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Apple Hires Samsung Semiconductor Executive

Apple has hired Samsung’s chief semiconductor system architect in a move which is bound to heighten speculation about Apple’s attempts to reduce its dependence on Samsung components for its products. Click here for more.


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Unisys Federal President Venkatapathi andquot;PVandquot; Puvvada Elected Vice Chair of Professional Services Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors

RESTON, Va.andnbsp;Unisys Corporation (NYSE: andnbsp;UIS) today announced that Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal, was elected to serve as vice chair of the Professional Services Council (PSC) executive committee and board of directors. Click here for more.


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Former Google Fiber Executive to Join Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today announced that Chris Levendos, former head of the Network Deployment and Operations organization at Google Fiber, will join the company as Executive Vice President, Field Operations. His predecessor in the position, John Lass, plans to retire. Levendos will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Dan McCarthy and serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Click here for more.


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Former HTC Executive Alleged to Have Leaked Company Secrets

A former executive at HTC, and five other employees have been charged with leaking company secrets and submitting fake expenses claims in the latest blow for the struggling smartphone manufacturer. Click here for more.


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Executive Director, Indonesia ICT Institute: “Sharing is the best way to make LTE roll outs affordable.”

Heru Sutadi is Executive Director Indonesia ICT Institute

Heru Sutadi is Executive Director of Indonesia’s ICT Institute and is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Asia 2012 conference taking place on 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We speak to him on where Indonesia is with LTE and what it will take to make the technology affordable to roll out in the region.

What have been the main developments and milestones for you over the last 12 months with regards to LTE?

In Indonesia we started with LTE trials in 2010 but there is still a great focus on 3G. In June 2012, Indonesia hosted the Indonesia LTE Forum, focusing on how best to share LTE issues, implement LTE networks and connect Indonesian users with LTE technology. This forum consisted of the regulator, operators, vendors, researchers from the universities and consumers. I am a founder for this forum, which is part of Indonesian ICT Institute (III) of which I am the Executive Director.

What business models would you say are best for monetising LTE?

The best is vendor financing for the equipment as operators have to spend a lot of money on the spectrum fees.

How important are small cells to network roll-out plans?

I think the first implementation is macro cell and then micro cell and maybe pico cells next. Pico cells are important as operators put this technology in to provide in-building coverage, (for offices, malls and hotels). Demand for data connections inside buildings is very high.

What impact do you think technology such as IMS and Joyn will have?

These technologies will impact Indonesia in terms of licensing. Because this is a new IP-based technology, we think that our licensing must be reformed and this means we will have to revise our Telecommunication Act (No. 36/1999).

Do you think that VoLTE will have an impact and if so, in what time frame?

The technology will have an impact on operators and consumers but I am not sure about time frame. Perhaps, it will take around one year from now.

There has been successful downward pressure on roaming charges within the EU – is this also a concern for you?

We talk about this issue not only in Indonesia but also in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. We hope we can follow the EU and decrease roaming charges in ASEAN countries.

Do you think that network sharing between operators is necessary to make LTE roll-outs affordable?

The trend in the future is not only network sharing but also frequency sharing. In Indonesia it’s okay to share networks but not the frequency. Sharing is the best way to make LTE roll outs affordable.

Net neutrality remains a contentious issue and has recently been enshrined in law in the Netherlands. What is your stance on this?

I agree with the principle of net neutrality. But in Indonesia, even though we have open, neutral technology we have to careful. Here everything regarding telcos must be clearly mentioned in law and be licensed, otherwise it’s illegal. For sure, we need to reform and revise the Telco Act so net neutrality can be adopted as part of our strategy to give Indonesian citizen better ICT services.

What are the main challenges you expect to face in the next 12 months?

We have some challenges with regard to spectrum allocation for LTE. We are still waiting a decision from the government as to which frequency we will be able to use for LTE. We want to use 700 MHZ or 2.6GHz but 700MHz is still being using by analogue TV and this will not be moved to digital until 2018. 2.6GHz is still being using for satellite TV. The other options are the 60MHz of space we have for TD LTE at 2.3GHz or refarming 1800MHz and maybe 900MHz. Moving forward we will need to discuss the standardisation, education and socialisation of consumers and the many regulations.

