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Notes from Wireless Technology Forum General Session on “M2M Wireless Devices Everywhere”

(from our Atlanta desk)

The Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market is growing rapidly and impacting all businesses that need to compete in the growing mobile market. This general session focused on the applications that will drive business models and the key elements needed to support this new network paradigm.

The panelists included :

  • Chuck Horne, VP, KORE Telematics
  • Steve Hudson, VP,Omnilink
  • Stewart Swanson, VP, Numerex
  • Joseph Biron, Senior Director, Axeda
  • Keynote and Moderation : Mark Roberts, CMO, Discrete Wireless

It was a very intuitive discussion on M2M or Machine-to-Machine technology which is beginning to take off in the wireless industry. M2M area is also referred to as Connected Devices or Emerging Devices industry. This is one of the hottest Mobile verticals and the next big thing for many telcos around the world. M2M involves embedding wireless chips in a variety of household and industrial devices. These devices could include kitchen appliances, washing machines, security systems, thermostats etc in a home. They could also include mobile use cases like parolee anklets who are criminals released on probation, asset trackers like those used in container or cattle transfers, inventory tracking etc. Wireless chips are also enabling Smart Grids and Smart Meters, defense equipment, automotive uses, health monitoring and hospital use and many other industries. The use of M2M technology is only limited by imagination as almost everything can benefit from wireless connectivity. Wireless carriers are more than happy to evangelize this capability as it offers a potentially new lucrative revenue stream for them and their partners.

Here are the notes from the panel discussion on M2M :

Mark Roberts of Discrete Wireless started with a small Keynote speech. He spoke of Unified communication and the fact that 33% firms use VoIP today. As per Mark, VoIP will see 79% penetration by 2013.

Compare this with the world of Connected Devices. Mmany estimates suggest that, by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices. Everything that can be connected will be connected. Chaos will reign!! (great :)

Business Models for existing networking will not work in new world of M2M (how do we charge for 50 billion connected devices – it cannot be transaction based as there will be millions of transactions). (my take on this : It will be flat rate charging per month by carrier for a set of wirelessly-enabled devices with total bandwidth caps. Other model might be where the cost of unlimited wireless connectivity is bundled with the device cost upfront eg Amazon’s Kindle bundles unlimited wireless book downloads with no separate wireless charges (Amazon charges for eBook downloads however).

Chuck : M2M involves three components – network, device and application
Chuck’s firm Kore Telematics provides global network svcs on GSM or CDMA networks.
Chuck mentioned the need to build Value-Added Services to make the M2M model viable.
Eg network mgmt tools, billing svcs, integrate with business svcs

Steve Hudson of Omnilink mentioned that his firm has the electronic monitoring product for tracking parolees and those on probation from jail. Their product allows tracking of criminals – Omnilink has a software platform to support this network. Now Omnilink is getting into asset tracking, amber watch (missing child service) etc. Most certainly, security is a huge application for M2M.

Stewart Swanson of Numerex mentioned that his firm has 1.3 million M2M customers
Numerex is a one stop shop for M2M solns. They integrate device to SIMs and activate or deactivate these devies.  Numerex also has hosting solns in the cloud, packaged solns, telematics as well as professional services business.

Joseph Biron of Axeda mentioned that his firm was in the business of tracking assets. Their customers started asking for wireless tracking few years back. At that point, Axeda developed a platform which allows partners to build M2M apps in the enterprise, carrier or SI environment.

Mark mentioned that Discrete Wireless has a fleet management solution for automotive fleets. Their solution has an engine to aggregate the data.

Steve H : M2M involves a lot of hardware, but hardware needs creativity. It is difficult. Folks interested in M2M should not underestimate the complexity of hardware integration and hence should partner with good vendors who have the hardware expertise.

Stewart : mobile penetration may remain flat (a family of 4 needs 4 phones generally). But m2m will grow by 10 times as all devices will become connected (a family of 4 could have almost 20 devices in their home which are connected) (Good point!).

