Is LTE a mixed blessing for China Telecom?

China Telecom (CTC) is feeling the heat in LTE after rival China Mobile began massive TD-LTE construction with 200,000 base stations in more than 100 cities, so the third largest wireless operator ran its own LTE bid in early October for LTE TDD and FDD BTSs in anticipation that LTE license is immanent and its 3G service (CDMA EV-DO) does need a makeover in order to stay competitive and LTE is the only way to do it.

CTC did not reveal the value of the bid, but it is estimated at RMB5bn (US$820mn) or about...

By Dr Lin Sun, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Licensing, LTE.

Why small cells are poised for growth in Latin America

Small cells mean big changes for mobile networks

Already an important element in 3G networks globally, small cells enable network coverage to be easily extended to accommodate data growth, especially in busy outdoor areas. However, as operators move to 4G/LTE networks and introduce heterogeneous networks (HetNets), small cells become even more important. Why?  Because LTE technology promises higher bandwidth in the radio interface, end-users also expect better service, lower latency and more throughput. This...

By Tellabs, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, LTE, M2M, Networks, Small Cells.

Orange launches new LTE Signalling service for global roaming

Hoping to extend its leadership on the wholesale market, telecommunications provider Orange has today launched a new LTE Signalling service which will enable mobile operators to provide 4G roaming to their customers.

Orange has almost 20 years experience, and makes use of that expertise to provide operators with complete solutions; including Orange’s Multiservice IP eXchange – which LTE Signalling is found under that umbrella.

The network’s large footprint spans 30 PoPs (Points of Presence)...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

4G LTE connections will reach 1 billion by 2018

4G Americas reports that HSPA and LTE mobile broadband has grown to 192.5 million subscriptions in North America, representing 52 percent of the more than 373 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media. The North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide with 51 percent of the world’s 126 million connections at the end of June 2013. In Latin America, the HSPA and LTE mobile broadband market share has risen to 21 percent with 147 million connections of the...

By David H. Deans, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Research.

There are no surprises in the EC’s telecoms framework reform

James Robinson, Analyst, Policy and Regulation

After some leaked documentation and countless news stories, the EC has adopted its proposals for a reform of the EU telecoms regulations. The new rules, therefore, offer no surprises. However, they should still be viewed as the most ambitious plans that the sector has seen since liberalization occurred. The centerpiece of the EC’s plans is reducing, and subsequently eliminating, mobile roaming charges, but measures such as consistency in wholesale access will also...

By Ovum Research, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Operators.

How to succeed in the new mobile economy

As technology continues to advance, the mobile ecosystem has successfully built a host of new business models, from automotive to health and education to the connected living space at home.

This marks an incredibly exciting time for the customers who will able to embrace an evolved mobile experience, the developers and device manufacturers who can continue to drive innovation and the operators who must develop strong value propositions to entice the 21st century mobile user away from competitors.

From an...

By Mike Boyarski, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

Why 4G is an opportunity for CSPs to reposition their business

With ageing 2G/3G networks – as well as a proliferation of complex tariffs and policies – 4G represents an ideal opportunity for CSPs to reposition their businesses (in particular as Over The Top players) and make them more profitable. 

Uncertainty from investors and changing customer behaviour, from voice-centric to data-centric usage, means that CSPs cannot rest on their laurels and must find ways to monetise their LTE investments. Unlike with 3G, they can’t afford to wait years for...

By Rob Smith, 30 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Content, LTE, Operators.

UK erupts into full-scale 4G war as Three announces plans

LTE operators have comparisons to the HBO series Game of Thrones; it’s a battle to the top in which the competition only becomes more fierce and the players are willing to get dirty to ascend their superiority.

Three’s announcement of their 4G plans today is the latest, and most disruptive.

4G in the UK witnessed an 11-month period of criticised exclusivity by Orange and T-Mobile’s network collaboration, EE, due to a limited spectrum auction. Over this time, the operator hit negative...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

A journey on the evolution of the G [infographic]

If 4G is ‘super-fast’, the first generation wireless network seems like a crawl in comparison. It’s been a long journey, with the first 1G cellular network launched in Japan back in 1979.

But the rise since then has been nothing short of incredible. And it’s not going to stop any time soon. This year is predicted to see more than one Exabyte of data travelling across the global mobile network every month.

It’s no wonder there was so much excitement at this year’s Mobile World Congress...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infographic, LTE, Wireless.

Contract analysis reveals telcos’ push to become agile and relevant

Adaora Okeleke, Analyst, Telco Operations

Telcos are facing slower revenue growth, resulting in a slowdown in capital investment. The Ovum report Telco Purchasing Trends (the third annual report in a series previously titled What Did Telcos Buy From Their Suppliers?) demonstrates how telcos are responding to these trends, and provides suppliers with insights into current and future telco purchasing trends.

