This blog is by Marc Rouanne, EVP of Mobile Broadband at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
It’s fascinating to see Current Analysis advising operators to focus more on performance than a long list of features in their choice of LTE vendor. In the latest Current Analysis advisory report*, Ed Gubbins, senior analyst, Mobile Access Infrastructure, says: “Operators should avoid, in their LTE vendor-selection processes, placing too much emphasis on the list of features vendors promise to support and pay more attention to how these vendors are meeting rigorous demands in real-world networks. The LTE networks of early adopters are mature enough now to demonstrate useful examples of how a variety of infrastructure handles heavy loads. Operators need to focus on this more closely as a resource in vendor selection.”
I agree. Features are nice, but if they are not used or add no real value, then they can be worthless. Also, the basics must be in place. If the underlying network is not robust, does not perform well or staggers under heavy load, the add-on features are little help. At NSN, we believe in the right features built on a platform of performance.
As one of the leading LTE vendors, we believe ours are the most reliable LTE networks deployed. For example, back in October 2013 we provided stellar network quality for the Busan Fireworks Festival in South Korea, the most advanced LTE market in the world. The networks of our competitors in the same area collapsed during the event. During the Festival, some 700,000 people sent videos, photos and messages to their friends and families. It takes a robust network to carry that much traffic.
* Current Analysis advisory report: NSN Global Analyst Forum: Are We Just Scratching the Surface of What Liquid Applications Could Do? December 18, 2013 by Ed Gubbins.