Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oi sends a announcement about his request for cancellation of Anatel proposed metrics

In a statement sent to the Digital Convergence website, says that the Hi is favorable to measure the quality of broadband, but disagrees with the model proposed by Anatel and no. In the report, the utility says:

"Oi proposed and formalized with the Anatel to adopt a system of measuring quality of broadband network, as well as disclosure of the measurement by an independent entity, as a transparency measure to improve consumer perceptions.

The proposal made to the Anatel adopted technical standards followed in Europe and the United States and received broad support from studies of specialized consultants. In addition, the company participated in the 2010 first test, conducted by Inmetro in partnership with the Anatel, who pointed to the network Hi one of the best indicators of quality.

The questioning of the company sent to Anatel with regard to setting goals that do not depend exclusively on telecom operators, since the performance is linked to several other factors that may affect the operation of the service end as a site feature that is being accessed, international connections, networks of other companies, the server and the computer used by the consumer, among others. There are technical studies from respected organizations that support this concept. The regulatory procedure done here is to obtain statistically consistent measurements, prior to discussion of goals.

Source: http://convergenciadigital.uol.com.br/cgi/cgilua.exe/sys/start.htm?infoid=29078&sid=4

Broadband: Internet users in Brazil tweeted against Oi

The Brazilian Internet users 'tweeted' protests in regard to the decision of the Oi in request cancellation of the rules in broadband quality. In this Monday, 30/01, for forty minutes - from 16:28 am to 17: 10 pm - the movement, called the consumer protection entities, was at the top of the topics of Twitter in the country.

The action aimed to press the claim against the Oi formalized by the operator for the cancellation of quality goals. Public consultation on the theme ending on Wednesday, February 1st. The 'tuitaço' began at four in the afternoon. Twenty-eight minutes, the # hastag Oicontraqualidade was already on top of Twitter trends. Messages were directed to the @ digaOi.

Until 17:15 pm, the movement was among the three hottest topics of the microblog. Idec revealed that a balance of the campaign will be released on Tuesday, 31/01.

In the request to the Anatel - which came into public consultation - Oi want to eliminate altogether 25 articles of the regulations of the quality of multimedia communication services and mobile staff. In addition to the reaction rate of subscribers - that is, the perception of the service - or the withdrawal of all devices that deal with Internet related parameters.

Are the percentages for defining latency, latency variation (jitter), packet loss and availability in addition to the instantaneous and average speeds, ie, that occasionally obligation to deliver 20% of the contracted rate and, on average, 60% of it.

In the application, Oi includes cancellations, even the criteria of quality voice service on the phone, and messages (SMS), and the period of 10 days to request an installation done by a customer is served by the operator. Istributor, the operator did not speak. The public consultation runs until the Anatel on 01 February. Begun in 16 days so far, it has hosted 750 events.

Young people of classes C, D and E want telephony, but it increases bad debt

The default with the fixed telephone companies was 7.6%, while with the mobile phone has reached 8.7% between October 2010 and September 2011. The data are part from study Serasa Experianfrom phone industry, released on Monday, 30/01.

Among consumers of both forms of telephony, the group Young Periphery, which includes segments Young people Social Employees Low Income, Youth and informal, low-skill workers, excluded from the system, Students and Families Assisted in the Periphery of the Periphery, which represents 20.9% of the population, was what had the biggest representation in terms of default.

Of all the CPFs with the default providers of fixed telephony, 28.4% were classified in the group of consumers Periphery Young. Similarly, in relation to mobile services, 24.4% of this group were delinquent.

"The young man is not only on new credit and consumption, but also in its relationship with money. The inexperience justifies the importance of financial education theme. Apart from little experience in managing your budget, together with purchases financed, it simultaneously adds new consumer spending habits in your spending, such as mobile phone, smartphone, cable TV, internet, etc.. "Says the president of Serasa Experian and Experian Latin America Ricardo Loureiro.

