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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

Children in their connected classroom in the village of Suruacá

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.

Hitting the mainstream

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2012 sees LTE continuing to gain momentum as the fastest growing mobile technology of all time—and the move by several operators to re-farm 1800MHz spectrum represents the beginning of another key trend.

Come one, come all

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Enterprises are facing a challenge from employees who want to use personal devices to access corporate data. Perceived benefits around cost and productivity are balanced by concerns around device management and security. Mobile operators are positioning themselves to address these concerns and facilitate the trend.

Enterprising futures

If there’s a common ground for RIM and Microsoft, it’s that they both have a lot riding on software offerings that are still in their nascent stages of development

Finding an enterprise that doesn’t rely on Microsoft software is something of a challenge yet, when it comes to mobility, BlackBerry is king. But with software now seen as the key differentiator, how long will this remain the state of play?

The need for speed

High-frequency traders use super-fast computers to trade automatically hundreds of times a second

Milliseconds can mean millions of dollars in the hyper-competitive world of high-frequency financial trading. Trading institutions are driving demand for ever faster throughput speeds in communication networks that span the globe.

Thinking big

What actually goes on behind the glowing LEDs?

The explosion in cloud computing is driving massive demand for real estate, connectivity and power and hulking data centres are being erected in the frozen wilderness to feed this demand. But at the same time a more subtle evolution is taking place: the network has finally become the computer.

The global challenge for mobile payments

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There is certainly something in the air with mobile payments. Long talked about in mobile, technology and banking circles, it seems that the idea of using a phone to make purchases and move money around is finally coming to fruition.

Trust games

A network should last for decades and will require many revisions and upgrades in its lifetime

Years of consolidation have drastically altered the appearance of the vendor community. The wise money says there’s more to come. So as a CTO , how do you choose which company will provide, install, or even run your greatest asset—the network?

A problem shared

CTO of Orange Spain, Eduardo Duato

In a frank assessment of the challenges facing European operators in deploying LTE networks, the chief technology officer of Orange Spain recently issued a rallying cry to the industry to collaborate on deep network sharing. Only by embracing this strategy, he told his peers, can operators hope to make LTE profitable.

Social spending

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Over The Top providers have become the staple wildcard in almost any sector set on a collision path with mobile. By and large they are very good at what they do: connecting a user with their chosen content or service by whatever means available.

The Magic Touch

Global sales of NFC-enabled handsets increased ten-fold in 2011

SIM-based NFC remains the holy grail of mobile payment for cellular operators. The NFC community has its sights set far wider than simple mobile financial services, but it is taking time for the technology to get to market.

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