LTE continues to thrive across the world

September 17, 2012

LTE Strategies 2012Recent data from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) shows that 68 operators across  countries have launched commercial LTE services in the last 12 months.

These operators are expected to have 152 commercial LTE services in 65 countries by the end of the year.  This is an expected growth of more than 50% in the next quarter alone!

The GSA report also shows that there are a further 55 operators in 11 countries in the initial stage of negotiation to launch LTE services.

The UK in particular is accelerating its LTE launches and according to EE (the new brand for Everything Everywhere), its new 4G network will cover a third of the UK population by the end of 2012.  Further towns, cities and rural areas, will follow rapidly with 2013 population coverage to reach 70%, with 98% covered by 2014.

It’s clear from this report that LTE has never been a hotter topic for discussion and, as 347 operators in 104 countries commit to commercial LTE network deployments, engage in trials, technology testing or studies, the momentum behind LTE looks set to explode.

LTE Strategies 2012 will focus on developing sustainable LTE business models and network migration strategies that generate revenue profit and growth. View the complimentary FINAL AGENDA for the conference.

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London Olympic park on track to be the largest high density Wi-Fi venue ever!

May 31, 2012

BT is on target to deploy a million Wi-Fi hotspots in London as it steps up its Wi-Fi deployment ahead of the Olympic Games.

BT’s dedicated Wi-Fi network strategy for the Olympic Park will help meet the huge demand for internet access from those attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games

With over 1000 access points across 9 different Olympic venues and across all of the public areas, the Park is set to be the largest high density Wi-Fi venue ever to exist and could potentially see more Wi-Fi users in any one place than any other event before.

With this latest announcement from BT – the 2012 Olympics will be a truly digital Games and the enhanced Wi-Fi coverage will allow people to get online, keep in touch with friends and family and share their experiences of the event.

The Mayor of London has been quoted in the news this week saying – “This is fantastic news for the millions of visitors coming to the capital to enjoy this incredible summer of sport but even better news for London’s businesses who will continue to reap the benefits of this boost to the city’s ever expanding digital infrastructure long after the Games are over.”

As London pushes to become ever more digital ahead of the Games, the question now is: What comes after the Olympics? 

Virgin Media won the contract back in March to provide the London Underground with a Wi-Fi service but there seems to be a raft of challenges around doing this.  This latest innovation is clearly great news for tube customers but, how successful will it really be?  Will tube customers really be able to access the internet underground by the end of 2012?  And, what else is on the cards as operators push to provide seamless internet access for their users in every part of the Capital.

If you would like to know more about this event, please visit our website .

Do small cells raise big problems for operators?

May 16, 2012

Over the past year the mobile industry has been abuzz with the term ‘small cells’.  As mobile network operators talk constantly about using small cells to increase network capacity and improve performance, are they as good a solution as they appear?

Recent research with operators seems to indicate a slight hesitation on their part to invest in large scale deployments of small cells.  Two key questions that constantly arose from operators talking to Telecoms IQ were:

Are there hidden costs behind the relatively low price of small cells?

Are small cells capable of being used in LTE networks?

Despite the apparently cheap price of purchasing small cells, operators are worried that there will be extra costs involved with connecting each small cell to the backhaul network, as well as the cost involved in purchasing sites for small cells.  Without an abundance of real life case studies operators don’t have full disclosure of exactly what the costs involved are and this is clearly stalling their investment.

Additionally to the worry about cost, operators are heavily investing in upgrading their networks to LTE and it is imperative that any investment in small cells they do make is backed up with them knowing that they are capable of working in LTE networks.  Are small cells capable of delivering high throughput and capacity in a dense urban environment?  Will small cells be capable of giving wireless operators the infrastructure resources that they need to align their LTE network performance with what their customers demand?  Is the vendor hype around LTE small cells really to be believed?

As small cells begin to be widely viewed as an integral tool for operators struggling to deal with exploding mobile data demand, there are clearly signs that there are critical questions to be  answered.  Are they really the best solution for the current wireless capacity crunch?  And, more importantly for operators, are they the most cost-effective solution?

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WiFi offload will be a huge topic for operators looking to deploy LTE

April 5, 2012

LTEAs some industry analysts predict that a whopping $10.84bn will be spent on global LTE infrastructure in 2012 alone, it’s no surprise that LTE deployment was a hot topic for operators and device manufacturers at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

At the dedicated LTE Forum key questions surrounding LTE were posed by the operators in the room:

Questions including:

– How can you optimise your LTE network deployment?
– How can you ensure that you successfully monetise your LTE network?
– How can you ensure optimal user experience from your new LTE network?

Following some general discussion from the floor, KDDI, Telecom New Zealand, Etisalat, Telenor and Reliance 4G took to a panel discussion where some important issues were raised by the panellists:

• Operators need to learn how to market LTE services correctly to ensure that they make a profit
• Network sharing is going to be a big topic over the coming few years if operators are going to keep costs down when deploying LTE – how do operators overcome the challenges associated with network sharing agreements?
• Operators need to determine how to ensure seamless connectivity  between WiFi and  LTE
• Operators need to know how to become super pipes not dumb pipes!

The panel went on to state that one of the biggest areas of investment for them was going to be E2E experience and transparency using performance analytics tools.

Additionally, as statistics show that 60-65% of people are using data in a home or building, it became clear that WiFi offload will be a huge topic for operators looking to deploy LTE.  Alongside this, mobile operators are placing more and more importance on working with their fixed line counterparts as they try to improve these relationships and leverage them to enhance user experience and monetise their networks.

A huge problem that was discussed in-depth was how to provide seamless connectivity across both fixed and mobile.

With huge growth in LTE investment predicted between 2012 and 2015 it’s clear that there are still a lot of hurdles for operators to overcome.  As critical questions remain unanswered, just how are operators going to ensure that they adopt the best LTE deployment methods and strategies that ensure both optimal user experience and the best ROI?

If you interested in LTE, topics will be covered at Mobile Network Performance Management in June. Additionally, LTE Deployment Strategies will be taking place November. If you are interested in hearing more about these events, please email

LTE will optimise the network to drive the use of mobile video

December 1, 2011

Mobile video is just one of the services which could benefit from LTE networks when they are rolled out across Europe over the next few years. Currently, the service, which has seen exponential growth due to the smartphone industry, is causing networks to run at capacity making it a chore for some users.

Operators are being faced with the dilemma of how to provide quality services to data hungry consumers. Speaking to Telecoms IQ at LTE Deployment Strategies in November, Roberto Minerva, Head of Innovation Lab at Telecom Italia said:

“Right now there are some problems in signalling. In signalling if too many terminals are requesting network capabilities all together, they could deteriorate the services of the network, so we need to understand what the requirements are for services, also in terms of signalling capabilities. I think application development will also try to use the network better.”

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Ultimately the aim of deploying LTE would to allow customers to access services whenever they wanted through their connected devices. It was reported this week by NPD that video calling could have as many as 380 million subscribers by 2015, meaning that operators would have to upgrade their networks to cope with this immense demand.

Minerva believes that operators start to look at how customers use video services now in order to provide the QoS required: “I think the major impact [of LTE] will be on video so we need to understand how people are going to use video on their mobile. We should probably start to update the video encoding throughout the industry to optimise the use of video and maybe also to rethink the idea of how services, mobile and multimedia services will be used in a mobile environment.”

To read the full interview with Roberto Minerva, please visit the Mobile Network Optimisation event website.

Additionally, Mobile Network Optimisation will be running a full focus day dedicated to mobile video services, for more information please visit the workshop pages of the event website.

Mobily and STC launch first commercial LTE networks in the Middle East

September 14, 2011

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily have become the first operators in the Middle East to commercially deploy LTE networks.

The operators, which announced the deployment within a day of each other, have said that their LTE networks will be double the speed of the previous 3G networks and is designed around the growth in mobile data, not voice calls.

Saudi Arabia’s mobile phone penetration is the third highest in the world at 188% with the majority crunching through a vast amount of mobile data, making the migration to LTE an integral move for both of the operators who, between them, account for 80% of Saudi’s mobile subscribers.

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Speaking ahead of the launch, Said Jamil bin Abdullah Al-Melhem, president of STC, commented: ‘The company continues its pioneering role, and its ongoing quest to provide the most services and the latest and highest international standards. And today [STC] offers the latest mobile communication networks, 4G LTE. The information revolution is coming and to provide a quantum leap in the speed of data transfer – wherever the client – to reach to top speeds of 100Mbps’.

Mobily confirmed on launch yesterday that their LTE coverage will exceed 32 cities and towns in Saudi Arabia by mid October including the capital Riyadh, which represents 85% of the most populated areas.

STC will be speaking about their commercial LTE deployment and Telecoms IQ’s LTE Deployment Strategies conference taking place in London in November. If you would like to view the full speaker line up and secure your place, please visit the event website.

A telecoms word cloud

August 8, 2011

Wordle: LTE Deployment Strategies

At Telecoms IQ we like visualising data, so what better way to visualise our LTE Deployment Strategies website than with a word cloud created by Wordle?

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And CEM?
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