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1.      How long have you been in Telecom? What excites you the most about mobility? What disappoints you the most about mobility?


I have been in telecom production since 2005.  What excites me the most is the creativity and connection that comes from this screen. I view the platform as its own venue with its own production needs and its own audience.  It is the fourth screen; the first is the film screen, the second is the television, the third is the computer, and the fourth is the mobile – tablet or phone. The mobile has its own needs for telling a story and engaging the audience whether it is for entertainment or an advertising agency for marketing a product, or for the benefit of connecting people with information as an addendum screen. Mobile, anytime, anywhere, one viewer at a time; yeah, it’s personal, it’s emotional, it’s an extension of one’s existence. 


2.      In your opinion, what are the key market drivers, opportunities, and challenges for Service Providers?


I believe that the key market driver is the audience, plain and simple; their needs and their balance of self and lifestyle will encourage innovation and their acceptance will allow the necessary uptake. Key audience drivers include utilization as a personal device; a value-added screen for video; and addendum information platform for various industries such as entertainment, educational, healthcare, personal lifestyle, mobile payment, retail, banking, marketing, communication, finance, business, government, etc. via sms and video. Mobile’s key driver will be through audience needs, balance and ease of access and simplicity of operation.


As far as opportunity, if you can dream it, think it through, find the value-added gap in the market, then it is possible and plausible.  It’s an exciting, opportunistic time for creatives in a new venue, as transmedia entertainment and marketing, and connected home for information and value to lifestyle. The challenge for service providers is to understand how to harness the power and the audience whilst keeping ahead and on top of the expectations of the audience and being able to deliver a steady dose and satisfying audience needs and wants.

3.      Where do you think mobility will be in 5-10 years from now?


I believe that the future of the mobile industry will be in finding value and balance within each person’s daily life, at home and away from home; including personal, social, communication, connected home, connected tv, smart appliance connectivity and delivery of information.  I believe we are living in the sunrise of the future, and all that we see now will have uptake and become commonplace.




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With MLK Jr. Day  this month, it got me thinking of his famous I Have a Dream speech, which I very much treasure, made in 1963. The only thing this time, being a fan of mobility, I decided to finish off that sentence with "... to one day have a mobile phone!". Imagining the times before mobile phones were invented, I couldn't help but wonder who exactly had this dream of the possibility of mobile phones? I fully admit I would not have that genius thought back when it was developing and I would have most likely resorted to the classic two can, one string of yarn method as a solution to my communication problem- very ineffective I must say.


As I thought of this question about the birth of the mobile phone, I decided to do some research and discovered "the first hand-held mobile phone was demonstrated by Dr. Martin Cooper, an engineer form Chicago, Illinois and now 83 years old, in 1973, using a handset weighing around 1 kg". Cooper is considered to be the inventor of the first mobile phone for handheld use and after his initial testing in Washington for the F.C.C. he took the phone technology to New York to show the public. I guess we can say the rest is history! Thank you Dr. Martin Cooper for the birth of the mobile phone - its been a lifestyle changer and proved it from 1990 to 2010 alone, when worldwide mobile phone subscriptions grew from 12.4 million to over 4.6 billion. Who would have thought the development of mobile phones would have come to be what it is today with features such as apps, cameras and touch screens? Still amazed and still grateful.


If the story of the birth of the mobile phone interest you, watch this video with Dr. Steven Shepard featuring stories of the pioneers of the telecom network, including the transatlantic cable in 1858.



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The Cisco Systems Development Unit (SDU) is pleased to announce availability of the first release of the Unified MPLS for Mobile Transport System (UMMT) – bringing industry leading developments in the scale and operational simplicity of MPLS to the highly competitive RAN backhaul market.   The UMMT design utilizes platforms optimized for mobile services, in a system architecture customized to the mobile opportunity. The UMMT system solves the scale challenges inherent in extending MPLS to cell sites, while at the same time simplifying the operational aspects of managing such an MPLS network.


Why UMMT and Why Now?

Operators are making huge infrastructure investments now to support the 4G/LTE technology transition for mobile networks. This transition brings with it substantially greater throughput capabilities, with requirements for transport virtualization to maximize return on investment by supporting multiple services.  Packet transport is universally accepted as the solution to build 4G/LTE networks, with MPLS as the technology of choice to support virtualization and legacy protocol transport when required. To enjoy the benefits of MPLS in 4G/LTE networks, new scale requirements, operational simplicity and management capabilities need to be added to traditional IP/MPLS to make deployments feasible. UMMT meets these new requirements with industry leading technology and cost optimized platforms.


What is UMMT 1.0?

UMMT combines new developments in MPLS technology, like Loop Free Alternates and Hierarchical Label Switch Paths with optimized platforms like the ASR901 and ME3800X into an architecture that supports the throughput, availability, QoS and synchronization requirements of 4G/LTE networks.


UMMT System Target

UMMT is designed for customers with significant interest in deploying MPLS in the Access to scale MPLS networks for Mobile backhaul, facilitating deployment of 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructures. The UMMT design is applicable to both greenfield deployments as well as to operators with existing TDM- and ATM-based infrastructures, providing a flexible design capable of simultaneously transporting all generations of mobile services on a single network infrastructure. 


