This blog is by Ashish Dayama at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
It was a particularly upbeat GTI* workshop in Barcelona during this year’s Mobile World Congress 2014, one clear reason being the swelling membership with 101 operators and 73 vendors coming together to drive TD-LTE globalization. China Telecom and China Unicom are among the newest kids on the GTI block and, as the GTI Summit declared: “2014 is destined to be the new epoch for 4G global scale development, with USA, Japan, China, India, Europe and other key markets all showing great prospects.” This year’s Summit aimed to promote the TD-LTE global large scale commercialization, the convergence of TDD and FDD, as well as the service development of 4G including VoLTE/RCS, roaming etc.
NSN was invited to the workshop to showcase how to deliver better cell edge performance and increase overall system performance of converged TDD-FDD LTE networks. Dirk Lindemeier, business product manager for Liquid Applications at NSN, highlighted how our GTI awarded** Liquid Applications transforms the mobile base station into a new edge computing and content delivery capability to enhance the mobile broadband experience. NSN’s latest enhancements for Liquid Applications include distributed cloud computing capabilities that use proximity and real-time network data to offer personalized services relevant to the user’s surroundings.
Among the questions fielded by NSN’s Noel Kirkaldy, head of sales development, TD-LTE (Asia, Middle East and Africa) during the TDD-FDD convergence session were: “Looking forward, how do you see TDD/FDD convergence developing and what are the benefits for operators?” The answers ranged from suggesting that operators should view TDD and FDD as one single system and adhere to a single roadmap of convergence to the more pressing current requirements of field networks such as load balancing between TDD and FDD LTE networks.
Noel also heralded our key TD-LTE differentiator – NSN’s Smart Scheduler, highlighting the interference aware power control feature for multiple cell coordination that reduces interference at the cell edge and provides 30% faster downlink speeds.
Thank you, GTI, for the workshop. We at NSN are pleased to support an organization that fosters the drive for both innovation and standardization. And we are particularly proud of winning a GTI Award two years in a row now, having won the TD-LTE Market Development Award last year.
* GTI is the Global TD-LTE Initiative, the main purpose of which is to bring together the world’s leading operators to make the TD-LTE ecosystem the standard in mobile broadband technology and promote the early development of next generation mobile broadband networks. This year’s Summit invited top leaders from government agencies, pioneering operators and international organizations to share the vision and global strategy of 4G development.
** Nokia Solutions and Networks’ Liquid Applications won a Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) Award in the “Innovative Solutions” category for Liquid Applications
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