Archives: Interviews

A broadband view from Bangladesh

Munir Hasan, director of long term strategy and broadband at Bangladeshi carrier Grameenphone, and a speaker at next month’s Broadband World Forum in Paris, talks to about some of the challenges facing telcos as well as the key issues being debated in the industry today.

Different Strokes

With the LTE Asia conference imminent, speaks to Alan Hadden, president of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, about the spectrum challenges facing the Asian LTE market. Fragmentation is as much of an issue in Asia Pacific as it is in the rest of the world, with early movers trying to muster support for their competing strategies.

CSL’s fear of the unlimited

As we approach the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 27-29 September 2011 at the CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France we speak to Han Willem Kotterman, executive vice president of customer service and operations for Hong Kong operator CSL

Cook’s recipe for LTE success in Singapore

In the lead up to the LTE Asia conference, taking place in Singapore on 6-7th September, we speak to Peter Cook, vice president of mobile network engineering at StarHub, Singapore’s second largest operator.

A formidable transformation

Ahead of his speaking slot at the Broadband World Forum in September, Saad Dhafer Al Qahtani, head of group strategic operations at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) gives an insight into the group’s international operations.

Peer pressure

With the countdown starting to the Broadband World Forum in September, caught up with opening day keynote speaker Eric Klinker, chief executive of BitTorrent to discuss his views on traffic throttling, privacy and future plans.

Early days

The global mobile advertising ecosystem has been enjoying strong growth of late, with ad impressions increasing by 23 per cent compared to the end of March to reach almost 105 billion requests by end-June, but it’s still at a very early stage, says Rob Jonas, VP & managing director for Europe & Middle East at mobile ad network InMobi.

LTE in the Land of the Rising Sun

As part of our look at the Japanese LTE market and ahead of his speaking appearance at the sixth annual LTE Asia conference, we speak to Sadayuki Abeta, director of the Radio Access Network development, for leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo.

Size matters: the value of small cells

In the run up to the Asia LTE conference in September, we speak to Dr Shahram G Niri, director of global LTE/SAE strategy & solution at NEC Europe and visiting professor at the University of Surrey.

Talking Telstra

Ahead of his presentation at the Broadband World Forum in September, Hugh Bradlow, chief technology officer of Australian operator Telstra, speaks to Chief among his concerns is maintaining Telstra’s status as a provider of services rather than simple access.

WIMAX: The Long Goodbye

As CTO of US carrier Sprint Nextel, Stephen Bye presides over one of the most complex combinations of network technologies within the mobile industry. Bye talks to about his preparations for the next phase of the carrier’s technological evolution and the long-awaited, yet still not officially announced, move to LTE.

TD-LTE and the Lai of the land

LTE has been hailed by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) as the fastest growing mobile network technology ever, outstripping all previous standards in terms of the pace of deployment. But while LTE is a global standard, there are variations in how it is being deployed around the world. Chief among these variations is the choice, depending on spectrum allocations, between Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) and Time Division Duplexing (TDD).

Australia Focus: The Wright Way Forward

Australia may be physically located a long way from the pioneering LTE hubs of Europe and North America but in terms of next generation mobile networks it’s on track to become one of the leaders of the pack.

Doctor WHO

Nascent m-health initiatives are under threat from a lack of structural support and funding. This is where the World Health Organisation comes in—and operators have a crucial part to play.

All grown up

Adrian Scrase, Vice President, International Partnership Projects, 3GPP, says that although LTE came to market later than anticipated, it has grown more rapidly than expected. And while there are now 40 bands in which LTE is specificed, there is a “disaster looming” as device radios will not contain all those bands.

Early adopter

Tommy Ljunggren, VP mobility services, TeliaSonera, updates on the deployment of its LTE network and rollout into the more rural areas. “We’re rolling out basestations like crazy,” he says.

Bring on the handsets

Christopher Kimm, VP of network field ops EMAA for Verizon, talks through the evolution of LTE over 3G by way of performance and throughput. He also highlights the need to provide compelling devices, such as the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Charge, to make LTE a mass market proposition.

A strong start

Denis Gautheret, VP of NGMN introduction at Deutsche Telekom, talks about the deployment of LTE in the 800MHz band in Germany, which began in April and the potential of 1800MHz for mass market support once more terminals become available.

Hans-on: Ericsson CEO talks about Telcordia acquisition

Shortly after the announcement that Ericsson is to acquire US firm Telcordia, Mike Hibberd spoke to Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg about the deal. Vestberg explained what it means for his organisation, as well as the 2,600 Telcordia employees that will join the Ericsson payroll when the deal goes through.

Who owns who?

Nick Ogden, CEO of Voice Commerce and Entrepreneur of the year 2010, talks about customer ownership, and the misconception by both carriers and banks that they both own the consumer.

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