Oracle snaps up Tekelec in an enhanced telecoms play

Larry Ellison’s company may be best known for its cloud portfolio, but Oracle has recently been looking to make a serious push towards telecoms, enhanced by the acquisition of Tekelec announced yesterday.

Tekelec, formed in 1971, is used by over 300 service providers worldwide and deals in network signalling, policy control and subscriber data management, giving providers the opportunity to monetise cloud, OTT and personalised services with the huge increase in data traffic.

This appears to fit right into the Silicon...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, LTE, Networks.

How telcos can take advantage of 4G

With the UK’s 4G auctions concluding, it is clear the early 4G land grab is set to take place in the corporate market; and the emphasis on quality of service, network availability and corporate specific data mining will become a critical component in service differentiation.

Tony Over, Operations Director, M7 Managed Services Ltd, explains that first mover advantage will be essential. The Telco that can swiftly gain insight into...

By Tony Over, 25 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators.

Wrapping it up at #MWC2013: What is "optimal" service delivery?

I’ve been thinking about how to wrap up my experience at Mobile World Congress 2013. The more experienced editors and press professionals have already done that as they reviewed devices, apps, the cloud, LTE, and so many things that were discussed during this very special week. I was trying to see if I could learn from their style, but in the end, I’m staying true to my original intent which was to write about MWC from my own perspective and experience.

First, Team Allot was great. Everyone was doing his...

By Allot Communications, 04 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile.

Why marketing is still problematic for 4G operators

The development of personal broadband and mobile broadband applications are being enabled by the next generation wireless broadband technologies -- such as WiFi (802.11ac - 802.11ad), LTE and LTE-A (LTE Advanced). According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, 4G LTE revenues are set to grow rapidly, reaching more than $340 billion by 2017 globally, that's compared to just over $75 billion in 2013. This latest growth will represent approximately 31 percent of total service revenues from all mobile network services of...

By David H. Deans, 28 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Marketing, Operators, Wireless.

UK 4G auction results announced, revenue lower than expected

The UK telecommunications regulatory body Ofcom has announced the results of the 4G auction raising a less than expected £2.34bn ($3.59bn) in revenue.

The overall figures may be seen as disappointing given the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had predicted a £3.5bn ($5.37bn) windfall from the auction. The UK 3G auctions in 2000 raised £22bn in comparison.

Yet the results show that the main players seem to have gotten a share of the spectrum, dealed out in 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz bands....

By James Bourne, 20 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, LTE.

One third of operator revenue will be through LTE by 2017, says Juniper

Two reports from Juniper Research and Wireless Intelligence give interesting forecasts on the long term evolution (LTE) landscape, but what does this mean for operators?

The LTE and 4G market is predicted to reach over $340bn worldwide by 2017, accounting for almost a third of overall operator revenue.

That’s the key finding from the latest Juniper Research report, “4G LTE: Subscribers, Devices, Infrastructure & Service Revenue 2013-2017”, examining how LTE will be crucial to mobile...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

Mobile operators risk backhaul gap in LTE networks

Mobile operators are adopting LTE at rates even faster than 2G and 3G. As operators race to stay ahead of mobile data demand, LTE is one key to the future.

Tellabs commissioned a new study by industry analyst Strategy Analytics on LTE mobile backhaul. The findings were surprising – and alarming.

If operators continue to invest in mobile backhaul for LTE at the same rates as they did for 2G and 3G – about 17.5% of the total cost of ownership – they risk falling short...

By Tellabs, 13 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Research, Small Cells.

There’s no harm in taking a slow road to VoLTE deployment

By Jeremy Green, Principal Analyst, Telco StrategyMobile operators preparing to roll out LTE don’t need to hurry to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE). There are still service and supply issues to be worked out, and time (and the effort of others) will solve most of these. In the meantime, VoLTE won’t deliver any compelling services, revenue opportunities, or business opportunities. While VoLTE will enable network efficiency and cost savings in the long term,...

By Ovum Research, 11 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators.

The top 10 telecom and media trends for 2013

Informa Telecoms & Media released its top ten trends for 2013. Five of their predictions relate directly to telecom service providers and the other five address the pay-TV, digital media and Over-the-Top (OTT) communications sector. 1. Wi-Fi will become a victim of its own success There will be a shift in operator sentiment away from public Wi-Fi as it becomes evident that the growing availability of free-to-end-user Wi-Fi devalues the mobile-broadband business model. Mobile operators will respond by articulating the value of their cellular...

By David H. Deans, 04 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, LTE, Mobile, Research.

EE launches first UK 4G LTE network, defends pricing

It's been exciting times for the UK this week as its first commercially available superfast 4G LTE service launched across 11 major cities.

