Explore (Mar 5 2013)
There is more to satisfactory response on video downloads than wireless download speeds. To keep customers happy and reduce backhaul consumption, wireless operators need to explore caching options.(Read Full Article)
As we close out 2012, it is clear that the mobile industry is slowly starting to respond to the changing market dynamics that are being heralded by an astonishing growth in data service demand.(Read Full Article)
The WiMAX Forum leveraged its opportunity at 4G World 2012 to brief press and analysts on the state of the WiMAX market and announced an updated technology roadmap designed to help operators support multiple radio access technologies. This announcement came as the WiMAX Forum completed their session on 4G Network Evolution - Roadmap to IMT Advanced.(Read Full Article)
Telcos are beginning to see the opportunity to provide cloud computing services to small to midsized enterprises (SMEs) across Latin America. This is not surprising when one considers that the number of SME business in that region will approach 22.4m in 2012. This is also because, as we all know, Latin America will experience a significant ICT transformation with the increasing adoption of fixed and mobile broadband services. Pyramid Research predicts that by 2017, business fixed broadband penetration services will reach 100% in Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica, and will reach more than 60% in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.
But why should telcos go after the SME cloud services market in Latin America?(Read Full Article)
Explore (Oct 17 2012)
When most people think about the challenges faced by their wireless (broadband) carrier (if they think about them at all!), they typically think of deployment issues such as ‘when will 4G/LTE be available in my area?’ or ‘will operators be able to keep up with the increasing demand for video?’ Consumers also think of business issues like ‘why do they charge so much for a paltry 200MB of data?’ With Cisco forecasting a 78% CAGR for mobile broadband traffic over the next five years (see Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast) and that by 2016, 71 percent of all mobile data traffic will be video, it is true that mobile network operators (MNOs) are heavily focused on operational and pricing issues.(Read Full Article)
By: Berge Ayvazian, Conference Chairman, 4G World 2012
With yesterday’s announcement of the iPhone 5, Apple gave its carriers and fans everything they were looking for and more. By now you have seen and heard it all. The 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 is noticeably bigger - but not too big like the 4.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S III or Lumia 920. The iPhone 5 is 20 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than its previous generations and it will really zoom past competitors, with support for 4G LTE and an A6 processor that is twice as fast as the previous A5 chip.(Read Full Article)
By: Joe Braue, General Manager, 4G World
Join the Discussion with IT Execs and Mobile Operators
On Thursday Nov 1 at 4G World at McCormick Place, join top enterprise IT execs and mobile operators who will discuss how companies are optimizing the latest 4G technologies and applications for profit. 4G World will be the only conference this fall where enterprises and operators meet to discuss the state of the art of the mobile enterprise.
Mexico’s federal telecommunications regulator COFETEL recently announced plans for re-farming 2.5 GHz, the majority of which is currently allocated to Mexican media company MVS Comunicaciones (MVS). COFETEL will not renew 2.5 GHz licenses and instead will auction them for 4G services. The move has sparked a firestorm of controversy.(Read Full Article)
For most of the history of wireless communications, the key goal has always been the minimization or even the elimination of any differences in performance between wireless and wireline. Voice? Check – and the audio quality and overall reliability of 3G and 4G (voice will shortly be in broad deployment here) are vastly better than early 1G and 2G systems. Messaging, including multimedia? Check, thanks to improved protocols and bandwidth availability. Video? Check – well, at least if your data plan has enough bits on it every month. Data and the Web? Check – mobile browsers today are essentially as good as their PC counterparts, and HTML5 promises an end to incompatibilities once and for all.(Read Full Article)
On the surface it would seem that managing a 4G mobile broadband network might be less a challenge than managing networks of earlier generations. The mere fact that 4G networks are all-IP brings to mind a host of methodologies, tools and management platforms that have been time proven in the wired world. And to an extent there are some commonalities of managing both wireless and wired IP network, however the implications of multiple access technologies and roaming, and present a critical new set of considerations for 4G.(Read Full Article)
It’s all-IP, can deliver greater data rates at a lower ‘cost per bit’, is easier to manage, provides flexible architectural possibilities to cover even the most challenging of geographies and markets and is driving a continuous stream of more powerful and efficient devices. How could the value proposition for mobile network operators to deploy 4G technology be any more compelling?(Read Full Article)
There’s no doubt about it, 4G mobile broadband offers unprecedented throughput and capacity and for bandwidth-hungry applications it would seem to be a panacea for enterprise IT. But just how practical is it for enterprises to set loose a flood of 4G mobile devices in the office, at home or on the road? For enterprises Wi-Fi offload is gaining both visibility and momentum as one element of the logical solution – but there’s no slam-dunk at present.
