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Lichtenau / Baden-Württemberg, Germany, February 18th, 2020 - LS telcom AG, a provider of technologies and consulting services for the efficient use of the radio spectrum based in Lichtenau, Baden, Germany, was one of the first companies in Germany to be awarded a 5G frequency block by the Federal Network Agency to operate its own 5G campus network.
National 5G frequency spectrum was already auctioned in Germany in the summer of 2019 to the mobile network operators Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Vodafone as well as the new entrant 1&1 Drillisch. What is actually special about the generation change to 5G in Germany, however, is the fact that the Federal Network Agency has this time reserved frequencies exclusively for local, so-called campus networks in addition to the classic licences for the nationwide mobile network operators. For the first time, this offers companies the opportunity to implement their own individual network tailored to their applications and needs and thus become independent of the classic mobile network operators.
LS telcom AG is one of the first companies in Germany to have successfully applied for and received frequencies for a campus network and will use the frequencies received in the 3.7 - 3.8 GHz range for internal communication and processes, as well as for the further development of its business areas and as a test field for customers: in future, the company's own communication network will be able to transmit much larger amounts of data (e.g. for IT, measurement or high-resolution image data) securely, wirelessly and almost in real time. In addition, customer-specific system solutions with large bandwidths and high latency requirements can be tested in real 5G environments. This includes applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, as well as radio and measurement systems that are integrated, configured and tested before commissioning and delivery to customers.
"Driven by digitalization and Industry 4.0, reliable, highly available and secure radio networks are gaining enormously in importance. The award of campus licenses for proprietary networks is an enormous opportunity for very large industrial companies as well as medium-sized and even small businesses. The low license fees enable companies of all sizes to develop solutions that make the best use of this technology and thus benefit from the advantages of 5G," explains Roland Götz, COO and Member of the Executive Board of LS telcom AG.
"The provision of licenses for so-called campus networks by the German Federal Network Agency has a major signal effect internationally. This puts Germany in a pioneering role worldwide," Götz continues.
LS telcom accompanies companies as they take the step into digitalization and already provides support during the application process for the allocation of 5G frequencies. It also offers a unique all-round concept for the design, planning, management, monitoring and analysis of secure and reliable radio infrastructure.
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Recommendation for a new definition of exclusive use – study produced by LS telcom on behalf of UK Spectrum Policy Forum
London, UK - Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 6 February 2020 – Ofcom state that the licences they issue are not exclusive. But what defines the “exclusive spectrum use”?
The report launched today, “The characteristics which justify exclusive use of spectrum” (prepared by LS telcom and published by UK Spectrum Policy Forum) works to address this question. It also highlights how spectrum authorisation and sharing operates in the context of the existing regulatory framework and in the light of Ofcom’s new shared access licensing regime.
The definition of ‘exclusive’ is addressed in the context of spectrum authorisation where a primary objective is to secure the efficient use of spectrum. It further examined whether the current UK spectrum licensing framework provides enough flexibility to provide enough spectrum to users in all geographic locations in the UK and whether changes should be made to Ofcom’s current authorisation framework.
The report presents three main findings:
- A definition of “exclusive spectrum use” which it recommends Ofcom and other stakeholders to use in the future, “user access to spectrum over a defined area which provides a predictable incoming and outgoing interference environment and the ability to deploy services in accordance with the user requirements as and when the user requires”.
- Ofcom’s introduction of the shared access licensing regime has increased the flexibility of the spectrum licensing framework and brings significant benefits towards realising universal access to spectrum. However, the report recommends that Government, Ofcom and industry continue to work collaboratively to recognise further opportunities for increasing the flexibility of the spectrum licensing framework where and when appropriate.
- That no immediate changes are necessary to the current spectrum authorisation framework, but recommends that programmes for innovation should be supported to allow for new multi-layered and multi-dimensional approaches for future authorisation decisions and frameworks and to serve future spectrum demand.
Tony Lavender, chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Steering Board commented: “As we move toward a world where shared use of spectrum is increasingly encouraged it’s good to look again at the diverse range of use cases for spectrum to ensure that a portfolio of licencing solutions exists to meet user needs. LS telcom in their report have addressed this question for the UK and made recommendations to policy makers to ensure spectrum authorisation remains sufficiently focused and agile to meet future demand.”
Saul Friedner, co-author of the report at LS telcom adds: “There has been lots of work and progress made in the approaches to spectrum authorisation in the UK in the last few years, however this study highlights how there can still be some further refinements and adjustments such as to the definition of exclusive use and regular reviews of the approaches and continued collaboration to make sure the licensing framework in the UK remains fit for purpose.”
The full report can be found here.
