This blog is by Anna-Kaarina Pietilä at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Americans owning a smartphone now outnumber Americans not owning one. According to a report published on June 5 by the Pew Research Center, 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters, with 35% owning a mobile that’s not a smartphone.
The Pew news was followed a few days later by a story that a Google survey has ranked the UAE as the highest smartphone-penetrated market in the world at 62% of consumers.
And all that comes in the wake of the claim by IDC earlier in the year that smartphones are now outselling feature phones worldwide.
So what? Most of us can see with our own eyes how popular smartphones are on the street. But what we can’t see is the impact of all these data-devouring devices on operator networks.
One of the major issues, of course, is the storm of signaling traffic being created on HSPA networks. Another is people’s changing behavior as they put not just the network downlink under pressure by consuming video and other intensive services, but increasingly stress the uplink by sharing their experiences online. So networks not only need new ways to cope with signaling, but they are ripe for more HSDPA and HSUPA capacity.
A little software will go a long way
But this doesn’t mean operators are being forced into buying lots of new hardware. As many of Nokia Siemens Networks customers have found, the route to building new WCDMA capacity can be as easy as installing better software.
Our new HSPA RU40 software means increased capacity, in both uplink and downlink, a better smartphone experience with reduced signaling, refarming solution improvements with configurable carrier bandwidth functionality, smooth LTE interworking as well as more capacity and even more effective RF sharing from the 3-pipe radio module with 80W output power per sector.
By helping to meet smartphone demands of so many people, the RU40 software brings operators numerous benefits, giving them the chance to offer their subscribers the best possible smartphone experience.