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LTE_NorthAmerica_2013 So the show itself was pretty interesting, from the perspective of the sessions. Naturally there are useful and useless sessions. I thought the best sessions were the HetNets. Public safety tracks were pretty good too.  The Network Optimization tracks were antiquated thanks to the technology we were showing at the show (example: see under tools) and some others under development but it was good for those who don’t normally spend a lot of time thinking about this aspect of the universe. As a side note, love to see the look of surprise in people’s eyes when we tell them that they are paying 10X too much while getting inferior optimization accuracy. On balance there was nothing earth shattering but there were a few good exhibits here and there, so time was well spent.. looking forward to small cells, after Thanksgiving, in Dallas, TX.. ( ) Check out the 2 small cell info graphics at the end BTW…

Here was the full breakdown of tracks:


Service Innovation


LTE Roaming/Spectrum Management




Network Optimisation


  • M2M Opportunities
  • Application Delivery
  • Leveraging CEM
  • Enriching customer experience
  • Future evolutions with RCS
  • LTE Voice Options
  • VoLTE in the Device
  • Multi-Mode Devices
  • Devices of the Future



  • Delivering User Roaming Expectations
  • Making LTE Roaming work
  • Roaming agreements between rural / Tier 1 carriers
  • IPx, international roaming developments
  • International spectrum updates and the impacts on international roaming progress
  • Spectrum Regulation & Harmonisation Updates
  • Building comprehensive HetNets
  • Providing optimum LTE services at large events / arenas
  • Monetising Small Cells
  • SON for Small Cells
  • WiFi and Small Cell Convergence
  • Providing Apps & Services on HetNets
  • SDN / Cloud network innovation
  • ON
  • Policy Control and Charging
  • Leveraging Big Data Analytics
  • EPC developments
  • T&M
  • Network Security
  • Precise Timing & Synchronisation
  • OSS Strategies

And Day 2:

OPENING KEYNOTES DAY TWO – Friday 22nd November

  • Public Safety LTE – an update from FirstNet (TBC)
  • Putting the Customer at the Heart of the Network with CEM
  • CxO First Movers Panel Discussion : LTE Advanced: Timelines, Updates and Possibilities


Monetising LTE


Public Safety LTE


Mobile Data Explosion


The Future of LTE


  • Achieving Maximum ROI
  • Pricing Plans and Data Capping
  • FMC
  • Collective Business Models with the OTT player
  • Network Sharing
  • Wholesale Business Models
  • Driving revenues through network analytics



  • Business model options and developments
  • Rolling out a public safety network in Canada
  • Spectrum developments
  • The use case – scenario and device evaluation – what is required?
  • Ensuring a consistent QoS
  • The role of FirstNet

  • Implementing a convergent strategy for PCC
  • Determining the Potential of Network Functions Virtualisation
  • The SDN debate – How, Why When?
  • IPv6 in Mobile Networks:  Lessons Learned and Strategies Forward
  • Building on the evolution towards ‘smart backhaul’
  • Backhaul for Rural Areas
  • Implementing the right mix of technologies to provide the optimum backhaul network
  • Securing the backhaul connection
  • Impact of Non-Contiguous Hotspot Deployment Of LTE On Performance And Throughput And Its Financial Impact
  • EPC evolution – the role of EPC in handling Mobile Data Traffic
  • Service Provisioning and management via PCC
  • Antenna Developments
  • DAS
  • MIMO
  • Active Antennas
  • TD Ecosystem and worldwide updates
  • FD and TD Convergence
  • Carrier Aggregation
  • LTE-A updates
  • Device/chipset LTE-A requirements
  • WiMAX migration

Deploying Metro Cells means Thinking Differently.

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Four Step Approach for Deploying Metro Cells.

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Update: I was correct, they are leasing Lower 700MHz A/B spectrum in a few markets, BRS (2.4GHz) in 1 market, Lower 700MHz C/D in a few markets. So this is not being deployed in the Public Safety Upper 700MHz band. On the other hand, I was incorrect in inferring this was for public safety, this is for a new targeted market, what they call ‘critical’ infrastructure ex:gas/oil facilities. I suspect there will be lots of m2m like telemetry riding the waves too. This is a very interesting development! Go LTE ecosystem! 