Other groups and delinquency

The default also appears high among groups Aspiring Social, corresponding to 17.4% and 18.1% in the fixed mobile, urban wage earners, with 13.2% stake in fixed and mobile, and 13.9% in Rural Brazil with 11.5% and 11.3% in fixed to mobile. Aspiring Social Group includes the following social groups: Professional Rising Social Good Life in the Interior, Youth in search of opportunities and Consumer Undisciplined. Urban Wage Earners The group includes former residents, Promising Young people Technicians and Workers Life Grip.

Finally, Brazil Rural gathers Little Germany in Brazil, the Rural Workers in search of opportunity, workers and landowners, Young people Agribusiness Employees, Young Workers in the Northeast Rural Migrants in the Midwest and the Great Amazon River Banks.

Study Serasa Experianfrom phone industry has observed a random sample of 400 000 consultations carried out by companies in the telephone industry during the period October 2010 to September 2011. Was determined negativações the occurrence of events (default) over the 12 months following the end of the calculation period of consultation.

The groups are part of a classification developed by Mosaic Brazil, Serasa Experian solution for analysis of society as a function of income, geography, demographics, behavioral patterns and lifestyle, which is organizing the population into 10 groups and 39 segments.

IBM goes shopping in the area of ​​enterprise mobility

IBM announced on Tuesday, 31/01, an agreement to acquire worklight, an Israeli company specializing in software development and applications for smartphones and tablets. The values ​​of the transaction were not disclosed.

With the acquisition, IBM intends to expand its service offering in the form of mobile applications, management services, security, and integration services for smartphones and tablets from individuals to enterprise systems companies, IBM said in a statement.

In a recent study conducted by IBM with more than 3,000 executives from information technology (IT) throughout the world, 75% said mobility solutions such as priority IT investments this year.

The worklight provides industrial mobile applications in different industries, including financial services, retail, technology, tourism and area hospitals. The company develops applications that let you create and format pages in HTML5 run on smartphones and tablets, reducing the time to adapt Web pages for access on mobile devices.

4G in Brazil: Operators persist in separate 450 MHz from 2.5 GHz

In a public hearing held on Tuesday, 31/01, in Brasilia, Anatel, the SindiTelebrasil defended the decoupling of the bands 2.5 GHz and 450MHz in the auction for the sale of spectrum, scheduled to take place in April by Dilma. Also stated that goal setting 4G service coverage occur only for the host cities and sub-offices of the Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.

The position places telcos and again Anatel in opposing camps. The FCC linked the tracks on the grounds of attracting interested in buying the 450 Mhz band, aimed to bring telephony services and broadband to rural areas. For SindiTelebrasil, however, bands of 450 MHz and 2.5 GHz 'features and have different purposes. "

In his presentation, made ​​it clear that aa SindiTelebrasil technology available for use in sub-450 MHz band is not indicated for the Brazilian case, because there is no synergy with other technologies in operation. Also according to the entity, "this track has less capacity for data transmission, low production scale and uncertain progress."

Now with respect to the use of 2.5 GHz, for their technical and functional characteristics, the range is ideal to meet the needs of data capacity, not coverage, still held Sinditelebrasil. The operators made ​​it clear that "the coverage targets set out in the announcement, for the use of 2.5 GHz, require high levels of new investments to be made ​​that have occurred without the amortization of the investments made for the service of the notice of 3G ".

Anatel works with prediction that all host cities Confederations Cup 2013 will be served by the end of May 2013 with the 4G technology. Also claims that by the end of that year, all branch offices and headquarters of the World Cup 2014 will be achieved. For the capitals and cities with over 500,000 inhabitants, the fourth generation of mobile phones should arrive by May 2014, while cities with more than 100,000 residents are expected to benefit up to December 2015.

Finally, in addition to charge using the 700 MHz band for 4G - this band is caused by the scanning divididendo digital TV by using the SBTVD - the SindiTelebrasil stressed the need for mechanisms to be established for coverage and service areas rural and remote areas, with public funds, especially the telecommunications sector funds.

