Rohan Dhamija, Partner, Head of India and South Asia, Analysys Mason
Rohan Dhamija, Partner, Head of India and South Asia, Analysys Mason is speaking on a panel discussion entitled, “Battleground of the Standards: TD-LTE vs FD-LTE”, at the TD-LTE summit taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore.
How do the challenges of the TD-LTE focussed operators differ from that of the FD-LTE?
I would say that the ecosystem challenges for TD operator are more significant than that of FD operators.
The TD-LTE eco-system grew significantly in 2013 but a disparity with FD LTE remains. Will TD-LTE always play ‘second fiddle’ to FDD?
I think it’s less about ‘second fiddle’ but rather the future would be one where both TD and FD LTE co-exist in a complimentary fashion (even potentially within the same network). So, for example, FD could be the coverage layer, whereas TD would play the role of the capacity layer.
Adnan Imtiaz Halim, Head of Radio Access Network, Qubee Bangladesh
Adnan Imtiaz Halim, the head of the Radio Access Network for Qubee, Bangladesh, is speaking on Day One of the 2nd annual TD-LTE Summit is taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Here we find out about the major challenges facing an operator trying to transition from WiMAX to LTE.
In what time-scale will it become absolutely necessary for you to have transitioned to LTE?
It has already become important to migrate to LTE but it will be mandatory by 2015 as the WiMAX eco-system will be broken up. Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) will not be available from the manufacturers and equipment vendors have already issued WiMAX product EOM notices.
Are you excited by the prospects of the TD-LTE eco-system?
Yes, obviously excited but it’s been delaying in meeting our threshold over time. However, we still believe that the exponential growth rate of TD-LTE that we are currently observing will push itself to the right track by end of this year.
Prashant Gokarn, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer for Indosat
It’s clear from this interview with Prashant Gokarn, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer for Indosat, that TD-LTE device availability is a big concern in the Indonesian market and Gokarn will be speaking on the subject of “Operator expectations from vendors and from device OEMs” at the 2nd annual TD-LTE Summit, taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore.
How is Indosat’s LTE roll-out progressing?
Indosat has TD-LTE spectrum at 2.3GHz in the Western part of Indonesia (West Java) and has 20MHz of (GSM) spectrum in the 1800MHz band.
On the FD-LTE side of things, our network has been recently modernised and is LTE-ready; we need a simple upgrade to launch FD-LTE on 1800MHz band on our modernised network. We are now looking at the price points for FD-LTE compatible handsets and we continually monitor our device portfolio for the number of LTE compatible handsets on our network.
Pen San Tang , Founding Director, Packet One, Malaysia
Packet One is the main alternative to the local incumbent for mobile broadband in Malaysia and in this interview we with its founding director Pen San Tang we find more about P1’s transition to from WiMAX to LTE and his views on the potential of the TD-LTE eco-system in 2014.
Pen San Tang will be taking part in a panel discussion entitled “Why TD-LTE? Assessing the Key TD-LTE Drivers” at the TD-LTE conference, taking place on the 8-9 April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore.
Please tell us the latest state-of-play for P1’s LTE deployment
P1 is planning to deploy TD-LTE using 20MHz in the 2.5GHz band and is finalising its financing arrangement for the deployment.
What are the prospects for the TD-LTE eco-system in 2014?
With China Mobile deploying on a very large scale after the release of commercial TD-LTE license and the Softbank acquisition of Sprint/Clearwire, the eco-system is expected to grow very significantly in 2014.
Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics
Guang Yang is a Senior Analyst in wireless operator strategies for Strategy Analytics and is moderating the panel session entitled, “How Can a Converged, Dual Mode FD and TD Network Most Effectively Work?”, taking place on Day One of the TD-LTE Summit, taking place on the 8th-9th April 2014 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Click here to download a brochure.
In this interview we catch up with him to get a insightful overview into TD-LTE and 4G in general in 2014. He explains how ending roaming charges could be a game changer for Europe, discussed the introduction of LTE Broadcast and the effects of China’s 4G roll-out could have on the TD-LTE eco-system.
Roaming, especially within Europe is a high on the EU digital agenda. Is the lowering of roaming pricing through regulation a threat or an opportunity for operators?
The latest EU roaming regulation is potentially a game changer for roaming business in Europe. Many options for technical and commercial models may rise with the regulatory update. Although there are a lot of uncertainties and challenges in the roaming market, the data roaming should be an opportunity for mobile operators. Regulation has turned Europe into an innovative market for roaming products, in many cases with pricing already significantly below the regulated ceiling. Currently, 90 per cent of data roaming traffic in the EU is on Wi-Fi rather than cellular networks, so there is a real opportunity there for operators to grow, despite the pressure on pricing.