From the monthly archives: "November 2010"

Tomorrow, the 30th at the Self Organizing Networks (SON) show in the UK, Eden Rock Communications is going to share some details around their SON tools and their Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP) Coordinated Scheduling (CS) algorithm. The interesting bits are they have pulled up this (formerly?) Release 10 (AKA LTE Advanced) feature (CoMP) into the current Release 8 network and added their own spin (within CS) and have test results to share with the world. It’s interesting to me because COMP is going to be BIG news. More after the break…

Source: Eden Rock Communications, Market Wire (PR)

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I am thankful for Satellite delivered LTE service, flat rate data pricing, and hero data devices. I love gadgets and these are great times! Happy Thanksgiving!

Woohoo! The MSM8960 Gobi, available with or without a Snapdragon processor is available for 3G+4G devices. Key feature is it is multi-protocol so it can be implemented to traverse any network. This seems like something Apple foremost and Google/Microsoft ultimately will utilize to reduce costs and proliferation of HW versions.

Source: Qualcomm

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Realize this is a very big win for Samsung, and a win for LTE lower 700MHz spectrum holders because a big someone is now committed to solving the lower 700MHz interference issues and providing commercial product. If you were unfamiliar with the lower 700MHz mess, essentially FCC allowed auction of lower 700MHz (formerly DTV) and wireless guys bought it but there is the possibility of legal interference. This is a big step! Verizon has already announced their intentions to introduce VoLTE so that’s not shocking in and of itself.

Source: Cellular South, Samsung STA

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I had noted the original Comptel blog story then Marketwatch re-addressed it today, so I thought I would add some commentary. Firstly, this is one of those ‘DUH’ type of stories, like the recent analyst pressers that say LTE is going to be big. OK, what makes it so useless is that there are different lines of questioning and the result is a mess of opposing answers. I don’t mean that the question’s intent was useless, but to me, to be a really good question, you need to be specific. (See question below) The question is open ended like those you see on the sports networks where the interviewer asks, “Why did you lose today?” and the response is typically, “well we didn’t score and didn’t really play defense.” OK.  I would have asked a question like, “How are you planning to grow your business in the next 18 months?” Their answers, summarized, are LTE, cloud and apps. See below.

Sources: Marketwatch, Comptelblog, Marketwire

Survey: Where Will Operators’ Revenues Come from in the Next 18-36 Months?

Last month, Comptel and partners Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent led an interactive session at the Comptel User Group (CUG). (We also captured snapshots of it, as well as some of the presentations and attendee testimonials, in the following video.)

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So, as a follow up to our earlier story on SkyTerra-1.


Launch took place November 14, 2010 12:29 EST; 23:29 local time – Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Haven’t got any indications if the startup was successful. Like I said before, if looking for volunteers to do the initial acceptance and optimization, count me in. :)


They say a picture tells a thousand words….See this LTE stat from TeliaSonera, based on real subscriber data.



Checking out SkyTerra Mission Control (ILS), looks like we’re really close to LightSquared’s Birthday. For those unfamiliar, SkyTerra-1 is a satellite manufactured by Boeing that is one of the largest ever launched, and will have duties as LightSquared’s space based LTE coverage for the continental United States, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Mexico and the Caribbean. SkyTerra-1 will hover in a GeoStationary Orbit around 22K Feet at 101deg W, featuring  a 22m L-Band primary reflector (Antenna) with 11.9KW of TX power and support for 500 spot beams. The expected average throughput when outside is around 300-400kbps, so I guess that’s 11.9KW of single transmit (not MIMO) path power. At $400M a satellite plus the OPEX,  MIMO or TX diversity was probably too much expense to be an option. Well looks like November 14th will be the big day if all goes well for the ILS guys at the launch pad. After that there are 9 hours and 14 minutes of nail biting for the LightSquared folks. I volunteer to do the initial optimization!

Source: Boeing, ilslaunch.com, satbeams.com, and IDG News Service/Computerworld for the initial report

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