The public consultation on the draft bidding documents for the issuance of permits use of the Radio sub-band 2.5 GHz and 450 MHz, associated with exploration permits for Multimedia Communication Service (SCM), the Fixed Switched Telephone Service Aimed at use of the General Public (STFC) and and the Personal Mobile Service (SMP), available through the Public Consultation No. 4, was opened on January 25 and will receive contributions until February 26

New WiROI™ Tool Calculates Financial Impact of Data Offloading to WiFi

Study by Wireless 20|20 Indicates WiFi Offloading Critical for Wireless 3G/4G Network Traffic Mitigation

New Windsor, New York (PRWEB) January 30, 2012
Wireless 20/20, LLC (http://www.wireless2020.com), a leading broadband wireless advisory group and the developer of the industry-leading WiROI™ 4G Business Case Analysis Tool, today announced the newest version of their award-winning WiROI™ Tool which now provides Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) a way to analyze the economic impact of offloading 3G/4G Data to WiFi. Wireless 20/20 developed the new WiROI™ 4G WiFi Offloading Business Case Analysis Tool as part of their latest study and business case analysis, which concluded that deploying WiFi offload networks could substantially mitigate 3G/4G traffic congestion in high-traffic areas. The results of the analysis are published in Wireless 20/20’s presentation titled “ROI Analysis of WiFi Offloading.”
By adding the capability to analyze the tradeoffs of deploying a WiFi offload network compared to deploying primary network hardware, the new WiROI™ Tool enables MNOs to analyze the conditions where WiFi deployment can help the most, determine the investment required, and optimize the configuration of the WiFi offload network to maximize ROI.
The WiROI™ Tool can model all of the technical, financial and commercial parameters for an operator’s 3G and 4G network deployment. By modeling all CapEx, OpEx, and revenues for a 3G/4G network, the tool outputs a complete 10 year income statement. The addition of the WiFi offload module enables the analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tradeoff between deploying a WiFi offload network and adding additional capacity into the 3G and 4G network. Further, the new version of the WiROI™ Tool allows operators to pinpoint the optimal WiFi coverage and access point density that will maximize the return for an operator.
Heavy Reading market research and analysis has demonstrated that public hotspots, home and office-based WiFi networks already carry a substantial portion of a subscriber’s daily smartphone traffic. These estimates suggest that from 20%, up to 80%, of smartphone-user traffic is already being offloaded using these WiFi connections. The goal of Wireless 20/20’s study was to analyze a business case for an operator to deploy their own WiFi network in order to offload the traffic that is carried over the 3G/4G network, excluding the traffic already offloaded.
“There has been much talk in the industry about the need for WiFi offloading to help deal with the exponential growth in demand for mobile broadband data”, said Berge Ayvazian, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. “Up until now, there has not been an effective way of truly understanding when WiFi makes sense and what the economic return could be. Wireless 20/20 has created another very unique business case analysis tool that can be customized for any Mobile Network Operator to help them answer these questions.”
Wireless 20/20’s latest study analyzed the impact of deploying WiFi offloading from a 4G LTE network in New York City. To provide 4G LTE service in NYC, an operator needs 216 cell sites for adequate coverage. To keep up with the expected increase in demand for data over the next 10 years, the LTE coverage in NYC would have to be supplemented with an additional 1,879 cell sites. The study concluded that deploying a WiFi offload network in NYC will significantly reduce the burden of data traffic carried by the 4G LTE network and results in 7.2% reduction in the TCO over the 10 year period.
The following are highlights of the study findings:
  •      Optimum ROI is achieved with 33,138 access points place in high traffic areas.
  •     The 33,138 access points would be spread over a 789 square km area of NYC
  •     The average density of access points would be 42 per square km
  •     The total CapEx for deploying the WiFi access network would be $41M
  •     The 10 year cumulative OpEx would be $59M
  •     The number of capacity cells would be reduced to 432, a saving of 1,447 LTE sites
  •     The Total Cost of Ownership would be reduced by $253M
  •     Cumulative Free Cash Flow would improve by $287M
According to the study, the business case for WiFi offload is highly dependent on WiFi site rental and backhaul costs. When these costs exceed $100-$150 per month, the business case becomes challenging. When these costs are less than $40 per month, WiFi offload becomes a highly attractive solution. Mobile Network Operators who are considering deploying WiFi offload networks are encouraged to use Wireless 20/20’s new, easy-to-use, WiROI™ 4G WiFi Offloading Business Case Analysis Tool.
Wireless 20/20's Data Traffic Calculator, a demonstration version of the new WiROI™ 4G WiFi Offloading Tool and a summary presentation of the study “ROI Analysis of WiFi Offloading” can be accessed at: http://www.wireless2020.com/wifioffloading
About Wireless 20/20, LLC
Wireless 20/20 is an independent market research and consulting company focused solely on the broadband wireless market. Wireless 20/20 has helped over 50 broadband wireless operators around the world build business case, analyze market opportunities, complete technology and vendor selection, and develop network roll out strategies. Our principals have been engaged in the broadband wireless industry since its inception and have a thorough understanding of the technical, business and product issues surrounding the development of wireless devices, equipment, networks and services. For more information visit: http://www.wireless2020.com
WiROI™ is a trademark of Wireless 20/20, LLC.

source:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9146984.htm

Mobile Wi-Fi Offload

In the course of researching my upcoming Heavy Reading report on Wi-Fi Offload for Mobile Operators, I came across an interesting academic paper that estimates 65 percent of smartphone traffic is already (or can be) offloaded to Wi-Fi under normal usage conditions.
The paper, "Mobile Data Offloading: How Much Can WiFi Deliver?," attempts to quantify how much traffic is, or can be, offloaded from cellular networks to Wi-Fi by analyzing users' actual physical movements throughout the day and mapping that to a data consumption model.
To achieve this, researchers developed custom handset software that tracked 100 iPhone users in South Korea to determine how often, and for how long, people are within range of Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet, and what the data rates were at any given point. This data was then combined with a traffic model to simulate how much mobile data could be offloaded to Wi-Fi over a one-month period.
The study demonstrates with a degree of academic rigor what we know intuitively: that many people spend a good deal of their time within range of an accessible Wi-Fi connection. The simulation assumed 7GB of data consumption per month, as predicted by the Cisco Visual Network Index for 2014, adapted to approximate a real-world consumption pattern (i.e., a mix of small and large files).
The key takeaways from this project -- at least, as I see them -- include the following:
  • Users are in Wi-Fi coverage 63 percent of the time during the day (70 percent over 24 hours); each stay in a Wi-Fi zone lasts about two hours.
  • 65 percent of traffic can be offloaded to Wi-Fi under typical usage conditions using on-the-spot offload (i.e., using Wi-Fi on demand when available)
  • Greater offload performance can be achieved if the user is prepared to accept delayed offload (e.g., sync your videos or photos when you get home)
  • This means that out of the 7GB usage per month, 4.5GB would travel by Wi-Fi and 2.5GB by cellular. Therefore a 2GB-3GB per month cellular data plan is probably enough for most users.
  • Offload performance depends, obviously, on the pattern of Wi-Fi coverage as well as user mobility. South Korea probably has denser Wi-Fi than some other markets, but still many of us have Wi-Fi at home or at work.
  • Wi-Fi provides connections of 2 Mbit/s on average, which is skewed to 2.76 Mbit/s at night, (probably home Wi-Fi) and 1.26 Mbit/s during the day (probably shared Wi-Fi).
  • Because Wi-Fi is faster than 3G, offload also generates a 55 percent improvement in battery life. However, the simulation only considered the energy used during transmission and did not take into account the battery drain from scanning for, and attaching to, Wi-Fi access points.
The assumptions and methodology of a study will inevitably have an impact on the output of the simulation, but the data does appear to show, pretty conclusively, that Wi-Fi is already taking much of the burden of smartphone traffic growth.
A logical question from this finding is then: How useful would it be for operators to more actively manage Wi-Fi offload? Would that generate an even greater performance gain? Or are operators getting most of the offload benefit without having to do anything?
— Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Monday, January 30, 2012