UMMT System Details 

UMMT 1.0 is the first in a phased roadmap of the system. As these releases become available, updates will be posted to the SP Mobility community. Subsequent releases will include support for new partners NSN and NEC providing microwave integration, and new technologies such as ATM/TDM pseudowires on ASR platforms. 


Architectural Role


Software Revision

Core Node


XR 4.1.1

Pre-Aggregation Node

ME 3800X


Aggregation Node


XR 4.1.1

Cell Site Gateway Node






Please note that a newer version of UMMT has been released.  Details on this release may be found here: SDU Unified MPLS for Mobile Transport (UMMT) 2.0 Available NOW, and the updated Design Guide may be found at the following link:  This document describes in detail the design methodology behind the UMMT system, functional considerations of the design, and the system validation performed on the design, including platform configurations used in the validation.


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Data offload is an over-abused term, and I get to read articles where it is taken as standard terminology, usually portrayed as providing a universal solution for many of Service Providers’ challenges, so it is worth taking a look in more detail at what it can really mean and what can be done with both current and upcoming technology options. This time I'll look at the current options.


One big challenge for cellular operators is the growth of mobile data driven by phenomena such as the rise of social media including the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; the related massive growth in smartphone use; and the growing phenomenon of internet tablets. Cisco’s Visual Networking Index from 2010 predicts a 26x growth between 2010 and 2015, so it’s a serious issue. However, there are a number of potential choke points in a cellular network – the radio spectrum, the backhaul from the cell site, and the core network routers are key ones.


The figure shows a simplified 3G network with a WiFi extension based on the 3GPP I-WLAN standard (although there are other mechanisms), and focusing on a home use scenario.






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In the figure the TOF is a Traffic Offload Function that separates external internet traffic from operator services data and routes it to the internet via a Packet Data Gateway (PDG), whilst the Tunnel Termination Gateway (TTG) handles access control, authentication and forwarding the user data to and from 3GPP format.


Consider the radio spectrum first. Today’s 3G and LTE networks make very efficient use of radio spectrum when they are transmitting and receiving, operating near the Shannon limit which is the theoretical maximum for a given level of interference. Consequently if you want to get more user data through part of a cellular network where the spectrum is heavily loaded then you only have a couple of options:  either reduce the interference level – typically by inserting more cells operating at lower power (e.g. femtocells), or get some more spectrum which could either mean obtaining more expensive licensed cellular spectrum, or making use of alternative technologies such as WiFi. One issue with WiFi is that there currently no deployed way to dynamically control whether a UE selects WiFi for a service rather than cellular or to handover from one to another – it can only be done as a general preference.


As far as backhaul is concerned. There are clear gains if you can make use of a user’s own backhaul (such as DSL line in the home) and there may be a better distribution of traffic load in an outdoor scenario if some is sent over WiFi rather than the macro network. The operator may be able to delay capital expenditure on upgrading the macro network backhaul links to, say, optical fibre.


Core network data routers (GGSNs) faced a massive load increase once the iPhone and subsequent smartphones were deployed as they made it much easier for people to consume and create data to and from the internet. This affects both the bandwidth needed to the processing centres where these were housed, and the amount of processing power needed in them. However, whichever way the user data is routed, it has to go through one of these routers in the operator’s (or a partner’s) core network. If the user is able to use WiFi directly from their home without going at least partially by the operator network then this will offload the core – but then the operator can’t bill for the data.


We can put together a table showing what currently deployed solutions impact:


Impact areaMacrocell UseFemtocell / Small CellWiFi
Radio SpectrumNoYesYes
BackhaulNoYes (if in home)Yes (if in the home)
Core NetworkNoNoOnly if free from operator control and charging
Service ImpactNoPotentially positive in the home if new services are introducedMobility control limited


The data offload solutions end up offloading the radio spectrum (in different ways) and potentially the backhaul, but not really the core network. As a small cell enthusiast this is good news for me – small cells were conceived to help meet the radio challenge - and it addresses a key immediate issue (radio spectrum) but it is not yet a total solution in itself - it is a good start but there are opportunities for future enhancement and convergence (Mark Grayson has a post on one approach here) some of which we have been working on in the standards bodies, and which we’ll look at in the future.


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What an exciting week!  The CES is here, now and live, and there is more to it than just Elvis clocks for the consumer to drink-in!  See what innovations are happening and which previous ideas have advocated uptake! Always an exciting time; filled with expectations and new products and services.


Mobile as a distribution venue is legitimized at this year’s CES. The streams and discussions of  entertainment and engagement as forward motion pertaining to the position video entertainment, video marketing, and video connectivity via the mobile device, as it pertains to every aspect within each person’s life, stands a marvelous base to the necessity of the video-audience architecture.


Statistically, in this era of communication, the mobile is no longer simply a “cell phone”; more people sms than they do voice calling.  The mobile device is now as common as a pair of sunglasses, and just as personally telling.  Every person owns a device and uses it for the convenience and balance of their particular lifestyle; mobile phone or texting, tablet or iptv controller, social media, applications, etc. it doesn’t matter if the device is old-school with an antennae, or a flat screen, or even a touchscreen, the communication is in the connection, and the content and its convergence, is the engagement.