 Ofcom 2018, Enabling opportunities for innovation: Shared access to spectrum supporting mobile Technology, accessed online on 3 February 2020 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/130747/Enabling-opportunities-for-innovation.pdf
As this information relates to Germany-specific rules and regulations, it is only available in German
LS telcom unterstützt Unternehmen bei Anträgen auf Frequenzzuteilungen für 5G-Campus-Netze
Frequenzen für 5G-Campus-Netze beantragen, optimal nutzen, verwalten und schützen - LS telcom hält Workshop zum Antragsverfahren am 13. Februar 2020
Lichtenau, Baden Württemberg, 03. Dezember 2019 – LS telcom unterstützt Unternehmen beim Antragsverfahren für die Frequenzzuteilung von lokalen Frequenznutzungen im Frequenzbereich 3.700-3.800 MHz. Das Antragsverfahren der Bundesnetzagentur ist seit Donnerstag, 21. November 2019, eröffnet.
LS telcom berät Antragsteller in allen Punkten des Antragsverfahrens. Dazu gehört die Erstellung des Frequenznutzungskonzepts für Unternehmen und die Ermittlung des Frequenzbedarfs auf Basis der erforderlichen Kapazitäten und Bandbreiten. Desweiteren unterstützt LS telcom bei den von der Bundesnetzagentur empfohlenen Betreiberabsprachen zwischen angrenzenden Netzbetreibern. Ferner begleitet LS telcom Unternehmen bei der Konzeption, Planung, Beschaffung, dem Aufbau und Betrieb von sicheren firmeneigenen 5G-Campus-Netzen.
Roland Götz, COO und Vorstandsmitglied der LS telcom AG, erklärt: „Unternehmen bereiten sich seit langem auf die Einführung von 5G und Industry 4.0 vor. Mit der Eröffnung des Antragsverfahrens durch die Bundesnetzagentur wird die Planung konkret. LS telcom bietet ein einzigartiges Rundum-Konzept basierend auf Fachwissen, Software, Datenbanksystemen und Messtechnik für die Planung, Verwaltung, Überwachung und Analyse von sicherer und zuverlässiger Funkinfrastruktur in kritischer Umgebung. Die LS telcom AG ist seit vielen Jahren national und international tätig und bietet maßgeschneiderte Funkplanung für Funkanwendungen jeglicher Art. Industrieunternehmen sind bei uns also bestens aufgehoben, wenn es um das Antragsverfahren und den Aufbau von effizienten und einwandfreien 5G-Campus-Netzen geht.“
200 delegates from 34 countries attended Europe’s largest Annual Spectrum Summit, hosted by LS telcom in conjunction with PolicyTracker in Lichtenau / Baden.
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 4th July 2019 – “Spectrum for Everyone & Everything” was the theme of the 24th Annual Spectrum Summit concluding yesterday at LS telcom’s headquarters in Lichtenau, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. The conference built upon the many 5G issues from last year’s event and took into consideration recent developments. The agenda featured presentations and panel discussions on new approaches for spectrum access for verticals, on the increasing amount of background noise on radio communication infrastructure and methods to mitigate the problem, as well as TV broadcasting via mobile networks.
The event attracted a variety of representatives and thought leaders from regulatory authorities, mobile and broadcast operators, industries, industry associations, spectrum consultants and research institutes.
The conference opened with a keynote by Harald Berninghaus, Deputy Head of Unit for Digital Society, Frequency Policy and Mobile Communications at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany, on the topic “Spectrum for the wireless age - the challenges ahead”.
In the many controversial debates, different stakeholders presented a diversity of 5G requirements as well as issues that need solving to make 5G available for “everyone & everything”.
“For the success of 5G in Industrial IoT, it is mandatory to have dedicated resources for wireless data communication since reliability in all aspects of operation is essential in the context of a factory or production plant,” explained, for example, Dr.-Ing. Christian Bauer, Lead Developer 5G at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen, Germany, and elected member of the board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industry and Automation).
Clean radio spectrum is essential for the operation of radio services. During the panel “Keeping spectrum clean” a number of panelists raised concerns about the increasing noise due to more wireless devices using the spectrum and non-radio devices (such as computers and fixed line technologies) using ever higher frequencies. “The Amateur radio community struggles with an ever-growing level of electro-magnetic pollution that is crowding in across the radio spectrum from the lowest frequencies up into the VHF bands. In some frequency ranges, efficient and useful radio communication is becoming compromised,” insisted Barry Lewis, Microwave Manager at the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and continued, “Aftermarket regulation and slowly evolving standards are struggling to be effective in keeping the spectrum clean for all users.” Mitigating techniques and methods against the increasing background noise were also addressed during discussions, such as continuous radio monitoring.
