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Dishint Been a while… I’ve been collaborating and innovating but I thought I would register my approval of a Dish + Sprint + Clear tie up. Firstly let me say I don’t think Softbank would be willing to let the opportunity slip away so low ($25.5B US) but I like the idea of an all wireless triple play. Yes, after a decade of talking about ‘Triple Play” it could finally happen. 

Some reasons that I like the idea of this combination:

  • Pricing for TV and mobile telephony in the US is high and not falling due to relative mon/du opolies of dominant incumbents
  • Dish and Sprint have both looked to use spectrum in alternative ways- seems like they could finally put something new out when together.
  • Sprint’s extreme risk averse culture sure could use a shake up, overall, it is really is slow to make decisions.
  • A triple play offer that’s true- not a reseller play, could offer some interesting future technology through integration
  • Both subscriber bases could grow marginally
  • Synergistic (did I just say that?) spectrum for LTE Advanced!
  • Saves a combined company CAPEX by not having Dish rush to build a nationwide LTE network (good for subs, but takes a very long time, so small likelihood of success)

They both also have ‘oddball’ spectrum, 2.6/2.3GHz [TDD]/800MHz [FDD] @ Sprint plus the 2200MHZ [FDD] @ Dish and could be merged into a very fast LTE-Advanced spectrum with some changes @ 3GPP…Heck even Verizon doesn’t have that much spectrum that close together to put up initially, although they have lower bands which have better RF propagation characteristics than the 2.2GHz.

Interestingly, Dish has set top boxes in homes and Sprint has femtocells deployed, so there is CPE in millions of homes. A combined devices makes a lot of sense but has been difficult to pull off between competitive issues etc…

Here is Dish’s site about the merger

Overall I think this could be a win for the US subscribers!

we win


Reuters Story:

Dish tries to trump SoftBank with $25.5 billion Sprint offer

From the Dish site:

Offer Letter

On behalf of DISH Network Corporation (“DISH”), I am submitting this proposal for a merger between DISH and Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”). Our proposal provides Sprint shareholders with a superior alternative to the pending Sprint/SoftBank transaction. It provides a superior cash proposal and affords your shareholders the opportunity to participate in a combined DISH/Sprint, which will benefit from substantial synergies and a significantly-enhanced strategic position.

OK, OK, sorry I couldn’t resist. Argela comes out with their FENG, Femto Notification Generator that is and I decided it was too good to pass up an opportunity to be punny. (Yes I pundit…kidding, kidding…)  So FENG is a network function designed to integrate into 3GPP WCDMA and 3GPP2 1X CDMA based core networks, but seemingly not LTE yet but this is probably a matter of time, and sniffs message flow over the Iu-h, Iu-CS, and A’ and MAP interfaces (switch and BSC interfaces) and creates notifications based on network events (messages) such as registrations etc… And note, this is targeted to work with small cells…These notifications are sent to their companion product, the Apps-on Femto Application Server which in turn can notify an application developed with their API to intercommunicate. Typical demonstrations that we gave back in 2004 were actions based on a mobile entering a room such as turning the lights on or off when leaving etc etc… To my knowledge, this is the 2nd commercialized product of this type with Mavenir having a similar capability through their mOne product with the exception Mavenir supports LTE networks. 

Either way, it’s only a matter of time before application providers begin taking us down the connected, Minority Report future of tomorrow. I do think this is a good product announcement.

