(June 2017) At the end of 2016, there were approximately 7.6 billion mobile subscriptions, of which 1,199 million corresponded to markets in the Americas (15.77 percent)1. Within the Americas, the mobile markets of Latin America and the Caribbean share several characteristics. A common feature in the region is a penetration of mobile services that at the end of 2016 exceeded the 111% at regional level2. Of all the markets analyzed in this document, five countries have penetration levels above 140%, and seven more are between 100% and 140%. The remaining seven markets are below the 100% mark. The region also shares a low penetration of fixed broadband lines, while there is a growing base of users using smartphones and mobile broadband services. To boost the deployment of mobile broadband technologies, it is necessary to deliver more spectrum to mobile service providers throughout the region. The solution to this need will allow to continue the technological evolution to satisfy the growing demand of the society.
(April 2017) Spectrum is the lifeblood for mobile, which means it’s also the lifeblood for all of the mobile applications and services upon which nearly every person and business depends. New spectrum is critical for the success of fifth-generation (5G) terrestrial mobile service. Globally, there are significant on-going activities to identify suitable spectrum, including bands that can be used in as many countries as possible to enable global roaming and economies of scale. This paper provides an overview of the dependencies between the 5G applications spectrum requirements and spectrum ranges in the Mobile Service that may be attractive for deployment of 5G services (Section III). It also covers recent regional and global developments regarding spectrum for 5G (Section II). In considering spectrum allocations, both based in the ITU-R list of WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.13 bands, and non-ITU identified spectrum, policy makers should consider not only frequencies that can be allocated domestically, but also the possibilities provided by such global ‘tuning range’ solutions (section IV).
(February 2017) The 5G HetNet should not just be about yet-higher peak rates and new services, but about making the overall customer experience smoother and more predictable,increasing user satisfaction levels while keeping the network scalable and cost effective. Good customer experience must be a starting point, not an afterthought.No matter how 5G technical specs are defined, small cells will be an important part of delivering that experience, but they introduce significant deployment challenges once they are implemented at huge scales, as in a hyperdense network. The three key issues to consider from a deployment perspective, are: site location, backhaul and O&M. New approaches will be needed, but these can build on current deployments. In many cases, the issues are already present today in 3G and LTE networks today, but they will be magnified with the new data demands and use cases of 5G, which will drive far greater density.
(February 2017) 3GPP has had a strong history of defining the technologies that drive the largest mobile wireless ecosystems from GSM to HSPA and now to LTE which has for the first time has brought together the entire global ecosystem for mobile networks to a single technology. The success of LTE since its early definition in Rel-8 and Rel-9 has driven continued enhancements through LTE-Advanced in Rel-10 through Rel-12, and now through LTE-Advanced Pro in Rel-13, which was just completed in March-June of 2016. This white paper has provided a detailed discussion on the key feature enhancements that were included in 3GPP Rel-13 such as enhancements to support active antennas, LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LAA), aggregation of LTE and WLAN (LWA and LWIP), low power / wide area coverage for IoT applications through NB-IoT, as well as enhancements to previously introduced LTE technologies such as advanced MIMO, SON, Carrier Aggregation and Dual Connectivity (DC), and Proximity Services and Device-to-Device Communication for Public Safety.
(December 2016) Ubiquitous, high speed mobile broadband is proven to have a significant impact on acountry’s economic competitiveness and social prosperity. For instance, a 10 per centexpansion in mobile penetration increases productivity by 4.2 percentage points, according to one report. As traffic levels rise, and as more industries and cities become always-connected, the mobile networks will have to be designed in a new way. Notably, they will involve very large numbers of small cell base stations, which can deliver massive broadband capacity in urban areas and reach every corner of the country too.
(December 2016) There are powerful market drivers for small cells to be deployed in a multi-operator or neutral host environment, especially when they are in enterprise locations. Increasingly, mobile traffic is concentrated indoors, and locations of all kinds – from office buildings to public spaces such as malls or railway stations – need to support mobile usage, regardless of which operator the employees, customers and visitors are subscribed to. This is only becoming more important as businesses go mobile-first and adopt bring your own device policies. There are already neutral host solutions available and standardized. Distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi are well established in this regard, but have disadvantages for operators and site owners in many environments – the high cost of DAS, for instance, and the QoS challenges of Wi-Fi in public or unmanaged areas.