Panelists agreed that progress has been made on more varied licensing and authorization regimes, with BNetzA in Germany having licensed the 3.7 – 3.8 GHz band, and Ofcom having identified that shared access to spectrum can help with market expansion, i.e. targeting areas that are not considered economic by mobile network operators.
Roland Götz, COO and board member of LS telcom AG, concluded: "This year again, we were able to attract renowned international speakers from a great variety of organizations to the Spectrum Summit. Around 200 delegates from impressive 34 nations across the globe were our guests at the LS telcom headquarters in Lichtenau. We are delighted that “Spectrum for Everyone & Everything” attracted so many international experts. The immense progress in the development and implementation of 5G is reflected in the keen interest in our Spectrum Summit. This also shows that the agenda as well as our products and services are exactly in line with the trend. It is amazing for us to see how this event has developed over the past 24 years to today's “must-attend event” in the spectrum management calendar.”
“What makes the Spectrum Summit so interesting and useful is that it brings together international stakeholders – regulators, manufacturers, academics, and users -- who share their expert points of view and experience with topics and issues from different angles. Delegates benefit from a diverse agenda providing unique theoretical and practical insights, facts, ongoing issues, and future directions in the industry,” confirms James Watson, Manager of Spectrum Business Analysis, ISED Canada and future Chairman of the USERgroup. He adds, “The event is always an excellent opportunity to network and share successes and challenges with colleagues and peers.”
The Spectrum Summit is followed by a workshop for German industries on local 5G licensing, the latest topic in Germany after the allocation of local 5G frequencies for industry by the German Federal Network Agency BNetzA. The Spectrum Summit and the post-conference workshops together with the two-day LS telcom USERgroup forum for LS telcom system and software users, make up a full week of events, which is organized by LS telcom. The Spectrum Summit is organized by LS telcom in conjunction with renowned spectrum policy publication PolicyTracker.
London, UK - Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 18th June 2019 – LS telcom UK today announces that it conducted a study for the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in Ireland on network deployment and spectrum options for Terrestrial Broadband Public Protection and Disaster Relief (BB-PPDR). ComReg published the final report of the study today.
The research carried out by LS telcom was an input to ComReg’s proposed multi-band spectrum award consultation. The scope of the study was to determine how existing and proposed network deployment options i.e. using dedicated networks, commercial networks or a hybrid, and proposed spectrum options, could potentially impact the availability of future spectrum, particularly the 700 MHz duplex.
LS telcom performed analysis of the various network deployment and spectrum options, which included an extensive pan-European country feasibility analysis of the different technical alternatives to inform the findings.
The spectrum requirements calculation for BB-PPDR usage in Ireland found that 2 x 6 MHz is sufficient to meet all possible PPDR scenarios (in accordance with the LEWP-ETSI Matrix) and that there is no impact to ComReg to include the full 2 x 30 MHz in 700 MHz duplex in the multi-band award.
The final report published by ComReg feeds into ComReg’s public consultation for the multi-band spectrum award process which includes a section on BB-PPDR spectrum options to inform stakeholders of the outcome of LS telcom’s analysis.
Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 31st January 2019 – LS telcom, an expert in spectrum management and 5G spectrum consulting, was welcomed as a new member by the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) during the plenary meeting on 30th/31st January.
5G-ACIA is a new global initiative with the aim to optimize the applicability of 5G technology and 5G networks in the manufacturing and process industry by addressing, discussing and evaluating relevant technical, regulatory and business aspects.
Dr. Andreas Müller (Bosch), Chairman of the 5G-ACIA declares, “We are delighted to welcome LS telcom as a member of 5G-ACIA. LS telcom is a recognized expert with solid experience in the field of 5G, spectrum policy, technology and regulations. We are therefore already looking forward to numerous valuable contributions from LS telcom to the various ongoing activities of 5G-ACIA.”
LS telcom has already assisted the EU, the UK government, the transport industry and diverse industry associations with projects that focused on the technology evolution, impact on spectrum policy and co-existence studies as well as infrastructure requirements of 5G. LS telcom also provides training courses on 5G related matters and is a member of the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC).
Dipl.-Ing. Roland Götz, COO and board member of LS telcom, said, ”We are looking forward to collaborating with the 5G-ACIA to contribute to the success of 5G in the industrial domain and to support the application of 5G for the different use cases and very diverse requirements of the industry.”
Bowie, Maryland, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 1st October 2018 – LS telcom Inc., a worldwide leader in spectrum management and monitoring solutions, today announced that it has delivered a comprehensive study of 5G spectrum compatibility to Intelsat and SES, leading providers of C-Band satellite services in the United States. The objective of this spectrum study was to analyze the characteristics and impact of signal interference as well as potential mitigation measures as a result of introducing 5G deployments in adjacent spectrum to existing C-Band satellite services.