In my newly launched series with Cisco, “The Mobile Minute”, I mention the fact  that Hollywood meets technology at the CES. The Daily Variety, Digital Hollywood, IPTV, OTT, Social TV, Web TV, etc. tracks involve some of the major studios and popular players who discuss their world in today’s era. The Hollywood conference tracks referencing entertainment, content, advertising, marketing, and the convergence and are absolutely worth attending to glean their understanding of the digital and creative venues and revenue avenues.


This year is the year when visual storytelling and the importance of the audience, one heart at a time, takes it rightful place on the red carpet; when entertainment has once again become an innovative collaboration on all fronts and platforms, for both audience and advertisers.


To learn and see more about the CES please visit the CES site and the Cisco/CES site. Enjoy the CES and feel empowered for your future! 


And oh, yes, catch a show, beware of the one-armed bandits, have a steak, and give Steve Wynn a big hug from me!


See you for my next entry on Mobility, and the next episode of, "The Mobile Minute", brought to you in association with Cisco Systems.


Tah for now dear reader!

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By: Giovanni Fruscio

At Vodafone Innovation Days, held last November, 8th to 10th, I was really surprised by the number of new applications and partners that Vodafone, one of the leaders in the Service Providers area, has presented. The new applications were ranging from transponder locks, to car automatic consumption control and remote monitoring, to Mobile Virtual Desktops.


From a service architecture perspective, the main focus of this event was on Mobile Cloud, M2M, messaging and Mobile Secure VPNs, while the main “course” was, of course (and no pun intended), LTE Architecture, LTE coverage, and new services.

As Cisco we demonstrated our RCS and CS Fall Back function. These two solutions are key for Mobile Operators in their ability to deliver a seamless 3G/LTE voice and messaging service. Further, particular attention was dedicated to the Video Optimization architecture, that takes advantage of the ASR 5000 capability set.

LTE rollout plans are very aggressive in Germany, where the service started back last year and was aimed initially at covering the rural areas with data services, being completed by 3G services. In 2012, the coverage will increase dramatically and the plans are to complete it in most of the country.

But coverage is not the only primary objective: high quality and performance are the other key objectives for local mobile operators and as a result, delivery of the quality experience to the end user.

Last but not least, a new set of terminals represent the presentation layer for the new services LTE can offer.


Adopción de IMS en LatAm como opción de desarrollo para la región


No es nuevo que la adopción de IMS por parte de los operadores móviles se haya pospuesto desde la introducción de esta tecnología en el 2006, las razones, innumerables, dos de las cuales mencionaré más adelante. Lo que sí es nuevo, es que se considere que IMS pueda ser un factor de crecimiento y de desarrollo para la región, ¿por qué? Bueno, para empezar en la región hay un creciente número de tratados de libre comercio además del reciente interés de inversión por parte de los grandes de Internet en varios países del cono sur, todo lo anterior sumado a una economía que ha probado ser resistente (basta con mirar a Brasil) aún cuando a nivel mundial hay crisis, constituye un caldo de cultivo para nuevas oportunidades de negocio que podrían obligar a los operadores a adoptar de forma rápida tecnologías que logren diferenciarlos de la competencia.


Los primeros problemas de la tecnología

Como mencioné anteriormente, existe toda una “amalgama” de factores que impidieron la adopción de IMS, en mi opinión, dos de los más importantes fueron la falta de una aplicación indispensable y ¡la falta de alguien que estuviera dispuesto a desarrollarla! este problema sumado al hecho de no contar con un caso de negocio sólido para aplicaciones existentes terminó por ahuyentar a los actores importantes del sector, que estaban llamados a impulsar el ingreso de la tecnología; por otro lado la decisión de la industria de designar a IMS como la alternativa por excelencia para entregar el servicio de voz sobre LTE, se quedó corta para alimentar el cohete de la adopción masiva. Por último pero no menos importante, existe una gran diferencia entre crear una aplicación para Internet y una aplicación que sea utilizada sobre infraestructura de telecomunicaciones, esta gran diferencia terminó de enterrar las ilusiones de los que queríamos ver a IMS en acción un poco antes.


¿Qué ha cambiado?

A diferencia de los operadores móviles, los operadores fijos de PSTN, han venido introduciendo equipos de IMS o en otros casos, equipos que soportan señalización SIP para transportar voz sobre IP, esto colabora a la creación de un ambiente propicio para una posible adopción futura, si tenemos en cuenta que las interconexiones de voz fija-móvil actualmente están soportadas sobre tecnología TDM. Por otro lado, LTE comenzó a esparciese por el mundo, y tarde o temprano tendrá que dar acceso a los servicios de voz y de multimedia. Además, esfuerzos desarrollados por grupos de estandarización e investigación (como OMA) han producido SDK y API que están orientadas a cerrar definitivamente la brecha de desarrollo entre los mundos de Internet y de Telecomunicaciones, lo que finalmente atraerá desarrolladores que quieran crear soluciones y aplicaciones que aprovechen la infraestructura de las telecomunicaciones, sin tenerlas que conocer a fondo.