Delivering 4G ‘enterprise-class’ connectivity can very simply be defined as deploying a network and devices that can cost-effectively provide secure access to applications and information when and where a user requires it. The definition itself is simple enough but the challenges to deliver it can be daunting.(Read Full Article)
So who's going to buy -- or merge with -- Nokia Siemens Networks ? This question has been out of the headlines for a while, but its eventual answer will have an important bearing on the landscape of the global telecom infrastructure market during the next 10 years.
It'll be a while before this question is answered. NSN has only just started the sort of restructuring of its organization, workforce, pension liabilities and the like that will need to be substantially complete before a sale can be agreed. And the fate of Nokia's huge 2G, 3G and 4G IPR portfolio -- and NSN's access to it -- is also set to feature front and center in deliberations and negotiations.(Read Full Article)
Both companies deserve our wrath as their patent trial gets under way. Why? They're propagating an intellectual property war with immense collateral damage.
Even though their federal courtroom battle is likely to continue for the next four weeks, the patent dispute between Samsung and Apple already has a loser. Three of them, in fact - you, your company, and our economy.(Read Full Article)
The 2012 Olympic Games are underway in London and the UK is welcoming visitors and competitors from around the world. Venues have been constructed and infrastructures improved, all with the goal of facilitating a welcoming, accessible and safe environment for competition; a Herculean task to say the least. And in some ways, just like the Olympics, readying for 4G competition in the UK has also been no easy task.
While the UK’s regulator, Ofcom, has just recently announced a 4G spectrum auction, the irony of the delay in opening 4G markets has already emerged during the 2012 Olympics.(Read Full Article)
J.C. Penney and Nordstrom announced this week that they’re looking to eliminate cash registers and traditional cashiers in their stores, with an eye toward using devices like the iPod Touch to enable wireless payments.
That sounds good, but many consumers don't feel compelled to give up paper checks just yet. In fact, there are some 27.5 billion paper checks written each year -- the majority of which are consumer-to-business transactions.
And, for the first time since the Federal Reserve started tracking payments in 2000, credit card payments declined -- the first time that any electronic payment type has declined. Meanwhile, debit card and pre-paid card use has increased; but debit and pre-paid cards have not displaced paper checks.(Read Full Article)
The smartphone giants have been preparing for this IP battle, which kicks off July 30, for more than 14 months. Here's what they want.
Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. back in April 2011, accusing the company of "slavishly copying" the design and technology in products such as the iPhone and iPad. Apple charged that Samsung's smartphones and tablets stole their appearance from Apple's products, which predated many of Samsung's.(Read Full Article)
Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) isn't waiting for blanket 4G coverage in cities before switching on its new Long Term Evolution (LTE), instead aiming for street-level coverage that it deems useful for potential users.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Networks at Sprint, talked to Light Reading Mobile about the operator's LTE strategy Friday in the wake of its initial launch in 15 markets.(Read Full Article)
AT&T's new Mobile Share plans offer buckets of data that can be accessed by a number of devices on a single account. They might work for consumers and small businesses, but they're not for large enterprises.
Last week AT&T announced its own version of shared data plans. The plans provide consumers with a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to matching a service plan to their individual needs. Like Verizon's shared data plans announced earlier this year, AT&T's plans bundle together voice, text, and data and allow multiple devices to share from the same pool.(Read Full Article)
China's ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) is aiming to capitalize on the current woes of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; Toronto: RIM) by grabbing a greater share of the smartphone market and boosting its global brand.
"Knowing the dynamic in the mobile market, the situation is very fluid, with some going through dramatic decline. This is an opportunity for ZTE to establish its brand," said executive board director and vice president He Shiyou, speaking to Light Reading Mobile at the U.K. launch of its latest Android smartphone, Grand X, in London last week(Read Full Article)
Russia has awarded four new LTE licenses this week but has not banked any money as a result. That would be an alien concept to many countries, which view spectrum as a very valuable commodity that should generate income for the national purse.
Well, yes, of course it is valuable and yes, it should contribute to any country's economy. And so it will in Russia, which, I think, has got the model right.(Read Full Article)
Call it the metaphor meeting the point break. With last year's installation of Wi-Fi service that covered Venice Beach in Southern California, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) brought Web surfing to the home of the real thing -- perhaps heralding the future of wireless communications, where Wi-Fi would be everywhere, including the beach.
With mesh-network technology and solar-powered access points mounted on lifeguard stands, Time Warner Cable's SoCal beach infrastructure is just part of what some see as the "network of the future" -- a collection of Wi-Fi clouds that will deliver faster, better and cheaper wireless services, with coverage broad enough to free us from our cellular overlords, no matter where we hang out. This new, big Wi-Fi network idea was one central thought that emerged during a recent one-day conference at Stanford University, where all kinds of smart people involved in the business of wireless contemplated how unlicensed spectrum was going to "expand the reach and decrease the cost of broadband."(Read Full Article)