As the FCC continues its comprehensive analysis of optimal spectrum for 5G, the use of a portion of 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz (commonly referred to as C-Band) has become a likely candidate. To better understand the potential impacts to existing C-Band satellite systems and users, the study analyzed the interaction between a hypothetical 5G network with the existing operational characteristics of the C-Band satellite in the 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz spectrum. The study provided by LS telcom covered multiple network components and a variety of operational scenarios to analyze and predict the potential impacts of 5G operations and the subsequent adjustments and mitigation techniques required for existing satellite and ground station equipment.
“We are excited to be part of this dynamic time in spectrum management. As the push to 5G continues, the need to understand the impacts of adjacent systems and spectrum sharing are critical to the success of the next generation of wireless technology, as well as for the incumbent systems that are now being asked to share their spectrum resources,” stated Casey Joseph, Vice President at LS telcom, Inc.
“With our comprehensive solutions and global experience in spectrum management, LS telcom is uniquely positioned to help both new entrants as well as incumbent systems in this transition.”
The delivery included a report of findings based on several modeled locations as well as a software toolset enabling ongoing analysis of additional site locations and scenarios. The baseline of the solution leveraged LS telcom’s SpectrumMap, a visualization platform able to interpolate data from multiple sensor and source inputs to provide coverage predictions.
Please find the spanish translation of this press release here.
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 6th August 2018 – LS telcom UK was commissioned by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) to conduct a future looking study to examine the practicality, feasibility, and implications of defragmenting the UHF band 694 to 960 MHz.
SPF is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximizing the benefits of spectrum for the UK.
The study was initiated by the UK SPF in response to radical proposals to re-plan the 694 to 960 MHz band to remove the current fragmentation. The proposals claimed that such re-planning could potentially deliver considerable benefits such as increased capacity, future proofed spectrum and securing access for DTT services below 694 MHz.
The LS telcom study found that the overall capacity benefits gained from the proposed defragmentation would be small compared to the gains promised by future technology developments such as 5G and the use of higher frequency bands. Further, LS telcom determined that the proposed defragmentation would impose a considerable cost burden on mobile network operators, who would need to upgrade every base station in their network, for a fractional increase in capacity.
Project manager, Saul Friedner, Associate Director of Spectrum Services at LS telcom said, "This was a challenging project due to the future looking nature and the requirement to determine what a mobile network might look like in 2030. Whichever way we looked at the problem we could see no significant justification to undertake such a defragmentation exercise.”
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 5th July 2018 – “Future of Broadband – Beyond Consumer Broadband” was the theme of the 23rd Annual Spectrum Summit concluding yesterday at LS telcom’s headquarters in Lichtenau/Baden Württemberg, Germany. The conference featured presentations and panel discussions on 5G services, new use cases and spectrum requirements for vertical markets, as well as the future of radio broadcasting in the light of 5G. The event attracted representatives and thought leaders from regulatory authorities, mobile and broadcast operators, spectrum consultants, research institutes, industries and industry associations. Presenters and participants of the different panels set out their vision on 5G. It became clear from the day’s presentations and subsequent discussions that 5G has the potential to go far beyond serving consumer broadband. New market opportunities and completely new business models are being driven by 5G, in particular for industry verticals, such as manufacturing industries, healthcare and transport. “Ultra reliability, low latency and massive connectivity together with other technology developments will enable solutions for individual use cases. The question is to what extent operators are willing to slice up their capacity to deliver these services and whether individual users have to provide and operate their own 5G networks,” said Martin Sims, Managing Director, PolicyTracker. Panelists agreed that new approaches are necessary and that existing business models have to be completely rethought. Saul Friedner, Associate Director, Spectrum Services at LS telcom, summarized, ”While new and more varied licensing and authorization regimes have to be introduced to allow industry verticals access to spectrum, industry will at the same time have to manage the spectrum much more efficiently, as usage is becoming increasingly complex.” Radio broadcasting is facing turbulent times as broadcasters struggle to develop viable business plans in an increasingly digital and streaming led world. Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Services for LS telcom opines, “With streaming services such as Spotify and increasingly available mobile broadband capabilities, the way in which people consume music is changing. FM broadcasting continues to lead digital platforms, including DAB, but this will change and radio broadcasters will need to innovate and adapt to maintain their relevance.” Mark Rider, Business Solutions Architect at Ofcom UK, commented, “This is my 12th time attending the annual Spectrum Summit. The Summit has an excellent line-up of speakers and experts from around the world. The diverse agenda provides great theoretical and practical insight of current developments within the sector. The Spectrum Summit is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to stay informed about latest trends in the industry.” Roland Götz, board member of LS telcom AG, concluded, “We were able yet again this year to attract a wide range of expert speakers to the 23rd Spectrum Summit. In addition to regulatory and media authorities, telecom institutions and operators, we had experts from an even wider range of industrial companies; such as AirFrance, Bosch and the SNCF Group, as well as AGURRE, the association representing industrial radio users. This demonstrates that the Spectrum Summit is well-known and well-respected, but also that 5G is a top priority on the agenda of industry verticals that are ready to take things forward.”
