How much does Carrier Ethernet service cost? That's like asking how much a car costs. The answer is similar--it depends on what you need and what you can afford to spend.
Sometimes it's funny to watch the relationships between a network equipment vendor and their customer. In most areas of business, the customer is king. Not in mobile infrastructure. In our business, the OEM tells their customer what to do... and the mobile operator has no choice. With 2G, 3G, and 4G in multiple bands, networks have become so complex that 3GPP standards are not enough.
Fear of the unknown can hold back American innovation and economic growth in the form of those who invoke bogeymen to scare consumers away from technological advances. That's happening today, as a dialogue is just beginning on how to upgrade and modernize the nation's old telephone networks to next generation high-speed Internet networks.
T-Mobile made three announcements today: 157 million LTE population coverage, the new Jump device program and family plans for non-contract customers. The general expectation was that T-Mobile would announce the 100 million LTE population coverage milestone by mid-year 2013. Instead, T-Mobile topped that by announcing 157 million population coverage, which came as a welcome surprise and shows how T-Mobile has executed over the last year.
It's summer now and that can mean only one thing--an inability to focus. Maybe it's just me, but between the change in weather, impending vacations and the need to get up super-early in order to watch the Tour de France, I'm having a tough time dedicating too much brain power to any one technology or market theme. Bear with me, then as I run through some of what's been keeping me, and the rest of the Current Analysis crew, busy over the last month or so…and what will likely be keeping us busy into the rest of the year.
Small cells are starting to look like Token Ring. Or Beta Max. Or PBB-TE. What do these technologies have in common? They were all technically superior to the solutions that ultimately relegated them to oblivion.
With 2012 being a breakthrough year for LTE and deployments gaining momentum, subscribers will begin to sign up for 4G LTE services in volume this year (2013). The emerging factor that is driving and will continue to drive the consumer take-up in the short term and beyond is the embedding of LTE technology in consumer devices.
With a surged in fixed Internet traffic already in progress and growth forecast to outstrip mobile data traffic in many countries, it's time to address fixed Internet issues, like broadband speeds, data caps, and usage patterns, in both commercial rollouts and in regulation.
In October last year, Google launched a number of YouTube original content channels in France, Germany and the UK, just one year after launching 100 original channels in the United States. Although it is still too soon to draw any conclusions on the impact and success of YouTube original channels, there are some key learnings from the experience in the United States.
On the surface, cloud or IT infrastructure service initiatives appear to be attractive offerings for telecom service providers, but are they? Cloud or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) explicitly involves network services and hosting/IT infrastructure services. However, telecom operators have been slow to adopt these new services.