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale extend LTE trial

UK’s Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale have extended live multi-operator customer trial of LTE broadband. The trial has seen the two companies collaborate to provide wireless broadband to 180 customers living in and around St. Newlyn East in Cornwall since October 2011. 
The extension until the end of June 2012 has been granted by Ofcom to enable the companies to continue to investigate the application of 4G LTE in rural areas. This will be beneficial to the rollout of any potential subsequent commercial service.
The trial is successfully demonstrating that fixed and mobile technologies can work together to provide a broadband delivery option for remote rural areas. It has also proven that the low frequency spectrum (such as 800MHz) allocated to this trial is optimal for enabling broadband in remote rural communities.
“The rollout of 4G will help drive economic growth and create jobs across the UK by making the economy more competitive, by enabling businesses to be more productive, and by allowing consumers to benefit from the latest mobile innovations. This trial has been key in investigating ways to rapidly bring 4G LTE to Britain, and Ofcom is helping us do the groundwork to accelerate the UK from laggard to leader,” said Olaf Swantee, CEO, Everything Everywhere.

DOCOMO Extends LTE Discount Offer

Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO has extended the discount for it's LTE service Xi from May 1 to September 30, 2012. According to the operator, subscribers that opted for packet flat-rate and data service plans will automatically receive a ¥1,050 discount on their basic monthly charges.
At present, Xi subscribers are scheduled to receive monthly discounts of ¥1,575 through April 30. With this offer they will continue to enjoy discounts until the end of September. Both billing Plans Xi Packet Flat-Rate & Xi Data Plan are being discounted.
Operator had earlier introduced new billing plans at the beginning of October, including a flat-rate plan suited to heavy data users and a new two-tiered plan that allows moderate data users to pay as they go up to a set limit.

Paul Bernardo recognize poor quality in mobile telephony and Internet

The Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo acknowledged that there are problems in the services provided by mobile operators and is preparing measures to address these deficiencies definitely. "Some carriers sell more services than their networks behave and invest little in improving the infrastructure," said Bernardo, during participation in this Thursday, 26/01, on "Good Day, Minister," the Brazil Communications Company (EBC ), transmitted to the whole country.

The minister said the government prepares a plan to exempt investments in networks and the Anatel must approve later this year, the General Plan Competition (PGMC), which requires, among other things, the sharing of infrastructure among operators. Meanwhile, advises consumers who have problems with mobile network operators to report to the Anatel, the agency responsible for enforcement and punishment to the telcos. "Companies have an obligation to provide the service quality, can not neglect. Fines can be heavy applied in these cases, "he said.


Paul Bernardo also stated that, since joining last year, private operators to the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), the number of mobile Internet users in the country nearly doubled. "Among the new subscribers to the network access plans, 99.8% use mobile connections. Since the increase in the number of people accessing the Internet via wireline connection reached 22%, "he said.

"The trend this year is to increase further. People prefer to have a phone connected to the Internet for access from anywhere, "added the minister. Exactly due to this demand, the government is studying mechanisms for cheaper smartphones and service plans, also said Bernardo. Watch the position of Minister of Communications on mobile phones and service quality

Government defers action on cheap mobile phone market

The decision on the regulation for import of handsets low-quality remains undefined. After the meeting of the Chamber of Foreign Commerce (Camex), the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), held on Wednesday, 25 there was no consensus on the rules necessary for the approval of the products purchased abroad.

The federal government wants to hinder the entry of lower-quality items and certify the quality of products before they enter the country. According to the executive secretary of Camex, Emilio Garofalo Son, it is necessary that imported products meet the same standards as domestic products. For this to occur, you need a technical regulation.

"There is no consensus to find a way to do this [technical regulations]. The lack of technical parameters that we approve prevented this [regulation, "Garofalo said Son. The decision was for the next meeting of Camex, scheduled to take place on February 29.

