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How to manage the growth in mobile data

“With more than 5 billion mobile connections today, and some predictions reaching as high as 50 billion by 2020, data applications are already constraining mobile networks and the limits are visible.” Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

A new white paper from 4G Americas calls for more spectrum, but also identifies other potential solutions from network operators, application developers and regulators.

Launching the paper, a 4G Americas press release announced:

“The Optimizing the Mobile Application Ecosystem paper emphasizes that the key is to facilitate technological improvements to enable mobile networks to handle the evolving traffic characteristics more efficiently...

Although there are alternatives to utilize the existing spectrum efficiently in the near future, there is a long term need to secure additional licensed spectrum to support the increasing demand of mobile traffic.”

RAN 5 and GCF ensure LTE interoperability

The Global Certification Forum has approved the first LTE mobile devices, using 3GPP test cases, as a part of a process that ensures that tested equipment will interoperate successfully.

“The first device certifications for LTE, as for any new mobile technology, are a significant milestone.” said Adriana Nugter, Operations Manager of GCF.

A Global Certification Forum (GCF) press release - this week - emphasises the importance of standards, recognising the contribution they have made as “...some 400 different 3GPP mobile phones, wireless modems and connected devices achieved GCF Certification in 2010.”

New LTE Spectrum is key to success

New mobile spectrum, including 700, 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz, is now being considered for LTE usage around the world, according to the GSA’s March “Evolution to LTE” Report. The Global mobile Suppliers Association also identifies, in the report, an important new opportunity that has arisen by considering the timely re-use of the GSM band at 1800 MHz, making it the obvious candidate to become the LTE core band.

The report states that “...with improved coverage being a key driver – twice the coverage area can be achieved using 1800 MHz compared to 2.6 GHz. Shorter time to market is another key benefit. Recent announcements by leading operators committing to LTE1800 deployments will help to establish 1800 MHz as a core band for LTE.”

3GPP Leads the Way in the Americas

The latest news from 4G Americas charts the fantastic success of HSPA networks, which now account for 116 Million subscribers in the Americas alone.

The news release dated 14th March, using data from Informa telecoms and Media, shows that North, Central and South America had 77 HSPA mobile broadband networks in 29 countries by the end of 2010.

HSPA seems set for another great year, 4G Americas & Informa forecast that there will be over 1 billion HSPA subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2011.

3GPP a boost for personal health devices

9 February 2011

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) and Continua Health Alliance are co-operating to develop an effective certification process for wirelessly-connected personal health devices. In the mobile and many other industries, standards-based certification schemes have been proven to promote market development and growth.

...“3GPP wireless connectivity has the potential to add significant value to personal health devices,” said Adriana Nugter, Operations Manager of GCF. “As a certification scheme trusted by mobile operators serving billions of people worldwide, GCF can help expand the market for this potentially life-enhancing new product category.”

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