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Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is set to become one of the defining trends of the era in the mobile network. Spanish incumbent Telefónica is the first operator to lay out its approach to NFV and its plans are both detailed and aggressive. Mike Hibberd met with Global CTO Enrique Blanco ahead of Telefónica’s NFV announcement, to learn of the changes in store.

Designing the digital dividend: Africa earmarks 700MHz band

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The details for global digital dividend spectrum allocation won’t be finalised until 2015 but Africa is the first region to cohesively earmark 700MHz bandwidth freed up by the transition to digital for future telecoms services.

Expanding horizons: LTE in Africa establishes foothold

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The mobile broadband revolution is underway in Africa as WCDMA gathers momentum and LTE establishes an early foothold. Competition in many markets is intense but new players are not deterred from pursuing fresh opportunities afforded by the next wave of growth in the region.

Africa gets smart: continent prepares for device revolution

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Africa’s mobile market has largely been characterised by demand for low-cost prepaid feature phones. However, this is beginning to change as the cost of technology gradually declines and handset manufacturers operating in Africa are now preparing for a smartphone revolution in the coming years.

One to watch: Pay TV in Africa

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The pay TV market is starting to gather momentum in parts of Africa and the companies involved are working to create consumption and business models that reflect the region’s unique infrastructure footprint.

All aboard the LTE Seoul train

SKT launched LTE in July 2011 and within 18 months had seen 37 per cent of its user base migrate to the technology

South Korea is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets, with all three operators running LTE and the race to LTE-A already underway. It serves as an interesting pilot for the promises and pitfalls many other operators will experience in the future.

Level Up: LTE Release 12

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LTE must be evolved to keep pace with the huge forecast growth in demand for capacity and the need for service enhancement.

VoLTE: Changing the Conversation

Voice is a 130 year old product that has seen little innovation in its lifespan

The story of LTE may be all about data, but voice remains a lucrative, core service for mobile operators. Bringing voice services to LTE is far from straightforward, with numerous choices to be made and challenges faced.

LTE : Will faster = richer?

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A recent study by Arthur D. Little sought to discover what the industry really believes about the impact of LTE European on operator revenue trajectories.

LTE broadcast: If at first you don’t succeed…

LTE Broadcast: Mobile TV by another name?

LTE Broadcast is being positioned by a number of leading vendors as a solution that can dramatically improve the delivery of mobile video services, as well as offering a new data offload for certain types of traffic. But is it just mobile TV by another name…

LTE spectrum: Done Roaming

US operators see that within a few years, they could be in trouble with regards to spectrum

The ITU has long endeavoured to forge a global spectrum harmonisation plan, but the vast differences in availability and specific requirements from country to country have made such a task impossible. Now any hopes of establishing an international roaming band for LTE look set to be dashed on the rocks of fragmentation.

LTE: Strong Starter

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Compared to its predecessors LTE has shot off the starting blocks but it remains a very small part of the overall mobile market. Telecoms.com offers an overview of the current situation and picks out some of the challenges that require further attention.

On the up: Changing lives in Brazil

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Brazil’s economy is growing fast, with 40 million people making the transition to the new middle class in the last ten years. But while there is visible wealth in certain areas of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro there is still huge poverty, both urban and rural. Against this backdrop, communications services are being deployed to change the lives of millions of people.

A new lease of life

Poland is a country with a population of around 40 million and around 40 per cent of those live in rural areas

As many of the world’s operators contend with the capacity crunch, some carriers are finding new purpose and a potential goldmine of use cases for legacy spectrum licenses.

Driving lessons

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Connected cars represent a major opportunity in the M2M market for an ecosystem that extends beyond telecoms. We look at what that future holds for users driving under the influence of technology.

It’s tough at the top

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It’s a lament often made by those at the heady heights of their careers, but who is it tougher on: the bright stars or the team they work with?

Keeping Cloud moving

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It’s been a year for serious cloud investments and networking specialist Cisco has closed out 2012 with a $1.2bn outlay on privately held cloud management company Meraki.

The great dictator

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The revelation that Apple is vetting operators’ LTE networks focused the industry once more on the power struggle between carriers and leading device vendors.

A tale of two strategies

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Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson have implemented contrasting strategies, one favouring specialisation and the other strength in breadth.

Mobile security: a moving target

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Mobile and NFC payment technologies have been on the rise in recent years. But with many merchants and retail outlets still reluctant to invest in the new technologies, and with the rise of fraud in existing solutions, industry participants are divided over how and whether the technology will ever gain widespread acceptance in developed markets.

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