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Interview: Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee: “Development of the TD-LTE eco-system is now advancing very fast.”

Abdus Samad, Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee

Abdus Samad, Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee

Abdus Samad, Assistant Manager, Radio Network Design and Performance, for Augere Wireless Broadband/Qubee, is taking part in the Operator Mindshare taking place on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, on the 23-25 September, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Here we found out more about the strategy around the transition from WiMAX to LTE.

What is your mission and what are the main challenges you are facing in delivering wireless broadband?

Our mission is to provide affordable broadband to all, so that they can experience the best of the Internet. We have been operating using WiMAX technology for more than five years and are currently in the planning stages for transition to TD-LTE. Our aim is to provide high-speed broadband service to end users no matter what technologies we are using.

Air interface management is always challenging, especially when the frequency band is above 2GHz. Then deep indoor seamless coverage becomes one of the major challenges. Other than that, end user demand for high volume content has increased significantly in last few years. With limited wireless resources, capacity management is a vital point for us. Development of LTE is now real and there are numerous live networks around the world, we expect we will be able to meet the user demand with LTE deployment.

How has the TD-LTE eco-system progressed over the last 12 months and what are your expectations for the next couple of years?

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Interview: Transmission Senior Manager, Mobinnet Telecom Company: “LTE-A shows a secure and future-proof investment path for LTE.”

Senior IP Transmission Manager, Mobinnet, Iran

Senior IP Transmission Manager, Mobinnet, Iran

Mobinnet, Iran’s countries only national broadband operator, has started the pilot phase of its TD-LTE deployment. Come and hear more from Ali Tahmasebi, its Transmission Senior Manager, who is speaking on how Mobinnet is handling the coming data explosion on Day Two of the 10th annual LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands.

Please give us an overview of what stage your LTE deployment is at?

Mobinnet Telecom Co. (MTC) is the only nationwide wireless broadband (4G-WiMAX) operator in the country with services ranging from broadband internet access, VoIP, and VPN. The company is the largest WiMAX Operator in the Middle East. While we at Mobinnet are planning to upgrade the network to new technology, at the same time we are expanding the existing network to cover new locations and add new capacity to congested areas.

Regarding the future broadband experience for Mobinnet’s customers, a peer review of subscriber demand and an analysis of global deployment of LTE led us to select TD-LTE technology. We have finalised all the technical considerations for both LTE and the EPC domain. Most of the jobs in the network planning domain is done and we have started the pilot phase.

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Interview: CTO, MobinNet, Iran: “Customers won’t tolerate service quality downgrades even for a short period of time.”

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet will be talking about the challenges of migrating from WiMAX to TD-LTE at the 4th annual LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 11th-13th May 2014 at the Conrad, Dubai, UAE.

What is the status of your transition from WiMAX to LTE and what challenges is it throwing up?

MobinNet has made some tangible progress since we decided to migrate to TD-LTE technology according to the roadmap of the WiMAX Advanced published by the WiMAX Forum. MobinNet could secure some bandwidth on a new frequency band—2.6 GHz. Meanwhile, the infrastructure needed to completely cover one of our existing markets will be supplied. We estimate that by the end of the year, MobinNet’s first TD-LTE-based market will be launched.

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Interview: Head of Radio Access Network, Qubee Bangladesh: “The major challenge is terminal price. It has to reduce faster and significantly to make our business case feasible.”

Adnan Imtiaz Halim Qubee Bangladesh

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.

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Interview: Senior manager, Packet One, Malaysia: “For P1, LTE is critical… to capture the high growth segment of smartphone and tablet users.”

Mariappan Chanachayai, senior manager, Packet One, Malaysia

Mariappan Chanachayai, senior manager, Packet One, Malaysia

Mariappan Chanachayai, senior manager, Packet One, Malaysia is speaking in the LTE Evolution track on Day One of the LTE Asia conference is taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore.  Ahead of the show we speak to him about how the transition to LTE is progressing for P1 and learn his thoughts in monetisation, Joyn, VoLTE and LTE handsets.

What have been the main developments and major milestones for you over the last 12 months with regards to LTE?

P1 was awarded 20MHz on the 2.6GHz spectrum band to roll out TD-LTE in December 2012. We have issued a request for proposal (RFP) and are in the process of selecting a vendor. As P1’s WiMAX platform on the 2.3GHz band is hardware and software upgradeable to offer TD-LTE it is important for us to ensure our TD-LTE network carries new features and has a higher capability system.  P1 has been active since 2011 to trial and showcase the technology and has showcased ease of transitioning between WiMAX and TDD LTE alongside ZTE Corporation. The demonstration, performed on the 2.3GHz spectrum, achieved 130Mbps on a 20MHz band during the peak downlink throughput in a cell.

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CEO, Ulusnet, Mongolia: “This event gives us a unique opportunity to see where the telecoms world is moving to.”

Byambaa Davaakhuu, CEO, Ulusnet, Mongolia

Byambaa Davaakhuu, CEO, Ulusnet, Mongolia

Byambaa Davaakhuu, CEO, Ulusnet, Mongolia is discussing the challenges of migrating from WiMAX to LTE on Day Two of the LTE World Summit taking place on 24th-26th June at the Rai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about what Ulusnet is working on with regard to LTE.

Please give me an update on where you are with your plans to move from WiMAX to LTE.

We are currently at the vendor selection part of the process and technically we are working on RF spectrum relocation. The co-existence of WiMAX and TD-LTE subscribers is going to be a challenge for us and we want to be sure to get it right.

How does your background in WiMAX affect your spectrum choices for LTE?

As a WiMAX operator we have 20Mhz at 2.5GHz and 50MHz at 3.5GHz, so we are well served there. The government not yet made a decision regarding the use of FDD LTE spectrum but probably 1800MHz will be assigned.

What impact do you think moving from WiMAX to LTE will have on your backhaul infrastructure?

As a subsidiary of a cellular operator the majority of sites have optical transmission for backhaul, which gives us great advantage on the market.

What do you think will be the most exciting development in LTE in 2013?

The most exciting developments will be the development of the eco-system for TD-LTE and use increased data throughput the use of LTE will bring.

Why is the LTE World Summit an important event for you to attend?

This event gives us a unique opportunity to see where the telecoms world is moving to and that’s why we need to be there.

The LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Click here to download a brochure for the event.

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