The ‘gadgetosphere’*, the fetishist tech blogs and sites obsessed with the minutiae of the latest hardware, have been fairly harsh on the Samsung Galaxy S5. While Apple has previously the one to take flack for failing to reinvent the smartphone wheel, as it used to seem to do so effortlessly, it’s now Samsung that is getting grief.
Its latest flagship phone, the S5, is bigger, fatter, heavier and just too sameier* compared to the Galaxy S4, which itself wasn’t that much of a leap compared to the S3. Oh noes.
LTE has seen arguably the fastest growth of any mobile network technology deployed so far. With more than 74 networks live in more than 30 counties, covering every populated continent, LTE is enjoying the most successful launch of any mobile technology in history, with the most swiftly deployed networks. There is a proliferation of LTE-enabled devices in attractive form factors and at desirable price points, and nearly all LTE handsets are smartphones, which provide operators with more opportunities for profitability. According to Informa Telecoms & Media’s LTE forecasts, there were 62 million LTE subscribers at end-December, and this number is expected to increase to 133 million in just a year.
However, this kind of success does not come without challenges: Ninety percent of the LTE market is held by five operators, and certain regions are lagging due to reasons including unclear regulation and spectrum-license delays. Nevertheless, certain operators are providing learning experiences for the whole market, the leaders being Verizon Wireless, AT&T and those in South Korea, where operators have already deployed LTE to cover almost all of the population.
LTE has arrived at an appropriate stage of the evolution of mobile operator business: Users are becoming more aware of the benefits of data services, OTT applications are garnering success, and there is rising demand for mobile data services and smartphones – all influences that promote the adoption of LTE. Initial end-user feedback indicates that LTE services have been well received and that the higher-speed, lower-latency network offers serious advantages compared with previous networks.
This is an extract from an ITM white paper by ITM Principal Analyst , Dimitris Mavrakis. Download the full paper to read more.
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.