This guest post was written by Paul Gowans, Mobility Marketing Manager @ Viavi
Guest post written by Paul Gowans, Mobility Marketing Manager at Viavi
VoLTE has evolved significantly from a year ago. At the event last year many operators were planning their VoLTE roll-out and engaging their technology partners such as Viavi on the challenges to address and ensure they deliver on the high expectations of VoLTE. Now, we have many operators who have either deployed or are very close to deploying. Of course now that LTE is much more broadly rolled out, this sets the foundation for extra LTE-based services such as VoLTE.
There is also the area of the relevance of voice today – many people have an iPhone or other Smartphone and use a multitude of methods to communicate – certain generations don’t talk at all! So, the industry has had to appreciate that VoLTE needs to be integrated into the way people communicate today.
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
This post is by Ronny Haraldsvik SVP/CMO of SpiderCloud
Deploying dense and scalable indoor small cell systems is not straightforward, especially when it comes do serving large enterprise customers. Our experience shows the indoor RF environment gets increasingly complex and challenging as the density of the deployment increases. This is particularly true in multi-story buildings where mobile devices experience a three-dimensional (3D) RF environment. A single handset is able to see a very large number of small cells, some on its own floor and others from floors above and below it. The radio signal inside buildings experiences flat fading, which means that even a stationary handset sees signal from small cells fluctuate by 6-8 dB. Despite such variation in signal quality, a small cell RAN should remain stable and not drop calls, or experience throughput degradation.
Figure 1: Indoor radio environment is more challenging in dense small cell deployments than macro networks.
Ofer Talmor, VP Products, Saguna Networks
Getting closer to subscribers can help mobile operators with two of their biggest challenges: enhancing customer loyalty and offering new, differentiating services that attract new customers and to increase the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU).
Here is how.
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.