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Since last month’s post, the FCC has ruled in favour to approve stronger rules surrounding net neutrality and, in turn, how it governs broadband internet in the US – yes, the internet in the US is now, in essence, regarded as a public utility. Circa a 400-page document released by the FCC details the new rules and, apparently, a number of American ISPs are geared up to challenge or overturn the FCC’s new proposal. In fact, Barack Obama is an advocate for net neutrality, since the US President has argued that tougher regulations should protect the internet – arguing that users should have equal access to services and information.
With Telefónica agreeing to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, and BT re-emerging in the consumer mobile market as an MVNO with its SIM-only plans, the UK telecoms sector is now firmly in a convergent mode. Telecoms.com set out to find out how these developments are seen by the analyst community.
Martin Guthrie, Head of Business Development at NEC Europe Ltd talks though NEC’s focus on small cells for the enterprise market and how its eRAN product allows greater throughput than traditional small cell solutions.
Despite the uncertainties of what types of applications and the levels of traffic that will be prevalent after 2020, it seems to make sense to plan and standardise now for the next generation of mobile technology. However, pinning our long term technology and spectrum requirements on the forecast growth in usage based on current mobile applications and services may be flawed.
This week French operator Orange unveiled a frenzy of corporate tweaking, re-aligning and general mucking about. Now only did we get a new strategic plan, but Orange also proudly announced its brand is “evolving”.
According to the 2014 IBM Global Telecom Consumer Survey, in the UK customers rate their grocery retailer as delivering better customer experience than their telecom provider. In the same study, IBM found that only 15 percent of UK customers will tell their inner circle that their telecoms provider is ‘good’. Over half of the surveyed UK consumers reported that they often share their negative experiences with others.
Andrea Gould, Head of Marketing & Communications at Team on the Run, describes her company’s business-focused instant messaging app and talks through some typical use-cases.
Mazen Chaytelli, Senior Director of Small Cell and LTE-U Business Development and Strategy at Qualcomm Technologies discusses his company’s recent move to extend LTE Advanced to unlicensed spectrum and the benefits of aggregating licensed and unlicensed bands.
John Leonard, Director of Product Strategy, Mobile and Web Services at Afilias, explains the new partnership with the GSMA to enable operators to get a lot more information about the devices using their network.
Paul Senior, Chief Technical Officer at Airspan, explains LTE Relay, which uses the macrocell network as the backhaul for an LTE small cell to boost indoor coverage.
Andre Sequerah, Director, Head of Network Planning & Optimization Product Line Management at InfoVista, explains how the company is currently focusing on improving service assurance via contextual understanding of subscriber data.
Alan Law, Chairman of the Small Cell Forum, talks through his organisation’s latest release, which focuses on rural connectivity, and reviews some of its work around virtualization.
Benoît Joly, SVP Marketing and Smart Home at Technicolor introduces the Technicolor Digital Life suite of services, while colleagues Olivier Lafontaine and Gaetan Delcroix discuss its LTE gateway and set-top box.
Siegmund Redl, VP & General Manager Corporate Marketing, Europe at MediaTek talks about the new MediaTek brand and some of its latest innovations around image processing, video playback and video recording.
Ken Kennedy, CTO of CSG International, talks about his company’s new Ascendon platform, that help companies launch, monetize and scale new digital services.