Celebrating its 6th year, LTE Latin America follows on from last year’s hugely successful show, and is returning to Rio de Janeiro in a new venue - Sulamerica Convention Center - with an extended conference programme and new speakers from the whole ecosystem to give greater depth and breadth of discussion around the region’s most pertinent mobile broadband developments.
A great new feature for this year will be the event’s co-location with the launch event Network Virtualization & SDN Latin America, which is part of the Network Virtualization Global Events.
According to the SNS Research, NFV and SDN models will eliminate the need for investment of about $32 billion in physical networks by 2020. The company also predicts the worldwide market for NFV grow from $ 181 million in 2013 to $ 2.4 billion in 2018. The virtualization of services restricts chronic and unsustainable growth in network infrastructure and protects the future economic viability of telcos, so the models NFV and SDN is a strategy to address what many experts see as one of the biggest challenges that the industry faces today.
700+ high-level attendees are expected (60%+ of whom will be representing operators) from 30+ countries across Latin America and beyond , bringing together the ecosystem to discuss a wide range of issues including VoLTE, LTE Roaming, Signaling, Cloud RAN, HetNets/Small Cells, Wi-Fi, SDN, NFV, Big Data / Data analytics, Monetizing LTE, Architecture and QoS Challenges, SON, LTE-Advanced/5G, LTE business models, handling the mobile data explosion, backhaul and much, much more!
Follow from last year we will have an exclusive session about Signaling, that continuous to be one of the big challenges for operators.
LTE Latin America 2015 – Your one chance to meet all the movers & shakers from within the regional LTE community in one dedicated LTE forum.
Visit http://latam.lteconference.com/ to find out more.
Some of those you will meet include:
3GPP • 4G Americas • Algar Telecom • America Movil • Anatel • Avantel • Axesat • BTC Bahamas • Claro • Conatel • Corporacion Digitel • Cotas Bolivia • Embratel • Entel Chile • GVT • ICE • Ifetel Mexico • Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad Costa Rica • Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicacoes Brazil • Ministerio das Comunicacoes Brazil • Movistar Argentina • Movistar Chile • Movistar Ecuador • Movistar Peru • Nextel Brasil • Nextel de Mexico • Oi • On Telecom • Personal Paraguay • South Tech Telecom • Teleco • Telefonica Digital • Telefonica | Vivo • Telefonos de Mexico • Telesur – Suriname • Telmex Colombia • Tigo Guatemala • TIM Brazil • TIM Celular • Uniao Internacional de Telecomunicacoes Brazil • Viber.com • Virgin Mobile Colombia
5G is becoming a hot topic in today’s fast evolving mobile broadband industry, however there is still much debate and uncertainty over what this revolutionary technology is!
The LTE World Series is delighted to launch our first solo 5G Forum USA, taking place 14-15th April 2015 in Palo Alto, which will bring together senior executives & key decision makers from the full 5G ecosystem to discuss the future of the 5G network.
This dedicated event will provide the perfect platform to examine the need for 5G, address what the network will look like, and how MNO’s will transition to 5G, whilst also examining what opportunities for new business models and services will be enabled once a fully 5G mobile network is available.
Find out more at http://5gforumusa.com/
The Com World Series team caught up with Jacek Nieweglowski, the Chief Strategy Officer of Play Mobile, Poland ahead of the EurasiaCom conference and exhibition, taking place at Conrad Istanbul Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey from 25-26 of March to discuss Profitability, Broadband & LTE ahead of the event.
What is most affecting profitability for operators in the region and how are you working to improve it?
Jacek Nieweglowski: Profitability of the mobile industry in Central and Eastern Europe is affected by mainly by:
- Level of in-market competitionwhich has increased compared to other markets due to arrival of score of new entrants. Increased level of competition drives prices down in number of market. We can observe back-book re-pricing on part of industry incumbents and convergence of retail pricing within particular national markets and between national markets
- Favourable developments in the handset ecosystem with declining barriers to entry in handset / tablet manufacturing. Increasingintensity of competition in turns keep prices down and allows operators to maintain or even boost their paybacks on subsidies. It is important to note that in markets with low disposable income are often handset subsidies frequently are a single biggest driver of profitability
- in Long run flawed retail pricing policies create arbitrage opportunities for OTT providers in cross-network voice and messaging services. Excessive pricing of cross-network, international or roaming services protect short terms revenuesof mobile operators but in long term drive the usage away from traditional services to OTTs and reducing overall service revenues. While these “self inflicted wounds” apply only to certain markets and some operators, the problem can largely be mitigated by proper retail pricing strategiessuch rebalancing of tariffs to connection oriented fees, unlimited cross-network packages, pro-active re-pricing of international roaming services.
- Development of smartphone usage and mobile broadband is a big driver of margins in the mobile industry in the region due to poor availability (coverage) of fixed broadband networks.
How is the demand for data impacting your business and how are you taking advantage of it?
Jacek Nieweglowski: So far a strong uptake of smartphones has allowed to drive retail ARPU up by up-selling mobile customers with data packages on top of existing and new contracts. Also CEE markets have seen strong demand for mobile broadband products driven to large extend by a modest coverage of fixed broadband infrastructure, e.g., in Poland only 50% of households enjoy a to fixed broadband connection . [JaNi] Therefore despite high mobile penetration exceeding 140% we still see demand for additional SIM cards in households be it for tablets, laptops and for dedicated substitutive mobile broadband products
What is still needed in terms of networks and infrastructure across the region?
Jacek Nieweglowski: Industry needs a prudent regulatory environment which provides balanced regulatory obligations and very importantly investment friendly roll-out and permitting regulations. Increasingly important is the need to harmonize limits of electromagnetic radiation. Industry also needs and calls for more operator-friendly frequency allocation policies. Also pace of development and quality of networks and services is increasingly dependent on availability of fibre- and IP-based backhaul networks.
How is LTE changing the market and what is your company’s strategy in regards to this technology?
Jacek Nieweglowski: Even though LTE is neither a revolution nor disruption for mobile industry it is important evolutionary step for the industry. LTE gives operatorsnot onlymore capacity to serve broadband demand but also provides more flexibility to differentiate services by capacity vs. speed vs. coverage trade-offs. Finally LTE further reduces industry’s incremental costs of production of data services (cost per GB of traffic served).
What do you hope to get out of participating in EurasiaCom?
Jacek Nieweglowski: Meet industry insiders, exchange ideas, learn about other operators, draw attention to success of my company.
Attend EurasiaCom to hear Jacek Nieweglowski take part in the Opening Keynote – Panel Discussion on “Affordability and quality for customers & profits for providers: The balancing Act ”, taking place on Day 2 at 09:10. Register Here