(August 2016) Latin America is a region where a wide range of realities and different sectors of society converge. Future challenges include not only bridging gaps in economic development, but in a range of other areas as well, including health, education, public safety, democratic stability and many others.
These challenges also include Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deployment. This means pushing horizontal development to drive convergence among different sectors in order to increase and improve quality of life for Latin American citizens.BrechaCero.com was created with this goal in mind, focusing particularly on the use of wireless broadband networks. This is a blog produced by 5G Americas to promote and raise awareness for this type of ICT initiative. This open-access blog will provide information a wide range of initiatives, services and trends and look at the way technology is used to improve people’s quality of life. It will also have support from a number of contributors, such as analysts and other industry representatives who will provide interviews and write columns.
(July 2016) Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is being rapidly deployed in many parts of the world and is on its way to becoming mainstream in many operator networks. Video over LTE (ViLTE) is a complementary conversational video service specified by GSMA and is also being adopted worldwide, albeit at a slower pace. The expectation is that in a few years, both VoLTE and ViLTE will form the backbone of IP-based telecommunications just as voice was an integral part of 2G and 3G networks. VoLTE enables High Definition (HD) call quality, helping operators compete against over-the-top (OTT) VoIP providers. In addition, VoLTE typically offers lower delay and higher capacity compared to OTT VoIP services, which utilize best-effort bearers that in turn adversely affect service quality.
(July 2016) North America, particularly the United States, has long been leading global efforts in the advancements of mobile technologies all the way from analog through 4G, and now into 5G. The U.S. remains a strong player in the vision, definition and development of 5G by ensuring it meets North America’s unique marketplace requirements. Public and private investment in research and development (R&D) for 5G has significantly increased to ensure that it develops optimally. U.S. carriers have announced trials and early deployments of 5G technologies, demonstrating a commitment to 5G leadership
(April 2016) None of the Latin American countries have reached 50% of the 1300 MHz suggested by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for 2015 in its ITU-R M.2078 report. This report establishes the spectrum allocation requirements for IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced technologies, commonly referred to as 3G and 4G, to work efficiently. These requirements are reflected in 5G Americas’ white paper “Analysis of ITU Spectrum Recommendations in the Latin American Region”
(January 2016) Deployment of this infrastructure is regulated by different legislation in Latin American countries, which is often inconsistent and contradictory and leads to delays and restrictions at the time of expanding and building new networks for providing these services. This document examines the regulatory framework of selected Latin American countries for infrastructure deployment to identify best practices in the region.
(November 2015) This white paper explores the key considerations for developing an end-to-end Cellular-IoT solution.
(November 2015) Key deployment and operational issues in the transformation to all-IP based networks utilizing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are explained in this white paper.
(November 2015) This white paper examines data offloading from licensed LTE networks to unlicensed spectrum using Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) via LTE and WiFi Aggregation, as well as using LTE directly in unlicensed spectrum.
(October 2015) This white paper expands the foundation of 4G Americas’ view of 5G recommendations that was published in the October 2014 white paper titled, 4G Americas’ Recommendations on 5G Requirements and Solutions.
(September 2015) This summary is intended to provide a brief review of some of the key specifications and enhancements outlined in 3GPP Release 13.
(August 2015) This white paper highlights the importance of Band 28 (700 MHz APT) for the development of mobile broadband services in Latin America.
(August 2015) This white paper describes the varied drivers behind spectrum requirements and the need for access to numerous spectrum ranges. The paper also offers initial exploration on the challenges and implications with different frequency ranges, various licensing aspects and potential technology enhancements to enable access to new spectrum.
(June 2015) This report is a primer on the details of 3GPP Release 12 (Rel-12) finalized standards and new work on Release 13 (Rel-13) and beyond.
(February 2015) This updated summary explains the Release 12 (Rel-12) standards and its major features and enhancements of HSPA+, LTE and Machine Type Communications as well as technology agnostic standards, and how they benefit operators and customers.
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