(December 2016) In the last decade, mobile data traffic has skyrocketed, a trend that’s unlikely to subside in the foreseeable future. The use of the Internet, cloud and the ubiquity of the web as an application platform created an unprecedented increase in traffic due in part to the development of new web standards and the innovation in mobile wireless technologies. To meet this demand, the mobile industry is rethinking some fundamental aspects of network design. With this growth in use, there’s an increased amount of data being sent over multi hop public links. For example, the industry currently uses a client-server model for applications. The client typically resides on an end user device such as a smartphone or Internet of Things (IoT) module, while the server is hosted (resides) in a large data center using either private or public cloud infrastructure.
(December 2016) The term Internet of Things has been coined to describe the vision of an interconnected network of physical objects that interact with people, other physical objects and systems to benefit society in unprecedented ways. To this end, IoT is seen as the catalyst for the empowerment of everyone and everything to reach their full potential in a world that has already seen how wireless communication can improve life in every corner of the society. This paper examines the essential aspects that encompass the development of IoT uses cases specifically enabled by cellular 3GPP technologies. An overview of IoT market drivers and requirements for IoT use cases, frames a detailed description of key radio access mechanisms that 3GPP is specifying in the context of enabling and encouraging the use of cellular connectivity to start bringing IoT services to market as early as end of this year.
(November 2016) Designing a network that can simultaneously support both a wide variety of use cases and demanding performance requirements, all with a single set of standard network functions, would be extremely complex and prohibitively expensive. The alternative “network slicing,” which is considered to be key for meeting 5G’s diverse requirements, including future-proof scalability and flexibility. The network slicing concept enables the network elements and functions to be easily configured and reused in each network slice to meet a specific requirement. The implementation of network slicing is conceived to be an end-to-end feature that includes the core network and the RAN. Each slice can have its own network architecture, engineering mechanism and network provisioning.
(November 2016) Latin America is a region where a wide range of realities and different sectors of society converge. Future challenges include not only bridging gaps in economic development, but in a range of other areas as well, including health, education, public safety, democratic stability and many others. These challenges also include Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deployment. This means pushing horizontal development to drive convergence among different sectors in order to increase and improve quality of life for Latin American citizens.
(October 2016) As its name implies, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications and its solutions enable the exchange of information between vehicles and between vehicle network infrastructure. The goal of V2X is to improve road safety, increase the efficient flow of traffic, reduce environmental impacts and provide additional traveler information services. V2X communications consists of four types of communications: vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), vehicle-to-network, (V2N) and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P).
(October 2016) Media’s share of mobile traffic is experiencing exponential growth with a predictable progress driven future. It is expected that by year 2019, 70 percent of mobile traffic will be video. As mobile networks migrate to 5G, the method for video delivery over the network is evolving, especially in terms of encryption and new protocols. 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced the publication of a technical whitepaper, Optimizing Mobile Media Delivery and The Impact of Encryption, that details reasons for encryption and protocol evolution driven by privacy, security and the increasing restrictions on network operator’s ability to efficiently manage their networks.
(October 2016) There are more than 7.2 billion wireless connections, including 1.45 billion LTE connections, around the world today that are operating with the technology standards developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) [Ovum]. 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas has announced the publication of a technical Executive Summary titled Inside 3GPP Release 13- Understanding the Standards for LTE Advanced Enhancements that outlines many of the innovations that will lay the groundwork for future mobile wireless networks
(August 2016) The mobile industry is in the process of massive transformation, creating vast new capabilities that will benefit businesses and society as a whole. The step from 3G to 4G was dramatic, and the advances the industry is unleashing, initially in LTE and then in 5G, will be even greater. Standards bodies have not yet specified 5G; that process is not expected until the 2020 timeframe. But engineers have demonstrated many of 5G’s expected capabilities, and some operators have stated they will deploy pre-standard networks for fixed applications as early as 2017. 5G will not replace LTE, but in most deployments will co-exist with it through at least the late-2020s with the two technologies tightly integrated in a manner transparent to users.