Lo que está ocurriendo en la región

Si hay algo que saben hacer los países de LatAm, es sobreponerse a las crisis. Esta característica sumada a otros factores de mayor importancia, han fortalecido la economía (por lo menos hasta ahora) inclusive por encima de todos los problemas sociales, culturales y políticos que son ya, bien conocidos, dicho escenario ha favorecido la confianza de gobiernos extranjeros para invertir, se están cerrando cada vez más tratados de libre comercio lo que constituye un factor clave, ya que dichos tratados imponen una gran presión para los negocios suramericanos porque en aras de mantenerse sólidos en el supuesto de una inundación del mercado con productos extranjeros, deben convertirse en empresas realmente competitivas. Del otro lado de la mesa, se encuentran aquellas empresas que buscan comercializar sus productos en el exterior, éstas empresas también necesitan una infraestructura de IT competitiva, infraestructura que puede ser suministrada por las aplicaciones en Internet o como se conoce en inglés “la nube” obviamente con todas las ventajas y desventajas que dicho modelo trae consigo; siguiendo esta línea de pensamiento, el acceso de banda ancha a Internet, fijo y móvil debe aumentar su penetración y calidad. Por todo lo anterior, resulta beneficioso para aquellos proveedores de servicio el unirse a la tendencia, con la intención de añadir valor a su portafolio ofreciendo nuevas aplicaciones y servicios desarrollados para su infraestructura y enfocados a las necesidades de esas empresas. Finalmente los gigantes del Silicon Valley están empezando a montar oficinas en países de la región (Microsoft y Google por mencionar sólo dos) creando un panorama tentador en pro de colaboraciones mutuas o de creación de asociaciones temporales.  


¿Es solo un gran riesgo y nada de oportunidad?

Como decimos en Colombia, “de eso tan bueno, no dan tanto” entonces ¿cuáles son los retos más desafiantes para los operadores de redes? Y hago énfasis en ellos ya que la clave del éxito está en el núcleo de sus redes. Para empezar, trataré de listar las limitaciones más relevantes en cuanto a la adopción de la tecnología. El retorno de inversión para el CAPEX invertido en equipos de tecnología en uso puede ocasionar renuencia para gastar dinero en equipos de nueva tecnología, la arquitectura centralizada de IMS ocasionará una gran carga de señalización sobre la infraestructura de transporte IP de la red, el servicio de voz parece estar de último en el portafolio de servicios que se planea desplegar sobre LTE, las funcionalidades avanzadas de 3G están hasta ahora siendo introducidas al mercado por los operadores de la región y es muy probable que quieran capitalizar en esa inversión, el incremento en el OPEX debido a la existencia de dos tecnologías diferentes en el núcleo de la red puede ser un dolor de cabeza especialmente si la infraestructura de transporte IP no se encuentra lista.


Dicho lo anterior, entonces no hay oportunidad ¿correcto? Bueno, pues eso depende de la visión a futuro que se le permita desarrollar a los operadores para el mercado latinoamericano, es claro que se debe gastar dinero en equipos para cubrir el crecimiento de tráfico, ¿qué tal si se gasta ese mismo dinero en equipo que tenga soporte o venga listo para funcionar en una red IMS? Además es deseable que los fabricantes pongan de manera asequible funcionalidades que permitan el despliegue de IMS sobre equipos de tecnología ya en uso. Por otro lado, si consideramos que las sinergias entre operadores fijos y móviles son comunes en la región, se podría desplegar una interconexión de borde en IMS entre ambos buscando bajar a largo plazo el alto costo de mantenimiento  de la interconexión actual en TDM y buscando evitar las problemáticas ampliaciones en una interconexión de este tipo. La colaboración entre prestadores de servicio y actores clave de la industria de Internet ya presentes en la región, pueden entregar resultados muy interesantes, como nuevas aplicaciones orientadas exclusivamente para el mercado latinoamericano, dicha colaboración puede asumir riesgos de manera compartida o de manera alternativa, se puede desplegar equipo IMS únicamente para soportar nuevas aplicaciones o servicios, este despliegue también le permitirá al proveedor tener un núcleo de red que puede entregar el servicio de voz y de multimedia para la emergente tecnología de LTE. La colaboración mutua entre actores es en realidad donde radica la oportunidad, este modelo podría ser exitoso únicamente en la medida del conocimiento y voluntad que cada parte esté dispuesta a entregar.


Por último y como una opinión personal, considero que IMS aleja a los operadores del síndrome del "tubo de servicios", tema sobre el cual compartiré mi opinión en futuras entradas de este blog.


Esta es mi opinión sobre cómo la introducción de IMS puede ser una oportunidad para el desarrollo de la región; ¿Se le ocurren otros factores que pueden motivar el ingreso de la tecnología? ¿Cree usted que no es una buena idea adoptar la tecnología todavía, teniendo en cuenta que la región acostumbra a implementar tecnología que ya ha alcanzado un nivel de madurez?