Chuck : with 50 billion connected devices, pay per subscription per month model will not work. Need to innovate billing models.
Currently, cost to install embedded devices in home equipment is prohibitive. This will eventually come down as such solutions go mass market.

Stewart : standards for M2M applications are still missing. TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) is trying to set some standards for the M2M industry.

Which verticals are big for M2M ?

Steve H – security and tracking is big (Steve’s firm Omnilink caters to security industry).

Stewart – Carriers are depending on Value-Added Resellers (VARs) to connect consumers with M2M applications and solutions, as well as to find viable business models.

May 27th, 2011

“2011 Analyst Outlook for Wireless” – Notes from Wireless Technology Forum, Atlanta

(from our Atlanta desk)

I attended the Wireless Technology Forum, Atlanta meeting on 18 Nov. The topic was “2011 Analyst Outlook” – an excellent one as we all are very curious to know what comes in 2011 in Wireless. Here are the notes from the meeting :

Speakers :-

There was an excellent lineup of speakers –

Keynote : “Prospects for LTE in 2011″ by Steven Leonard, Regional Director, Data Sales, Verizon Wireless

Panelists :

- Phil Hendrix, Principal Analyst, Institute for Mobile Markets Research (or IMMR)
– Jorge Fuenzalida,
Vice President, Strategy and Technology Group, inCode Telecom Group (now part of Ericsson)
- Jeremy Schneider,
Principal, Telecommunications, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
- Robert Prudhomme, Vice President, Client Services, Telecom Practice, The Nielsen Company

Moderator : Gerry Purdy, Principal Analyst, MobileTrax

Steven Leonard (Verizon Wireless) on LTE in 2011 :-

LTE offers 10 times faster speed compared to 3G networks. Verizon will have LTE in 38 markets by 2011. Verizon has the valuable 700 MHz spectrum which allows high speed and data accuracy in network transmission. LTE utilizes the MIMO technology. MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) is a technology that  increases in data throughput and link range without additional bandwidth or transmit power.

Another key aspect of 2011 is the growth of Tablets and accompanying data demands. 181% growth expected in Tablet usage in 2011 over this year. Verizon is the only carrier with contiguous 4G spectrum in USA (AT&T may disagree : )

Lte is 3.5 times faster than CDMA in how far signal will travel without diluting. It offers Latency near 30 ms where earlier it was 150 ms.

Verizon 4G leadership (per Steven) :-

    – Joint innovation lab
    – Open devl
    – Verizon developer community
    – LTE innovation center
    – M2M management center in partnership with Qualcomm

Note : M2M or Machine-to-Machine is the new wireless industry developing around putting wireless chips in home appliances, hospital equipment and other such non telecom functions).

Verizon Launch mkt this year – Athens and Atlanta are included

Wireless broadband features in LTE include :-

    1 Advanced applications :- like Entertainment and Music

    2 Innovative devices

    3 Location agnostic : Whereever you are availability

As per Steven, Verizon 4g network rollout will be completed in 2013 in the USA.

Phil Hendrix (IMMR) :-

Phil gave a presentation on Mobile Commerce, an area which is rapidly evolving. The most happening event in USA on Mobile Commerce has to do with NFC phone proliferation expected in 2011 with Google Nexus S and Apple iPhone – both NFC enabled phones coming out potentially as per reports.

As per Phil, Mobile Commerce has three perspectives :-
    – Consumers : mobile shopping
    – Brands : mobile advertising
    – Retailers : m-commerce

8 dimensions which together constitute mobile commerce:-
    – Mobile Shopping
    – Mobile Funds Transfer
    – Mobile Advertising
    – Mobile Rewards
    – Mobile Coupons
    – Mobile Booking
    – Mobile Offers
    – Mobile Payments

Today we are only in the initial stages of Mobile Commerce.

