• LTE Deployment Dilemma With so many different possibilities and options available to the operators for deployments it is necessary that the planning is done in such a way as to keep the interference to minimum and throughput to maximum. Let’s look at two simple deployment situations. For simplicity let’s assume that the operator has won 20MHz of contiguous spectrum. We have 5 UE’s. UE#1, UE2 and UE#5 are basic Rel-8 LTE UE’s and UE#3 and UE#4 are LTE-A UE’s with support for Carrier Aggregation (CA) and enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC)  Operator 1 decides to split the 20MHz spectrum into 15MHz...
  • Convergence Dreams Disturbed by Turbulent Content Market When it comes to finding out which way an industry is headed there is one sure way to get it right: Follow the money. You won’t often go far wrong.That being the case then the recent news that UK-based global mobile operator giant Vodafone had bid a stunning US$10 billion for Spanish cable operator ONO – coming on top of its US$10 billion acquisition of Kabel Deutschland last year – is a very telling sign indeed of where the industry is headed.Industry folks have long talked about the importance of the quad-play – that is offering mobile services alongside the classic fixed-line triple-play...
  • Forget 5G for Now, LTE Still Has a Long Ways to Go It has been over four years since Telia Sonera Sweden and Finland launched the world’s first commercial LTE networks and ushered in the age of true mobile broadband services.  By the end of 2014 we expect there to be nearly 300 LTE networks serving upwards of 300 million users, with nearly 1,400 different devices connecting at speed up to 300Mbps. Users from the GSM and CDMA worlds have to think the pinnacle has been reached, but far from it.  LTE is just beginning to get its legs.Advances such as VoLTE and LTE-A will expand beyond South Korea into the US, UK, Japan in 2014; and we have yet...
  • Unlocking Opportunity in Software-Defined Services with ESP As an industry, our visions of progress in SP offerings are filled with virtualized functions, elastic workloads, orchestration, APIs, scalable infrastructures and almost everything software-defined.  None of this is flawed, and we get strong, regular glimpses of the potential in such heavily virtualized models in an array of domains regularly.  For example, intriguing offerings are presented to us mid-session in streaming video services based on our individual profiles and histories. Auto-scaling in hybrid cloud IT for cost-effective performance improvements is enabled using the provider’s...
  • MWC 2014: Internet of Things (IoT) Finally Becomes Internet of Everything (IoE) The Big (ger) OpportunityMobile World Congress, over the years has been very focused on mobile devices with glittery flagship launches right from big to small device manufacturers dominating the headlines and the showshare. However, the focus and the discussion at MWC 2014 has clearly shifted beyond mobile devices and into actual services and infrastructure which is going to power the next billion things which connecting to the internet. Service providers, infrastructure vendors, software and cloud platform companies all took center stage at this year’s MWC. In one of the keynotes at MWC 20...
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