 The idea of the federal government is that the input of the apparatus has been previously certified by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). However, to act as certification, the Anatel should have the authorization approved by the Chamber of Foreign Commerce (Camex).

Currently, the quality ratings of handsets purchased overseas are made after entering Brazil. With the change of the rules, the importer must present the certificate issued by the regulator.

According to Secretary of Foreign Trade ministry, Tatiana term, the changes are intended to certify the quality of mobile devices. "At issue is the reform of this rule, to ensure that imports are approved before internalized in the country," he said.

Abinee, which represents the electronics industry, complains of low production costs in China, made ​​viable by the manufacturers to be installed in the country. In just three years, the Chinese mobile phones, according to data of the entity, have come to dominate a third of the national market.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Broadband: Entities promise 'tuitaço' against Oi

To press the Oi, which requested the annulment of quality targets in broadband to Anatel, the IDEC (Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection) has launched a campaign urging consumers to send messages to the carrier board.

The messages sent by the site Idec (link) will be sent in copy to the channel open public consultation by Anatel. The reaction against the application of Hi also relies on the mobilization of a campaign Broadband is Your Right! and Avaaz.

After receiving the request for annulment of the Oi quality goals, the Anatel opened a public consultation to consider the existence of "third-party interests," and allowed the company to manifest or against the request of the company until February 1. Idec, and launched the campaign, send your contribution to the consultation, expressing his strong position against the attempt of Oi

The goals of quality broadband service, approved by the Directing Council of Anatel in October last year, told with a strong consumer participation. At the time, Idec, along with the Campaign Broadband is your right! and Avaaz, called consumers on the Internet to send messages to Anatel Board resolutions in support of quality, with strong and specific goals aimed at ensuring and improving the service for Brazilians. The result was more than 80 000 messages sent to the agency.

 Groups that advocate the maintenance of quality goals are organizing for next Monday, Jan. 30, a "tuítaço" to expose the Oi attempt to weaken the quality of the Internet, as well as to encourage the Anatel to keep firm in the original resolution. For surfers tuítaço will use the hashtag # OiContraQualidade directing messages to the @ DigaOi, the company's profile in Twitter.

To Veridiana Alimontado, a lawyer for Idec, "Oi disregards the request of a broad process of social participation and the need to give a firm response to numerous complaints from consumers regarding broadband service."

The targets adopted indicators involve customer service and provide quality criteria for the networks parameters including minimum and average speed. From 2012, companies with more than 50 000 subscribers should ensure an average of 60% of the contracted speed, rising to 70% in the second year and 80% from the third.

Anatel opens up gap for higher interconnection charges for companies without PMS

The Directing Council of Anatel approved on Thursday, 26/01, a dissenting opinion of councilor Emilia Ribeiro, in which she would ensure use of a Unicel, which was requested the right to charge the maximum fare for interconnection against Telefonica, which was denied by the agency in a case dated 2008. Paves the case for operators without significant market power (SMP) can charge maximum rate of interconnection of large carriers.

By now examine the use of Unicel, Emilia Ribeiro was opposed to voting the rapporteur of the case, counsel Jarbas Valente, who upheld the decision in 2008 not to grant the company the right to charge up to 20% in Telefonica's interconnection fee.

The counselor felt that Unicel, for not having Significant Market Power (SMP), could charge the highest practical value of the VU-M, high up to 20%, as recommended by the regiment of interconnection.

At the last meeting, after delivering his dissenting opinion, the discussion ended without an agreement on the board, forcing the president to ask John Rao views. But in the session on Thursday, 26, to resume the issue, all voting ended, including Jarbas Valente, with the position of Emilia Ribeiro.

What was different, however, that leaves the Unicel with the feeling that it has obtained a "Pyrrhic victory", was the fact that the board approved the dissenting opinion of councilor Emilia, but determined that the interconnection charge is still considered Arbitration by the Committee - the same as in 2008, was contrary to the right of the operator. In this case, hardly Unicel may charge a maximum rate of Telefonica sought.

