Gunnar Mildh, Expert in the area of Radio Network Architecture at Ericsson Research describes how WiFi and Cellular integration will improve the end user experience.
Putting the network in control over whether or not a device should switch to and from Wi-Fi, and when it should switch, will make it easier for operators to provide a harmonized mobile broadband experience and optimize resource utilization in heterogeneous networks.
Hiroyasu Asami, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Smart-Life Business Division for NTT DOCOMO, talks about how the Japanese operator has faced the challenges and opportunities that smartphones create in terms of services, and how he expects the company’s services to develop in the future.
Spectrum is fundamental to the success of mobile wireless communications. In recent years, it has been difficult to add new spectrum due to incumbent or legacy use. Shared spectrum opens opportunities to unlock additional, currently underutilized, spectrum for mobile broadband, in situations when incumbent or co-primary use does not diminish the value of that spectrum to the mobile operator. This is important because clearing this underused spectrum for exclusive use by the mobile industry would not be possible within reasonable time frames.
The new era of 4G IP networking is founded on the creation of a network with the scale and scope required to satisfy the demands of an increasingly connected world. As we get closer to the Networked Society, operators face three fundamental challenges: rising subscriber expectations, a fast-evolving commercial landscape, and exponential growth in data traffic.
The explosive growth of smartphones and app usage bring new challenges to mobile operators. App coverage is an approach to meet those challenges by translating users’ expectations into network performance targets.
As smartphones and tablets became the access devices of choice, mobile user behavior has undergone a fundamental shift from being predominantly voice-centric to data-centric – or, more accurately, app-centric. To provide for this, operators need new ways to assess performance and the quality of the user experience that enables operators to build and manage their networks in the most efficient, targeted and profitable way.
Sara Landström, Senior Researcher at Ericsson Research, explains why indoor small-cell solutions play an important role for users, operators, enterprises and shopping malls alike.
5G will enable the long-term Networked Society and realize the vision of unlimited access to information for anyone and anything.
Delivering additional radio-network capacity and coverage through the deployment of small cells as part of a heterogeneous network is central to most mobile operators’ mobile-broadband strategies, and Wi-Fi is a key element to satisfying the hungry data appetites of millions of smartphone and tablet users.