David Heard, JDSU’s president of communications test and measurement, discusses the firm’s new solution.

Eurocomms.com: Describe PacketPortal in one sentence...

David Heard: PacketPortal is a new software solution that captures and analyses data and intelligence from anywhere in the network to improve troubleshooting, optimise the customer experience, and create new revenue opportunities such as managed service products.

Stefan Zehle, CEO at Coleago Consulting, discusses the current spectrum auction landscape in Europe.

Eurocomms.com: You recently wrote a report on the outcomes of the 4G spectrum auctions in Europe – what did you find out?

Stefan Zehle: We saw vastly different prices in the 800MHz spectrum as a result of a number of different factors. Supply and demand was the most important, so we saw very high prices where the number of bidders exceeded the available spectrum. In Germany, for example, four bidders competed for 2x30MHz of 800MHz spectrum and prices were driven up until the weakest bidders decided to withdraw. On average in Europe, prices paid for 800MHz spectrum have been 15 times higher than for 2.6GHz spectrum due to the better propagation characteristics of the 800Mhz spectrum.

David Noguer Bau, head of service provider marketing, EMEA, at US-based vendor Juniper Networks discusses current and future trends.

Eurocomms.com: Juniper released its Q4 and 2011 results last week showing a weak final quarter but increased full year revenues. Your president and CEO highlighted weak demand from service providers – do you see this changing?

David Noguer Bau: Well what I would say is that we are still seeing interest from service providers and from my perspective the buying cycle is still healthy. Obviously there is a problem with weak economies.

Phil Sorsky from US-based infrastructure vendor Commscope discusses LTE developments, including new active antenna technology.

Eurocomms.com: With 4G auctions ongoing across Europe, what is your assessment of where the continent stands currently compared to the rest of the world?

Phil Sorsky: Other regions, the US in particular, have embraced LTE much more quickly than we have in Europe. Part of the reason is that Europe was so advanced in 3G – we had HSPA+, for example, which users have found acceptable whereas in the US data networks just weren’t fast enough.The US also has Apple, whose services and popularity accelerated the adoption of LTE.

Rupert Bent, legal director, and Jon Fell, partner, at international law firm Pinsent Masons LLP discuss all things patents.

2011 was a year when patent wars returned to the headlines with a vengeance. Why do you think this was?

There are two main reasons. Firstly, it is vital to bear in mind the current economic environment. In a global recession companies want to safeguard market share and protecting your new innovations legally from being copied is a crucial part of this.

Mike Flanagan discusses Arieso’s second annual study of smartphone data use (including dongles and tablets), which analysed over 1.1 million subscribers in Europe over a 24-hour period. The survey used the iPhone 3G as a benchmark.

Eurocomms.com: The survey showed that iPhone 4S users consume twice as much data as iPhone 4 users. I thought there was minimal difference between the two models so why has data consumption doubled?

Mike Flanagan: I thought the same but there are two key differences that account for the growth: first, the 4S uses the cloud so users are constantly synching with services such as iTunes that increase the number of data calls; second, the 4S has voice recognition software Siri which has made it much easier for users to perform tasks on their smartphone that they might traditionally have used a computer for.

Cisco UK’s CTO and technical director Ian Foddering discusses all things cloud.

Eurocomms.com: Last week, Cisco estimated global cloud computing traffic will grow to 1.6 zettabytes annually by 2015 – a 12-fold increase. What is the single most important thing that operators must do to ensure they are ready for this?

Ian Foddering: One of the single most important things is download and upload speeds as well as latencies. These are vital measures to assess network capabilities of cloud readiness and should one of the big focuses for operators.

Nick Webb, head of solutions at Vodafone Global Enterprise, discusses the mobile workforce, unified comms and the company’s new R&D facility in Silicon Valley.

Eurocomms.com: What’s the biggest challenge facing you and your enterprise customers currently?

Nick Webb: One of the biggest challenges is how to deal with the implications of a rapidly growing mobile workforce. Five years ago, there were typically only a handful of senior executives and sales people working away from the office. Companies across all sectors now have increasing numbers of staff throughout the business working flexibly or away from the office. This change is rapid and relentless. For example, one of our customers, a major multinational electronics business, has seen more than 70 percent of its workforce adopt some level of mobile working in just two years.

BT’s latest financial figures showed that the company is performing adequately amid the difficult economic conditions.

Profit was up three percent to €3.3 billion in the last six months boosted by a 46 percent rise in new retail broadband customers.

However, revenues were down three percent at €11.2 billion over the same period with the company’s wholesale division the worst hit – revenues there fell seven percent due to mobile termination rate reductions.

BT Group CIO Clive Selley reflected the topsy-turvy nature of the current business climate in an exclusive interview with European Communications.

Martin Péronnet, CEO of Monaco Telecom, discusses the firm’s LTE trial

Eurocomms.com: You are currently trialling LTE – how many people are taking part and what devices is it available on?

Martin Péronnet: We have been running a LTE trial since last April on Ericsson equipment. The network is available through any Monaco Telecom SIM card and the devices we are using to date are dongles. LTE is still in its infancy so vendors have not released any commercial equipment yet. We should start to see some next year.

Geoff Unwin, the new chairman of network software provider OpenCloud and former CEO of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, shares his thoughts on the state of the telecoms sector.



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