EE, a joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile UK received the go-ahead to launch the service ahead of rivals Vodafone, O2 and Three, following months of legal wrangling over promised spectrum auctions.

“Today is a landmark day for our...

By Matt Henkes, 31 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, LTE.

Mobile cloud services sustain revenue and growth in new LTE networks

By Stuart Benington, Director of Portfolio Strategy

As mobile operators invest heavily to migrate to LTE networks, they face a major financial challenge in the near-term. The number of LTE-based services — and the profits they bring in — will require a long-term horizon to achieve a return on investment (ROI).

To speed up their ROI, operators can support an LTE business model with revenues from other services using the same technologies and...

By Tellabs, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

Ofcom gives Everything Everywhere green light to launch UK 4G

For nine months the UK telecoms industry held its breath as it awaited Ofcom’s decision on whether to allow Everything Everywhere to launch 4G services using its existing holding of spectrum.

Then on August 21, 2012 Ofcom granted that liberalisation. The decision has been seen as firmly pro-consumer, but it has angered rival operators. While it is not a perfect outcome, it does mean that the UK moves a step closer to finally getting 4G, which could arrive as soon as September this year.

Ofcom’s...

By Ovum Research, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Operators.

The 4G road ahead: Some common denominators for WiMAX and LTE

For a long time, it has been held that WiMAX has a definite and powerful time-to-market advantage over LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. This is because of WiMAX’s maturity as a technology, but also due to its higher readiness to be deployed. On the other hand and despite the many commitments, LTE remains at the trial stage largely.Recent market reports, however, indicate thatWiMAX’s advantage may be short-lived and that WiMAX, despite prospects of growth, will be eventually eclipsed by LTE’s growth, which is projected to take an exponential at the time of writing this article.More generally speaking, both...

By Alex Wanda, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Small Cells.

Sprint rolls out US 4G LTE network – a bit late to the party?

The American telecoms carrier Sprint Nextel has announced a rolling out of their 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network in the US.

Sprint, one of the ‘big four’ American long distance providers, has launched their 4G network in 15 American cities, mainly in Georgia and Texas with plans to bring out additional 4G LTE markets later this year.

“This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Operators, Wireless.

LTE compliant products: Too early or just in time?

Those of you who lived the 2.5G-3G-HSDPA transition through work in either the technical or commercial sides should be experiencing strong Déjà vu spells already. If not, beware: you may be a victim of ‘the happiness of ignorance’ without even realizing it.  

Because this is exactly what you have if you believe that rolling out 4G networks means everything will fall into place and work in harmony: Carriers, hardware, software, uninterrupted live call transfer from 3G to

By Kostas Papahatzis, 13 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

Everything Everywhere rues impact of MTR cuts

Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has posted a drop in service revenue of 2.5 per cent to fall to £1.5bn in its first quarter earnings statement.The firm blamed the drop on the impact of regulated mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts. Last year, the UK’s Competition Commission decided to increase the speed at which mobile termination rates must fall, from 4 pence per minute to just 0.65 pence per minute by 1 April 2014. It said that, excluding the impact of these cuts, revenue would have...

By Connected Numbers, 03 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, LTE, Operators.

4G Investment by Asia-Pacific Mobile Operators

Back in 2002, mobile network operators in the Asia-Pacific region trailed behind their North American and European counterparts -- in terms of planned fourth-generation service development. Fast forward to the present day and the situation is very different. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, Out of 110 mobile networks, 10 operators (9 percent) have commercial 4G LTE networks up and running. Another 58 (53 percent) either have specific plans to roll out LTE or are conducting trials. "We estimate total...

By David H. Deans, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, LTE, Outsourcing.

Telecom's Rubicon: Retaining customer loyalty in tough times

Global mobile broadband traffic grew by 83% in the second half of the year with a CAGR of 234% during 2011, according to an Allot Mobile Trends report. Telcos are struggling to sustain the investment in mobile-data networks, only to see other web companies reaping the rewards for it.

With their revenues from traditional channels such as voice calls and text messages falling they have set on a road to find ways to get extra revenues from the use of data. So what are their options and what are the implications...

By Zhecho Dobrev, 10 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Operators, Smartphones.

Will the Was "Now" Network become the Will Be "Now" Network?

After over a year of position and scheming, it appears that Sprint has finally adopted a technical direction for its network and customers. And, for all of you who have a WiMAX-based Sprint 4G phone, at least you are not more than two years away from getting trade-in value for an LTE-based 4G product.

The bottom line is that Sprintwill not be adding any new WiMAX phones to its crowded line-up of user technology.

So, the old front-runner...

By Wesley Kaplow, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Operators.