Our analysis shows that telcos are reacting to the fierce competition in the industry by taking a lean and agile approach to product...

By Ovum Research, 08 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, LTE, Operators.

Vodafone UK puts its 4G LTE cards on the table

TelecomsTech has previously reported on Everything Everywhere (EE) and O2’s 4G pushes, and wonders what the view is like from Vodafone’s tower as the provider outlines its coverage plans

Vodafone is to launch its UK 4G service on 29 August in 12 cities, following an investment of £900m in its network.

29 August, of course, is when O2 is rolling out its LTE package, leaving only Three as non-4G ready by the end...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

O2 plays catch-up with EE’s 4G, but are they in a losing battle?

Loyal O2 customers in the UK may be pleased to hear the company can begin the rollout of their 4G network; after an exclusive period of availability by rival EE (who spent their time wisely.)

However, before you scream “yay 4GEE!!!” like a tween with Bieber-fever, it won’t be without its challenges...

You may have noticed the use of ‘4GEE’ above – which is EE’s marketing...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Is 2013 proving to be the year of 4G?

Now that we’re well into 2013 we can see that over recent months 4G has been playing heavily on the minds of service providers.

The auction’s been settled and the key players have each been awarded a slice of the 4G pie, so now it’s time to look at what this will really mean for the telecoms landscape and its customers.

It’s no doubt that the introduction of 4G is exciting but real consumer take-up is not going to be rapid because customers are locked into contracts, tariffs are high...

By Russell Palmer, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, LTE, Marketing, Operators.

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

Why 4G presents an opportunity for CSPs to target SMEs

While landing the huge corporate contract remains an important consideration and goal for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), the introduction of 4G to the UK market provides the perfect opportunity to address a market segment that has traditionally been tough to crack: SMEs (Small and Medium Businesses).

According to a recent Telesperience whitepaper, commissioned by MDS, the SME sector is one that UK and European operators have long identified as a potentially lucrative opportunity waiting to happen....

By Rob Smith, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile.

T-Mobile’s “boldest moves” event is simply disruptive (in a good way)

Nearly a fortnight ago, TelecomsTech reported on an event by provider T-Mobile which was entitled “Our boldest moves yet”.

Counting me intrigued, we speculated, and had some great discussions and theories across the social networks to which we post. So, were their steps bold?

Firstly and most importantly, is a brand-new contract add-on which is indeed pretty bold. Going by the name of ‘Jump!’ it will incur an extra $10 monthly charge on top of your current...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

OTT VoIP subscribers to move towards 1bn in 2013, says Infonetics

According to the latest snippet from Infonetics Research, the number of OTT VoIP subscribers is set to head near one billion by the end of 2013.

This was due to a huge spike in 2012, with figures going up 550% to over 640 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Skype – as well as Microsoft in general – accounted for 40% of this number.

Overall, over the top VoIP and voice over LTE (VoLTE) is predicted to become a $16bn market by 2017. According to the research report author, Stephane Teral, the VoLTE...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Research, VoiP.

Countdown to China LTE Launch

Signs abound that China is very close to first LTE rollout as a license is expected in a few months.

This is certainly good news for equipment makers fighting off slowing capex and fierce competition.

China Mobile also stands to benefit from TD-LTE on its preemptive position; more important, the standard has the government behind.

The latter is crucial for commercial success. Of course the government is not always failsafe as we have seen in ill-fated TD-SCDMA, but it does lend a heavy hand in things like...

By Dr Lin Sun, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Alcatel-Lucent’s "Shift Plan" for wireless – focusing on LTE and small cells

On June 19 Alcatel-Lucent’s new CEO Michel Combes announced the company’s latest strategy to turn around the faltering network equipment vendor. Dubbed “The Shift Plan,” in broad terms it changes the company’s focus from being a network generalist to focusing on IP networking and mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access technologies. While the merits of the full plan warrant a discussion all their own, here we are analyzing the impact of the Shift on the company’s wireless...

By Ovum Research, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Small Cells.

EE doubles 4G speeds, offers shared plans, and fights rivals over advertising techniques

It’s all happening for UK mobile network EE, the collaboration between Orange and T-Mobile.

The operator is - yet again - set to double their 4G speeds. Alongside this increased speed; the company is beginning “shared plans”, but taking the fight to rivals over their (premature?) advertising.

Beginning with the company’s own services - Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, has announced the new faster 4G offering will include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds,...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.