Certain trends are accelerating Mobile Commerce. These Accelerators include :-

    – Location-Based
    – Hyper Local sensitivity – what is around us
    – Social Media
    – Yield Management
    – Supply Chain integration
    – Big Data

Jorge Fuenzalida (inCode) :-

inCode Telecom Group, the telecom strategy consulting firm, has been acquired by Ericsson recently. inCode is famous for its “top 10 predictions” in wireless every year. Jorge said that these are not finalized for 2011 but offered a Sneak preview of the top 10 :-

Predictions :-
    1) Over the Top goes over the top (in other words, over the top video/OTT or IPTV accelerates and everything in video goes online)
             2009-Netflix becoming very popular – CPE based OTT
             2011-all content goes online eg Google TV or other such offerings
    2) Tablet rush – in 2011 it will overtake netbooks
    3) The new Gold Rush in 2011- wireless rural broadband – due to government stimulus

Well said, Jorge.

Jeremy Schneider (McKinsey) :-

Core wireless has matured. Revenue growth has slowed in voice and messaging

What is next then? Three predictions (since it is the day of 3 predictions from all analysts : ) :-

1) Data will grow much more than what most analysts are calling for. McKinsey thinks 17 times growth from 2009 to 2012 in mobile data
     McKinsey thinks that even this number is relatively conservative. They think it could be 25 times growth by 2012.
     Tablets, mobile video and broader consumer adoption of mobile browsing will drive mobile data growth.
2) Enterprise will outstrip Consumer in wireless (this is surprising as per me as consumer has been the bigger driver of smartphone data via apps so far)
     Enterprise mobility will enable employee mobility etc
     – 6 times higher willingness to pay in enterprise consider to consumer
     – big market. M2M sensors estimates keep rising on a daily basis
     – many verticals are ripe for innovation

     Healthcare is particularly exciting in the M2M arena.
     Healthcare will expand in 5 trillion dollars overall in 5 yrs. At current rates healthcare will be 30% of us GDP
           * Remote Monitoring
           * Remote Consultation
           * Medication Management
           * Health and Wellness

3) New directions in Application Architecture
     – Data growth needs efficient network
            * 30% time waiting on mobile browsing
     – Platform independent tech like HTML5, JIL (Java Intermediate Language), WAC (Wholesale Application Community – the operator consortium), SNs (?)
     – Delivered in the cloud (aha – Cloud Computing – we know it)
          * Consumer – Large portions of iPhone apps already on the Amazon Cloud or EC2
          * Enterprise – 40% savings by moving to cloud

Robert Prudhomme (Nielsen) :-

Growth has slowed in postpaid the USA. Prepaid is going well.

Only verizon and AT&T were able to get net adds in Pospaid this year. However, all of these came at the expense of T-Mobile or Sprint (no wonder, with 80%+ market penetration for wireless in USA, you can only get new customers by poaching from your competitors)

AT&T is doing well with its Connected Devices business, however a concern is that Standards and Business models around these new devices are not clear and their financial worth is not known.

The erstwhile prepaid kings, the carriers Cricket and Metro are suffering as the Big-4 wireless operators are getting most of the prepaid now.

Sprint is competing on pricing while it tries to retain its customers who are churning fast. The No 1 reason to win a customer now is promotion and pricing. This means price wars as are seen in $50 all you can eat plans from some carriers. Now, Sprint is even undercutting T-Mobile in pricing. (my conjecture is that the profit margin in $50 all you can eat plan is really next to nothing).

Of course wireless has lot of bright areas too on the premium side – mainly Record smartphone sales. On premium side, smartphone (driven by top smartphones like iPhone and Android phone) sales are driving fast growth.

Wireless Tablets remains an unpredictable play for the operators. This is depicted by the fact that only 1/10th of iPad tablets sold are activated on the AT&T network. Rest are using WiFi or exported out of the country. (But AT&T still scores as it has a respectable nationwide WiFi network – of course free public WiFi for broadband customers is a customer retention strategy by carriers like AT&T and not really a revenue generator).

Smartphones are driving increases in App adoption (finally a direct reference to Apps)
    – 59% smartphone owners download apps
    – 9% feature phone owners download apps

AT&T – 74% postpaid net adds in last quarter are iPhone customers (did I get it right – 74% ?).

