- March 1, 2012
- 1024QAM, 3GPP Long Term Evolution, Aviat Networks, backhaul, Barcelona, Base station, Mobile World Congress, modulation, small cell backhaul, small cells, Wi-Fi, wtm 3200
¡Hola! again from the final day at Barcelona, where close to 1500 companies have been busily showcasing their products and services since Monday.
Once again microwave backhaul has featured highly with the main development being the widespread adoption of 1024QAM modulation. At least half a dozen new products now support this higher modulation level. Of course we are one of them, showing our new WTM 3200 all-outdoor radio. 1024QAM supports about 25 percent more throughput over the radio path compared to 256QAM, but it does come with a tradeoff in reduced system performance and increased interference sensitivity. These can be somewhat offset by using Adaptive Modulation, so if the link starts to struggle at 1024QAM it can drop back to a lower modulation until conditions improve.
Small cell backhaul has also been a hot topic, with many vendors jockeying for position in this emerging application. Small cells are tiny base stations that can be fitted to lamp posts or the sides of buildings, covering just a few hundred square yards/meters and would provide enhanced coverage and capacity to the network. There is talk of there being literally millions of these small cells being deployed over the next five years, starting in 2014 or so, and the big challenge will be backhauling all that traffic.
Multi-technology small cells (WiFi + LTE) are emerging to enable mobile offload directly at the outdoor mounted small cell. Offload solutions that offload traffic at the building and onto fiber/DSL are designed to relieve the RAN and backhaul networks. This approach however is designed to provide capacity relief to the RAN part of the network only and will use the same backhaul as LTE traffic. The intersection of mobile offload and outdoor mounted small cells will mean backhaul remains a critical part of the offload solution for some time to come.
As with last year, there is still a huge proliferation of new LTE-enabled smartphone and tablet devices. More connections bring more opportunities. This is good for our business as mobile operators will need to upgrade their networks.
Until next year!
- February 29, 2012
- 24 billion wireless connections by 2020, 3GPP Long Term Evolution, Barcelona, Connected Devices, Connected Life, Ford Motor Company, GSM Association, GSMA, Long Term Evolution, LTE, Mobile network operator, Mobile Operator Partnerships, Mobile Technology, Mobile World Congress, MWC12
Another update here from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This time we’d like to discuss a little about the trend toward using the next generation of mobile technology—LTE or Long Term Evolution—to support a growing number of connected devices across multiple different industries—not just the traditional mobile operator sector.
Across from our pavilion was the Connected Life booth that showcased how in the future, everyone and everything will benefit from a wireless connection. With more than 6 billion connections globally—and this is expected to grow to 24 billion in 2020—mobile is redefining and transforming the way we communicate and access information—cars, buildings, medical monitors, TVs, game consoles, consumer electronics and household appliances—even exercise equipment. It is all about seamless and intelligent connectivity between people, processes and products to be delivered when and wherever they are required.
By 2020, estimates place total worldwide wireless connections at around 24 billion counting devices such as exercise equipment.
The huge market opportunity offered by the connected life creates benefits for the mobile industry by enabling mobile operators to form partnerships with companies from other sectors to deliver compelling new services to consumers and businesses. The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company noted this in his Mobile World Congress keynote address. Not only does this create more opportunity for the entire industry supporting telecoms, but it will open up opportunities to increase efficiency and introduce smarter ways of working.
The GSMA estimates that the market for connected devices will be worth $4.5 trillion by 2020. By its estimates, the top 10 connected devices will account for 60 percent of the connected devices market by 2020.
Top Ten Connected Applications in 2020:
- Connected Car – $600 billion
- Clinical Remote Monitoring – $350 billion
- Assisted Living – $270 billion
- Home and Building Security – $250 billion
- Pay as you Drive Car Insurance – $245 billion
- New Business Models for Car Usage – $225 billion
- Smart Meters – $105 billion
- Traffic Management – $100 billion
- Electric Vehicle Charging – $75 billion
- Building Automation – $40 billion
Stay tuned to developments in this space as it certainly represents an interesting and incremental market opportunity for mobile operators and those vendors supporting them.
- Surging crowds were the norm for day 1 at Mobile World Congress 2012 such as around the Samsung and LG stands
Hola from Barcelona!
Day 1 is now over and 50,000 people are hitting the tapas bars across the city.
Some of the highlights, apart from the surging crowds around the Samsung and LG stands in Hall 8, were the slippery slide on the Google Android booth, which earned you a coveted Droid pin and an embarrassing photo.
Google ran out of pins in record time today as they were snapped up by the eager crowd – great viral marketing! Over in Hall 1 Microsoft was “smoking” the competition in the speed stakes with its Windows Phone 7, and CBOSS stand was as entertaining as ever.
On the microwave front, 1024QAMwas the new norm, with almost every vendor claiming support in some fashion or another. One vendor (who will remain unnamed) even showed the world’s first 2048QAM PowerPoint radio.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for Day 2.
I must have counted nearly 30 vendors during the opening day at Mobile World Congress this year who are promoting some form of wireless backhaul solution. It seems like instead of consolidating the market it continues to expand and fragment like never before. Ten or 15 years ago I thought that the market could not support 20 vendors, but now things are hotter than ever.
There are the big guys (Ericsson, NSN, Huawei, Alcatel Lucent and NEC), the independent point-to-point (PTP) microwave providers like Ceragon (newly merged with Nera) and SIAE from Italy (part of the STM Group), to a myriad of small guys from all over the world. And then there are the other wanna-be backhaul solutions, like point-to-multipoint (PMP), free space optics (FSO), mesh, E-Band, etc.
There are also a slew of new products announced and on display (including two from Aviat Networks), including Ericsson, Ceragon, Trango, Comba and NEC. A lot of these new products are IP based and primarily all-outdoor, reflecting the ongoing trend in the industry for ‘zero footprint’, packet microwave systems for new 4G/LTE base station deployments.
With all of these players and products coming to market each year at Mobile World Congress it’s a must see event and I can’t wait for the next few days to unfold.
Director of Marketing, Aviat Networks