(August 2016) Latin America is a region where a wide range of realities and different sectors of society converge. Future challenges include not only bridging gaps in economic development, but in a range of other areas as well, including health, education, public safety, democratic stability and many others.
These challenges also include Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deployment. This means pushing horizontal development to drive convergence among different sectors in order to increase and improve quality of life for Latin American citizens.BrechaCero.com was created with this goal in mind, focusing particularly on the use of wireless broadband networks. This is a blog produced by 5G Americas to promote and raise awareness for this type of ICT initiative. This open-access blog will provide information a wide range of initiatives, services and trends and look at the way technology is used to improve people’s quality of life. It will also have support from a number of contributors, such as analysts and other industry representatives who will provide interviews and write columns.
(July 2016) Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is being rapidly deployed in many parts of the world and is on its way to becoming mainstream in many operator networks. Video over LTE (ViLTE) is a complementary conversational video service specified by GSMA and is also being adopted worldwide, albeit at a slower pace. The expectation is that in a few years, both VoLTE and ViLTE will form the backbone of IP-based telecommunications just as voice was an integral part of 2G and 3G networks. VoLTE enables High Definition (HD) call quality, helping operators compete against over-the-top (OTT) VoIP providers. In addition, VoLTE typically offers lower delay and higher capacity compared to OTT VoIP services, which utilize best-effort bearers that in turn adversely affect service quality.
(July 2016) North America, particularly the United States, has long been leading global efforts in the advancements of mobile technologies all the way from analog through 4G, and now into 5G. The U.S. remains a strong player in the vision, definition and development of 5G by ensuring it meets North America’s unique marketplace requirements. Public and private investment in research and development (R&D) for 5G has significantly increased to ensure that it develops optimally. U.S. carriers have announced trials and early deployments of 5G technologies, demonstrating a commitment to 5G leadership
(April 2016) None of the Latin American countries have reached 50% of the 1300 MHz suggested by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for 2015 in its ITU-R M.2078 report. This report establishes the spectrum allocation requirements for IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced technologies, commonly referred to as 3G and 4G, to work efficiently. These requirements are reflected in 5G Americas’ white paper “Analysis of ITU Spectrum Recommendations in the Latin American Region”
(January 2016) Deployment of this infrastructure is regulated by different legislation in Latin American countries, which is often inconsistent and contradictory and leads to delays and restrictions at the time of expanding and building new networks for providing these services. This document examines the regulatory framework of selected Latin American countries for infrastructure deployment to identify best practices in the region.
(November 2015) This white paper explores the key considerations for developing an end-to-end Cellular-IoT solution.
(November 2015) Key deployment and operational issues in the transformation to all-IP based networks utilizing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are explained in this white paper.
(November 2015) This white paper examines data offloading from licensed LTE networks to unlicensed spectrum using Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) via LTE and WiFi Aggregation, as well as using LTE directly in unlicensed spectrum.
(October 2015) This white paper expands the foundation of 4G Americas’ view of 5G recommendations that was published in the October 2014 white paper titled, 4G Americas’ Recommendations on 5G Requirements and Solutions.
(September 2015) This summary is intended to provide a brief review of some of the key specifications and enhancements outlined in 3GPP Release 13.
(August 2015) This white paper highlights the importance of Band 28 (700 MHz APT) for the development of mobile broadband services in Latin America.
(August 2015) This white paper describes the varied drivers behind spectrum requirements and the need for access to numerous spectrum ranges. The paper also offers initial exploration on the challenges and implications with different frequency ranges, various licensing aspects and potential technology enhancements to enable access to new spectrum.
(June 2015) This report is a primer on the details of 3GPP Release 12 (Rel-12) finalized standards and new work on Release 13 (Rel-13) and beyond.
(February 2015) This updated summary explains the Release 12 (Rel-12) standards and its major features and enhancements of HSPA+, LTE and Machine Type Communications as well as technology agnostic standards, and how they benefit operators and customers.
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