Is also worth remembering that Unicel is basically nonexistent market. The company faces problems with stock control and almost no subscribers in Sao Paulo. Company has even faced bankruptcy filings, but the decision might encourage other operators without SMP, since it makes a nice case in regulatory agency.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Smart grid: Suppliers charge pattern of the Brazilian government

In last week of January, Brazil received the visit of Frank Hyldmar, executive vice president Elster Integrated Solutions. Known as a manufacturer of Electrical measurers, four years ago the company embarked on an overall job of stimulating the development of smart grids, so-called smart grid, along with the utility companies. In Brazil, the initiative takes shape a year ago.

Hyldmar is also chairman of Esmig, the acronym for Group Industries European Manufacturers of smart meters, and one of the reasons for his visit to Brazil was the possibility of creating a similar move here. "We need to encourage and influence the market. Many operators are already working, but without direction, "he says.

The lack of direction is not without reason. In Brazil, there is still no government guideline regarding standards to be adopted by intelligent networks. Geraldo Guimaraes, vice president of Elster to Latin America, recalls that in the United States and Europe have clear rules.

"We had a sign of ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency) two years ago when they released the first draft of standards, but it was not released until today," said Guimaraes. He also recalls that at the end of Lula's government, a group came to be formed to discuss the matter, but it was extinguished by President Dilma.

 On account of these uncertainties, the two executives believe that an association along the lines of Esmig could accelerate the creation of standards and the development of smart grids. "An institution of this nature bring together operators, manufacturers and technology providers around the definition of standards and best practices for the implementation of these networks," explains Hyldmar.

He recalls that in England, for example, the government ofa market a period of eight months for the standards were set. "It will be a process similar to that experienced by the telecommunications industry several years ago. She has standards that today allow us to use our cell phones anywhere in the world, "he compares. The new association would include several members of the European group with operations in Brazil, such as SAP, Cisco, Oracle, Siemens and Accenture.

Until then, the industry follow groping on the best ways to implement smart grids in the country today Guimarães says Elster works with the ten largest Brazilian companies and utilities that all, without exception, is performing some kind of pilot smart grid. "Social networking has been evolving for years, but now we come to the point where standards need to be defined for the market to accelerate and move on," he says.

One of the pilots underway in Brazil is being conducted in partnership with the Light, in Rio de Janeiro. There were 41 000 smart meters installed in ten communities that received UPPs (Pacifying Police Units). Guimarães reveals that the plan is the Light that all communities with UPPs start to rely on the technology by the end of 2016.

Police in Sao Paulo charges the Anatel for LTE network in 700 MHz band

With a pilot LTE network in 700 MHz band, in progress for a year and two months, led by Alcatel-Lucent, with the participation of players such as IBM and Microsoft, and manufacturer of mining MXT, which is a supplier of 12 000 tablets used in cars, the Military Police of São Paulo argues that investment in the private network at 700 MHz is not a fight 'policy'. It is a matter of cost / benefit.

"LTE at 700MHz out up to six times cheaper than at 2.5 GHz In addition, I will share my infrastructure for voice services," writes Colonel Alfredo Deak, responsible for the technology of the Military Police of São Paulo. In this Thursday, 26/01, Military Police and Alcatel-Lucent presented the results of the pilot conducted in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo.

The test authorized by Anatel, involves three base stations LTE, 4G mobile phone, used to transmit data in real time and seen as crucial for applications, including the monitoring of day-to-day, through cameras surveillance.

Quality of service: The differential LTE
"LTE allowed us to give intelligence to the police. The information has to be passed in real time and without human presence," adds Colonel Alfredo Deak. Still according to him, testing the connection speed has reached 60 Mbps LTE and the institution has not yet found a product in the telecom service offerings: Guaranteed quality of service.

"In the 3G you can not have this transmission in real time, with the quality we need and how quickly we want. In LTE, a private network, we can even prioritize our demand. The public network LTE when it comes, will be a contingency. Police is not only the Police to integrate health, surveillance, "Deak holds.

