Archive for February 2009

2010, Verizon LTE.

February 19, 2009

Verizon plans on a full deployment of LTE by 2010, utilizing the newly acquired 700 mHz spectrum. Trials are already under way, with 3 markets set to start real-life tests sometime in the second half of this year.

No pricing plans were set, and no specifics were mentioned of actual data download speeds; rather, Verizon CTO Richard Lynch would only say that the real speeds would not be known until the real-world tests are made. Peak trial speeds have been set at 60 Mbps so far. Two lucky to-be-named cities will be recipients of the 4G action — which sounds suspiciously similar to Sprint and Clearwire’s current WiMAX situation — where the company will get a better sense of the data rates commercial users can expect.

From the other hand AT&T is in no hurry to deploy LTE since it is very careful on how it deploys HSPA, which is slow to evolve enough as it is.  AT&T will observe Verizon’s rollout of LTE and learn from any mistakes made from it, so as to avoid making the same mistakes on its own rollout.

NetworkWorld: Verizon conforms details of US LTE deployment.


India 2009: Over 20 million Class 4 and 5 NGN lines!

February 12, 2009

Carriers in India have already drawn up plans for deployment of more than 14.9 million Class 4 NGN ports and over 4.1 million Class 5 NGN lines, making it one of the top Nextgen Voice markets over the coming few years. In majority of the cases, vendors have already been finalized. The findings came as a major surprise while I was researching the subject. My impression was that VoIP in India was limited to certain small PC-to-Phone offerings only. I started my research some two months back with the intention of finding out why the carriers in India were not serious about NGN voice. I was proven wrong. There are tenders floating all around in the country.

An estimated volume of 1.23 million Class 4 softswitch and gateway ports have already been deployed for commercial use by carriers in India. ZTE is the most deployed platform commanding a market share of over 71%, followed by NSN and Alcatel-Lucent. ZTE maintains the number one share across the market if we consider the volume of equipment in all those projects where vendors have been selected for future deployments.

Among the carriers, BSNL and Tata Communications have implemented VoIP trunking networks relatively earlier. BSNL recently swung into action with two major tenders involving 6.4 million Class 4 and 1 million Class 5 NGN lines. BSNL’s lead in Nextgen Voice network deployment is equally reciprocated by large projects at Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone.

By 2012 the report projects 18.9 million Class 4 and 17.6 million Class 5 NGN lines to be deployed in carrier networks in India on a cumulative basis, which translates into a revenue opportunity to the tune of $498 million between now and the year 2012. This excludes allied Nextgen Voice Network solutions such as media servers, Session Border Controllers, and enhanced applications platforms.

iLocus: Carrier Nextgen Voice Networks in India. Published 8th December 2008.

31 million business phones by 2012.

February 12, 2009

The IP phone market is going to split into two different paths. One is going to sell lots of business desktop handsets while consumers move into “media phones.”

In-stat predicts that 31 million “voice-centric” business phones will be shipped in 2012, with corded IP phones remaining the standard.  Wireless LAN and IP DECT phones will also continue to grow within certain vertical and geographic markets, says the company.

The prediction flies in the face of more aggressive projections by FMC/mobile UC vendors such as Divitas Networks and OnRelay, who believe era of the business handset is ending and being displaced by the prolific use of personal cellular phones in the workplace. On the consumer side, the dull voice-centric IP phone is going to be “subjugated” by flashy IP media phones being rolled out by such players as Verizon and AT&T. Such phones support both voice IP communications and the delivery of multimedia content ranging from simple web pages for pizza ordering to playing video clips.

However, adoption is going to be slower among consumers, with business handset sales outpacing consumer sales by a ratio of about 10 to 1.

In-Stat: Nearly 31 million Business IP Phones will ship in 2012, while the consumer IP Phone Market Diverges towards Media Phones.