Interesting stat from Nielsen : -950,000 netadds lost from AT&T if they lost iPhone exclusivity per Nielsen estimates. In other words, with the impending Verizon iPhone and potentially on other carriers too, AT&T might loose almost 1 million net adds per quarter. A significant number but one AT&T is already planning for most likely.

In France and other European countries, when iPhone exclusivity ended with one carrier, Apple doubled their share or more in some cases. So one can conclude that the Apple stock price may be trading at a discount if its market share is about to rise (now let me run and buy some Apple stock.. : )

Overall an excellent discussion on the 2011 Outlook for US wireless by some Industry heavyweights in the Analyst world. Congratulations to the team at Wireless Technology Forum (Atlanta) and especially to Gerry Purdy of MobileTrax for putting together this awesome event.

November 22nd, 2010

Wireless Predictions 2010 for India – by CellStrat

Here is our list of Wireless Predictions for India for the year 2010 :

1) India 3G auction happens finally – but faces corruption charges and slow uptake in the consumer space. Ministry of Telecom will still make boatloads of money in 3G auction as large carriers have no choice but to get into a bidding war to get the limited 3G spectrum for future growth.

2) 3G Devices continue to lag – only select few devices can benefit from 3G. 3G Devices start catching up in 2011 finally on a broader scale.

3) India 3G Rate Plan Pricing  and expensive 3G devices keeps the lid on fast 3G adoption. However smartphones take off big time in upper middle class and corporate segments.

4) Price wars in Indian Mobile sector accelerate. Carriers press TRAI to intervene but government keeps out of it. Carriers try to differentiate using innovative new Mobile Media, VAS and Apps.

5) India continues to add new Mobile Subscribers at the rate of 8-10 million a month. Next phase of mobile adoption is in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities but revenue growth is slower in these areas due to limited financial ability of consumers.

6)  Rural Mobile on a mass scale remains a distant dream for carriers next year at least. Rural consumers will come online in larger numbers in another 2-3 years.

7) The Big 5 Carriers (Airtel, Vodaphone, Reliance, Idea, Tata) continue to innovate with new Mobile Media models and VAS services. Smaller but fast growing carriers like Tata Docomo or Aircel try to differentiate by playing on niche market segments (like prepaid or multi-member family households) or with new innovative pricing schemes (remember Tata Docomo was the first carrier to introduce the 1 p / sec pricing forcing all other carriers to drop their prices).

8)At least one major foreign carrier makes a big splash in India Mobile scene in addition to the new upstarts like ETILASAT, MTS India, Uninor (Unitech-Telenor venture) or S Tel. This could also be another big European or US operator. ETILASAT, MTS, Uninor and S Tel have the license to spectrum in India in some circles but any other new foreign operator would have to take the acquisition route. All these upstarts are primary acquisition targets as foreign wireless majors like AT&T, Orange, Deutsche Telekom or others try to penetrate the Indian mobile market.

9) Mobile VAS firms face cut-throat competition due to massive market fragmentation. A few big and fast-moving Mobile VAS firms survive and acquire the weaker ones.

10) Serious Foreign money continues to pour into Indian wireless sector in all segments including the Carriers, Mobile Apps, VAS, IT, Network Management, Back-office services, Consulting and so on.

11) CDMA looses market share as Reliance and Tata, the big CDMA protagonists before, divert their attention to their GSM arms. CDMA arms of Tata and Reliance will focus on innovative pricing models to maintain market share although it seems that India is rushing to being an all-GSM nation in due course. This makes sense as GSM offers easy and clear evolution path to UMTS/HSPDA 3G and eventually to LTE 4G, both of which are GSM-based technologies and the winning global standards for 3G and 4G respectively.

12) WiMAX sees Green Shoots in India. However it remains a niche play targeting certain market sectors and areas. Demand for alternate wireless networks like WiMAX, WiFi and Femtocell begins to increase as carriers face massive network congestion due to rapid mobile Voice and Data growth.

