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Monday, October 24, 2011

LTE watch Weekly Summary [10/17~10/23, 2011]

Editor's pick

The LTE signaling challenge
Source: Connected Planet
As 4G networks scale, carriers are finding one of the biggest challenges to keeping networks up and running is scaling the signaling and control plane. Overloads, as some operators have already found, can take a 4G network down in a snap – and it may get worse before it gets better.


Verizon partially restores LTE network after nationwide outage
US carrier Verizon Wireless past weekend suffered an outage that affected its LTE network across the country. According to reports, the service went down early Sunday evening, and had only been partially restored across the country on Monday morning. Some users reported that 3G services were affected as well, leaving customers replying on 1xRTT for data access.

India to grant Internet licence to Qualcomm
Source: Reuters
India has agreed to grant an Internet service licence to Qualcomm Inc , Telecoms Secretary R. Chandrashekhar said on Tuesday, clearing the way for the U.S. chipmaker to launch broadband services in the country after its application for the licence was rejected initially.

Broadcom Delivers Industry's First SoC to Achieve 1.25Gbps for 4G/LTE Microwave Backhaul
Source: Broadcom press release
Broadcom Corporation announced its latest innovation for 4G/LTE microwave backhaul, the BCM85620 system-on-a-chip (SoC).

BTS and Radisys Demonstrate their next generation small cell 4G network in a box
Source: Radisys press release
BTS (TM) Corporation and Radisys® Corporation held a live demonstration of their interoperable products - CoreTx(TM) and Trillium® small cell software - at BTS Network Solutions' headquarters in Columbia, MD. The CoreTx solution and Trillium software deliver commercial grade 4G LTE technologies in harsh operating environments, enabling their customers to develop and rapidly deploy end-to-end 4G LTE cellular networks.

Sequans unveils next-generation FDD and TDD LTE chips and global LTE platforms
Source: Sequans press release
4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. introduced three new FDD and TDD LTE baseband chips, a companion RF chip, and two new LTE platforms, supporting all global FDD and TDD LTE networks.

Sequans Enters Agreement with Fujitsu Semiconductor to combine Fujitsu’s RF solution and Sequans’ LTE baseband solutions
Source: Sequans press release
Sequans Communications S.A. has established a technology and marketing collaboration with Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited for the purpose of providing customers with a comprehensive, high-performance LTE product offering that combines Fujitsu Semiconductor’s multimode 2G/3G/LTE RF solution with Sequans’ just-announced, next generation LTE baseband solutions.


Scaling Up Policy: Balancing Cost & Functionality in the LTE Era
Source: BroadHop
In the past two years, policy management caught fire as network operators sought better ways to manage the way bandwidth is allocated and congestion is handled. Now, many are looking to move on from these early deployments, and seeking to put policy at the heart of their traffic management and service development strategies.

Mobile VoIP subscribers will near 410 million by 2015; VoLTE still a long way off
Source: Infonetics Research
"The adoption of over-the-top (OTT) mobile VoIP services is growing rapidly but it is not without challenges. With free applications and extremely low revenue from users, it is tricky for application providers without the deep pockets of larger companies like Google, Microsoft, and Telefónica to have a sustainable long-term business model. Despite the fact that we expect mobile VoIP subscribers to grow nearly 10-fold from 2010 to 2015, there is relatively little money to be made from it in the near term," poses Diane Myers, directing analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

LTE changes the broadband game in South Korea
Source: Telecom Asia
In July South Korea's wireless industry entered a new phase of development when both SK Telecom and LG U+ launched LTE services, with Korea Telecom to follow in the fourth quarter. Overall the movement toward LTE is forcing operators to become more aggressive in the dongle space and should make the market more competitive as a whole.

80 Million LTE Connections Worldwide by 2013
Source: ABI Research
By the end of 2013, LTE connections will be close to 80 million. This figure will account for connections on both FD-LTE, including that paired with WCDMA/HSPA and CDMA 1x/EV-DO, and TD-LTE technologies globally. “We are expecting to see more LTE networks lighting up in the next year or two, but operators are now taking a quieter approach when it comes to deployment,” comments Fei Feng Seet, research analyst, wireless.

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