C Spire Wireless (Ridgeland, Miss., U.S.A.), a privately held regional U.S. mobile phone network operator, will become the fourth U.S. operator to sell the Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) iPhone in "coming weeks" beating much bigger rival T-Mobile USA to a Apple deal.
C Spire, which recently changed its name from Cellular South, has about a million customers in four states, making it more than 33 times smaller than No. 4 U.S. operator T-Mobile USA, which has 33.6 million customers.
The scalability, flexibility and cost advantages of Ethernet are fueling a massive and rapid transformation of Wireless Service Providers’ transport network infrastructure—from TDM to Ethernet. According to Infonetics Research, only 45% of Wireless Service Providers considered moving to all IP/Ethernet backhaul network infrastructures in 2009, whereas in 2010, 65% planned to make the change including 100 operators already deploying it.
The scalability, flexibility and cost advantages of Carrier Ethernet are fueling a massive transformation of Wireless Service Providers’ legacy TDM transport network infrastructures.
On an ongoing basis, industry insiders are reminded that wireless operators often follow in each other’s footsteps when it comes to new technology. Tiered pricing is the most recent example. For years, operators, vendors, analysts and industry watchers had been shown, ad nauseam, the graph of data use outstripping revenue gains. Yet it took until 2010 for a U.S carrier, in this case AT&T, to make the move to tiered pricing, although others have since followed suit. One area that has gotten a similar “wait-and-see” treatment in the wireless industry is personalization.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) announced that following approval by the relevant anti-trust authorities, BUYIN will start business operations on Monday as a Brussels-based procurement joint venture between the two companies.
The company, which also has operational units in France and Germany, is headed by Volker Pyrtek, previously Chief Procurement Officer at Deutsche Telekom.
As some of the world’s leading mobile operators continue to remind us in their quarterly results, the roll-out of packet backhaul has been key to mitigating potential cost escalation associated with the transition from a voice centric to a data centric revenue model in mobile services. Many operators that are making that transition successfully draw attention to the critical role that is being played by the transition to packet backhaul...for the full article click here
It is quite apparent that the mobile backhaul industry is in a transition from legacy TDM transport network infrastructures to that of carrier Ethernet. This transition is fueled by the increased use of data-hungry devices that demand more bandwidth, as well as the advantages of deploying carrier Ethernet services (i.e. scalability, flexibility and cost). TelecomEngine got a chance to speak with Juan Prieto, Product Marketing Manager at InfoVista, about the perspective from both Mobile Operators and wholesale providers transitioning to carrier Ethernet transport.
Global mobile data growth is driving innovative solutions from service providers that include everything from billing schemes to technology solutions. This accelerated growth of mobile data traffic is being fuelled by the continued advancement of smartphone and “superphone” technology and the advanced applications they enable. Additionally, picture and video intensive networking, including social networking, have further compounded capacity demands on mobile networks.
Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) confirmed that it will sell the next version of Apple Inc's (Cupertino Calif., U.S.A.) iPhone, ending months of speculation about whether it would become the third U.S. operator to sell the device. While carrying the device should help Sprint keep subscribers from fleeing to other operators, some analysts worried whether the costs would outweigh the benefits because Apple phones come at a steep premium to other devices.
While their predictions may vary, virtually every industry analyst foresees staggering growth in mobile data in the next five to ten years. ABI Research expects a 39% compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2016 in mobile data traffic. Looking out to the year 2020, Jeffries forecasts a 100x ramp in mobile data, and, the firm admits, that’s likely a conservative estimate. Faced with this looming data deluge, operators are turning to all-IP networks like IMS and LTE, which rely heavily on Diameter protocol, to move and monetize their data traffic.