Rethinking backhaul


Any modern communications network is a complex architectural arrangement. By 2013 it’s likely that a mobile network operator will have 2G, 3G and LTE operations running in parallel, with support infrastructure such as backhaul that has been updated and augmented over the years. As networks mature, they also evolve—the trend right now is to alleviate RAN congestion with smaller cells, increasing network density but also putting extra burden on the backhaul infrastructure. In order to keep pace, backhaul implementations also need to evolve.

Qualcomm chief hooks up proximity-based P2P offering

A sea of sensors would give a UI to devices that do not have one

At the Qualcomm Innovation conference in Istanbul on Wednesday, chief executive Paul Jacobs outlined a vision of the connected future focused on proximity-based peer to peer networking.

Peer pressure


With the countdown starting to the Broadband World Forum in September, telecoms.com caught up with opening day keynote speaker Eric Klinker, chief executive of BitTorrent to discuss his views on traffic throttling, privacy and future plans.

Sharpening the edges

Many operators are pushing core capabilities out to the network edge

Global internet traffic will grow by a volume of almost 50 per cent each year between now and 2015, according to Informa Telecoms & Media. This appetite for consumption will be whetted by online storage, peer to peer traffic and video consumption in the mobile space. The trick now is keeping the data deluge away from the core.

Operators can’t play dumb if they want to be smart pipes

Picture the scene: a music-industry debate hosted in a small room above a pub in Soho, London. “Just answer me: Are you technically able to stop people sharing our music illegally online?” The casually dressed moderator’s voice was tense. It was the third time he’d asked the question.