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November 15th, 2012, Vol:1

Editor's Words

By Sridhar Pai, ceo, Tonse Telecom

4G Traffic Could Be Dwarfed By Signaling Growth

It appears now that with every new generation of wireless technology that gets deployed within carrier networks, the key to its success always lies just outside it. For example, AT&T's early HSPA network was just another wireless upgrade till Apple's iPhone made it a mega success.

The wave of success from Apple's iPhone, its variants and competing products, to a large extent redefined carrier economics of continued investment into wireless infrastructure worldwide. Now again, as 4G LTE networks get deployed in North America and Asia, Apple's LTE enabled, iPhone 5 seems perfectly timed to keep the charts growing.

While 4G LTE is the all new rage, setting up an effective, adequately dimensioned LTE network throws up host of challenges to the mobile operator that has to not only manage current users but also cater to upcoming deluge of high-speed data users who are bound to push the network to its limits.

It is expected that by 2013, the global smartphone shipments will exceed the number of feature phones shipment. By nature, smartphones are always-on devices with automatic 'attach' unlike feature phones that only attach on user activation of a data session.

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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.

AT&T to Invest $14 Billion in Networks, Lifts Dividend
AT&T, the top U.S. telephone company, said it will invest $14 billion over three years to improve the networks that deliver wireless communications, high- speed Internet access and television services.
The company is devoting $8 billion to the network that handles mobile data and calling and $6 billion to Wireline equipment, Dallas-based AT&T said today in a statement. It also forecast that per-share earnings will rise at a mid-single digit percentage rate in the coming three years, while lifting its quarterly dividend by 2.3 percent to 45 cents a share. more
Hughes Network to build 11,000-site broadband satellite network for $24 million in Mexico
Hughes Network Systems has signed a contract with the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) to build an 11,000-site broadband satellite network for $24 million.
The network will span the entire country and bring high-speed Internet and voice connectivity to previously unserved regions. The new network will connect schools, hospitals, government locations, community centers and public calling offices across Mexico's 32 states. more
Google Fiber Debuts in Kansas City, 100 Times Faster than Average ISP
Google Fiber, which recently debuted in Kansas City, is allegedly 100 times faster than average Internet connections and allows users to download feature-length films in under a minute. In Kansas City, the fiber optic cable network has been set up like telephone lines, so Google can connect customers' houses to the fiber optic cables, which enable the transmission of one gigabit per second, reports the Business Insider. Google Fiber is only $70 per month, while additional television service costs $50 more. read more here & here
Cisco to Buy Meraki for $1.2 Billion
Cisco hopes to acquire Cloupia for $125M
Meraki Inc., a leader in cloud networking. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., with offices in New York, London and Mexico, Meraki offers midmarket customers easy-to-deploy on-premise networking solutions that can be centrally managed from the cloud. Meraki's cloud networking solutions will expand Cisco's network offerings by providing scalable solutions for midmarket businesses.
Cloupia's infrastructure management software enhances the Cisco Unified Computing System® (UCS) and Nexus® switching portfolio with a single "pane-of-glass" view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine, and operating system resources. read more here & here
2G spectrum auction in India; gets a meager INR 94 Billion
The much-talked about 2G mobile phone spectrum auction virtually flopped with just INR 94 Billion being garnered in the process contrary to the high valuation estimated by the CAG in its damning report of the government two years ago. more
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