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Interview: SVP for technical architecture at Sprint: “We have the ability to build a bigger pipe than the competition because of our spectrum position”

Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint

Dr. John Saw, SVP for technical architectureat US operator Sprint is delivering a keynote address on “Analyzing the LTE Opportunity”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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African newcomer Smile has launched in three markets this year with a pure LTE play. The firm believes that new technology can only be properly exploited by new players and has pledged to shake up markets across the region. Tom Allen, Smile’s COO, talks to Mike Hibberd

Senior manager Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T: “Small cells offer operators a system that is potentially more cost effective than other solutions”

Jim Parker, Senior Manager Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T

Jim Parker, senior manager of the Antenna Solutions Group at AT&T is speaking on the subject of, “Challenges of deploying high density venues: From DAS to 4G”, in the HetNets track on Day One of the The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the AT&T Antenna group and its focus for the next year.

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas: “The spectrum crunch is a critical issue in the U.S.”

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas
Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas

Chris Pearson, president of 4G Americas is delivering a keynote address on the subject of “Challenges to LTE Progress”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on November 21-22 2013, Westin Galleria, Dallas, Texas. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the successes and challenges in the US LTE market.

Head of LTE research, development, testing and evaluation, NIST: “LTE-Advanced will bring several important things for public safety”

Emil Olbrich, lead project engineer, NIST

Emil Olbrich, head of LTE research, development, testing and evaluation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is speaking in the Public Safety LTE track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Here we speak to him about what still needs to be worked on to get LTE up to speed for public safety requirements.

Global head of telco partnerships, Spotify: “Telco partnerships make perfect sense for both us and the partner”

Michael Abbatista, the global head of telco partnerships at Spotify

Michael Abbattista, the global head of telco partnerships at Spotify, spoke on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum. At the show we spoke to him about Spotify’s recent telco partnerships and the importance of fast connectivity to the service.

CCO, London City Airport: “The one thing that technology cannot replicate is the personal relationship, which can only be developed in a face-to-face”

Matthew Hall, chief commercial officer of London City Airport

Matthew Hall, chief commercial officer of London City Airport is delivering a keynote speech on Day Three of Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out how technology and connectivity is being used to improve the customer experience at the airport.

CTO of Azqtel, Azerbaijan: “The evolution of our network technology to TD-LTE is a natural move”

David Mammadov, the CTO of Azqtel, Azerbaijan

David Mammadov, the CTO of Azqtel, Azerbaijan is speaking in the IP Network Evolution track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the evolution of its network from WiMAX to TD-LTE.

VP Sprint, technology development and corporate strategy: “Three largest economies in the world embrace Band 41 and represent 2bn potential subs”

Ron Marquardt, vice president of Sprint Technology development and corporate strategy

Ron Marquardt, vice president of Sprint Technology development and corporate strategy is delivering a keynote address of Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how China’s adoption of Band 41 affects the TD-LTE eco-system, and find out how Sprint responds to rival claims that its support of unlimited data is untenable.

Senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO: “There are huge obstacles when it comes to mission-critical voice.”

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO, is speaking on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out more about the challenges involved in deploying LTE for critical comms for the Washington State area.

Director Network Investment, Openreach, UK: “The potential of fibre is huge at a technical level but economics of deployment are very important”

Dr Peter Bell, Director for Network Investment, Openreach, UK

Dr Peter Bell, Director for Network Investment, Openreach, UK is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out how Openreach makes its investment choices and what his views are on the realistic timeline for FTTH deployments.

“Telcos supply the bridge between customer and cloud”: Head of Emerging Business/Strategic Marketing, Turkcell

Orçun M. Özalp, Head of Emerging Business/Strategic Marketing, Turkcell

Orçun M. Özalp, Head of Emerging Business/Strategic Marketing, Turkcell is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we talk to him about the unique advantages that telcos can bring to the managed cloud services market.

Director, Professional Services, Du, UAE: “SDN promises to enable us to crack expensive proprietary black boxes of network manufacturers”

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE, is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the conference we find out more about how SDN can enable networks to respond to changing demands and how cloud represents a real opportunity for telcos.

Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK: “VoLTE cost efficiency has yet to be proven; 3G voice calls are already highly cost efficient”

Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK

Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN development & programmes, EE, UK is speaking in a panel discussion on the evolution of voice services on Day One of the inaugural LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the conference we find out more about the recent advances EE has made to its network and find out more about the challenges that implementing VoLTE will bring.

Director, Shared Services, City of Charlotte: “I believe that the focus should be on regional, rather than national, partnerships”

Chuck Robinson, director of shared services for the City of Charlotte

Chuck Robinson, director of shared services for the City of Charlotte is speaking in the Public Safety LTE track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the key challenges or creating a public safety network in the US with LTE.

Principal Evangelist, Mozilla: “We don’t want a competitive advantage for Mozilla; we want a competitive advantage for the web”

Tristan Nitot, Principal Evangelist, Mozilla

Tristan Nitot, Principal Evangelist, Mozilla is delivering an keynote speech on Day Three of the The Broadband World Forum is taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out why Tristan believes there’s room for another mobile OS and what its key benefits are.

CTO of JT Global:“With fibre, what you buy is what you get”

Dave Newbold, CTO of JT Global

Dave Newbold, CTO of JT Global is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out more about JT Global’s Channel Island based network and the challenges involved in deploying it.

CTO, PT. Bakrie Telecom: “Small cells will play a key role in the LTE access network”

Thatha Rao, CTO, PT. Bakrie Telecom, Indonesia

Thatha Rao, CTO, PT. Bakrie Telecom, Indonesia is speaking in the Network Optimisation 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 his the various challenges of deploying LTE in a developing country.

Senior researcher for Telkom Indonesia: “Mobile cloud computing will be a great source of new revenues on top of LTE”

Hadi Hariyanto, senior researcher for Telkom, Indonesia is taking part in a panel discussion on integrating carrier Wi-Fi into telco networks on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out more about the complex spectrum issues that are holding back the deployment of LTE in Indonesia.

Member, board of directors, Chungwha Telecom & SVP, NCTU, Taiwan: “In Taiwan, we are prepared to develop LTE commercial services”

Yi-Bing Lin, member, board of directors, Chungwha Telecom & SVP, NCTU, Taiwan

Yi-Bing Lin, member, board of directors, Chungwha Telecom & SVP, NCTU, Taiwan, is speaking on the subject of Taiwan’s mobile broadband on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the challenges of deploying LTE in Taiwan.

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