Just keep that info up top in mind…

 Interesting announcement from Infrastructure Networks is intriguing in two dimensions for me. Firstly, the ecosystem for LTE is growing with this company focusing on an LTE for Public Safety deployment and secondly Infrastructure Networks deploys a large area of LTE for Public Safety in West Texas. This means the folks in West Texas got motivated and made things happen with respect to LTE whereas many others are just on the sidelines. Interesting. The Public Safety band in upper 700MHz is a great choice for rural areas based on the propagation characteristics, however from reading this: 

 Founded in March of 2011, Infrastructure Networks has been expanding network coverage under licensed spectrum holdings that cover more than 150,000 square miles of the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin in Texas and large parts of West Texas, the Texas panhandle, Eastern New Mexico and Kern County, California.

Sounds like they have some lower 700MHz, huh?

 Spectrum holdings of Infrastructure Networks:






 Their coverage area for this West Texas deployment:


Full PR:

PR Text:

Infrastructure Networks Rolls Out The First LTE Network For

Critical Infrastructure In The Heart of The Permian Basin

Houston, Texas, United States, July 25, 2012

Infrastructure Networks, a Houston, Texas-based provider of broadband wireless networks to Critical Infrastructure

Industries, has announced that it recently deployed 5 LTE (Long-Term Evolution) wireless broadband coverage sites in

the Permian Basin area of West Texas. These are the first LTE sites to be exclusively dedicated to the needs of Critical

Infrastructure entities, and their launch makes Infrastructure Networks one of only a handful of companies, including

Verizon, AT&T and Metro PCS, to operate an LTE network in North America.

Traditionally, retail and consumer based providers such as Verizon have not focused their coverage on less populated

rural areas. However, those remote areas, such as the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale in Texas and the Bakken

Shale in North Dakota, are often home to a heavy concentration of Critical Infrastructure operations. This lack of adequate

coverage has created a window of opportunity which has motivated Infrastructure Networks’ initial efforts.

Phillip Liddell, Infrastructure Networks’ Vice President of Engineering, personally oversaw the implementation of the

network. “We are very pleased with the network test results to date.” stated Liddell. “The propagation characteristics of

the 700MHz spectrum are outstanding and support our ability to rapidly deploy a high quality LTE network in West Texas,

as well as other areas of Texas and North Dakota where we have 700MHz spectrum holdings.”

“We are extremely proud to be rolling out this network, which will be the foundation of a first of its kind service anywhere.”

added Infrastructure Networks CEO Stan Hughey. ”We formed this company specifically to service the needs of Critical

Infrastructure entities, and are excited to be at the very forefront of providing high bandwidth, low latency, secure solutions

that can be rapidly integrated into our customers existing communications infrastructure.”

Infrastructure Networks Executive Vice-President Kori Kalich-Ugalde is coordinating testing and demonstrations with

several company partners over the next month, and expects full scale provisioning of services to begin shortly thereafter.

“While we continue to demonstrate our new capabilities in the Permian Basin, we are also accelerating the expansion

and upgrade of our existing network coverage in the Texas panhandle.” she stated.

Founded in March of 2011, Infrastructure Networks has been expanding network coverage under licensed spectrum

holdings that cover more than 150,000 square miles of the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, the Eagle Ford Shale and

Permian Basin in Texas and large parts of West Texas, the Texas panhandle, Eastern New Mexico and Kern County,




Sprint adamantly against refarming existing spectrum, got some relief from having to fit all their LTE hopes and dreams into the PCS G band by a recent rule change by the FCC. The report and order allows re-channelization of the SMR spectrum to facilitate larger channels such as those used by LTE, with exceptions in border areas (US, Canada, PR) that are well documented and they can only use this larger channel capability where the Public Safety guys have already relocated or are beyond a 70Mi boundary, etc etc, yada yada…

So Sprint has been preparing for this day with their infrastructure being open to multiple technologies and spectrums.

Reminder of their ‘any spectrum’ infrastructure under deployment.  


The current use of their ESMR/SMR 800MHz spectrum is iDEN based Push to Talk PTT support. As this equipment is all beyond End of Life etc… Sprint is busy upgrading their network to accommodate the next thing.

With this approach and what they currently own, Sprint can use LTE at 800MHz or PCS frequencies in addition to WiMAX at the 2.x spectrum they share with Clear. (Some of it is jointly deployed.)

