The brainiacs at Ericsson recently revealed to the world their view on what was coming out of the labs in the medium to long term.
The second shocker this time for the MNOs is the need to convert their networks quickly to all- IP, because in R7 of the 3GPP standards (ie the HSDPA release) VOIP is 40% more efficient than Circuit Switched calls (and probably a lot more efficient to manage once the initial learning curve has been overcome). In other words, there is a real benefit in the cut-throat pricing game and being earlier to convert to an all-IP network. This reinforces the comments made by Thomas Geitner in a recent Vodafone presentation.
Ericsson also showed their normal slide showing a regular and impressive upgrade cycle for all the operators and therefore calming their investors fears about future revenue. It was an investor day after all. I would advise taking the dates with a pinch of salt as the only regulate thing in cellular technology upgrades is that they are late.
They finished off with a nice slide showing the comparison of various access technologies. The important part missing in the slide is that mobile spectrum is shared amongst users in a cell and the bandwidth is limited by the amount of spectrum available.
It is noticeable that the LTE development time-frames fit in quite nicely with the “digital dividend” coming about in the UK because of the turning off of the Analogue TV. If I was the