From the monthly archives: "May 2011"

If you are needing some statistics for your presentation to justify, well, whatever you are planning to do, then Reportlinker.com has a $4,650K (USD of course) report for you.

What’s on sale: The market for LTE equipments and services are expected to register significant growth over the next few years.

In term of infrastructure shipments the LTE base stations are expected to cross 665,000 units by end of 2015.
The LTE infrastructure market is forecasted to reach $12.1 billion by 2015, fueled by macrocell eNodeB deployments
LTE subscribers could exceed 225 million by 2015, with most of them split between Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa & the U.S.

In terms of initial deployments, TeliaSonera launched the world’s first commercial LTE network in Oslo and Stockholm in December 2009, giving the lead to EMEA. In our estimates, Asia Pacific and North America will drive the first major wave of LTE rollouts in 2010 through 2012. The second wave will kick off in 2012-2013 when the Chinese operators start their rollouts along with the majority of the Western European mobile operators.

Links: PR Newswire, reportlinker.com

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Ubiquisys is beating the bushes for ecosystem sustainment and growth. Last week they put a presser together that touted their collaboration with TI, presumably over Dual-mode WCDMA/LTE chipsets. This week they put out some press regarding Intel. They way I read it is they are working together to move their existing chipset from Ubiquisys silicon to Intel. From their announcement “Both parties plan to showcase the potential of this technology in late 2011 and the resulting reference designs will be made available to equipment manufacturers in 2012.”  Overall this is good work on their part to advance the state of the art.

 

 

 

 

 

Links: Ubiquisys

 

 

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As a follow up to their LTE demo press, ATT’s CTO John Donovan has put some comments on the attinnovationspace.com blog. The big news is they are launching 5 LTE cities this summer…. Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio, with 10 more by the end of the year and 20 LTE devices. Well then, welcome to the party ATT.

Link: attinnovationspace.com

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Let me preface this with I’m not hating on ATT, just irritated with the irrational exuberance of the press.

I read something the other day regarding ATT’s recent LTE demo. The author was claiming that ATT was going to blow away Verizon. I think they made that leap from this sentence of PR: US carrier AT&T has given a demonstration of its forthcoming LTE network, achieving download speeds of 28.7Mbps and uploads of 10.4Mbps. It’s simply not true.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s why:

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This is very interesting to me. Traffix Systems has a full LTE EPC (core) and is offering over 50 types of diameter based interfaces to test interoperability and compliance with. Quick refresher: Diameter is a protocol for secure and efficient provisioning of Authentication Authorization and Accounting (AAA) services, forming the backbone of service administration including the mechanisms to decide what services a user can access, at what Quality of Service (QoS) and how much to bill. The lab is located in Hod HaSharon, Israel. Check it out…

 

 

 

Links: PRNewswire, Traffix Systems

 

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This lawsuit is one of those that irritate me. From what I can tell, the story begins after Gerard Joseph Foschini writes MIMO/BLAST papers in 1996 and gets the first MIMO patent at Bell Labs in 2002. Donald L Schilling, CEO of Linex Technologies, whom spent a lot of time making patents in wireless and is no slouch with respect to granted patents, filed Patents 6757322, Space diversity and coding, spread-spectrum antenna and method in 2004 and RE42,219  Multiple-Inout Multiple-Output (MIMO) Spread-Spectrum System and Method which just got printed in March of 2011. Now Donald wants to collect royalties from the computer industry and relax in Florida. It’s logical to me that next he is likely to turn his guns on the LTE market.


 

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Friday US Cellular (USCC), a regional operator in 26 US states with around 6M subscribers, announced their intention to launch LTE by the end of the year.

This is the culmination of over a year of trials with multiple vendors in various configurations. Overall, I am impressed by their thoroughness in their preparations. Verizon, MetroPCS, Cellular South, etc…have been launching this technology for a while, but US Cellular went through the analysis and testing all the way through, from multiple RAN vendors to EPC and IMS options. To me, that’s good decision making. It should be no surprise then that USCC also happens to be a spectrum rich operator. See the overview charts:

As you can see, they are able to deploy 5MHz and in some cases 10MHz channels with new spectrums, and perhaps eventually refarm their 850/PCS spectrum that carries 1X and EVDO today. More after the break.

 

 

 

BreakingPoint has introduced the BreakingPoint LTE Test Lab and the FireStorm Cyber Tomography MachineTM (CTM) to enable operators to simulate applications, 3GPP hardware elements/functions, and features like DPI under duress. I’ve always advocated that QoS  (Quality of Service) based network differentiation is next as everyone rolls out LTE, and the requirement will be for network operators to simulate the QoS over the network, to build an IP core network the same way they simulate OTA (over the air) networking when building the air interface. This could be a game changing approach to network design and deployment. We’ll see how it matures…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links: MarketWire, BreakingPoint

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So there is a EB (Elektrobit) Wireless Environment Solution (EB WES) that essentially consists of the EB Propsim F8 hardware that is capable of emulating MIMO, SIMO, fading, doppler and other radio conditions that are seen in the real world. From what I gather, the concept is to use maps and a mapping tool in combination with this HW tool to create the ‘drive test’ type of results. It’s a very intriguing concept that could be very beneficial change to the way things are done currently, specifically eliminating lots of drive testing. I want to learn more, but here is the information I have so far…

 

 

 

 

 

Link: Elektrobit

 

 

I am thinking Vodafone is the tip of the iceberg with respect to femtocell rollouts by network operators. They have put together a page, not so dissimilar from those we’ve seen from AT&T (3G Microcell), Sprint (Airave) and VZW (Network Extender), but clean and informative nonetheless. Unlike their rival Optus, and the US operators, they seem to be aiming this at business users. I’ve always felt like this was the best starting market for femtocells, but the operators have mostly lead with their chin and made this a coverage+residential oriented product, so kudos to Vodafone. Some details after the break…


Links: ATT, Optus, Sprint, Vodafone, Verizon Wireless

 

 

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