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 5th March 2018 – Following a joint-development effort with FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH, LS telcom’s Colibrex announces the launch of NavAidDrone, a drone-based system for navigational aid (NAVAID) inspections.
The NavAidDrone is used for field measurements required for commissioning and regular maintenance of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS). It will support Air Navigation Service Providers, NAVAID system manufacturers, and CNS (communication, navigation, surveillance) installation and maintenance service engineers. The system can also perform VOR and GBAS measurements with additional software included.
Measurement data, processed by the NavAidDrone, will now be available for areas that cannot be accessed by vehicles or conventional telescopic masts and for which measurement was therefore previously not possible. For instance, the NavAidDrone measures localizer coverage with ease in a sector of ± 35° towards the antenna as it can be fully programmed to fly orbit paths. The airborne measurement system can also detect high frequency oscillations of ILS signals caused by buildings, cranes or other construction work obstacles.
Luc Haeberlé, Managing Director of Colibrex explains, “The integrated high-performing FCS receiver guarantees extremely accurate measurement results. At the same time, the flexible airborne platform delivers a much higher volume of measurement points and results, compared to ground measurements. Altogether, the measurement results obtained with the NavAidDrone are much more comprehensive and precise and improve ILS periodical measurements, adjustment and maintenance work substantially. At the same time, the use of NavAidDrone is more cost-effective and will also potentially reduce flight inspection hours.”
Rüdiger Schmidt, Managing Director of FCS, adds, “Drone-based ILS measurement opens the way to a new era in NAVAIDS inspection and FCS together with Colibrex are at the forefront of this exciting and complementary approach to flight inspection. Flight inspection and ground measurements should go hand in hand to ensure the best performance of our client's NavAids. Our exciting new technology very effectively bridges the gap between the two worlds.”
The NavAidDrone unites the flight inspection and receiving and processing expertise of FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH and Colibrex’s expertise in the design and international commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems for radio frequency measurements.
Colibrex and FCS are planning a follow-up development and launch of the “RadarDrone” to perform field measurements for commissioning, trouble-shooting and regular maintenance of military and civil radar and surveillance systems, including primary (PR) and secondary (SSR/MSSR) radar installations. The Air Navigation Service Providers and CNS maintenance staff, radar system manufacturers and radar service organisations will benefit from this new drone-based measurement technology.
London, UK, Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 9th January 2018 – LS telcom UK has produced a report for Britain’s railway to support improved digital connectivity for customers. The research project was commissioned by the Rail Safety and Standards Board on behalf of the Future Communications and Positioning Systems Advisory Group.
The research report proposes a 3 to 5-year technology roadmap, and identifies commercial deployment models for improving high-speed mobile internet connectivity for passengers, as well as passenger and freight train operations. According to the study, wireless technology solutions including a mobile variant of Wi-Fi, 4G, and potentially 5G, are available within the suggested timeframe. Successful deployment of internet connectivity depends on which business model is adopted to ensure that train operating companies can meet the Department for Transport’s connectivity requirements.
The Future Connected Rail Stakeholder Forum (FCRSF) and the Future Connected Train and Customer Communications Steering Group (FCTCCSG) asked for the study to improve cross-industry involvement on the implementation of digital connectivity across the entire rail network. FCRSF and FCTCCSG are collaborations between the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train companies and Network Rail to improve the railway; techUK, on behalf of the digital industries; and Network Rail, the company managing Britain’s rail infrastructure. RSSB is also a member of FCTCCSG.
Nick Wilson, Rail Delivery Group, on behalf of the Future Connected Train and Customer Communications Steering Group, said that “This work has helped us to identify the range of technical and commercial options available. It will inform the rail and digital industries on improving digital connectivity (mobile and broadband) across all of Britain’s rail network for the benefit of rail customers and the train operating companies, freight operating companies and rolling stock companies. In addition, the study will inform government of associated investment opportunities and the shaping of policies to maximize them. The study should generate the further essential collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, to enable the connectivity that Britain needs in the years to come.”
The publication of the report coincides with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and the Department for Transport’s launch of a call for evidence on ‘Commercial options for delivering mobile connectivity on trains’. The findings from the report could help to provide some information to this call for evidence.
