Tagged: LTE

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Taking stock – the importance of connectivity

As the industry catches its breath after the annual flurry of activity around Mobile World Congress (MWC), it’s a good time to quickly reflect on some of the trends for the rest of 2017 that emerged from the event. Cutting through the usual hullaballoo it was possible to identify three key themes: the accelerating evolution and commercial relevance of the internet of things (IoT); the emergence of extreme low latency as the key differentiator in 5G; and the growing importance of neutral host. Of these themes, it is perhaps most encouraging to see genuine progress on IoT. There are still...

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Placing the spotlight on neutral host and spectrum sharing @ Mobile World Congress 2017

2017 is likely to be a crucial year for the mobile industry. Operators continue to face a number of challenges, from flatlining revenues and the end of roaming charges, to an unprecedented demand for data. Meanwhile the promise of 5G and new spectrum remains many years away. As such 2017 is the year that the industry finally embraces neutral host deployment models and spectrum sharing approaches. Neutral host deployments are increasingly gaining traction as operators continue to seek new ways to extend their networks particularly for enterprise users. Meanwhile, shared access models such as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and...

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Urban and rural small cells: Are operators fighting the wrong battle?

It may seem ludicrous to describe the deployment of small cells as an emotional issue, but when it comes to outdoor small cells, the planning meetings are anything but rational. Communities are concerned about the thin-end-of-the-wedge that new cell sites represent and fight tooth-and-nail to prevent what they see as a despoiling of their environment. Local authorities and municipalities are often underinformed as to the issues and options for small cell deployment. Unable to evaluate alternatives, the result is stasis. At the recent HetNet Expo a panel of telecoms executives voiced their frustrations at this situation. The group called on...

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Enhancing indoor coverage: The spectrum sharing opportunity

Over recent years, mobile operators have faced falling or flat lining revenues, while the demand for enhanced indoor cellular coverage and data capacity has continued to grow at an unprecedented rate. Operators’ struggles to deal with these twin challenges are directly impacting businesses. A Nemertes survey revealed that a staggering 94% of businesses globally agree that the quality of cellular coverage affects their business in some way. However, what’s even more concerning is that the same survey found that 45% of those businesses are seriously frustrated with their mobile voice quality. These frustrations mean that business owners are increasingly prepared...

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LTE dreams of Spectrum, Wi-Fi dreams of Voice, while users dream of Good Service

Having seen explosive growth over the past five years, Wi-Fi has completely changed the way we communicate and consume data, and cemented itself firmly into our daily lives. Many users can’t wait to switch from mobile internet to Wi-Fi to save their precious monthly data allowance. What’s more, Wi-Fi is growing quickly in the carrier market, with spending rising at a fast pace. An IGR study released in October 2014, forecasted that $3.2 billion will be spent between 2013 and 2018 on the installation of North American carrier and cable-operator Wi-Fi hotspots. So does this mean small cells should be worried?...

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Ofcom to release more spectrum, so we should be happy, right?

Recently on the Telegraph online, I saw an article on the next round of spectrum licensing in the UK. The UK Government has committed to release 500MHz of public sector spectrum by 2020, and this move is part of that. There are two bands being released – 40MHz at 2.35 – 2.39GHz, which I think has to be part of TDD Band 40, and 150MHz above 3.41GHz which could be part of TDD band 40, or conceivably part of FDD band 22. Ip.access sells licensed radio kit, right? More licensed spectrum equals more sales of radios to use it, right?...

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Aggressive marketing or capacity crunch?

The topic of coverage and capacity was again in the news this week, there is no doubt that service providers are being challenged to deliver on overall network performance as LTE user numbers rise. See the report here: http://www.which.co.uk/technology/phones/reviews-ns/best-mobile-phone-networks/mobile-phone-network-state-of-the-nation-report/ The interesting point raised here is the need to check which mobile operator best serves the region you live and work in; before you hit the retail stores or signing up with a service provider. This all reminds me of a conversation I had a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to explain that having an LTE phone doesn’t guarantee...

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Don’t be afraid of the dark

Why operators should keep an open mind on LTE-U. When we were young, our parents would tell us, not to be afraid of the dark; usually because they wanted us to go to sleep. As we got older, we realized that sometimes there’s good reason to be, if not afraid, then at least wary of the dark and to stay alert. In fact, not just the dark, but also the unknown, which we frequently treat with suspicion – sometimes quite correctly.

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The Challengers have been summoned, the race is on!

Nice to see that Gartner Research released their Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment earlier this month, you could view this as the final step in the industry hitting the mainstream.  The report covers both Small Cells in licensed spectrum [3G & LTE] and Carrier Wi-Fi Equipment [stand-alone & integrated into femtocell and picocell equipment].