Thursday, September 4, 2014

LTE Asia throws spotlight on Asia’s emerging markets

SINGAPORE: Mobile operators across Asia are continuing to invest heavily in their LTE networks in order to provide this important region (which accounts for 60 percent of the world’s population) with faster and more efficient Internet connections.

Operators in countries like South Korea and Japan are well established players in the global LTE ecosystem but the region is also home to many important emerging LTE players.

This year’s 9th Annual LTE Asia conference and exhibition provides a unique platform for discussion over the key technical issues, opportunities, and regulatory & licensing challenges facing operators from these emerging countries, with speakers from markets including India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Thailand leading the discussions.

A report by Analysis Mason predicts that the Asian LTE market will be one of the fastest growing, with 24 LTE Networks being tested. India, Malaysia and Vietnam are the leaders in this market with the highest number of LTE Networks planned and in development.

Operators in India and Malaysia are also planning to launch TD-LTE networks. Such an increase in planned LTE networks brings about challenges with regards to spectrum, signalling, monetisation and network capacity to name just a few and LTE Asia 2014 will look to educate delegates on how to overcome such challenges.

For the first time ever, this year’s event will include a dedicated ‘Emerging Markets Focus Session’ which will allow delegates to hear from these key operators who are implementing the latest developments and creating the latest trends in this market. The session will take place on Day Two of the conference and will begin with a case study by Faisal Mobarak, assistant GM, Network Operations Cente, Ollo Wireless Internet.

Mobarak will discuss the successful launch of LTE footprints in Bangladesh, particularly looking at the overcoming of technical challenges in the migration from WiMax to LTE and the deployment of LTE for fixed services.

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