Back to the FCC, they have been shifting around use of the 800MHz in earnest since 2004 and this latest change sort of seals the deal for LTE in the band. 

FCC release here.


Dispatch magazine has a handy chart showing previous 800MHz allocation per initial FCC rules…

  The FCC has a handy chart showing the post July 2004 reconfiguration…

 Difference is everyone gets shuffled like public safety agencies to their own band etc…Sprint gets shuffled into the ESMR section. Note there is a little overlap here between US 800MHz and European spectrum at 791MHz-821MHz but it is a head fake. Due to DL and UL mismatches (The Euro band UL is opposite the US DL spectrum and offset only TDD would be possible so more changes to standards would be required.


Chart via 

Ultimately a win for Sprint economically but for end users not so much, as the changes don’t go far enough to help the global LTE roaming situation. Release 10 may help with that situation a bit as operators look at using spectrum aggregation and will bump into hard choices in RF hardware for devices. This limitation will tend to encourage more cooperation globally if RF chipsets go down the path of fewer SKUs as they have been tending to do.

One other point, in reading through the changes, it looks like public safety can use the 800MHz for LTE too if they cooperate and aggregate spectrum.

 Update: I have a much better picture of the backhaul system integrated with BATS and have updated below. I also added a little more thought about redundancy. 

I noticed a few PRs and an article in Daily Tech that the U.S. Navy is deploying 4G LTE on the U.S.S. Kearsarge,U.S.S. San Antonio and U.S.S. Whidbey Island via hardened infrastructure as integrated by Oceus Networks with stabilized radio gear provided by BATS Wireless and backhaul.

Normally the Navy uses satellites for backhaul but in this case this is more of a peer to peer configuration with point to point microwave links extending up to 20 miles between ships provided by Cambium Networks via Cambium’s PTP 45600.   Note the clever integration of the BATS technology with the backhaul antennae. This setup obviously increases availability and throughput by maintaining better stability and keeps the deployment simple.

I’m guessing here, but it make sense to me if each ship has a full MME, PGW/SGW to improve redundancy so somewhere there is a rack of hardened LTE SAE (RAN Core) on board. Note, it’s also possible to increase redundancy further when the other BATS deployed ships are nearby by utilizing X2 links between eNBs and utilizing loading balancing to vector packets between the embedded SAE RAN Cores. This is more realistic to me now as I realized the additional capability integrated with the backhaul system. I hope they have extra Cyclic Prefix configured for when they are boarding pirate vessels at large distances to send video etc… and some interference cancellation in the eNB and UE to boot. Also note this solution has intriguing abilities to interwork with Public Safety deployed LTE. A big issue when they work interagency situations that could definitely use the benefit the greater capabilities that LTE offers.

The Android devices used by the sailors with their mobile LTE system will of course come Angry Birds ready. 

The reason I call this out is because I think the military industrial complex usually comes up with simplified and durable platforms for the field and this is a good cross pollination opportunity for Public Safety to get some gear for mobile command centers, disaster recovery etc… 


Links: BATS Wireless, Cambium Networks, Oceus Networks



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Combined PTP Radio, Network Provisioning, and 4G LTE Solution Provides One of the Most Advanced Maritime Defense Data and Communications Platforms in the World


SCHAUMBURG, ILL. & INDIANAPOLIS, May 17, 2012 – Cambium Networks™, a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions for reliable connectivity in any environment, and BATS Wireless, one of the world’s leading innovators of advanced wireless wide area network (WWAN) provisioning systems, today announced their enhanced wireless point-to-point (PTP) radio and antenna tracking solution is being incorporated as part of a mobile communications networking project being led by Oceus Networks. The systems will be piloted by the U.S. Navy, providing onboard and ship-to-ship broadband data and communications. The project is the first US Department of Defense operational deployment of Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) and is based on Oceus Networks’ Xiphos family of mobile 4G LTE network solutions.

In providing a combined PTP and WWAN provisioning solution, Cambium and BATS Wireless deliver customers a fully ruggedized wireless network solution that can be used for a number of ship-to-shore, inter-ship or intra-ship broadband applications, from defense deployments to oil and gas industry communications needs. Without the use of this enhanced PTP solution, implementations such as the Navy’s would be dependent on satellite coverage for broadband communications—an expensive and less capable alternative. For the Oceus implementation, ruggedized self-optimizing network nodes can be placed aboard ships, installed in tactical warfighter vehicles, or mounted on aerial platforms to be used wherever secure and quickly provisioning high-speed voice, video and data communications are needed.

