LTERSS

Voice is dead but LTE will rescue ARPU, says KCell CEO

Ali-Agan

Telecoms.com speaks with Ali Agan, who has risen through the ranks of TeliaSonera Group to become CEO of KCell in Kazakhstan. With a young population Agan is keen to deploy LTE and exploit nascent demand for data services.

Huawei starts up LTE commercial support group

Huawei is looking to help with the commercial as well as technical side of LTE application

Chinese vendor Huawei has introduced a business initiative designed to explore the application scenarios for SDN in carrier networks, to help operators better understand the technology’s commercial value.

Aussie Rules

Mike Wright, executive director of networks & access technologies at Telstra

It is testament to Telstra’s aggressive approach to mobile broadband that an operator in a country of just over 23 million people should rank in the top ten operators worldwide in terms of LTE subscriber numbers. Mike Wright, Telstra’s executive director for networks and access technologies talks to Telecoms.com about the firm’s plans for further enhancing its LTE operation with fresh spectrum and LTE-Advanced capabilities.

Emerging markets more willing to pay 4G premium survey suggests

The willingness to pay a premium for 4G services is generally lower in mature markets, than in emerging markets, according to an Accenture survey

The willingness to pay a premium for 4G services is generally lower in mature markets than in emerging markets, a recent survey suggests. Accenture polled 31,000 consumers in 26 countries on their attitudes to telecoms services.

Rogers and Vidéotron bring LTE to Ottawa and Québec

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Canadian mobile operator Rogers has signed a 20 year agreement with telecoms firm Vidéotron to bring LTE services to customers in the Québec and Ottawa regions.

Microwave Technology Innovations – Whitepaper June 2013

intracom 7070

Microwave (MW) technologies lead the backhaul evolution toward next-generation mobile networks. While primarily considered as macro-cell backhaul solution, in the upcoming 4G mobile network landscape, MW technologies also extend to the small-cell layer, hence proposing a unified backhaul approach. Two, very significant innovations are introduced

INTERVIEW: LTE in the City State

Mock Pak Lum

Telecoms.com talks to Mock Pak Lum, CTO of Singaporean operator StarHub, about the ongoing rollout of the firm’s LTE offering.

BT to help build O2’s 4G network as it searches for operator partner

BT has signed a ten year deal with mobile operator O2 to support its launch of 4G LTE services

UK incumbent BT has signed a ten year deal with mobile operator O2 to support its launch of 4G LTE services. BT will build a high capacity transmission network for the Telefónica subsidiary as O2’s roll out of 4G services later this year is expected to place even greater pressure on its network.

EE reaches 318,000 LTE subscribers

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, on stage when the firm launched LTE services in London

EE, the first UK player to market with LTE, has announced that it has reached 318,000 LTE subscribers five months after launching the service.

Changing the conversation

Peter Carson, Senior Director of Marketing, Qualcomm

Voice over LTE is one of the most complex technologies being deployed within the framework of the LTE roadmap, says Peter Carson, senior director for marketing at Qualcomm. And operators have a lot of work ahead of them if they are to retain their status as the natural providers of voice and maximise the benefits of the move to a single network technology.

Ooredoo switches on LTE in Qatar

Ooredoo has announced the launch of its LTE network

Qatari consumers can now begin enjoying 4G services, as the country’s incumbent operator Ooredoo announced the launch of its LTE network. Ooredoo’s 4G service will initially be available via mifi and dongle devices, and the operator is currently working on making 4G available on smartphones in Qatar.

Single-vendor hetnets superior says Ericsson

Joakim Sorelius, LTE product manager, Ericsson

The benefits afforded by heterogenous network architectures in LTE could be compromised in multi-vendor environments, according to Ericsson’s product manager for LTE.

NSN to build Brazilian LTE network

TIM Brazil aims to provide LTE in cities where soccer tournaments will be played in 2013 and 2014

Brazilian operator TIM Brasil has called on network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks to build its LTE network. NSN will deploy an LTE network layer on top of TIM Brasil’s existing 2G and 3G networks in the 2.6 GHz frequency band, the operator confirmed.

Chief strategy, innovation & technology officer, KPN Group: “LTE will finally allow the internet to go mobile”

Erik Hoving, chief strategy, innovation & technology officer for the KPN Group, Netherlands

Erik Hoving, chief strategy, innovation & technology officer for KPN Group in The Netherlands, is opening the conference on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands. In an interview ahead of the show we spoke to him about KPN’s LTE launch and the effect that 4G services will have on consumers and the internet in general.

SKT strikes LTE roaming deal with Globe

SKT and Globe strike roaming deal

South Korea’s SK Telecom has signed an LTE data roaming deal with Globe Telecom, the second placed operator in the Philippines. The two will begin roaming services on April 1st. SK also announced that it will launch quad-band LTE devices that function on networks at 850, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz in the second quarter of this year, although it did not reveal which vendor would supply the devices.

Director of Products, HTC, MEA: “Elements of the ecosystem need to work cohesively”

Doran Davies, Director of Products, HTC, Middle East and Africa

Doran Davies, Director of Products, HTC, Middle East and Africa is speaking on the subject of evolving data consumption habits at the Broadband MEA conference, which took place on the 19th-20th, March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. We caught up with him to find out more about his thoughts regarding the handset market.

Technical Sales Manager,Mobile Services, Telenor: “It’s important to measure the QoS experience”

Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden

Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden is taking part in two panel discussions at the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about some of the technical issues facing operators as they introduce LTE.

CTO, Zain, Jordan: “Monetising data networks has become more challenging”

Yousef Mutawe, CTO, Zain, Jordan

Yousef Mutawe, CTO, Zain, Jordan, is delivering a keynote on Day One of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the challenge of meeting the data demands of Zain’s customers.

Technical Advisor, MOI Qatar: “We see significant benefits to deploying a technology that is universally adopted”

Ged Robinson

Ged Robinson, Technical Advisor, MOI Qatar is speaking on Day Two of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we gain his insight into the challenges the carrier market is facing in meeting the needs of the critical communications market.

Telenor vents frustration at Apple’s LTE policy

In 1Q13, gross margin fell from 44.7 per cent to 38.6 per cent, meaning that Apple's net profit stayed flat at $13.1bn

Norwegian operator Telenor is becoming increasingly frustrated with Apple’s failure to support LTE on its network in Norway, the firm’s CEO told Telecoms.com.

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