An event will be organized on 6th of February at techUK that brings the rail sector, digital industries and government together to discuss the report in the context of the UK’s ambition on rail connectivity.
To the report
(You can register free of charge on SPARKrail to download the report under the reference T1138)
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 21st December 2017 – Digita, a pioneer in wireless and digital solutions, and LS telcom, a worldwide leader in spectrum management and radio network planning solutions, have agreed to expand their cooperation on network planning tools. Digita already employs LS telcom’s software planning tool suite CHIRplus for the planning of their radio and TV networks and microwave links, and the cooperation now expands to the planning of Internet of things ( IoT) networks. Digita has adopted the CHIRplus_TC application, which provides full functionality and is optimized for the planning of LoRa networks and other narrow-band standards typically applied to the roll-out of IoT, smart cities and smart grid applications. LoRa™ is next-generation’s radio technology that has been especially designed to meet the needs of IoT.
“LS telcom is a strong software supplier with whom we have had long-standing and satisfying cooperation. It is excellent for us that their services have expanded to include the planning of IoT networks”, says Ari Kuukka, Director of IoT Services at Digita. “We have tested several IoT planning tools and chose to adopt the LoRa software supplied by LS telcom. We were also able to influence the development of the software’s features to cover our specific needs in the planning work”, says Mikko Meriläinen, network planner at Digita.
Manfred Lebherz, CEO and Member of the Board of LS telcom, commented, “We are very pleased that the Finnish company Digita, on the forefront of technologies and standards, has selected our LoRa planning software. This proves that we are on the right track with our IoT planning functionality development program, and we highly appreciate the close partnership with Digita, who provide valuable contributions to form our functional roadmap to fully match with our customers’ day-to-day needs.”
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 18th December 2017 – LS telcom today announces the publication of a report produced for Ofcom to better understand the impact of mobile signal attenuation inside vehicles. Together with Siroda, a specialist in RF signal measurements, LS telcom conducted a study, which included a unique in-car mobile signal measurement campaign. The report “In-car Mobile Signal Attenuation Measurements” presents a comprehensive set of in-car mobile signal attenuation results as well as statistical analysis of the measurement data.
The unique aspect of the study required careful consideration of undertaking mobile signal attenuation inside vehicles, which covered all of the mobile frequencies in use by the mobile network operators including 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz. The drive test was repeated for a range of popular vehicle types found in the UK and measured the mobile signals in urban, suburban, and rural areas along a 100 km route.
The empirical data will be used by Ofcom to help conduct mobile signal coverage predictions for UK’s roads and also better understand the signal quality that can be received by consumers inside vehicles.
Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 22nd November 2017 – The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has officially adopted results from LS telcom’s study “Coexistence of GSM-R with other Communication Systems” commissioned by the European Union Agency for Railways. The LS telcom report examined the possibility of using the ER/R-GSM spectrum by other radio communication systems for railways in coexistence with the existing GSM-R system operated in that frequency band. The objective of the study was to find out whether new spectrum is required for a successor system or whether band sharing during migration from GSM-R to its successor would be feasible.
The results of this study are integrated in the ETSI System Reference document (SRDoc) TR 103 333 about GSM-R networks evolution. This document intends “to describe the spectrum requirements for a European system for operational railway communications between a terrestrial ground network and a train, based on 4G/5G technology, and operating in the band 873 - 880 MHz paired with 918 - 925 MHz, in coexistence with the already deployed GSM-R technology.”
Both, LS telcom’s study and ETSI’s System Reference document are part of a joint effort by the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC), the European Union Agency for Railways, the GSM-R industry and other railway stakeholders across Europe in close cooperation with ETSI to define and specify the next generation solution “Future Railway Mobile Communications System” (FRMCS), including future spectrum requirements.
A key challenge is that spectrum is needed for both the FRMCS and GSM-R during the migration phase. An update of the EU legal framework is necessary to make available additional harmonized spectrum in order to guarantee European railway interoperability.
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 23rd October 2017 – LS telcom today announces the publication by the European Commission of the “Study on Spectrum Assignment in the European Union”. The report, written by LS telcom together with PolicyTracker and VVA, examines the approaches used by EU Member States for authorizing and assigning spectrum with a view to determining which methods might be most appropriate in the context of future 5G services and the development of industrial sectors, so called vertical markets, in the European Union.
“This study will inform regulators, operators and service providers of electronic communications of the benefits from adopting alternative approaches to spectrum authorisation and assignment. These approaches could unlock access to different services using 5G technologies that may otherwise have been delayed. More flexible use of these approaches improves spectrum efficiency and ultimately improves access to connectivity for enterprises and consumers,” reports Saul Friedner, Associate Director, Spectrum Services at LS telcom.