13) Mobile Media adoption grows – there is some shift from SMS to Mobile Web and Mobile Apps / WAP (finally). However SMS maintains its lion share of Mobile Media and Mobile Ad business. Corporate segment drives Mobile App adoption in smartphones.

14) Smartphone sector booms as upwardly mobile consumers try to spend a bigger part of their incomes on these expensive devices.

15) Apple iPhone makes a big splash in the premium market segments but faces intense competition from BlackBerry and Nokia smartphones.

16) Google Android is introduced in India. Finds limited uptake in the first year at least. 2011 will fare better for Android in India.

17) SMS advertising prices continue to fall rapidly. Firms in this sector continue to diversify into Mobile Apps business and try to find new business models to make money.

18) Mobile Money and Mobile Payments continues to grow although slowly. Until banks catch up with this technology and push it to their customers, the growth in this area will be somewhat slow although there is a strong business case for growth in Retail location Charge-ups and prepaid cards.

December 21st, 2009

Asset Tracking in Hospitals using RFID tags

I attended the Wireless Technology Forum‘s RFID SIG today at the Ashford Club, Atlanta. Excellent presentation by Matt Perkins, CTO of Awarepoint. Awarepoint is a leading RFID solutions provider for hospitals and health facilities. Awarepoint supplies RTLS (real-time location systems) which include hardware, tags and managed services to track assets in hospitals and reduce waste and ineffiency. The assets include medical equipment, OR assets, nurses, doctors and even patients. Hospitals are facing tremendous inefficiencies due to lack of asset resuse or loss of assets (yes, nurses need to “find” patients sometimes). Here we mean mostly medical equipment of course. A “lost” nurse or patient is not of much significance here :)

Here are the notes from Matt’s presentation :

Awarepoint solution uses Zigbee wireless sensor network. The big problems in hospitals include Inadequate Resource Availability. Eg nurses “hoard” fluid pumps reducing efficient reuse. Awarepoint also aims to understand asset usage history and improve resource utilization.

Some critical factors for clinical and financial success of an RTLS solutions are : providing adequate coverage for hospitals, accurately track asset locations, practical deployment challenges and interoperability. On coverage, it is best to provide enterprise wide coverage. eg Coverage in just OR is insufficient as asset tracking stops as soon as asset is taken out of OR room. Hence enterprise-wide coverage is recommeded. Also room or designated areas must be defined correctly. Also the deployment must be minimally invasive. You can’t direct a hospital to shut down part of its facility when an RTLS solution is being deployed. There should not be hard wiring and FTE equivalents should not be required to run RTLS.

On interoperability, nurses have way too many terminals to log into already so we don’t want a new one. So a browser based and standards based Awarepoint solution helps. Other important factors for RTLS success are referenceable ROIs and pre-determined total Cost of Ownership. Hospitals don’t like price escalations after deployment.

Among possible protocols for asset tracking, Zigbee scores over WiFi, UWB, IR and Ultrasound. As to interference with hospital’s default WiFi network, Zigbee operates on a different frequency (2.4 GHz), hence there is no WiFi interference.

Awarepoint business model is to deploy the RTLS solution for free but charge for tags. The deployment is capital intensive. Awarepoint usually has an onsite resource for client support and rest of it is a fully managed remote service. The remote NOC monitors the Awarepoint installation and raises alerts on failure. Redundancy can be built in. There are also monthly reports for asset utilization.

Hospitals have tried using WiFi based solutions but often switch to RTLS when WiFi-based solutions fail to achieve the objective.

Awarepoint RTLS is using access point triangulation to determine the room-level location of the asset.

Matt showed a use case from UCSD (Univ of California, San Diego) Medical Center. UCSD saved $70,000 in equipment rental costs alone after they deployed the Awarepoint solution.

Excellent presentation Matt. It seems like a very compelling solution. Thanks so much.

WTF continues to do a superb job with Wireless SIGs in Atlanta area.