Un feliz 2012 para la industria y para todos mis colegas.


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IMS adoption on LATAM as an option for region development

Is not new that IMS adoption in mobile operators has been postponed since its introduction back in 2006, due to several reasons, two of which I’d like to mention later in this post, the new part, is the fact that it can be considered as a driver for growth and telecom development in a region, Why? Well, because of the increasing amount of international trade agreements and the growing interest of major Internet companies to invest in the region, these factors along with the fact of a resilient economy (just take a look at Brazil) despite the world economic turmoil, are setting a breeding ground for new business requirements that may push operators to speed technology adoption in the quest to differentiate themselves from competition.


Earlier challenges for IMS

As mentioned above there were a myriad of factors that hindered the adoption of IMS, in my opinion two of the most relevant ones were the lack of a killer app for the technology and the lack of someone willing to try and write one! The problem of not having an attractive app, or having one but not being able to provide a solid business case for it, drew away key players for a long time; the industry decision to choose IMS as the alternative to carry voice over LTE, seems to have fallen short to propel the technology towards mass adoption. Additionally, the difference between the telecom world and the internet world when it comes to programming, ended up painting a sad picture for IMS and all of us who wanted to see it in action sooner.


What has been changing?

Contrary to mobile operators, PSTN operators have been adopting IMS or at least SIP to favor VoIP deployment, so this creates a friendly ecosystem in case the expected change comes anytime soon, taking into account that fixed and mobile voice interconnections today are running on top of TDM technology. On the other hand, LTE started to spread around the world and at some point, this technology has to give access to the voice service and potential new multimedia services. Plus, efforts of several research and standardization groups (like OMA) that have been working (and still working) on SDK’s and API’s to definitely close the gap between Telco and Internet worlds, are providing finally an attractive framework to welcome top of the line programmers that want to create solutions and apps that run on telecommunications infrastructure, but without the need to get deep knowledge of it.


What’s going on in LATAM?

LATAM countries (Brazil included) do know about one thing: To endure crisis. That characteristic along with other more important factors have been strengthening their economy (at least so far) despite their well known social, culture and political problems, this scenario has favored foreign governments investments; and free trade agreements are common all over the region, this is a key factor since this treaties impose a huge pressure on South American companies because they need to become highly competitive if they want their products to remain solid in the event of foreign products flooding the local market. On the other side of the table, companies that want to send their products abroad also need an strong IT infrastructure, and they need to deploy it fast. With this picture, the Cloud emerges as an option for companies that need the infrastructure and services to support their operations (with the rights and the wrongs inherent to Cloud), following that line of thinking Broad Band access, mobile and fixed has to increase its penetration, quality and usage. So is clear that carriers could also join the trend and seize the opportunity to add value to their service portfolio, with new apps and services developed on top of their Telco infrastructure and targeted to those companies. Finally, Silicon Valley giants are installing offices in countries of the region (Microsoft and Google to name two of them) creating a tempting panorama that could beneficiate mutual collaboration or temporal associations.  




Is it just a big risk and no real opportunity?

As we say in Colombia, usually something that good is not abundant, so what are the biggest challenges for carriers? And I emphasize on them because obviously the key to success for IMS lies in the core of their networks. Well, let me try to name the most relevant ones. ROI for CAPEX executed in legacy equipment will cause operators to be reluctant to invest in new core technology, IMS centralized architecture impose great stress on IPBB due to the great amount of signaling that needs to traverse the network, voice seems to be the last thing on operators service chart in deploying plans for LTE,  advance features of 3G are just being introduced by carriers in the region and it’s very likely they’ll want to capitalize on that investment as well, OPEX due to the existence of two different technologies on the core can be a headache specially if BBIP as mentioned above, is not ready.


So, no opportunity right?, well, that depends on the vision of the future that operators are allowed to have for the LATAM market, carriers do need to expend money on core equipment to cope with the traffic growth, what about expending that same money on IMS ready equipment? and what about if the manufactures make available and accessible IMS upgrades for core legacy equipment already installed? also if we consider the fact that synergies between fixed and mobile carriers are not rare in the region, what about IMS equipment deployed at the border of the interconnection between them, this will lower the expenses of maintaining the current TDM interconnection and will avoid the always troublesome expansion of channels when capacity needs to be added. Collaboration between carriers and key Internet players already present in the region can produce interesting results creating new apps targeted for LATAM companies and their market, the said collaboration can follow the share risk model, also another way of deployment, could be only to support the new apps or services, this option will provide a core ready to deliver voice and multimedia using the coming LTE technology. Mutual collaboration is where the opportunity really lies in, the model will be successful in the extent of the knowledge and willingness each part feels compelled to give.


Finally I think IMS also helps operators to avoid the “dumb pipe” syndrome which I’ll talk about in one of my coming posts. 


This, is in my opinion how the introduction of IMS can be an opportunity for development in the region; can you think of some other factors that can motivate the introduction of this technology? Or, do you think it’s not a good idea to introduce it just yet in LATAM, having into account that usually regional industry adopts technologies once they reach maturity?