According to the study, the spectrum access requirements of the ‘vertical’ services, which have specific technical and performance characteristics, differ widely from the requirements of mobile services, and are driving the way in which spectrum will be used, and the associated regime under which it should be authorized and assigned. The study found that assignment approaches should be harmonized across Member States, especially for higher frequency bands (e.g. 26 GHz), and appropriately sized blocks considered, when authorizing spectrum for different services.
“The findings of the study will provide additional elements in the context of the ongoing negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission Proposal for a ‘European Electronic Communications Code’ (EECC). The study will be further exploited in the context of the implementation of the Commission 5G Action Plan,” as indicated in the EU press release.
When will exponential mobile growth stop?
London, UK, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany – LS telcom today announces the publication of a report entitled “When will exponential mobile growth stop?”
Richard Womersley, Director Spectrum Consulting of LS telcom, explained the rationale for the study, “Exponential growth cannot continue indefinitely as the result would be that whatever is growing will eventually reach an infinite size. We wanted to examine more closely how future mobile data traffic will really evolve and whether current estimates of continuing exponential growth until at least 2030 are valid, in order to inform ongoing activities to identify new spectrum bands for 5G.”
LS telcom experts first calculated how much data an individual may be able to consume to determine what a finite limit to mobile data usage might be. This resulted in the surprising conclusion that even using extreme values for potential personal data use (such as every person on the planet streaming Ultra-High Definition 4K video for 16 hours per day), the majority of growth in mobile data traffic would still be complete by the late 2020s.
Secondly, the study examined the growth in mobile data usage in a number of advanced countries where users are already ‘ahead of the curve’ with respect to their usage of mobile data. Three countries were identified where mobile data growth is already showing signs of slowing down and in each case, it is clear that the reason for this slow down is not related to spectrum availability. In these countries, there may only be a factor of three to four times mobile data traffic growth remaining, according to the report. This appears to be a trend. The study also surmises that data growth only continues to show exponential characteristics in those countries where digital divides remain or where connectivity is still being rolled out.
The report can be downloaded in the Articles & Studies section.
Systems delivered as part of USAID technology package for the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA)
Bowie, Maryland / USA, Lichtenau/Baden, Germany, 26th September 2017– LS telcom, Inc., a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced the installation of multiple LS OBSERVER sensor-based monitoring stations for the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA). The purchase of the systems was facilitated through the non-governmental organization (NGO) NetHope as part of a USAID technology package for the country. Following the Ebola crisis in 2014-2015, improvement in communications was identified as a top priority for the country. Working together with USAID, NetHope selected LS telcom as the superior technology solution for LTA’s requirements. The acquisition of the LS OBSERVER technology provides LTA with the foundation of spectrum monitoring capability including identification of spectrum conflicts, identification of free spectrum, isolation of dead zones in coverage, and locating rogue networks.
“We are very pleased to have this new capability. As I consider radiofrequency a scarce resource for Liberia, the LS OBSERVER monitoring stations will allow our team to fully optimize spectrum policy and increase the enforcement capability at LTA,” said Henry W. Benson, Commissioner for Engineering & Technology at the LTA, “This technology is a key part of our mission to improve communications for our country.”
“LS telcom is excited to be part of the USAID technology deployment in the African region. As the pace of spectrum management accelerates, regulators need to be equipped with the proper tools and capabilities to stay ahead,” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, “With the LS OBSERVER stations in place, LTA is positioned to modernize their spectrum management capability throughout the country.”
As the African continent deploys next generation wireless networks, regulators must maintain pace with the requisite capabilities to monitor and regulate activity. The LS OBSERVER monitoring system delivers state of the art sensor-based monitoring capabilities across the commercial spectrum. Available in fixed and portable versions, the LS OBSERVER is ideal for regulators to monitor, establish and maintain a spectrum inventory or support spectrum inventory activities, and enforce spectrum usage policies and procedures. As the value of spectrum continues to increase, LS OBSERVER can also be used to identify areas of unused spectrum that can be reallocated and licensed for future use. The technology package is being delivered to Liberia through NetHope, the leading technology NGO in the region. The monitoring systems are part of a larger USAID recovery package for the country.
