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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...
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...
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...
Why marketing is still problematic for 4G operators
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....
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...
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...
There’s no harm in taking a slow road to VoLTE deployment
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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...
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...
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.
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...
UK 4G auction reserve prices proposed, process continues (slowly)
Regular blog readers will be familiar with the long-running saga of the UK 4G auctions. (If you are looking for a speed read, these Ofcom media briefing slides give a rose-tinted view of the current status).
On Tuesday this week Ofcom published a
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...
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