April 17th, 2009

Top Trends in Mobile Space

Next 2-3 will see radical changes happening in mobile space, making smartphones, netbooks and yet-to-be introduced devices even more indispensable parts of our lives. Here I am quoting ( from CIO Zone) some of the developments in US and will also try to give my views from India’s persective that will power this next phase of evolution?

Long Term Evolution (LTE)

The so-called fourth generation of mobile (4G) is expected to be rolled out across North America over the next three years, making it possible for corporate users to run business applications on their devices simultaneously with Voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities. Where as in India 3G is yet to roll out for masses. People are eagerly waiting for the same as slowly people are switching on to smart 3G phones.

WiMax

As LTE and WiMax networks are deployed in the U.S. through 2012, expect to see more netbooks and laptops equipped with built-in radio frequency identification (RFID) and wireless support. We sometimes get queries in India for development of applications in healthcare etc. but simple are not able to serve these clients due to unavailability of wimax infrastructure India wide.

3G & 4G interoperability

Sprint has developed a dual mode card which will enable mobile device users to work on both 3G and 4G networks. Other carriers are expected to follow suit.

Smartphone applications

Third-party software vendors will increasingly make enterprise applications available for smartphones, including inventory management, electronic medical records management, warehousing, distribution and even architectural and building inspection data for the construction industry.

GPS

Global Positioning Systems will increasingly be used to identify end users by their whereabouts and also to analyze route optimization for delivery workers and service technicians.

Security

As new and different types of mobile devices are introduced, corporate IT departments will find it increasingly challenging to identify and authenticate individual end users. As such, expect to see a combination of improvements in both Virtual Private Network (VPN) software and hardware-based VPNs to support multiple device types.

Tody, I was in Nokia Forum and there I came to know that last year, they had selected an pplication in International level competition where in with the use of cell-phone, you can convert your television into a touch screen device. These are the kinds of technologies that will change the world and bring all kinds of functionality of operating virtually anything, right in the hands of the mobile device owner.

March 4th, 2009

Road-Traffic Chaos in Indian metros to decrease by end of 2009

Yesterday, I was in EmTech India-2009, the first MIT conference in India. They have launched their first Indian edition by the name of  “Technology Review India” yesterday in New Delhi.

As part of this conference and launch, many speakers from various technologies presented their views on new and emerging technologies in many concurrent sessions. The topics ranged from cloud computing to biotechnology to technology in healthcare sectors and varied others.

In one of the sessions, Mr. Vishy Poosala, Head of Bell Labs from Alcatel-Lucent Technologies India told about a new traffic management system that they are working on and have recently test tried in Mumbai, India. It looks like an amazing system with combination of many technologies like femtocells, wifi, bluetooth etc. One may imagine that the solution will be quite costly but it will cost merely about US$ 250-300.

I was talking to Mr.Vinay Chopra from GVC Systems in the evening in the same conference and he told me that they are test trying systems to manage traffic lights in day to day manner effectively by wireless technologies. Initially, test trials and few deployments have been done just for alert system where if any traffic light stops functioning, the concerened maintenance department will be alerted by SMS system. Some deployment has also been done in North East India in one of the railway stations where a system controlling a set of lights will be operated through SMS. A patent has already pending for this technology. It also seems similar to my earlier post on lights control system through SMS in Germany.

All this and many other similar technologies suggest that India is going to see great improvements in all kinds of traffic and infrasrtucture management in near future with the use of wireless technologies.

March 2nd, 2009

World’s First Commercial 3G Femtocell Service launched in Singapore

­Singapore’s Starhub has launched the world’s first commercially-available 3G femtocell service. StarHub is making all local outgoing voice, video calls and SMS free for customers using the ‘Home Zone’ service, ensuring that users, who make frequent mobile calls and SMS from home, can enjoy significant cost-savings on their mobile phone bills.