“By incorporating BATS antenna tracking capabilities and Cambium’s strong and reliable PTP system into our Xiphos™-based solution, we’re able to offer defense customers a broadband solution that will allow ships to communicate with each other even in the harshest ocean conditions,” said Cal Shintani, Chief Growth Officer, Oceus Networks.

“Organizations from the military to public safety networks are looking for complete wireless solutions to help boost their infrastructures,” said Phil Cramer, senior VP of sales and marketing, BATS Wireless. “This important deployment for the Navy exemplifies the symbiotic relationship we have with Cambium Networks, one that facilitates technical collaboration to solve a customer’s problem.”

Indicative of this symbiotic relationship, the industry-first BATS BTS and AMATS suites are deeply integrated with a near universal list of Cambium’s tested broadband PTP radio and antenna configurations. The combined system can be utilized in numerous applications to provide a truly universal WWAN solution that offers the speed and capacity of a directional system, with the flexibility and mobility of a sector-based or omni-direction array. The systems also allow for a number of mobility scenarios, including fixed (tower to tower, building to building), fixed to mobile (ship to shore, air to ground), and fully mobile deployments (ship to ship, air to mobile command). Used as part of the Navy deployment, Cambium’s PTP 45600 product is DISA UC APL (Defense Information Systems Agency Unified Capabilities Approved Products List) certified to meet specifications required for military and federal applications and is considered the primary wireless transport solution for many theatre-deployed situation awareness programs for the U.S. ARMY and U.S. Marine Corps, in addition to the Navy.

“Cambium has long been known for capable and reliable PTP wireless networking solutions that can withstand harsh conditions, such as at-sea deployments, while securely delivering the required services,” said Scott Imhoff, director, business development, Cambium Networks. “We’re pleased to be able to collaborate with BATS and Oceus Networks to deliver a PTP data communication solution that meets the U.S. Navy’s demanding requirements for a mission critical deployment.”


About Oceus Networks
Oceus Networks provides broadband solutions to governments and industry that enable delivery of high-speed voice, video and data communications. The company provides open, standards-based mobile and fixed network infrastructure, as well as an extensive portfolio of public sector-focused solutions to simplify and expedite the deployment of wired and wireless broadband communications solutions. Privately US-owned and operated, Oceus Networks’ headquarters are located in Reston, Virginia, with labs in Reston and Plano, Texas. Visit to learn more.


About Oceus Networks’ Xiphos

Xiphos is a fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evaluation (LTE) family of fully interoperable solutions for military personnel and first responders. Ruggedized for extreme environments and situations, Xiphos systems provide turnkey, easily deployable broadband networks wherever traditional infrastructures are unavailable or compromised.



About BATS

BATS Wireless is a leading technology provider, specializing in intelligent WWAN provisioning systems. Through the use of its industry-first automated tracking and stabilization platform, BATS enables organizations to rapidly deploy massive capacity (Gb+), uninterrupted, fixed or mobile wireless networks over long distances without skilled technical resources.


Every day- whether on the battlefield, oil field, or airfield, BATS’ technology is proven in some of the harshest environments on earth; providing organizations access to their critical communications. To learn more, visit:


About Cambium Networks:

Cambium Networks, formerly part of Motorola Solutions, provides world-class wireless broadband and microwave solutions for service providers, enterprise customers, military, government, and municipal networks around the world. It currently has more than 3.5 million products deployed in thousands of networks in over 150 countries, with its innovative technologies providing reliable, secure, cost-effective connectivity that’s easy to deploy and proven to deliver outstanding metrics. Cambium’s ecosystem of partners, development engineers, and support teams work together to design and deliver innovative, forward-looking solutions that provide data, voice and video connectivity when and where it’s needed. For more information, visit:



Jeramey Franklin
Marketing Manager
BATS Wireless
[email protected]
(317)  500-4504

  Firstly, Harris has deployed an upper 700MHz (Band 14) Nokia Siemens based LTE network for Las Vegas PD with a hosted LTE core based in Chelmsford, MA. The existing system provides for low rate data and low latency PTT voice whereas the LTE based network provides higher data throughput for more rich information exchanges (ex: maps, pictures etc…), low latency PTT voice, video and application layer to make their jobs more efficient. Do I sound salesy?

