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April 15th, 2013, Vol:1

Editor's Words

By Sridhar Pai, ceo, Tonse Telecom


Achieving 4G success Through Effective Coverage Strategies

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According to research released by a major research agency last week, sales of tablets will outstrip PC and desktop sales altogether as early as 2015. This will cause a fundamental shift in the OS market hitting Microsoft where it could hurt the most: sales of Windows and MS Office. According to the study, Android in the meantime will take the lion's share of the OS market (estimated to be at 70% by 2015) and leaving Microsoft powered devices at the lower end.

If you look beyond the window, this is a fundamental shift that is not just churning OS vendors. It is causing underlying changes in way mobile networks are built and mobile broadband is delivered too. As mobile broadband data consumption grows exponentially, 3G and increasingly 4G networks are unable to deliver required experience levels over macro networks. Or the cost and complexity involved in terms of outdoor cell site design, managing radio interferences and using expensive spectrum judiciously is becoming extremely high. As more mobile data is consumed in-door, it is beginning to become impossible to push the 4G radio signal to penetrate the walls of homes and enterprises without losing signal quality.

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This situation gave birth to a new category of products few years ago called the Femto cell (later evolved to Small Cells). The Small Cell is functionally a miniature base station that provides radio connectivity / access and backhauls via inexpensive broadband connections to the internet. However early vendors in this space such as Ubiquisys thought through the entire deployment scenario in detail and as they were busy developing patch-work solutions required by operators of those days, they built in to the design advanced SON (Self Organizing Network) capabilities, non-interfering configurations for dense deployments and so on. As more 3G and now 4G LTE networks are getting deployed, these Small Cells are beginning to be indispensable for today's cellular operators.

At the recent MWC event, Ubiquisys demonstrated a multi-mode 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi Small Cell with SON capability. In collaboration with its eco-system partners the company has made several advancements - for example, with Intel, the SME Small Cell solution comes built-in with a cloud -edge solution which manages CDN like capabilities (i.e., cloud based data delivery of large files such as YouTube video delivery for example, which can reside at the Small Cell BS and not have to go up and down the RAN multiple times).

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Sridhar Pai runs Tonse Telecom, a Bengaluru-based telecom research and consulting house that is a research partner to Light Reading India.

Wireless 20/20 Introduces New WiROI Venue Tool for Modeling Wi-Fi & LTE Small Cell Networks in High Density Venues
Wireless 20/20, LLC, a leading broadband wireless consulting group and developer of the WiROI™ 4G Business Case Analysis Tool, has announced the introduction of a new WiROI™ Venue Tool which provides Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and venue owners the ability to simulate the impact of deploying Wi-Fi and 4G capacity in high-traffic density venues, such as stadiums, arenas and airports. more here
Diametriq, TNS and ClearSky Announce LTE Roaming Trial
Transaction Network Services (TNS), a leading global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions, Diametriq, a leader provider of LTE signaling solutions, and ClearSky Technologies, a leading provider of mobile data services to regional wireless carriers, jointly announced that they successfully completed interoperability testing for LTE roaming. While LTE (Long Term Evolution) is now the worldwide standard for 4G networks, there is almost no roaming between network operators. This lack of interoperability between networks creates islands of service. more here
Ericsson to acquire Microsoft's IPTV business
Ericsson has reached an agreement with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to acquire its TV solution Mediaroom business. This will make Ericsson the leading provider of IPTV and multi-screen solutions with a market share of over 25%. Closing expected during the second half of 2013. Mediaroom is situated in Mountain View, California and employs more than 400 people worldwide. more here
NBTC: Clarity imminent on 3G contracts
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand insists there will be a clear legal resolution this week on the contentious third generation (3G) network contracts between True Corporation and CAT Telecom. Col Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the NBTC's telecom committee, said the committee will decide whether one of the six contracts involving the network rental service of BFKT (Thailand) violates Section 7 and 67 of the Telecom Business Act. more here
Lenovo to design own chips
Lenovo, the second largest smartphone supplier in China, will get into the chip design business with a special focus on smartphones and tablets. The company, which has maintained a small IC design team consisting of about 10 people over the last decade, is now committed to expanding this team to about 100 engineers by the middle of this year, according to a China-based industry source with direct knowledge of Lenovo's recruitment of chip designers. more here
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