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Pros and cons of small cells

Small cell base stations are set to play an important role

With mobile data traffic expected to double annually, small cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the demands for data, video and application access caused by smart phones and other devices, there is a real beauty to going small.

How to participate successfully in a spectrum auction

The last time spectrum was at the top of the sector’s corporate agenda was 10 years ago when governments auctioned 3G spectrum

Surging mobile data growth and network congestion have created demand for additional spectrum. Governments seeking to reduce national borrowing are anxious to auction additional spectrum to raise revenue whilst also promoting access to broadband services. Mobile operators have little choice but to participate or potentially suffer a loss of competitive advantage.

ROADMS are Red Hot


In May, Infonetics published a report projecting that ROADMs will top 20 percent growth by 2015, making them the fast-growing segment in the optical communications transport industry.

Mend games


Vendors and carriers can make savings and enhance customer relations by improving the workflow around handset repair and trouble shooting, says Karim Barkawi, founder and CEO of B2X Care Solutions.

Keeping a close eye

Chris Burke

Former Vodafone UK CTO Chris Burke talks about the importance of employee monitoring within mobile operators as the quantity of sensitive customer data held by the operators increases exponentially.

Enter 5G – the NanoCore

The 'Nanocore' incorporates nanotechnology as well as the cloud

A research paper published by Imthiyaz Ali, a senior software engineer at Wipro Technologies, claims to be the first such paper to take at look at the 5G network, which he refers to as “the NanoCore”. The nanocore is based upon the convergence of four main existing technologies: nanotechnology; cloud computing; all IP network; and flat IP architecture.

Prioritising efficiencies: energy versus spectrum

Simon Tonks, expert in communications and electronic systems, PA Consulting

Efforts to improve energy efficiency in cellular have focussed mostly on the electrical efficiency of modules such as the power amplifiers or the cooling. But the higher level network design has largely escaped attention until recently. Simon Tonks, expert in Communications and Electronic Systems at PA Consulting Group, investigates.

Paying Rent: A Developer Manifesto on Pricing

Developers are big boys and girls. Let developers set their own price.

There’s been a flurry of tweets and posts recently regarding some of the terms of conditions imposed on developers to commercialize their Android apps. As one of the oldest app stores around (.est. 2005) it never ceases to surprise us how people fawn on developers to get their content and then impose draconian terms on them that make monetizing their excruciatingly painful.

Keeping it Real Time

Dave Labuda, CEO Matrixx Software

Service providers are struggling to break free of the flat rate, unlimited usage tariffs for data services. As smartphones and connected devices proliferate, service providers are missing the chance to up-sell and capitalise on increasing subscriber connectivity and usage. So what’s the answer? Dave Labuda, CEO of Matrixx Software, shares his views.

Cash on the hoof

Dennis Meurs, director of business development at MACH

Dennis Meurs, director of business intelligence at MACH, discusses the data roaming revenue generating options available to MNOs looking for new sources of revenue in a turbulent market.

Will the spectrum goal posts move in operators’ favour?

How do cellular operators remain competitive in a changing spectrum environment?

The competition in wireless service provision is as fierce as ever. To make matters worse, it looks like the rules of engagement might soon change. With Dell, Microsoft and Google’s recent interest in the use of TV white spaces for broadband access, the cellular operator’s competitive advantage of a high-value spectrum licence may not last.

Nokia’s problem

Symbian isn’t supposed to compete with iOS and Windows — that will be MeeGo’s job. Instead, Symbian is now firmly aimed at the mid-range market. It must compete against BlackBerry and bada

Recently Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (OPK for short) was replaced by the first non-Finn to lead the company, Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s business division (mainly Office). This is big news that might change Nokia’s perception as well as its strategy.

Haste makes waste for value added services

By exploiting third party experts and mobile open source software, operators are free to concentrate on developing their core product offerings

Over the past three years, the mobile industry has seen a dramatic shake-up at every level, from phones to services. Apple has launched the iPhone, iPad and AppStore, Google introduced Android, and HTC has transformed from outsourcer to pioneering device maker.

Completing the telecoms revenue puzzle

Telefónica launches mobile VoIP services in Europe

If the revenues from your telecoms services are represented as a jigsaw puzzle, voice still makes up the biggest part of the picture. Even though data revenues are predicted to continue growing as new services are launched, voice will be the engine room for operators’ income in the foreseeable future.

Reliable number management in a complex telecoms world

Numbering resources can become a liability if not managed properly

Numbering resources are a key asset to wireless telecoms operators. Yet they can also become a liability if not managed properly. Number management is now more complicated than ever due to the impact of local number portability activity, complex service offerings from providers that might include both mobile and fixed-line numbers and increased reporting needs to meet regulatory requirements.

The hunt for the holy grail of app revenues

The hunt for the holy grail of app revenues

After more than 15 years of trying to develop functioning and profitable application ecosystems, the mobile industry finally seems to have found a recipe to successfully commercialise mobile applications. But the movers and shakers were not the mobile operators. A fiercely consumer-orientated company, Apple, had to enter the ring to prove the point that there is good money to be made if the players get it right.

Making sense of European spectrum auctions

Making sense of European spectrum auctions

Regulators across Europe are busy this year auctioning spectrum in the 2.6GHz spectrum frequency range as well as other frequencies including the 800MHz Digital Dividend. 800MHz spectrum is clearly of great value to operators as the equivalent US auction demonstrated.

Reducing the burden of operator interoperability testing

Reducing the burden of operator interoperability testing

If you have ever wondered why the latest handset is not available from you current operator, it may be because they are still IOT testing the device. Operator Interoperability Testing is the major bottleneck in getting new products to the market as network operators insist on rigorous in-house testing before allowing terminals to gain access to the network.

Why optimisation matters

The mobile data boom has caused a traffic jam

Dr. Constantine Polychronopoulos, founder and chief technology officer of mobile internet infrastructure specialist Bytemobile talks about the extent of the problem caused by the mobile data boom and the solutions available to operators.

Just say “No” to Google’s AdMob acquisition

Appitalism CEO Simon Buckingham says, "Just say "No" to Google's AdMob acquisition"

When it comes to the search advertising market, tangling with Google makes David vs. Goliath look like an even fight. Already in possession of the lion’s share of the desktop advertising market, Google is now poised to expand its significant advertising influence in the mobile realm with its proposed acquisition of AdMob.