The LTE Asia 2012 conference is taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Click here to register your interest.

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Marketing and products executive director, GVT Brazil: “Cloud gaming is one of the services with high potential for retail”

Ricardo Sanfelice, marketing and products executive director for GVT, Brazil

Ricardo Sanfelice, marketing and products executive director for GVT, Brazil

Ricardo Sanfelice, marketing and products executive director for GVT Brazil, is speaking on Day One of the Broadband LATAM 2013 conference, taking place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we find out why fibre is such an important focus for the Brazilian telco.

FTTH is clearly the optimal solution performance wise, but is clearly cost prohibitive. Does is make sense to invest in FTTH?

Large companies, such as GVT, have to invest in fibre to achieve a greater geographical footprint. Spreading to new areas using FTTH makes sense as the CAPEX may not be that different from laying the last mile with copper. There are also benefits from a lower OPEX due to lower maintenance cost on the network. Helpfully, GVT’s network architecture has a shorter last mile due as its architecture is based on FTTN (Fibre to the Node), where the fibre reaches the street cabinet near the customer premises. Therefore, the investment needed to migrate from copper to fibre is more affordable for companies such as GVT in comparison to the incumbents. While for GVT the last mile is an average of 400 metres, the incumbents have areas where they would need to replace up to 5km of copper.

What can be done to lower the cost of fibre roll-outs to make them more affordable?

A fibre-based solution is future proof and guarantees a virtually unlimited speed increase for converged services. GVT offers 150Mbps speed in FTTH fibre dedicated to the customer’s home, but it is still an expensive service for the majority of the population. However, GVT’s network topology, consisting of FTTH with GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network), including the CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) with integrated optical port, is already the same price as copper solutions. In order to keep control of costs, the company has to choose a suitable 2.5Gbps GPON project with predefined levels of splitters, a careful analysis of potential customers in the area and cost-effective CPE.

The Broadband LATAM conference is taking place on 2 – 3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Click here to download a brochure.

How far can copper-based technology be taken performance wise?

Copper and fiber will coexist for many years because it is already possible to reach 100Mbps with copper. But the offer of converged services at very high speeds, such as 300Mbps and IPTV, increases the need for fibre and therefore GVT is prioritising fibre for new investments in network expansion. 

What opportunities do cloud services provide for operators?

Cloud gaming is one of the services with the most potential for retail customers, enabling high quality entertainment for the customer at a low price. Another opportunity in Latin America is the lack of locally operating cloud storage services available and telcos have the infrastructure to provide this for their customers. Additionally, customers tend to use the higher speeds available at home to create their personal clouds, making their content accessible everywhere. Telcos could enhance this through their equipment that is already present in homes. In the corporate market, GVT aims to strengthen its reputation as an IT-based cloud managed service provider that can deliver virtual servers, email services, web hosting and more.

What is the most exciting developments you expect to see in broadband over the next 12 months?

The last few years showed a huge growth in connected devices (i.e. smartphones, tablets). We are engaged in providing access to fast wifi hotspots to improve the internet experience outside the home. This is not just a service for the customer, but is also an opportunity for fixed and mobile operators, where the traffic from mobile can be offloaded to fixed line telcos, unburdening mobile network cells. In the connected home, the fixed broadband connection will become increasingly important as the centre of the converged experience.

 

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Executive director, Networks and Access Technologies, Telstra: “To make mobile technology accessible to more people we need scale”

Mike Wright, Mike Wright, executive director of networks & access technologies at Telstra

Mike Wright, executive director of networks & access technologies at Telstra

Mike Wright, executive director, Networks and Access Technologies for Telstra is speaking on day one of the Broadband Asia conference, taking place on the 9-10 April 2013 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong. Ahead of the show we find out more about the opportunities cloud presents to carriers and the exciting developments Wright expects to see in 2013.

What have been the major developments for you over the past years in terms of LTE deployment and fixed-line services?

Clearly the rapid emergence of LTE capable devices and the way this has quickly become the prime growth engine for wireless data traffic in markets like Korea and even Australia.

The industry seems to have taken up your call for LTE1800 to become a common band round the world. Was this satisfying to see?

Yes very satisfying. To make mobile technology accessible to more people we need scale and to economically deliver more capacity we need to exploit new technologies like LTE.

