Ups and downs of the mobile internet movement

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Not that long ago, internet access via a mobile phone was considered a novelty. Today, as more mobile network operators continue to achieve breakthroughs in broadband upload and download speeds, the growth in total mobile data traffic is rising exponentially.ABI Research now predicts that the average monthly data consumed per mobile service subscriber will increase from 445 megabytes in 2014 to 2,289 megabytes by 2019.In early December 2014, Nokia Networks unveiled its carrier...

By David H. Deans, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Capacity: Delivering app coverage on the road to 5G

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5G may be generating both hype and search engine optimization efforts but, for mobile operators, 5G is already a key consideration in their network strategy and planning. In other words, mobile operators are already on the road to 5G…

There are two recurring concepts that we see when we consider the network evolution to 5G:

  • The first is the concept of app coverage, which looks at network performance and capacity from the user perspective. This is...

By Eric Parsons, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

How are MNOs managing their multifaceted capacity problem?

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In an industry where on-going price declines have become expected, mobile data traffic almost doubles every year. This means mobile network operators are struggling more than ever to deliver a world-class customer experience profitably.

There are a combination of factors that contribute to why the hype behind small cell volumes has not materialised.

Mobile network operators (MNOs) are experiencing...

By Paul Coffey, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure.

EU Commission sets out 700 MHz proposals

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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom recently announced plans to free-up 700 MHz by 2022 to carry data over long distances. The spectrum is currently in-use around Europe for TV and wireless microphones, whereas in the US and Asia it is already being used for 4G.

Now the European Commission has launched a consultation based on recommendations from former trade commissioner, Pascal Lamy, who said...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Regulation, Spectrum.

EE's traffic grows sixfold as MNO hits 7.7 million 4G subscribers

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In the last two months alone, EE has added 1.7 million customers to reach 7.7 million 4G subscribers. This is not only more than any other operator across Europe, but also beat the company's own internal year-end target of 6 million by some distance as a result of the UK MNO's rapid-expansion.

EE's network has provided access to superfast broadband for the first time in many areas.

Throughout 2014,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Rural.

Qualcomm, Huawei, and EE complete LTE Category 9

Chip-maker Qualcomm, network vendor Huawei, and UK mobile operator EE, have announced today the completion of interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 which features download speeds of up to 410 Mbps. The test used Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-A modem, Huawei's commercial infrastructure solution, and was conducted over EE's '4G+' network.

It's not clear when Huawei and EE intend to launch LTE Cat9 capabilities, but it won't be until Qualcomm start to roll-out their...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Innovation, LTE, Testing & Measurement.

France to hold DTT spectrum auction in 2015

Spectrum which is currently in-use for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) is set to be up for auction in France to be awarded to telecoms operators in December 2015. The government plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency for use as mobile broadband in license deals expected to generate upwards of €2 billion.

All of France's four major mobile network operators are expected to take part in the bids, in order to use the spectrum to boost or launch their mobile broadband offerings between 1st...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Trials of Operators: Shark attacks, natural disasters, and non-stop streaming…

Recently, Google released footage of sharks attacking its undersea cables. But ‘Jaws’ isn’t the only problem a network operator needs to worry about; there are also fishing trawlers and natural disasters which also pose a serious threat. And the challenges don’t stop there; non-stop streaming and bandwidth guzzling data centres are further obstacles that network providers must...

By Chris Champion, 03 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics.