- Language: English
- 551 Pages
- Published: October 2011
- Region: World
Signals Ahead: Exploring the World of Wireless. Debbie Downer Does Barcelona
- Published: June 2012
- Region: World
- 21 Pages
- Signals Research Group, LLC
In years past, the LTE World Summit and its various regional events, started off with an energetic operator presentation from a first-to-market operator (e.g., “Mr. LTE” from TeliaSonera) that encouraged the industry to follow suit and quickly deploy LTE. These presentations allowed the industry to give itself a proverbial pat on the back while also setting the stage for an upbeat conference agenda. That was then, this is now.
The biggest issue stemming from this year's event was the business case for LTE, or to be more specific the business case for mobile broadband. It is generally recognized that all-you-can-eat or even capped bucket plans are not attractive service offerings for either the consumer or the mobile operator. Consequently, the industry is examining alternative business models that leverage Quality of Service (QoS), policy control, and which actually seek to work directly with OTT providers versus trying to ignore them on the hopes that they will go away. LTE/EPC facilitates QoS and policy control, thus making these new business models possible. The challenge is that they can drive significant amounts of Diameter signaling traffic within the core network. If this signaling traffic isn't controlled and if the network isn't dimensioned to support it, bad things can happen.
Technology issues were still discussed at this year's summit, but the technology issues were a bit more futuristic in nature versus dealing with initial LTE launches. Network optimization, cloud RAN, and small cells made our list. Surprising to us, many operators are looking to use dedicated spectrum for their initial small cell deployments. Our belief is that higher frequency bands are well-suited for small cell applications but ultimately co-sharing of spectrum needs to exist in order to make the most efficient use of the available spectrum and to ensure a seamless user experience when roaming between the small cell and large cell networks. All this and more in this issue of Signals Ahead....
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Index of Figures
Figure 1. Wireless City Planning LTE-TDD Coverage in Tokyo, Japan
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