By exploiting the LTE1800 band we’ve been able to achieve elements of both and we’ve seen the world move to LTE more quickly than we might have otherwise seen if we had waited for new spectrum bands. LTE1800 now represents over 40 per cent of the worldwide LTE deployments, leading to more universal roaming and device scale.

The Broadband Asia conference is taking place on the 9th-10th April 2013 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong. Click here to find out more about the event

As next-gen wireless services develop with there be a need for fixed-line services in five years’ time?

Fixed networks continue to carry the majority of network traffic by far and where fixed infrastructure exists high volumes of traffic can be carried at a much lower cost. As we see more use for fixed networks for media and content on big screens there will be an increasing role for fixed services. Wireless will compliment this as people take their lives on the road and consume media on smaller screens.

What opportunities do the new cloud services provide for operators?

There are a wide range of opportunities in delivering utility or dedicated cloud environments, software as a service, and unified communications solutions. These all deliver efficiencies to businesses and remove from them the complexity of managing, investing and operating these platforms. Cloud services from operators also enable businesses to move off legacy communications and IT platforms to newer technology.

Why should businesses look to operators to deliver their cloud services over pure cloud players?

As cloud services increase in their range of applications we will see increasing demands for end-to-end solutions for corporate data needs, such as backup and disaster recovery, and for cloud-based applications to be used by mobile or distant fixed end points. This will require more sophisticated network intelligence and traffic management to ensure low latency, specific bandwidth applications can be delivered efficiently and effectively. Operators can offer unique end-to-end network treatment of traffic that can optimise these applications or even host some of these workloads in the network closer to the edge where latency is important.

How important is wifi offload to your rollout plans?

We see a wide range of roles for wifi starting in the home. However, we do not see wifi offload as a key priority at this stage. We will focus on managed spectrum and small cell solutions as our prime traffic management and offload technique as our macro cells and spectrum grow in traffic.

With networks where there are a mix of technologies in play, are HetNet technologies the answer and how best can they be exploited?

The first priority for use is to fully exploit our existing macros cell network infrastructure to deliver capacity and efficiency. We will do this through new, more efficient technologies like LTE and re-farming of spectrum like 900 and 1800MHz as well as new functionality such as MIMO. Beyond this we will rely on small cells and HetNets combined with emerging technology standards like CoMP to integrate the Hetnet layer into the macro cellular network.

What is the most exciting development you expect to see in broadband over the next 12 months?

For wireless this might be the next generation of carrier aggregation that will see up to 40MHz of spectrum aggregated or the emergence of LTE Broadcast as a mainstream standard. For fixed it will be interesting to see the real world emergence of VDSL Vectoring and Bonding in markets where they will continue to rely on copper.

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Telenor executive resigns in support of chairman

Jan Erik Korssjøen, chairman of the Corporate Assembly at Telenor, announced his resignation a day after Harald Norvik

Jan Erik Korssjøen, chairman of the Corporate Assembly at Telenor, has announced his resignation just a day after Harald Norvik, the operator’s chairman, did the same.

“The reason for my resignation is that I disagree with the largest shareholder [the Norwegian government], on the decision, timing and the process leading to the resignation of [Norvik], the chairman of the Board of Telenor”, said Korssjøen.

Korssjøen said that his resignation will be effective following Telenor’s Annual General Meeting on 16 May, 2012. He will also resign from his duty as chairman of Telenor’s Nomination Committee.

Norvik tendered his resignation citing criticism of his handling of the sale of the country’s main commercial television channel TV2 from a Norwegian government minister as his reason.

The Norwegian government owns 54 per cent of Telenor, and Giske had been keen for Telenor to sell the stake of such a valuable national asset to a Norwegian firm rather than to Egmont.

Norvik said that he resigned after Minister of trade and industry Trond Giske “expressed a lack of confidence in him”, following the handling of the issue.

More recently, in April, the Norwegian operator was also forced to write down its assets in India, worth NOK3.9bn ($ 680m), following the Indian Supreme Court’s cancellation of all 2G spectrum licences awarded in 2008, due to corruption allegations.

Norvik will continue as chairman of the Board until a new chairman has been elected by the Corporate Assembly. Norvik has served as Chairman since 31 May 2007.

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