leverage industry standards to enhance technology capabilities. Having dedicated LTE spectrum for use in emergencies and using modern hardware will enables application sharing. It also provides technology flexibility.

Are there still limitations with LTE technology that will need to be overcome in terms of providing mission-critical voice and data?

Yes, especially in rural and frontier areas, where just having a presence will be a challenge. I think mission critical voice will be the biggest challenge, and the ability to enable device to device communications. In addition user adoption of the new technologies could be a challenge.

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Interview: Senior Systems Engineer, Sprint: “We expect that small cells will be key to 2500MHz network densification.”

Patrick Urgento, Senior Systems Engineer, Sprint

Patrick Urgento, Senior Systems Engineer, Sprint

Patrick Urgento, Senior Systems Engineer, Sprint is speaking in the “Future of LTE” track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how its progressing with deploying LTE at three frequencies at once. 

What are the biggest challenges involved in integrating the Clearwire TD-LTE spectrum you recently acquired with Sprint’s existing LTE network?

There really hasn’t been a major challenge with Integrating Clearwire’s spectrum.  Before the acquisition, there was a plan in to integrate more than 5000 Clearwire TD-LTE sites by the end of the year, and that is on track to be completed. We are in the process of selecting several thousand more Clearwire sites for the first half of 2014. Clearwire had done an amazing job operating a low cost network and we have been working on interoperability with Clearwire site vendors and Sprint EPC core vendors for a while.  As these sites come online and customers access them, we expect they can see speeds in the tens of Mbps.

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Interview: VP Americas, Small Cell Forum: “The benefits of small cells is the ease of deployment”.

Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum

Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum

Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum is taking part in a panel discussion: “Small Cells and SON” in the Hetnets track on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the latest in small cells and how he they will be deployed.

What do you think are the biggest challenges in dealing with the implementation of small cells into a network?

As small cells migrate into HetNets and open access to outdoor applications, frequency coordination with macro cellular networks becomes more important.  Another area of importance is backhaul.   One of the benefits of small cells is the ease of deployment. Selecting the right backhaul connection including scalability for future growth potential is also important.

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Interview: Managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities: “network intelligence is a natural extension of the move to an all-IP network.”

Brian Modoff, managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities

Brian Modoff, managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities

Brian Modoff, managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities, is moderating a panel on “Examining the VoLTE opportunity”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, of Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we get his perspective on the latest developments in the US LTE industry and around the world.

Where are the most exciting examples of LTE deployments that you can see from around the world?

NTT DoCoMo in Japan has often been at the forefront of technology changes. It is currently testing and rolling out an upgrade to its Xi service, which would bring downlink speeds to 150 Mbps. Additionally, it has recently released its conceptual version of “5G” and although it will be a herculean effort to get there, we give them credit for putting these ideas out there. SK Telecom is Korea is another carrier that has been a leader. They released LTE-Advanced on its network recently as well.

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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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Interview: Senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO: “There are huge obstacles when it comes to mission-critical voice.”

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO, is speaking on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out more about the challenges involved in deploying LTE for critical comms for the Washington State area.

What are the key benefits you feel LTE brings to public safety networks?

LTE is a commercial technology which will reduce the costs of, deploying equipment at cell sites, central site equipment (evolved packet cores) and the cost of devices, especially if Qualcomm produces chipsets which include Band 14, as they have promised to do.

More importantly, LTE network design, construction, operations and tuning is well understood by a wide array of companies and engineers, so there is a wide body of work and expertise to draw upon in building the public safety network, as opposed to public-safety-only network technologies such as P25 which have a more limited set of expertise.

Finally there is competition. With more manufacturers of LTE equipment and devices (compared to public-safety proprietary technologies), the variety of devices available to public safety practitioners should be greater.

Are there still limitations with LTE technology that will need to be overcome in terms of providing mission-critical voice and data?

There are huge obstacles when it comes to mission-critical voice. First, most public safety responders use one-to-many dispatch, where a single dispatch centre will broadcast to dozens or hundreds of police officers, fire fighters, electrical utility workers or transportation workers in the field. Similarly, a single officer broadcasting from the field will be heard by all others on the same channel or talk group. Such functions are hard to implement in LTE networks. Next is the simplex or device-to-device mode. This mode is used extensively inside buildings or when fighting fires, especially in remote areas. This mode does not use an intervening tower, but relies upon high levels of power in the device (usually measured in watts as opposed to milliwatts). Again, such a mode is not presently or easily supported in LTE.

For public safety mission-critical data there are fewer obstacles. The two most common ones are a lack of smartphone/tablet – enabled applications, and identification of the user, as opposed to the device. User identification is important because local, state and federal laws such as CJIS (criminal justice information system) and HIPPA (healthcare) restrict access to certain kinds of data and require the user as well as the device to be identified when such data is accessed.

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What do you feel is the optimal governance structure for public safety network rollout? Is local, regional, state or national level best?

A combination of governance structures is required. There needs to be national standards for the LTE network, the evolved packet core, identity management (see above) and applications management. There must be national testing centres for applications to make sure they are well-behaved and secure before they are allowed on the network.

But state-wide and local governance is also required. Most applications will be developed either by vendors or by local and state-wide agencies. Operations and maintenance must be done locally as well. Finally, local or state officials must have their “hands on the knobs” during serious events or disasters to manage priority of applications, users, devices and so forth. LTE has many inherent controls for priority, but it is up to the incident commander at the local level to make the decisions.

Are public-private partnerships going to be critical to public safety network success?

Yes, such partnerships are absolutely essential. I’ll mention just a couple of examples. In network construction, FirstNet “only” has $7 billion available to construct a network, which, by some estimates, would cost $35 to $40 billion or more if constructed from the ground up. So FirstNet will need to partner and use sites and backhaul (typically fibre, maybe microwave) from commercial telecommunications carriers, other private providers (Crown Castle, American Tower etc.), non-profits (e.g. NOANet here in Washington State, which is a non-profit entity owned by the public utility districts in the state) as well as cities, counties and the state government itself. Another example of such partnerships is the development of applications. Those apps often will be developed by private vendors, but need to be tailored to local needs.

What are your predictions for LTE-based critical comms network rollouts over the next few years?

Public safety data applications already exist and are operational in thousands of jurisdictions using commercial 3G and 4G and LTE networks. One public safety LTE network is already operational in Harris County Texas. I would hope to see other public safety LTE “early builder” networks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Mexico and Mississippi become operational in 2014-2015. I hope certain FirstNet-constructed statewide networks might become operational in late 2015 or 2016, and to see a substantial operating by 2018. In terms of mission critical voice, I think it will be many years before an LTE network is able to handle this function – probably into the 2020s or 2030.

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