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)
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
In one of the ke... (more)
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)
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)
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)