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The end may be in sight for the UK’s 4G saga

Searching for the next big thing

Back in April I looked at some of the issues surrounding Everything Everywhere’s proposal to launch LTE services over its existing 1800MHz spectrum, noting that all parties, regulator and operators, have shot themselves in the foot by delaying the upcoming 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction. With O2 and Vodafone complaining about state aid on the one hand, and Ofcom issuing consultation after consultation on the other, it was beginning to look as if the UK might never get 4G.

Adobe Flash pulled from Android app store

Flash will be replaced by HTML5 on Android

Software developer Adobe has effectively killed off its Flash Player for Android, on Thursday pulling the browser plug in from the Google Play marketplace.

Operators looking to wifi offload but vendors’ solutions still lacking

Mobile operators are looking past the negative revenue implications of using wifi offload due to concerns over the sheer growth of data traffic. However, although the majority of infrastructure vendors are now including wifi offload solutions in their product portfolios, those solutions do not fully meet operators’ needs, according to Ovum.

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?

One Vision

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US operator Sprint has long juggled a complex mix of network technologies. A current project to overhaul its network strategy is the responsibility of CTO Stephen Bye.

Polish operators open core to combat OTT threat

OTT services are seen a a big headache for carriers

Polish carriers Orange, T-Mobile and Polkomtel have banded together with local developers and academic institutions to create an ecosystem designed to address the growing competition posed by Over The Top (OTT) providers.

Keeping the edge

Mock Pak Lum, chief technology officer, StarHub

In the highly competitive Singaporean market, Mock Pak Lum, who has been CTO of Starhub for ten months, has to keep the operator on the edge in terms of network capabilities.

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.

LTE TDD winning wide acceptance

Time division 4G: LTE-TDD, has gained wide ecosystem acceptance and backing

The time division flavour of LTE, LTE-TDD, has gained wide ecosystem acceptance and backing from leading infrastructure and device vendors, leading analyst house Ovum to predict that 25 per cent of all LTE connections will be on LTE TDD by 2016.

A long term view

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Yves Bellego, Director of Technology Strategy for Orange Group comes from a background in managing the firm’s extensive spectrum portfolio – something that gives him a skill set well suited to looking after the technical side of network operations in Europe.

Going the distance

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Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for leading Russian carrier MTS, is tasked with balancing a network strategy for one of the world’s biggest geographic regions as well as several satellite markets.

Industry lights up IPv6 addresses

It's World IPv6 Launch day

Major network operators around the world permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services on Wednesday, June 6, as World IPv6 Launch day marked the official debut of dual-support capabilities that will be in place for many years to come.

Diameter a hot topic at the LTE World Summit

Diameter is considered as an interface between the business side of mobile operator to the network side and is also associated with monetization

Last week’s LTE World Summit included a pre-focus day on signaling for the first time. It was also one of the few times a pre-focus day meant a full room with several standing delegates, many more than the conference team had predicted.

So what made this day particularly interesting? The focus of the signaling day was split in two broad categories: RAN generated signaling and Diameter.

70% of operators believe now is the right time to launch LTE

The survey shows that the main reasons operators are launching LTE is to create new revenue streams

Global momentum behind 4G/ LTE is set to accelerate with the majority of operators planning to launch LTE services this year or next according to a recent survey by Informa Telecoms & Media. Almost 60 per cent of operators stated that they will launch 4G services this year (33.7 per cent) or next (24.9 per cent), while the vast majority – 70.5 per cent – believe there is a viable business case to launch 4G today.

How viable is wavelength unbundling on FTTH networks?

Belgium's fourth 3G licence has been granted to a consortium

I have been looking into the Open Lambda Initiative (OLI), NGPON 2 technologies and the fascinating framework that the OLI is creating which would allow multiple operators to each deploy their own active equipment on a PON tree architecture and use different wavelengths on the fibre. This offers a solution to a problem with today’s EPON/GPON FTTH systems: only one company can deploy its own OLTs, limiting flexibility and room for differentiation amongst the other players.

Full disclosure

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The Informer spent a few days in Barcelona this week, sniffing around the LTE World Summit. The default setting in the LTE sector is positive and forward- looking but a frank, challenging opening keynote from Orange Spain CTO Eduardo Duato at the event this week spat rather effectively in that soup.

LTE Awards 2012 – Category 6 Preview: Best LTE Core Network Element

The LTE Awards 2012 are taking place on May 23rd, at the El Xalet, Montjuic, Barcelona.

To whet your appetite for the event here is a preview of Category 6: Best LTE Core Network Element.

This award recognises core network elements that are exceptional in their area.

Smart cities and Rocket steam engine: on parallel tracks?

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Back in the early 19th century, the public debut of George Stephenson’s Rocket steam engine was a harbinger of the Age of Steam, which applied the technologies of the industrial revolution to transport with great success. Funded by eager speculators, railway infrastructure soon expanded across the world and eventually usurped canals as the main form of transportation.

Reducing mobile operator costs with POS solutions

It costs an average of £50 to send a unit to a repair centre

In times of economic constraint, it is vital for businesses to find ways of reducing their costs and effectively managing their resources, whilst simultaneously ensuring that customers are satisfied with the service they are receiving. This can often be difficult, with many overlapping factors to be considered. For mobile operators, achieving such a fine balance can be crucial to their success in confronting increasingly aggressive competition.

Customer experience revealed as Alcatel-Lucent’s next frontier

Greg Owens, Alcatel-Lucent

Equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has launched an extended portfolio of software and services designed to ameliorate customer experiences on both fixed and wireless networks.

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