Mea Culpa… I see this as a win-win. Govern

ment benefits when they own their own network, and modernizing will help them to infringe our rights on their own without depending on wiretaps etc to do so…no just kidding, seriously the additional capabilities are important and relevant to today’s problems and at the same time using LTE helps keep the costs down (as opposed to some 20 year program to develop a military 

communication program) when potentials to share technology and products with industrial partners arise. Band 14 use in and of it self for LTE is a good thing for all of us because of the extra ordinary anti-competitive behavior going on in other parts of the band by large company spectrum holders. 


Harris PR below first


Secondly, Cassidian, an EADS subsidiary and ALU are announcing their launch of Evercor which is similar to the system that Harris has launched in Las Vegas, but a little different. Foremost is their Eurocentric focus on TETRA integration with 380-470MHz public safety spectrum. The good thing here is again the use of LTE in a public/private context which benefits both sides and the potential for new ideas to filter back from the military/PS side back to the industrial side. It’s also a good step in TETRA evolution for capabilities (LTE services) but that’s easy to see.

Cassidian PR last

Link: Harris, Cassidian, Alcatel-Lucent


Harris Corporation and Las Vegas, Nevada Explore, Experience Next Generation LTE Broadband Capabilities for Public Safety Officers


  • Harris delivers 700 MHz Band 14 LTE pilot program to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Department is exploring, in coordination with Harris, the benefits of LTE application priorities, opening real-time access to databases and video for first responders.
  • The program, the second to be delivered by Harris in 2012, builds on ongoing testing of LTE capabilities by police officers in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

MELBOURNE, FL/LAS VEGAS, NV, May 15, 2012 — Public safety officers in Las Vegas, Nevada, are on the air with a 700 MHz Band 14 LTE (Long Term Evolution) solution through a “pilot” program that demonstrates the potential of next generation wireless broadband technology.

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) is providing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) the system that delivers the power of LTE through modems installed in department vehicles. The Harris system puts integrated, mission-specific information into the hands of public safety officers who respond to millions of calls each month.

The system capitalizes on LTE’s capacity and capability — such as presence, real-time video, mapping, and voice and messaging. It allows participants to use their COPLINK and Omega applications, which support Computer Aided Dispatch, National Crime Information Center lookup, and field reporting. The pilot program also highlights the collaboration between local agencies.

“Our vision is to bring the most advanced capabilities to Nevada, so we’re evaluating the possibilities of LTE in the hands of Las Vegas first responders,” said Joseph Lombardo, assistant sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “We’re eager to explore the potential for improved situational awareness, and real-time video — capabilities that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the field,” Lombardo added.

LVMPD is testing Harris’ Radio Access Network infrastructure connected to the Harris hosted LTE core in Chelmsford, Mass. Nokia Siemens Networks, a global leader in LTE technology, supplied eNode B “base stations,” components of the RAN infrastructure, which are able to operate in all 20 MHz of the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum allocated to public safety. Harris and Nokia Siemens Networks are blending proven experience in advanced, mission-critical communications, and LTE network design, to deliver a system that allows first responders to test the power of access to mission-specific, actionable data in the field.

“The public safety communications landscape is changing. Harris, along with our partners-including Nokia Siemens Networks-is helping first responders to take advantage of emerging, innovative tools,” said Chuck Shaughnessy, vice president, LTE Business, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “This program enables LVMPD to accumulate real experience using and testing the possibilities of next generation broadband, ahead of the build out of the nationwide public safety broadband network,” he added.

This program is the second pilot announced by Harris in recent months. In March, Miami-Dade police officers began participating in a 700 MHz Band 14 LTE pilot program. In Miami, Harris also is demonstrating the capabilities of its Next Connect Solution, a technology that allows first responders to maintain seamless, secure connectivity when moving between private and public broadband networks.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


TETRA World Congress (TWC), in Dubai, 15 May 2012ENFRDEES
  • New ‘Evercor’ solution integrates LTE mobile data capabilities with Professional Mobile Radio, enabling real-time video, collaboration and data services that improve operations and safety
  • Evercor will help network operators in public safety, transport and energy to save money by optimising existing assets while providing an evolutionary path to LTE

Cassidian, an EADS company, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are to enhance safety and operations for public safety agencies, energy and transport companies with the launch of a new solution called ‘Evercor’. Based on 4G LTE technology, it enables the use of video, data and other media to improve the way security professionals serve and protect their communities.