A happy 2012 for the industry and all my colleagues.


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Christmas is around the corner and as most people are spreading the Holiday cheer, I can't help but hear the constant noise of "chuh-ching" ringing in my ear. Where else to hear that oh not so lovely noise  than from the Mecca of shopping: Macy's. I was going through Macy's shopping for some gifts for the holidays when I remembered a commercial I saw promoting their QR Code. Macy's has started these QR codes where you can scan them with your mobile phone and have it link you directly to a particular destination - in this case, exclusive videos from designers talking about their clothing line. When desperately in need for gift ideas, these QR codes will help with knowing where to go inside the store, especially when the store is packed with hyenas ready to pounce on their next potential present. I like to get in and get out of stores so sometimes having Tommy Hilfiger himself telling me a great gift idea will quicken that process and lead me directly to where I need to go while, at the same time, watching something entertaining on my phone as I take the escalator up to the department.



Codes, Codes, Codes - they're everywhere and making life so much easier. For example, I will be travelling this holiday season to Texas to spend some catching up time with a dear old friend. Remember before when you went to the airport, you had to wait in that long line to check in, pick up your boarding pass and line up at security? Now, I can simply do my check in online 24 hours beforehand and have codes emailed to my phone. This will allow me to pass the check in line and go directly to the security line and boarding gate where they can verify my boarding code on my mobile's screen. Yes, yes, I am sure this is all so old to you but what can I say? I am easily amazed and probably won't get over this new development until I have grandkids and tell them "back in my day before codes and mobile devices...".


Happy and Safe Holidays! See you in 2012!




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Top 12 Blog Posts of 2011


Time has flown quickly and 2011 has proven to be a busy year for the Mobility World. Before the year comes to a complete close and the corner turns to 2012, I would like to highlight the Top 12 Blog Posts of 2011. Before going directly to the list, here is a quick snapshot of what was discussed this year. Events wise, Mobile World Congress (MWC 2011) was the first topic to be covered in January leading onto the last event covered which was key takeaways from LTE North America in November. Two blog series were released this year: one was by Cisco's Brian Walsh covering Monetization and the other by Craig Conaway, Cisco's Global Sales Manager, where we follow him as he journeys around the world for a global road show covering RAN Backhaul and Cisco's refreshed Carrier Ethernet (blog series continues into 2012). Overall, topics of blog posts ranged from the subject of 'virality' to mobile network policies to a TechWiseTV video of an in-depth look at the Cisco Cius. Of all topics covered however, one seemed to dominate the top 12 list this year and that would be subject of Monetization as it relates to the SP Mobile World provided by Brian Walsh. Here is the Top 12 Blog Posts List for 2011 to date:


2011's Top 12 Blog Posts (to date 12/8/2011)

  1. Monetization #7: Money For Nothing By: Brian Walsh
  2. Monetization #3: A Family Affair By: Brian Walsh
  3. LTE North America - Sizzling or Simmering? By: Jonathan Morgan
  4. Monetization #2: Need for Speed By: Brian Walsh
  5. Small Cells By: Mgrayson
  6. Monetization #4: Freedom Rider By: Brian Walsh
  7. Machine to Machine and IPv6 - Marriage Made in Heaven By: Soanpat
  8. Cisco RAN Backhaul on the M.O.VE #1: World Tour By Craig Conaway
  9. Monetization #1: Just Getting Started By: Brian Walsh
  10. Monetization #9: Mobile+Cloud+Collaboration Trifecta By: Brian Walsh
  11. Open Mobile Summit 2011 By: Kshatzka
  12. Open Mobile Summit - How Do You Define Mobility? By: Darshita Maniar


I look forward to 2012 and providing you with full insider knowledge on all things Mobility, including Mobile World Congress 2012.


Happy and Safe Holidays,


SP Mobility Community Manager

1.How long have you been in Telecom? What excites you the most about mobility? What disappoints you the most about mobility?

I’ve working in telecommunications for seven years now, my first enrollment in the field allowed me to work with amazing people installing and configuring air traffic control radars in beautiful places across Colombia. My biggest passion on wireless technology is the fact that it is changing human behavior, and that change feeds back to business, research and development in the industry. About disappointments, I think I’ll be addressing a lot of those in several blog entries, but to name a few now, I can say that the lack of boldness of investors, providers and the general industry in my region to push new business models, is something that discourage a lot of colleagues and friends. Another issue that becomes the center of conversation most of the time among friends (of course causing non Teleco savvy listeners to be bored to death) is the fact that actors on the field refuse to give up old conceptions and out of date organizational habits that handicap the development of wireless and telecommunications in countries all over the region.

2.In your opinion, what are the key market drivers, opportunities, and challenges for Service Providers?

I have to say convergence is the key when it comes to getting a lot of people on board of what I like to call the “moving culture”, and that convergence must come in the form of network infrastructure, at the core and at the access, also in the service the end user ends up paying for and finally but more importantly on the way developers and big players build their apps and services. Another factor is that voice is still the killer of the killer apps (it’s very likely you’ll read that phrase a lot in my blogs) but it doesn’t have to be the main revenue source for operators anymore, especially when the most influential citizens of the moving culture take voice for granted, they will be more willing to pay for a data centric plan with some voice minutes included than for a voice centric plan with some Mbytes on it. (Citizens of the moving culture will be addressed in one of my coming posts).

