Ireland Must Seize Opportunity to Lead in 4G Wireless With LTE Advanced Systems
More than 100 delegates attended the first Workshop on Opportunities for LTE Advanced Cellular Systems or LTE+ in Ireland this week, which was held at the Institute of Bankers in Dublin.
The Long Term Evolution Advanced Cellular Systems event brought together industry and academia to explore the economic opportunities for Ireland in developing and deploying next generation of mobile systems.
It examined the economic opportunities for Ireland in becoming ‘4G ready', in terms of products and innovations from mobile systems development companies and the potential to stimulate economic growth in 4G technologies on LTE Advanced (LTE+) networks.
Hosted jointly by Waterford Institute of Technology's Telecommunications Systems and Software Group (TSSG) and Trinity College Dublin's Centre for Telecommunications Research, (CTVR), the workshop aimed to encourage, debate and identify opportunities to translate research expertise into commercial opportunities to ensure Ireland is positioned as a global leader in telecommunications research and product development.
The workshop was told how the internet and 3G mobile networks have transformed all aspects of society. With the emergence of affordable smart phones mobile users are demanding access to increasingly sophisticated voice and data services, such as business and consumer applications and entertainment including Voice over IP (VoIP), video streaming, music downloading, mobile TV and mobile commerce.
Dr. Willie Donnelly (pictured) of TSSG said "Existing 3G mobile services cannot meet these demands. The promise of LTE (Long Term Evolution) is improved quality and efficiency at substantially lower costs. Initial results from deployments of LTE networks in Stockholm show great promise.
"This is the base for the next phase of evolution known as LTE Advanced (LTE+) (4G), which is an all-IP multimedia service designed to handle sophisticated data and multimedia services in an integrated mobile and fixed communications network
"Ireland is in a unique position to create alliances between leading academic research centres, multinational and local industries and government agencies to ensure that Ireland becomes an early adopter of Advanced LTE (LTE+). Doing this will position Ireland as innovative and responsive to business needs and enable the growth of our ‘smart economy' and foreign direct investment," he said.
"There are significant business opportunities for Irish equipment manufacturers, software developers and wireless carriers. LTE+ will allow them to explore new mobile-Internet based multimedia devices and deliver enhanced services and applications that may have been too complex or expensive to run on older 2G or 3G networks.
"This is vital when targeting American and other European markets where 4G wireless broadband networks are already being deployed aggressively," he said.
According toTCD Professor Linda Doyle(pictured): "LTE+ provides greater security and privacy, and offers a number of business-specific applications and services such as video conferencing and mobile commerce, bringing the desktop experience directly to mobile devices.
"Being 4G-ready is a basic infrastructural requirement and essential for economic growth".
"Internationally, many worldwide carriers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Nokia Siemens and TeliaSonera have adopted 4G wireless broadband networks using LTE and many international organisations have endorsed the move to LTE, including the European Commission," she said.
Addressing the workshop were representatives from Ericsson, Intel, Eircom, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Comreg and panellists from Centre for Telecommunications Research, CTVR, Trinity College Dublin, the research cluster FAME (Federated, Autonomic, Management of End-to End Communication Services) at Telecommunications Software and Systems Group, RINCE Institute at Dublin City University, University College Cork, UCC, and University College Dublin, UCD.
The Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR) brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers drawn from many Irish Universities together with a carefully chosen set of industrial partners to work on those engineering and scientific challenges that will make the most difference to the telecommunications networks of the future. The Centre is headquartered at Trinity College Dublin.
The FAME Cluster (Federated, Autonomic, Management of End-to End Communication Services) is led by the TSSG and brings together leading academic research groups from TCD, UCD, NUIM, and UCC and industrial players including Telefonica I&D, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, IBM.
Both of these centres are funded by Science Foundation Ireland
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