Evercor integrates Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio™ 4G LTE mobile broadband with TETRA-based systems to form the first end-to-end integrated LTE 400 Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) solution for the 380-470 MHz band – the frequency band currently used by public safety agencies and other essential services in many parts of the world. As a result it will support new broadband communications capabilities such as real-time video to complement existing radio systems. It also allows transport and energy companies using TETRA communications to benefit from mobile broadband applications.

At the TETRA World Congress 2012 in Dubai, Cassidian and Alcatel-Lucent are showing how Evercor enhances information-sharing between control centres and field operations. Thanks to high-speed 4G LTE mobile broadband services such as enhanced location information and the transmission of medical records to ‘smart’ emergency response vehicles, handheld tablet devices and control centre systems, teams will be equipped with the vital information they need to rapidly prepare for and respond to any incident. This can improve safety and security for both the public and workers and allow teams to more rapidly identify locations and respond to incidents.

The use of real-time video and data services will improve operations for those working in the transport and energy industries. Early warnings of outages and incidents will in turn result in faster response and reduced maintenance time and costs. The solution will enable all companies using TETRA communications to save costs, allowing them to re-use their existing sites and equipment.

Jean Marc Nasr, Head of Secure Communication Solutions at Cassidian said: “The launch of this innovative solution comes only a year after we announced the joint work programme between Alcatel-Lucent and Cassidian and shows the real progress we’ve made in enhancing operations for companies using the 400 MHz band. We are able to integrate these services with Cassidian’s collaborative suite of command-and-control applications for our public safety and defence users.”

Philippe Keryer, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Networks Group, said: “Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE and lightRadio architecture is being embraced by the public safety sector. Evercor delivers the highest speeds and the greatest capacity for mobile broadband communications networks available anywhere today and supports essential operations in the most cost-effective manner. Alcatel-Lucent has deep-rooted expertise in providing groundbreaking mobile broadband communications solutions to enhance operations and safety across many industries and we are pleased to work with Cassidian to achieve this.”

The Evercor solution uses Alcatel-Lucent’s eNodeB base stations engines, wireless packet core and backhaul solutions, and Cassidian LTE 400 Remote Radio Head, terminals and applications. The LTE 400 eNodeB can be incorporated in Cassidian’s new TB3S TETRA base station. Working in the 400 MHz bands delivers advantages over communications in a higher frequency band. Fewer base stations are required to provide coverage for a comparable geographic area and communication is made more reliable inside buildings and within built-up urban areas.

A video with Jean-Marc Nasr and Philippe Keryer is available on the Internet.

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.

CASSIDIAN – Defending World Security

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering Internet access at lightning speed. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realising the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organisations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on:, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on

Cassidian Press Contact
Anke Sturtzel
Tel.: +33 (0)1 6138 5330
[email protected]

Alcatel-Lucent Press Contact
Mathew Pitt-Bailey
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 55 66 71 18
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 Information is the key driver in business decisions (other than gut feelings for some) and also the means to which you can assure that you will not be annihilated without warning. Our ancestors worked hard and often gave their lives to obtain it but this is the information age and things are much more straightforward. Finding out more is a few keystrokes away. (Can you tell I am on a research project at the moment?) Some good recent examples: 

Firstly there is an updated report from EJL Wireless Research. It’s The Global Microcell Base Station Market Analysis and Forecast, 2011-2016 . The report is now very focused on macrocells and WiFi so ADD readers like me can get we what we need and go. Major sections are the market forecast,  global market share and then the vendors. There’s some interesting ways they look at the marketplace that are fairly helpful and interesting. Their focus:

This research segment focuses on market trends regarding base station cabinets and BTS radio transceiver shipments including remote radio head technologies. The wireless technologies covered within the research includeBTS Transceivers

Circles GSM/GPRS
Circles EDGE
Circles CDMA 1xRTT
Circles W-CDMA
Circles CDMA EVDO Rev. 0
Circles CDMA EVDO Rev. A
Circles CDMA EVDO Rev. B
Circles HSPA
Circles HSPA+
Circles LTE

The reports listed in this section focus on unit volume shipments of the following products:

Circles BTS Cabinets (BTS)
Circles BTS Transceivers (TRx)
Circles Baseband Units (BBU)
Circles Remote Radio Heads (RRH) / Remote Radio Units (RRU)

Next, Market Publishers,  have unleashed their report, Public Safety LTE: A Global Assessment of Market Size, Technology, Vendor Trends and Spectrum Allocation 2012 – 2016 on humanity. This $1,995 report has some nuggets such as:

  • Over the next five years, the Public Safety LTE will grow at a CAGR of 90 % accounting for over $ 6 Billion in revenue by 2016, up from $ 240 Million in 2011.
  • Operator service revenues will constitute a vast majority of the revenue, followed by managed services and integration, representing a lucrative opportunity for vendors and system integrators to build, own and operate Public Safety LTE networks.
  • Europe will lag behind Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America in the early adoption of Public Safety LTE technology due to stringent spectrum regulation policies. A number of Public Safety LTE trials are already underway in these regions
Report Benefits:

  • Global Spectrum Allocation for Public Safety LTE: A global assessment of spectrum allocation and funding for Public Safety LTE deployments, based on input from regional regulatory authorities.
  • Global Public Safety LTE Market Size, Contracts & Trials: A global review of the worldwide Public Safety LTE market including assessment of revenue share by market segment (infrastructure sales, services, user device sales, etc), and a review of global contracts and trial engagements.
  • RAN Sharing and Roaming: The term “RAN sharing” refers to sharing of actual eNodeBs. As part of this arrangement, each operator accesses the shared RAN with its own EPC. Vendors are also considering the implementation of Inter-PLMN handover (as opposed to roaming) and then for LTE Commercial carriers to deploy Policies for Service Level Agreements that include Priority Access (Access Class Barring, Preemption and ARP) and QoS/ QCI assignment for default and dedicated bearers. The report assesses in detail how many of vendors and commercial carriers will support RAN sharing, roaming and inter-PLMN handovers which will be key factors towards the adoption of commercial LTE RANs for Public Safety applications.
  • Global QoS Requirements for Public Safety LTE Communications: A detailed assessment of global requirements for Priority access and High QoS for Public Safety subscribers, for shared commercial LTE networks, while they roam on to Commercial Networks.
  • Public Safety LTE Devices and End User Applications: An assessment of device usability characteristics, Multi-Radio LTE/LMR interoperability technology, Software and Applications (VoLTE, PTT over LTE, IMS, IP).
  • Vendor Trends and Roadmaps: A detailed assessment of solution portfolios and roadmaps for major infrastructure/ device vendors and system integrators
  • LTE-Advanced Support for Heterogeneous Commercial/LMR Networks: In-depth assessment of the LTE Advanced standard and technologies and spectrum planning for Fixed/Nomadic based Pico Cells/Femto Cells and mobile base stations (e.g. LTE Cell on Wheels (CoW)) and proximity based services such as Direct Mode Operation (DMO) in LMR systems, which have broad implications for the adoption of Public Safety LTE services.
  • LTE based Public Safety Tactical Systems and Military Applications: Detailed market assessment of LTE based Public Safety Tactical Systems such as CoW, Cell over Light Trucks (COLTs) and Military Applications for LTE.
So pick up these reports and expand your horizons. 

 I am amazed and just about stunned speechless that The New iPad, as Apple calls it, has 2 models still. Yeah yeah, the rumor blogs got the guesswork or leaks correct so the iPad not a big shock, however I thought for sure that Apple would like to minimize SKUs and maximize profits with a single model. The only thing that could possibly need to be different is the RF chain component and that’s questionable. Qualcomm MSM96XX baseband processing wouldn’t be the issue since it does everything commonly required for 3G and 4G. Seriously, if there HAS to be 2 models, and they are truly different then the consumer lost this round and ATT and VZW may need to face the wrath of the people. Who wouldn’t want the ability to switch providers with a single device? Who wants device lock in? We were willing to tolerate it because we mentally ‘grandfathered’ the bad behavior as vestiges from ye olde days of technology. 

I may be biting the hand that feeds me but this is getting out of control. Surely the FCC will step up. VZW’s Band 13  (Upper 700MHz) was sort of understandable although very opportunistic. Stupid Band 17 (F2+F3 of lower 700MHz) was ATT’s way of trying to lock the world out, especially those tons of small companies that purchased Band 12 (F1, F2 and F3 of lower 700MHz) spectrum. FCC if you are unwilling to take action then consider this, the precedent has been set such that these operators are jeopardizing/limiting compatibility with future public safety/first responder and governmental use of LTE too (Upper 700MHz). That means more costly devices for you and me to buy them. That probably means government will be forced to pay ATT/VZW for shared commercial infrastructure for profit instead of more secure, more optimized and lower cost self owned infrastructure. 