3.Where do you think mobility will be in 5-10 years from now?

Pervasiveness and ubiquity in the form of context aware networks.  Imagine to use a service that “lives” in every electronic device you like to use now, and that depending on your location, time of the day, day of the year and even mood (Yes mood!), gives you exactly what you need and when you need it. Let’s say on a Friday night you’ve just exit a bar where you and your friends were having a good time and you immediately receive an interactive message from your service provider at your preferred device that request: “press 1 to confirm a cab, press 2 to receive suggested dinner locations, press 3 to call someone or press 4 to cancel”, neat don’t you think?


Additionally, being a fluent English and Spanish speaker, I will be writing some of my future posts in both languages.


I look forward to sharing more blog posts in the near future,

Jorge Mario Guzmán


More Resources

IMS Adoption on LATAM as an Option for Region Development (English version)

Adopción de IMS en LatAm como opción de desarrollo para la región (Spanish version)

What Do Users from LATAM and the Caribbean Should Expect from LTE and What MNO's Can Do to Deliver (English version)

¿Qué deben esperar los usuarios de Internet móvil de AmLat y el Caribe de LTE, y qué pueden hacer los operadores para cumplir? (Spanish version)

Tendencias y tecnologías del futuro que modificarán a las compañías de telecomunicaciones móviles (Spanish version)

Future Trends and Technologies that’ll Shape the Wireless TELCOs (English version)

1.      How long have you been in Telecom? What excites you the most about mobility? What disappoints you the most about mobility?


I’ve been in Telecom for 12 years or so, working on both the handset and the radio network side, most recently for small cell provider ip.access. What excites me now about mobility is the range of technologies and standards we have developed and are developing to provide bandwidth across an aggregate of many wireless and fixed technologies. What disappoints me the most technically is the difficulty we face in providing a seamless, clean handover between all these technologies – but that is a challenge to work on.


2.      In your opinion, what are the key market drivers, opportunities, and challenges for Service Providers?


I believe that the key market drivers for Service Providers are cost, efficiency and delivering bandwidth with a quality of service. They have a great opportunity to both enable and provide a compelling and intelligent range of services by utilising the full range of tools and technologies now becoming available. I feel that Service Providers will have to fight to own the customer and demonstrate their value-add over OTT Application / 3rd party service providers. At the same time they will have to balance their desire to optimize the user radio experience and their network loading over the user’s wish to utilize their subscription to a range of services, possibly supplied by competitors or other application providers.


3.      Where do you think mobility will be in 5-10 years from now?


I think that there will be a whole range of techniques in use across different radio technologies (3G, LTE, LTE-A, WiFi, …) mainly in a HetNet configuration with sophisticated self-organisation, interference coordination and control, and supporting 1000x the current data load with the assistance of many millions of small cells. There will be a lot more effort on optimised routing of user data. I also see the increasing use of locally shared radio spectrum where devices will take out a temporary lease on what they need to use.


I look forward to sharing more blog posts in the near future



For a large majority of the world, cooking is simple, fun, even easy some would say. I, sadly, am not part of that large majority - I like to think I represent the less talented cooks that exists out there who are familiar to the smell of burnt food. I am sure as you are reading this far you are thinking, "Why am I reading about a stranger's lack of cooking skills in a Mobility Community space?". To answer that question, it is because a smartphone app will save my Thanksgiving Dinner (and potentially my house). This app, which I have grown to love is called Turkey Timer. According to this app, you:


                                   "Enter the weight of your turkey, whether it's stuffed, your desired internal temperature,

                                    and whether you plan to baste the turkey.    Using algorithms based on top cookbook

                                    instructions, TurkeyTimer will track the approximate brownness of your turkey, the

                                    approximate internal temperature of your turkey, and about how long it will be until

                                    you can take the turkey out of the oven."



       Hopefully my future Turkey     


Maybe I am too easily amazed, but if you told me ten years ago that I would be using a phone device to help me cook dinner, I probably would've bet you $100 that would not be the case and run off with my phone and play Snake, the only thing it was capable of other than dialing a number. With mobile devices so readily available and, for me personally, becoming such an everyday reference, I can't help but wonder who thinks of these genius apps for smart phones that I suddenly can't live without. Cooking should be fun and easy-going, just like the Holidays and thanks to smartphone apps, I am one step closer to becoming a master chef! .. well, maybe not that close. But I'm about 82.137% more confident that I won't be burning any turkeys this year for Thanksgiving!


Coming Up

Look forward to more blog posts relating the two things I love: Technology and the Holidays.


