Sybase 365 has been very vocal this month on the subject of a new global survey that reveals the leading drivers and inhibitors of broad scale LTE deployments.
To complete the survey, Sybase 365 polled 300 mobile industry experts at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona to uncover their thoughts on leading trends such as next generation services like LTE.
Technical Note: 3GPP Long Term Evolution, usually referred to as LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, increasing the capacity and speed using new modulation techniques.
As we know, Sybase has built much of its success over the last decade based upon its work in the mobile space. The 365 division saw Mobile World Congress as the perfect time to launch its new “Diameter Routing Hub” that provides global LTE subscribers with roaming flexibility -- so what better time to knock out a survey too?
John Sims (president of Sybase 365) has lauded the advent of LTE as nothing less than “a new paradigm for wireless communication” today.
"It is up to the industry to ensure LTE enables consumers to experience unprecedented ease of use, to enjoy LTE benefits as an enhancement to their busy lives. With our reliable, best-in-class network solutions, Sybase 365 is uniquely positioned to help enable the mobile eco-system to tackle technical challenges, such as the lack of roaming interoperability, that will be essential in ensuring a good consumer experience and speeding the adoption of LTE services," said Sims.
Key findings from the survey include:
- When it comes to the drivers and advantages of LTE, the consensus shows a clear focus on consumer benefits. According to the survey, 81 percent of respondents agree mobile operators are moving forward with LTE initiatives to provide better and richer services for their customers. Specifically, greater bandwidth for richer multimedia applications (47%), better quality of service (17%) and always-on personal connectivity (17%) top the list.
- The factors most responsible for inhibiting LTE deployments regionally are the lack of compatible handsets (29%), the lack of interoperability and standards within the industry (29%) and a perception that mobile operators have not made LTE a strategic priority due to the lack of a clear business case (28%).
- Respondents (55%) also identified issues of spectrum and frequencies interoperability and service pricing as the biggest hurdle to cross for LTE enablement and adoption.
Adoption of LTE technology as of January 5, 2012.
RED -- Countries with commercial LTE service
DARK BLUE -- Countries with commercial LTE network deployment on-going or planned
LIGHT BLUE -- Countries with LTE trial systems (pre-commitment)