Apple’s specs:


  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology


Wi-Fi + 4G for AT&T

  • LTE (700, 2100 MHz)2; UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only3

Wi-Fi + 4G for Verizon

  • LTE (700 MHz)2; CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only3

So at the end of the day, the cool New iPad will be world phone capable on 3G (Either one) but carrier specific on 4G. Stupid, unfair and begs a fix.

I wonder if you can truly use The New iPad in 3G only mode on both Verizon and ATT without issues? There’s no HW/RF chain issues nor baseband, nor even SIM holder (LTE has a SIM/UICC requirement.)

Back to LTE, we may get a second chance from better RF chain components but it will be interesting to see if those see the light of day. BTW it’s not unfathomable to build the right RF front end to serve both bands right now.

BTW, what happened to the Sprint version?

Get the pitchforks and torches!









Acrimonious acronyms! Motorola Solutions has completed the Physical Layer testing of LTE for the National Institute of Standards (NIST) supporting the Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR.) Although we know and Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, CSpire, USCellular, Cricket and MetroPCS employees and subscribers know LTE works fine, the government is being shown the crazy wireless technology/scheme just might work. At some level we know this is important but it’s fun to see the machine work. Honestly, it makes a ton of sense for Public Safety agencies to use private, government owned LTE networks and the process is taking a long time for an impatient person like me. OK Key points from their PR are:

  • As part of the PSCR/NIST Phase 1 testing, Motorola completed the Physical Layer, Messaging/Protocol, Application and Performance basic functionality testing.
  • Motorola supplied LTE infrastructure equipment, user devices and public safety applications to validate proper operation of the system.
  • Two additional testing phases remain: Phase 2 System and Node Level Testing, and Phase 3 Advanced Features, Conformance, Interoperability and Roaming Testing.
  • Motorola is installing a Public Safety LTE core now and integrating other necessary equipment at the NIST Colorado facility in early 2012 to facilitate optimal Phase 2 and Phase 3 testing.
  • By February 2012, it is expected that Phase 2 testing will commence for a detailed determination of the performance of LTE equipment submitted in the PSCR demonstration project. Focus areas include stress testing of the network and extensive performance, messaging/protocol and application testing.
  • In full support of the PSCR initiatives, Motorola plans to continue a leadership position in interoperability by immediately entering Phase 3 testing upon completion and documentation of Phase 2 testing.


Links: Motorola SolutionsNext Generation Public Safety Portal

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 Battlefield Technical Systems (BTS) and Radisys are enabling LTE on the battlefield. BTS demonstrated a ‘femto/pico’ class eNB at their place that proved in the mashup nature of the evolving marketplace. Essential hardware and software pieces were integrated into a final LTE solution…What all of this means is Public Safety and wireless network operators can expect more innovative gear coming out of the LTE front. A very good development for all! BTW, the main product here is a complete base station in a boxed kit, so open box, dodge bullets, plug into power, turn on, dodge bullets, connect to random fiber optic cable laying on desert floor, play WoW, etc…

Now as far as enabling 4G in the battlefield, I’m a little gray on the benefits in a strategic sense but the soldiers will definitely appreciate getting their gaming groove on.


Links:, Radisys, BTS



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 Don’t you love jargon as much as I do? I hope so or you are reading the wrong stuff my friends. Headline sort of says it all…From their PR I gather that Harris develops a BeON P25 VoIP client for Public Safety to PTT their brains out over LTE. Spoiler alert! P25 is APCO project 25 standards (which I won’t describe here) and PTT is Push to Talk. Guessing that VIDA is not just their 4.9GHz radios but something akin to an IMS  too.

Now, I don’t think this means the HTC Thunderbolt has a Android BeON PTT client, so I actually don’t know what they are performing this PTT with on LTE, but it can’t be very much more complicated than that, can it? Full glory after the break… 

On the other hand maybe so because they also mention that this could be helpful in the enterprise…How close is this to VoLTE I wonder?

Link: Harris,

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