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 TV Broadcast technology, was not a problem for MBMS. In case of MBMS
(Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service), the spectrum of the UMTS channel
(fixed 5MHz) could be dynamically partitioned to serve the regular Voice(CS)
+ Data(PS) traffic and the broadcast data. None of the other competing
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Hi all! My first post here. I want to blog once in a while about Femto / Pico
technology. My expertise is in Femto provisioning and management, but I'd
like to have a dialogue about all things Femto. Most important, I want to
hear what you think. Please comment, share Femto news and contribute to
discussions. Now, to the topic of the day in the next post...
"...I'll have one with everything." That is the possibly recognizable
punch-line to an old joke about the Zen master ordering a hot dog. I am
borrowing this as a theme for the on-going transformation of network
Any successful design must follow the functionality required by the end-user.
People want to be able to access information, entertainment, work, and all
their friends whenever and wherever they happen to be at the time. While we
love to talk about Triple-Play, Quad-Play, and Any-Play, we still see (for
the most part) operators building on from a foundation... (more)
Recently, in a comment to another post, Mike Demler asked about what benefit
a femtocell would provide vs. VoIP via WiFi. This is a long standing
debate, and I thought I'd chime in. Please comment!
Generally, comparing WiFi and 3G is really comparing apples and oranges.
WiFi throughput is about 100x bigger with current technology. 3G is
optimized for battery life and QoS. Both are here to stay and Cisco is
smart to sell both!
Nothing should prevent people from using VoIP or VoIP-over-WiFi (VoWLAN) at
home. Skype is a good thing. Services like this will be very hard for