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One of the main trends in radio access network (RAN) is the bifurcation of systems that enable network densification. Today, mobile network operators have more options than ever before for the means of providing service to their subscribers. Alongside the evolution of wireless standards to provide higher spectral efficiency, vendors have unleashed a wide variety of radio access nodes. While the macro cell remains the workhorse, small cells, distributed antenna systems (DAS), distributed radio systems (DRS) and Cloud RAN (CRAN) are systems that will see increasingly wider deployment in the future. Given this, what are some of the trends that we see in this space?   Looking at small cells first, there's a clear trend in increasing their capabilities – small cells are bulking up! Small cells today are required to support multiple technologies, including Wi-Fi as well ... (more)

MWC 2014: Internet of Things (IoT) Finally Becomes Internet of Everything (IoE)

The Big (ger) Opportunity Mobile World Congress, over the years has been very focused on mobile devices with glittery flagship launches right from big to small device manufacturers dominating the headlines and the showshare. However, the focus and the discussion at MWC 2014 has clearly shifted beyond mobile devices and into actual services and infrastructure which is going to power the next billion things which connecting to the internet. Service providers, infrastructure vendors, software and cloud platform companies all took center stage at this year's MWC. In one of the ke... (more)

Cellular Broadcast may fail again

It’s happening again! The excitement, business cases, discussion on how the technology has matured, lessons learnt from previous such rollouts, etc. Believe it or not, it’s happening all over again. LTE Broadcast TV (a.k.a. eMBMS) is coming to an operator near you, soon.   Back in 2006, when Release-6 of UMTS was released, MBMS (without the leading ‘e’) was being hailed as a great technology that would solve many of the ills that had been plaguing the Mobile TV rollout. For example, the biggest issue was additional spectrum that was required with any of the other Mobile T... (more)

Forget 5G for Now, LTE Still Has a Long Ways to Go

It has been over four years since Telia Sonera Sweden and Finland launched the world’s first commercial LTE networks and ushered in the age of true mobile broadband services.  By the end of 2014 we expect there to be nearly 300 LTE networks serving upwards of 300 million users, with nearly 1,400 different devices connecting at speed up to 300Mbps. Users from the GSM and CDMA worlds have to think the pinnacle has been reached, but far from it.  LTE is just beginning to get its legs. Advances such as VoLTE and LTE-A will expand beyond South Korea into the US, UK, Japan in 2014; an... (more)

IoE Mobility Case Study #1: Service Providers Facilitate New Economies in Developing Countries

By Dee-Dee Atta (Service Provider Marketing Manager, Cisco)   Access to global financial resources for entrepreneurs seeking loans to help develop rural economies in Kenya has proven to be difficult and expensive. However, Service Providers offer the Mobile Internet platform that connects previously unconnected rural Kenyans, bringing access to mobile banking and other global financial options; people and loan accessibility are brought together through the mobile internet platform. As a result, Kenyans in rural communities are now empowered to create new business opportunities a... (more)