To show the importance of using technology to the military police, Deak posted the numbers: 100 000 are police officers, 17,000 vehicles (12,000 tablets with them already installed), 23 helicopters, two ships and 600 barges. The numbers 190 and 193 meet 180 000 calls per day, coming out of the 645 municipalities in the state covered by the corporation.

In the pilot project, the investment was around U.S. $ 2 million. The cost of a commercial service is budgeted at 700 MHz, about $ 100 million in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. "I do not want to enter the political fray of the band 700 MHz I see the practical side of public safety," insisted Colonel Deak. "Doing our private network that will reduce the range by up to six times the cost, if the band were to be used 2.5 Ghz. And we all know that money that we use is public," he added.

"Besides, we also want to raise our voice service. Today we have 60 and VHF channels available.'s Very little to our day-to-day. Today, in 1000 police officers, only 60 can speak. We need to talk to the radio the cop who is out of the car. we are moving to UHF, which will allow us to get to 360 channels. And we can, yes, use the existing infrastructure to put the RBS of LTE, "insists Colonel AM of St. Paul.

Officially, the Military Police of Sao Paulo asked the Anatel to release a range of 10 MHz + 10 MHz to make your private network LTE. Other MPs, among them the Federal District and the Army itself, has also requested the use of the band, but so far, the agency has not stood up because it works in the release of the 2.5 GHz band The digital dividend in the 700 MHz band is complex because it involves a dispute between broadcasters and telcos.

"We really want a decision by the Anatel later this year. We are ready to make a commercial network. The pilot has proven consistent. The technology does what is asked of her. But no spectrum is not possible," said Deak. Responsible for technology, Alcatel-Lucent argues that the pilot conducted at 700 MHz at 2.5 GHz is feasible, but assumes that there are indeed a matter of cost to be placed.

"2.5 GHz requires much more equipment. In the United States, the projects were for the public safety 700 MHz band by cost," says the president of Alcatel-Lucent, Ionian Foigel. The pilot of the Military Police of São Paulo is the first in the area of ​​public safety, using LTE in Latin America. According Foigel within Alcatel, he is among the five made ​​by the manufacturer in the world.

Anatel begins the process of reducing the tariff fixed mobile

Starting from the Feb. 24, consumers will pay less for calls from fixed to mobile telephone. The Governing Board of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has defined this Wednesday, 24/01, the value of the rates of these calls will be reduced. On average, the reduction will be 10% of the amounts paid by consumers.

The decision is part of a standard of Anatel, approved in October 2011, which states that users should benefit from tariff reductions, gradually, until 2014. The idea is to allow users to gain up to 45% with respect to the payment of telephone charges.

By the decision of Anatel, slowly, users will pay less. In total, the agency seeks to promote the reduction in three stages - with the application of reducing 18%, 12% and 10%, respectively, over the next three years in the rate of calls between fixed and mobile, or VC, in the jargon sector, for the Value of Communication.

By the end of last year, consumers paid on average £ 0.54 per call from landline to mobile. The idea is that they spend from February to pay $ 0.48. Then in 2013, I paid $ 0.44 and in 2014, R $ 0.425.

The standard was published in November 2011. After publication, the telephone companies had 20 days to implement the measure. In case of non-compliance, the Anatel said it will take action against these companies. The regulatory agency's decision to intensify the competition between the telcos, especially in the TIM, which owns Intelig though, is that most feel the effect of reducing the VU-M, since Oi, Claro and Telefonica have fixed operations and mobile, and on that basis, must balance potential losses.

In October last year, the Director of Regulatory Affairs at TIM Brazil, Mario Girasole, told Digital Convergence, charging regulatory asymmetry. "If you will move in VU-M, interconnection charge, have to get the ball rolling at wholesale. GVT, which has always demanded, even in court the reduction of the tariff, also recalled the time that despite the proposed reduction - from $ 0, 54 to R $ 0.42 by 2014, "the interconnection rate will remain even as one of the most expensive in the world."