10 February 2011

LTE is solution to mobile video, say experts

LTE will be solution to tomorrow's demand for mobile video, according to experts gathered at NetEvents in Barcelona. today. Speaking in front of an audience of European journalists, Mehmet Balos, chief marketing office for technology vendor Genband, gave a keynote speech win which he provided statistics for the growth of video, and the decline of voice traffic over mobile networks.

He said that market research showed the growth of Netflix with 15m subscribers, as well as Google, Amazon, and iTunes, who all provide video, will stress today's networks. The answer, said Balos, is LTE, or 4G mobile technology. "It is embraced by everyone, it's based on open standards based, and it's pure IP," he said. "There will be 50 billion devices connected to wireless networks, and data is already doubling every year."

The keynote speech was followed by a debate panel chaired by analyst Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis. Bubley said that voice is the biggest problem for LTE. However, said Bubley, IP multimedia subsystem (IMS), which is the telecommunications industry's favoured technology for delivering video and voice, is "the dead parrot nailed to the perch of LTE" which could slow down the adoption of LTE.

Bubley's panel, which included Balos as well as Phil Tilley of Alcatel Lucent and Nigel Wright from Spirent Communications, disagreed. "IMS will be crucial for mobile operators," said Balos.

They went on to describe how LTE differs from existing 3G and HSPA-based networks.

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