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Trail blazing

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera is no stranger to the limelight, having blazed a trail with its commercial LTE deployments. But the firm has also caused a stir by calling trials of the technology “unnecessary” and claiming that the only differentiator vendors have to compete on is price. Telecoms.com recently caught up with Tommy Ljunggren, SVP and head of system development, mobility services at TeliaSonera to get more of his thoughts on 4G.

Trials and jubilations

As Nordic LTE champion TeliaSonera prepares to launch 4G services in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, telecoms.com caught up with Mike Thelander, CEO of Signals Research, who has first hand experience of LTE through his drive testing of the TeliaSonera LTE network in Stockholm.

Different strokes

While LTE technology is seen as an opportunity to converge wireless operators worldwide on one standardised platform, the actual drivers encouraging carriers to follow this route are wildly different. At the recent LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, we spoke with Stéphane Téral, directing analyst at Infonetics Research and got his thoughts on the matter.

LTE: Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research

At the LTE World Summit, Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research talks to telecoms.com about SON and SDR and the future of more efficient and productive networks.

LTE: Eric Ericsson, Ericsson

Voice is an often overlooked element of the LTE ecosystem, so telecoms.com chatted with Eric Ericsson, head of telephony evolution at Ericsson, at the LTE World Summit about the need to carry voice, as well as data, over LTE.

LTE: Thomas Norén, Ericsson

In this LTE World Summit interview, Thomas Norén, head of product line, LTE at Ericsson talks about the new services and revenue streams afforded by LTE deployments, and how an operator can protect its investment by adopting a future global standard.

LTE: Jonathan Morgan, Cisco

At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Jonathan A. Morgan, of solutions marketing at Cisco, which recently acquired Starent Networks. Morgan spoke about the disruptive influence of LTE and how the evolution of packet core technologies can help operators make money off the network.

LTE: Tommy Ljunggren, Teliasonera

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera is leading the charge with LTE commercial deployments having recently launched an LTE network in Stockholm and Oslo.

LTE: Konstantinos Halkoitis, Cosmote

Telecoms.com caught up with Konstantinos Halkiotis, RAN integration principal engineer at Greek operator Cosmote, at the recent LTE World Summit and got his thoughts on the future.

LTE: Seizo Onoe, NTT DoCoMo

At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.

LTE: Mike Thelander, Signals Research Group

At the LTE World Summit, telecoms.com heard from Mike Thelander, CEO of Signals Research, who has first hand experience of LTE through his drive testing of the TeliaSonera LTE network supplied by Ericsson in Stockholm.

LTE: Bill Payne, Motorola

Bill Payne, vice president of mobile broadband at Motorola, talks with telecoms.com about the maturity of the LTE ecosystem and expected commercial deployments of the technology on a wider scale in late 2011.

LTE: Kim Larsen, T-Mobile

Here we talk to Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, director of technology services and international network economics at T-Mobile and get his thoughts on sweating existing operator assets and for how long that can be done.

LTE: Stephen Bye, Cox Communications

At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam recently, telecoms.com got to speak with Stephen J Bye, vice president of wireless at US cable carrier Cox Communications about his plans for LTE.

Focus on the future

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera may have stolen much of the limelight with its launch of LTE in Stockholm and Oslo, but other carriers are hot on its heels with a view to launching the 4G technology before the year is out. At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.

LTE: Technology versus business

As a technology, LTE is solid, but as a business model the future of mobile is less clear. Telecoms.com caught up with Konstantinos Halkiotis, RAN integration principal engineer at Greek operator Cosmote, at the recent LTE World Summit and got his thoughts on the future.

Network economics

It’s generally accepted that existing wireless technologies still have a decent lifespan ahead of them. Most of the people telecoms.com spoke to at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam expect 4G, 3G and even 2G to co-exist for some time yet. Here we talk to Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, director of technology services and international network economics at T-Mobile and get his thoughts on sweating existing operator assets and for how long that can be done.

Cox crows on LTE

Next generation wireless broadband technologies are held in high regard for their potential to deliver where 3G failed. This potential is also being tapped by fixed line operators which see 4G as a route to deliver complementary services. At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com got to speak with Stephen J Bye, vice president of wireless at US cable carrier Cox Communications.

Northern Lights

In November 2009, TeliaSonera, the joint venture between the incumbent carriers of Sweden and Finland, became the first operator to launch a commercial LTE service. Håkan Dahlström, president of mobility services at TeliaSonera talks to Mike Hibberd about the motivation behind the move, the firm’s experiences with the technology so far and its plans for the future.

Money Man

In November last year, Jan Frykhammar became CFO of Ericsson. Here he talks to Telecoms.com about his first few months in the job and how a long history at the Swedish vendor allows him to bring more than just number crunching to the role.

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