More Resources

February 2012 The Latest Gadgets: Determining Factors in the Rules of Attraction

January 2012 Holiday/Tech Post The Birth of the Mobile Phone

December 2011 Holiday/Tech Post: QR Codes: Making the Holidays Easier

By: Craig Conaway


Mobile Internet For the Masses


Residents and visitors cringe when they consider the infamous traffic congestion faced trying to mobilize even the smallest fraction of Mumbai’s 20 million people over poor infrastructure – both on the roads and connecting over legacy networks. We had the distinct pleasure of experiencing this first hand this month, via a Friday evening taxi ride to visit the general manager of a prominent Indian service provider, in Navi Mumbai, starting from Cisco’s office in central Mumbai.

This “ride” got us thinking about the power of the mobile internet spreading across such massive metropolitan areas, opening up hope for the masses to get access to an enjoyable journey across Mumbai’s Mobile Internet, and maybe offering telecommuting as much greener, and more productive alternative to multi-hour traffic jams. But how to connect the masses to the mobile Internet?

The density of slums in most every sector of the city make it clear that a“fiber to every home” approach wouldn’t cut it. But that’s OK, because next generation packet microwave helps create coverage “over the top” of almost anything, and in India, microwave accounts for about 90% of the backhaul transport.

And as it happens, the GM we met has been working with vendors that we also work with, including NEC, NSN & Dragonwave, which has just announced their intent to acquire NSN’s microwave. So the discussion went rather smoothly, as we began exploring cost-effective methods for “unifying” the mobile backhaul network, using several forms of transport, interconnecting several types of radios, migrating from pure TDM microwave and SDH “rings” to more hybrid and packet microwave, aggregating on Carrier Ethernet rings, wherever we could afford to locate them.

So the journey of laying out a "Unified RAN Backhaul" as a foundation for bringing mobile internet access to the masses in Mumbai begins.. and maybe next year, even if the traffic jams remain notoriously painful, we hope to ease our stress in running late to meetings, with the option to start our meetings“on the road” via Cisco’s mobile WebEx…


More Resources


Start from the beginning: Cisco RAN Backhaul on the M.O.VE #1: World Tour


Watch a live webcast: Architecting Mobile Backhaul for the Next Generation Internet with presenter Robert Synnestvedt, Mobility Marketing Manager, Cisco. Learn about techniques that are proving to improve profitability of Mobile Backhaul Networks.


Read what others are saying about IP RAN Backhaul for Mobile Networks by viewing a past tweetchat transcript here. Tweetchats are online conversations held at a pre-arranged date/time between a group of Twitter users.

By: Jonathan Morgan

I just returned from the LTE North America event in Dallas. I had to keep a low profile in the city being both a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and a New England Patriots football fan. The Dallas faithful were not too happy with me.


The best line that summarizes the event was from the host Informa: “LTE in US is sizzling while it's simmering in the rest of the world.” All of the major U.S. operators presented at the event talking about either their LTE role outs or their plans moving forward. Keynotes from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint highlights the fact that LTE is here now! Even Google showed up to present their vision. 


LTE NA does not leave out the smaller North American operators. Cricket presented an interesting view on the need for the smaller players to band together to provide a 3rd national operator. They also discussed planning for the 50GB per month customer (across all access mechanisms – fixed, mobile,etc.). Metro PCS, Cellcom, US Cellularall had exciting visions of the migration of their networks to LTE and to other technologies. The need for Small Cells was clearly emphasized by both operators and vendors to address challenges with both Spectrum and physics. Other topics of interest included the growing area of Machine-to-Machine, policy control, devices, optimization, and QoS. 


The highlight of the event for me was seeing my colleague and friend Aeneas Dodd-Noble win the award for “Contribution to LTE Development (Individual Award).” Aeneas has been one of the key external partners for Verizon Wireless on their 4G Launch. I know when I need to know anything about LTE, Aeneas is the first person I think of. Aeneas has helped make the largest LTE deployment in the world successful. We congratulate him for this well deserved award.


                                                       Aeneas Dodd-Noble


From my own part, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out for my presentation on “Deploying Voice and Video over LTE.” While the session was the last one of the first day, a great audience turned out to listen to the drivers and issues for migrating voice, video and messaging from a circuit environment to an all-IP environment. Visual communications is now an integral part of how users interact. My own son uses Xbox, Skype, and his Smartphone in a very interactive way to communicate – all over IP – without circuit switching. The Cisco solution enables both Circuit Switched Fallback and/or OneVoice/IMS based solutions. The focus on our solutions is not just voice, but the full suite of interactive communications services – thus V2oLTE (Voice and Video and Messaging).   


More Resources


Watch Jim O'Leary, SP Mobility Marketing, Cisco, speak with Aeneas Dodd-Noble as they discuss LTE deployment at Verizon Wireless and celebrate Aeneas's 2011 LTE NA Award (via Cisco SP360: Service Provider Blog).


Watch Jonathan Morgan in his webcast held on November 17, 2011 at 9:00am(PST) as he discussed V2oLTE, efficient migrations and optimization of deliveries.


Register now for a Voice and Video over LTE webcast on November 29, 2011 at 8am(PST), 11am(EST) to learn about key deployment strategies. Speakers will be Jonathan Morgan (Director, Product Marketing MITG, Cisco) and Dennis Fiore (Product Management, Mobile Internet Technology Group, Cisco).

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