This kind of plans will surely make anybody fall for femtocells. May be this is a bait for subscribers to switch operators and become addicted to these services before they are made to pay for the same maybe only some miniscule amount but which will add to huge sums overall for the operators. And when these plans and services become the norm, it may lead the operators to start reducing infrastructure costs as given in my earlier post here.

November 30th, 2008

Forget Cell Towers…

Yes, you read it right…

Forget Celltowers… This will be the mantra of companies for reducing the company costs of deployment and maintenance of huge celltowers.

World is undergoing a recession…many well established companies are going and many have already gone bankrupt like the most recent Lehman Brothers. Also, many companies around the world are cutting costs by cutting down their man power around the world…

Seeing all this, it is very clear that in times to come, telecom companies too will follow the same route with continually decreasing voice and data rates and thus, decreasing margins.

In my opinion, to reduce costs, telecom companies would some how like to pass on more and more costs to the consumers and what better way will there be, then to pass on the cell tower costs to consumers. WHAAT??? Cell tower costs to consumers…Am I joking here!!! NO…I am not. It’s easily possible…

HOW? Ofcourse by using femtocells technology that will be used when 4G comes into play provided by LTE (Long Term Evolution). Now people may ask…What is that??? For this…you may like to see one of my earlier posts in this blog on femtocells and additionally…you may want to read the white paper on Femtocells written by our company experts.

To tell you briefly…how it will minimise the cost to companies, I would like to mention that femtocells will eradicate the network costs and also eliminate some, if not all, problems of backhaul that stymie 4G networks. It seems theoretical now, but when LTE comes in…people will be able to get whooping speeds of upto 150Mbps. Femtocells are small devices which can be installed by a group of houses or even a single house as a stand alone unit. It costs miniscule in comparison to a celltower and maintenance costs too are almost nill.

It’s already being deployed in US, Europe and since recently, idea is being explored by Russians too and looking for good vendors to supply them the same so that they don’t get left behind. Even I came in contact with some people who are looking to deploy these femtocells asap…mainly because of these reasons i.e. costs less, give better connectivity and last but not the least can be great where houses are in congested spaces and tower signals there, are weak or compeletly missing.

But inspite of having said all of the above…I do feel that it will remain a complimentary technology in 4G and not all countries will be able to shift so fast to femtocells…so we will still see the cell towers for some years to come…

Vishal

1 comment September 17th, 2008

Wireless Carriers will always need Internet as a Savior…

Yes, This is a fact considering the current scnario. Major chunk of revenues the wireless carriers are generating, is coming from web browsing on mobiles.

People around the world are increasingly becoming busier day by day and thus everybody wants to be able to check mails or other stuff while they are on the move so that they can concentrate on more important things when they are at their work places. Hence, they are increasingly using web on their mobiles.

Verizon, which leads U.S. wireless operators with its 60 percent 3G subscriber penetration, saw the most growth in 3G usage and the most data revenue — $2.6 billion for the quarter. However, AT&T the exclusive provider to the Internet-friendly iPhone, had only 25 percent 3G subscriber penetration but also saw its data sales come close to Verizon’s at $2.5 billion, proving that the Internet on the phone is a powerful driver of data revenue.

If you want deeper insight on this post…you may want to check out a related blogport here.

Vishal

August 12th, 2008

Sprint all set to launch its own Femtocell Base Station…AIRAVE

Sprint is providing some subscribers with an update of the release plans for their Airave Femtocell Base Stationon August 17th. Sprint AIRAVE™ is a device that creates a CDMA signal for your mobile phone (like a miniature cell tower). AIRAVE provides enhanced and reliable mobile phone coverage in your house or office even if your existing wireless coverage is poor. This works with any Sprint phone (Nextel style excluded) with some important quirks:

Sprint Airave Base Station

Sprint Airave Base Station

1. No EVDO data (only s-l-o-w Vision data is supported)
2. Cannot seamlessly transfer from normal cell tower to Airave.
3. Only works where Sprint has native coverage (it checks via GPS)
4. Supports only 3 simultaneous users (according to Sprint email)

Vishal

July 25th, 2008

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