Haitham Mashal, Senior Director- CS Core, Du
Prior to the LTE Voice Summit (London, September 28th-30th), we interviewed Du’s senior core network Director Haitham Mashal about his views on the development of VoLTE, service planning and future opportunities. Here is what he had to say, ahead of his participation at this year’s summit.
Q. As we see the commercial launch, is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly live up to its promise?
A. No doubt VoLTE would even exceed its promise for both customers and Operators. Operators would have the chance to transform their networks into full fledge IP network and get the benefit of reducing both CAPEX and Opex. Operators would also be capable to offer better Voice quality with enriched services on top of the voice that can compete with OTT voice services.
Customers would enjoy the enriched crystal clear HD voice and shorter time setup. This would definitely enhance the customer experience and satisfy the customer demands to enjoy different services simultaneously even during call establishment.
Manuel Vera, Senior Manager – Network (National Network Performance), Bell Mobility
Please tell us about your role?
I am responsible for the introduction of new technology and network performance support. I also have oversight of network performance trends and analysis. Lastly, I develop processes to support new technologies as well as evaluate new solutions to better manage network performance.
What changes have you seen in the industry over the last 12 months?
The speed of technology turn over and adoption has changed dramatically. It has gone from 10 Years, to 5 years, to recently a matter of 1 year. (AMPS -> CDMA -> EVDO -> 3G UMTS -> HSPA -> LTE -> LTE-A)
What are your priorities for the next year ahead?
It comes down to three key areas -small cells. continuing the ‘Speed Game’ (2xCarrier Aggregation, 3xCarrier Aggregation), and delivering connectivity and managing network performance at special events and large venues.
How can industry help overcome your current challenges?
There is a pipeline of technology that will drive network automation – Better SON features – complete dSON deployments and explore cSON systems.
In your opinion, why should medics and industry representatives attend HetNet North America in May 2015?
The event is a good way to learn about the industry and keep track of the latest trends. I found over the years that in events such as this, we either ratify the direction we are taking or we rectify it based on our key takeaways.
For more information on HetNet North America, visit www.hetnetnorthamerica.com
Marc Zirka, Head of Corporate Strategy, Bakcell
Some of the discussions at LTE MENA 2015 will examine the challenges of deploying LTE in the emerging markets in the region. One of the key questions at the event will be what does it take to rollout a successful commercial LTE network?
To help us understand the challenges of LTE rollout, we caught up with keynote speaker Marc Zirka, Head of Corporate Strategy at Bakcell, ahead of their commercial LTE launch. He gave us a breakdown of the challenges they faced preparing to deploy their network and key insights into the strategy and thought process behind their decision to deploy LTE.
Itsuma Tanaka, Lead Core Network Architect, Core Network Development Department, NTT Docomo
This post is by Itsuma Tanaka, Lead Core Network Architect, Core Network Development Department, NTT Docomo
Do you actually voice roaming when you’re abroad?
When you’re calling somebody from the LTE Asia 2014 venue, or when you sit in Starbucks on the high-street, or when you’re relaxing in your hotel room—or even when you’re surfing on the sunny Maldives beach, – you generally would use free Wi-Fi and Skype.
Recently, the EU introduced new regulations that cap prices for roaming phone calls leading operators, especially in the EU region facing fears of (even more) reduced revenues. They have to reduce prices, whilst maintain existing systems.