LTE-LogoAs these two articles recently published in Capacity Magazine show, there have been some interesting developments in the field of LTE recently.

Polish operator Polkomtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson have completed a successful trial of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland, streaming the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 guests, each provided with LTE Broadcast-enabled mobile devices, at Warsaw’s National Stadium.

Nokia Networks and China Telecom have announced a partnership to develop FDD-TDD carrier aggregation and user device chipset capabilities, during which demonstration, Nokia’s LTE base station achieved interoperability with a commercial user chip set.

These stores separately highlight new investment in technology to deliver a network platform that supports new end user habits i.e. watching live sports events when mobile – this is all very good but carriers can no longer just build new network platforms and expect people to buy.

All of which comes back to the decisions around how new network capability will shape consumer habits, and perhaps more importantly vice versa. The service provider (CSP, MVNO) challenge is how to transition from voice to video: there is no question it will happen – without massive capital expenditure/investment in a newly skilled team!

SmartIPX is planning ahead to help transition our customers to the NextGen connected world already via our Managed Services. Speak to us about how we could help you!

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