Full PR is below…

Links: Argela, Mavenir

Bottom line is Argela has their FENG’s out…

Argela’s New Femtocell Product Solves the Problem of Network Detections Critical for  
Value-Added Services and Applications on Small Cell Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA, May 16, 2012– Argela, the next-generation telecommunications solutions provider, today announced its newest femtocell product – the Femto Notification Generator, FENG.  Developed specifically for mobile network operators, the Femto Notification Generator is a key component for offering revenue-generating, value-added services through a femtocell network. Providing immediate data, FENG generates the femtocell-related notifications necessary for many femtocell services and location-based applications.
FENG detects these femtocell-related events by sniffing the operator’s network with the following standard interfaces: Iu-h, Iu-CS, A-Interface, and MAP.  Some of the femtocell events which are detected include entries to and exits from the femtocell network in addition to femtocell registrations and deregistrations.  After immediately detecting important femtocell events, Argela’s FENG then notifies Argela’s APPs-on Femto Application Server which in turn, immediately notifies the applications.  Argela’s two products, the FENG Femto Notification Generator and Argela’s APPs-on Femto Application Server, work together as part of a complete femtocell application solution.
“We wanted to develop a solution that is independent from the femtocell and the femtocell gateway so that any mobile operator could offer value-added services and applications even after they have already deployed their femtocell service,” explained Argela’s VP of Sales, Mr. Oguz Oktay. “It is the notifications issued by our FENG product which enables operators to offer the location-based services and applications through their femtocell network.  And, it is the applications which transform femtocells from a telecom device to a channel for revenue-generating services.”
Argela provides next-generation telecommunication solutions and network infrastructure software to telecom operators and offers a range of small cell products and solutions including femtocells powered by their SmartFemto technology.  The Femto Notification Generator is the newest addition to the Small Cell product line and is a key product in Argela’s Femto Application Suite.   As part of this Suite, Argela also offers femtocell applications including: PromoZone, Track-U and the award-winning, ADz-on Advertising Application.
“At Argela, we are continually innovating and developing new products to help operators and service providers optimize their networks,” said Mr. Bulent Kaytaz, Argela’s CEO. “The Femto Notification Generator is our most recent innovation enabling mobile operators to offer value-added femtocell applications.  It was our aim to provide a complete femtocell application solution for mobile operators so that they may increase the ROI of their femtocell deployment through offering value-added services to their subscribers.”
About Argela
Argela is an award-winning, next-generation, telecom solutions provider.  Collaborating with telecom and mobile operators around the world, Argela provides innovative and integrated turn-key solutions for operators to help them generate new revenue, improve customer satisfaction, contain costs, and decrease churn. Argela’s solutions portfolio includes the award-winning Argela iTV, the award-winning advertising platform, Argela ADz-on, Avatar, IN applications, convergence solutions, and an entire product line of SmartFemto and Small Cell Solutions.   As a member of The Small Cell Forum, Argela is actively addressing the key issues of the femtocell and small cell markets which include defining and developing industry standards which are critical for the deployment of femtocells around the world.  For more information, please visit
Melissa Blythe Johnson
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NEC is pressing about their Mobile World Congress (MWC) presence this year in Barcelona, and they are on a topic that I feel strongly about and have been either working on or for a few years. Small cells and the cloud.

Officially their banner looks like this:  They are going to brag about their big data processing tools, small cells, the cloud and all with LTE.

The cloud strategy automagically comes with the small cells as they are IP connected so the potential to integrate them into other IP services and so on is obvious. OEMs are slowly realizing that this is a good way to increase the value proposition without actually making much more investment. Always a good strategy to a marketer.

Small cells are starting to heat up in the marketplace and NEC seems to be interested in getting involved. Here are the dates and times of their little talk on the cloud:

Mobile Cloud Forum Date: Wednesday, February 29th, 13:30 – 14:45 – 14:45-15:15

Networking Theme 1: Perspective of Mobile Cloud Services

Name: Mr. Shinya Kukita, Chief Manager of International Sales,

NEC Theme 2: The M2M Cloud Evolution Name: Dr. Heinrich Stuttgen, Vice President, NEC Laboratories Europe

Have fun in Spain! Their full PR after the break…

Link: NEC, PR Newswire

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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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Funny thing about LTE, it’s really polarizing in the blogosphere. Most people are extremely impressed by the performance but there are a few that claim they are rarely if ever on 4G. 


Made me think, why don’t the operators…









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An interesting note attributed to Sprint’s VP of Network Development and Engineering, Iyad Tarrazi caught my eye. He says there are 250K Sprint femtocells delivered. Got me to thinking….Assume that 75% are active, then roughly 187,500 devices are ‘available on the network.’  Further assume that each one of these relieves 0.25E  (Only thinking in terms of voice since the numbers are simple) in the Busy Hour, then that’s 46,875 offloaded Erlangs of CDMA traffic, which is roughly equivalent to 938 fully loaded Carrier-sectors in the macro network, per busy hour. If Sprint was able to turn down 1 T1 @ $500/ea for these carriers, then the MONTHLY savings would be around $468,750 from the macro network OPEX. Next, assume Sprint purchases fewer carrier HW from their vendor, let’s throw in $10K for a channel card and $5K for PA etc… there’s another $14M of CAPEX aversion. So Sprint is saving around $19M annually or roughly $76/femtocell, first year, with $22/Yr following….If they offload data, the savings is staggering…Anyway, just sayin’…

BTW Femtoforum claims 350K femtos in the US? Very wrong, If Sprint has 250K then I would estimate the total to be more like 500K…don’t forget VZW and ATT quietly distribute these too.

Links: Sprint,

Tuesday, the Femto Forum, an industry consortium working to promote femtocells, announced the release of their femto applications API. The API is design to enable 3rd party application designers a standard interface to build applications for any femtocell. An example of this would be a security company writing a watchdog to trigger a household alarm etc…when someone attached a home femtocell dials 911 (Emergency # in US.) If the femtocell complies to the API standard then the 3rd party app will interoperate. The goal here is for the femtocell manufacturers to drive more value into the femtocell equation. I think it’s a positive first step. They also enhanced the management standard TR-196 to allow for more interoperability in network management systems, but that’s just housekeeping…


Links: Femto Forum

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