Given the difference in duplexing and regional agendas, it’s easy to see TDD and FDD versions of LTE as distinct; in reality, they’re part of a unified standard.
It’s also tempting to see LTE TDD as disadvantaged by the history of WiMAX or operator interests in FDD spectrum; again, this isn’t a fair way of looking at the technology.
Back in June, I promised to spend some time this summer (and maybe even into the fall) talking about LTE TDD. That started with a discussion of how massive deployments in the People’s Republic could lead one to think of LTE TDD as a Chinese technology, a notion that runs counter to any interests in seeing LTE’s TDD variant benefit from global manufacturing and R&D scale. A look back at the development of LTE standards backed up the notion that, from its inception, TDD was envisioned as an integral part of LTE, not a narrow, regional use case.
Comverse’s Evolved Communications Suite (ECS) smartly builds on its acquisitions of NetCentrex and Solaiemes eight years apart, together with its own messaging products.
The company now has a compelling ‘carrier comeback’ offering, but the vital last box needs to be ticked: uptake.
As analysts, it is gratifying when something you think should happen does happen and then continues to develop. The company in question is Comverse and the case in point was its acquisition of NetCentrex in 2006. Current Analysis picked up this thread in a report titled “It’s the Softswitch, Stupid! NFV and SDN Show What’s Old is New Again” in January this year. Briefly, the report noted that NetCentrex was acquired by Comverse in 2006 but then disappeared from the radar, although the company always insisted that its asset was still important. The report went onto recommend that “Comverse should clarify its plans for the NetCentrex division … The company should start to invest in the division or consider a divestment …” Continue reading “Creating a Compelling Carrier Comeback Solution”→
For all the hype surrounding it, tying the Internet of Everything (IoE; much less the Internet of Things, IoT) to network infrastructure solutions or revenues isn’t straightforward
Ultimately, “connecting the dots” requires a broader view about what an increasingly connected society means in terms of data creation, data analytics, data security, etc.
That applies to network vendors, but also any service provider who hopes to profit from these trends.
Last week, Cisco announced its fiscal 2014 financial performance and results. If you own Cisco stock or care about its viability (say, because you have deployed a lot of Cisco gear), you probably know the highlights already: non-GAAP revenues were down 3% over 2013 while net income remained stable; service provider revenues were down; security revenues were up; new IoE momentum was registered in municipalities ranging from Hamburg, to Kansas City, Copenhagen, and Barcelona. Continue reading “Cisco’s Internet of Everything Agenda: A Solution Engineering, Data and Monetization Anecdote”→
Widely different and non-standardized solutions are being proposed to solve the problem of radio access network congestion both from the device and network sides
The fact that these solutions are being actively sought by carriers show the importance they now attach to keep individual customers from churning
The last couple of weeks have seen a surge in the number of solutions and proposals being put forward to solve the problem of radio access network congestion impacting user experience. Of course, network congestion has long been a problem in mobile networks and there are many standard interfaces, network intelligence and analytics companies and solutions involved in helping minimize it. The focus on customer experience management over the past few years has also provided added impetus and, notwithstanding the vaunted capacity claims of the next generation of radio access, network congestion will likely always be with us to some degree or other. However, there’s now evidence of some “out of the box” thinking going on by vendors close to the action, and what’s especially interesting, is that they are tackling the problem from widely different angles. Continue reading “The RAN Congestion Solutions Market Just Got Congested”→
Microwave backhaul vendors continue to struggle against intense competition
They are combating this pressure by adding value to their solutions in various ways
Consolidation, if it comes, could affect those value propositions – a concern for operators
Hearing insider reports yesterday of a round of layoffs at one of the microwave backhaul vendor specialists was another reminder of how challenging that space has been in recent quarters, something we’ve examined in our analysis of the sector. A harsh competitive environment and notoriously fierce pricing pressure has left equipment vendors wondering how their competitors could be making any money. A glance at top-line trends (see chart) suggests that they aren’t. Continue reading “Warning: Microwave Backhaul Vendor Shakeup Ahead”→
ItsOn introduced its Smart Services platform this summer and has already announced OSS/BSS wins with Sprint and its subsidiary Virgin Media USA.
The ItsOn Smart Service platform delivers the OSS/BSS automation, customer self-care, sponsored data support, and boost in time to market intervals for new services to merit consideration from operators exploring their OSS/BSS transformation strategies.
ItsOn competes as a supplier of automated OSS/BSS solutions. With the OSS/BSS competitive landscape already heavily crowded how can ItsOn compete long-term as a relatively new entrant? Even more importantly, can ItsOn meet the business transformation objectives of top-tier operators on a sustained basis? Continue reading “ItsOn: Is It On or Is It Off?”→