Lichtenau/Baden, Germany – LS telcom announced that organizations now have the possibility to validate real world radio coverage for an area of interest with their new solution SpectrumMap. As a cloud based big data system SpectrumMap gathers real spectrum usage data from a monitoring network and presents the data on a map in a fast, user-friendly way. The system collects and stores spectrum data from many monitoring sources, such as fixed sites, temporary sites, mobile, handheld and portable devices. The equipment can be from different providers and manufacturers. The easy to use interface allows even staff, not qualified as engineers such as policy makers, band planners, licensing teams, as well as skilled engineering teams, and enforcement to use a range of analytical tools via web apps. Measured and calculated spectrum coverage data can be visualized in many ways such as by band, channel or service type. Key applications, which are available as web apps, include:
- Field strength of single frequencies to bands, all user selectable
- Coverage analysis of user selectable bands
- Band occupancy
- Spectrum use
- Electromagnetic radiation hazard analysis
- Dynamic band analysis where the display steps through user selectable frequency steps
In contrast to conventional control units of monitoring systems, SpectrumMap focuses on presenting the data in a geographical area rather than needing to identify monitoring sites and individually calculate coverage of each site.
Manfred Lebherz, CEO of LS telcom explained, “With SpectrumMap regulators can now for the first time base their licensing scheme on real world measured spectrum usage not just prediction. This is especially useful in urban areas, where spectrum is very densely used. We are sure that SpectrumMap will be indispensable for regulators with the introduction of 5G services, the Internet of Things (IoT) applications and connected objects.”
LS telcom UK was commissioned by the Digital Catapult to gather information on 5G activities within the transport sector of the UK. Specifically, we were focused on the activities within the road and rail sectors to identify research projects, trials and other activities that would contribute to the Catapult’s wider 5G Nation report. We interviewed a range of transport related stakeholders who are/were involved in 5G projects and activities. We provided a high level summary report of the findings that was later used as a contribution to their main report. A link to the Digital Catapult’s 5G Nation report can be found here.
LS telcom UK has joined the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) as SME Technology Member. As such LS telcom will participate in the latest technology developments for 5G and contribute to research and white papers as well as test activities.
“As a leading supplier of products and services enabling greater spectrum efficiency, it is a natural step for LS telcom to join the 5GIC. Our membership will solidify our company’s integration into the 5G ecosystem and underpins our effort to always stay at the forefront of latest technology. We look forward to collaborating with the 5GIC to help define and develop the next generation of mobile and wireless communications,” confirmed Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting at LS telcom.
As an ITU sector member LS telcom was present with a stand throughout the four weeks of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. A team of LS telcom experts, two of them were part of the German Delegation, attended the conference. Around 3300 participants from 162 countries (out of ITU’s 193 Member States) attended the 2015 conference to review and revise the Radio Regulations. Some 500 participants representing 130 other entities, including industry, also attended the conference as observers.*
LS telcom helped inform evidence-based decision making at the WRC through its extensive studies and analyses on the licensing and usage of worldwide international mobile telecommunications (IMT) spectrum and the ITU model for the forecast of IMT spectrum demand.
WRC-15 allocated and identified IMT globally harmonized bands in the UHF and L- (1427-1518 MHz) bands, while fully protecting the other services currently operated in these bands. “WRC-15 took a key decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) and a globally harmonized solution for the implementation of the digital dividend. Full protection has been given to television broadcasting as well as to the aeronautical radio navigation systems operating in this frequency band.”*
LS telcom has extensive experience in assuring interference-free co-existence of all services in these bands. Our experts have worked with a number of countries to calculate the potential impact that new LTE networks will have on DTT services and they can identify the optimum mitigation techniques and assist regulators in setting LTE license conditions.
WRC-15 also laid the first milestone towards establishing the roadmap for the development of 5G mobile or IMT-2020.
LS telcom experts help institutional, academic, commercial and regulatory organizations answer fundamental questions around 5G: How will 5G impact spectrum demand? Will 5G be a new technology (and air-interface) or will it be a system of different technologies each playing to their own strengths? Our consult-ants have carried out numerous spectrum demand studies and can model and shed light on how growth in data demand impacts upon demand for radio spectrum. We provide spectrum demand studies, sharing studies and independent reviews of existing studies and forecasts. Also check out our training courses on 5G which provide you with the necessary skills to critically scrutinize conflicting statements and views by different parties involved
WRC-15 identified spectrum in the 694-894 MHz frequency band to facilitate mobile broadband communications for robust and reliable mission critical emergency services in public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), such as police, fire, ambulances and disaster response teams.* The development of user scenarios, the determination of capacity and spectrum requirements, the selection of the most appropriate technology and the design and procurement of networks is where LS telcom’s expertise can support organizations with the move to new PPDR networks and technologies.
* Source: ITU
Algeria Telecom selected LS telcom’s CHIRplus_FX (CHIRplus_TC) software for the planning and engineering of its microwave network.
After a rigorous international consultation of several renowned software tools for microwave planning, Algeria Telecom decided in favor of CHIRplus_FX because of its robustness, its advanced technical features and its ergonomic user interface.
The leading operator in the Algerian market acquired CHIRplus_FX to industrialize its microwave network planning studies and to be able to increase productivity and efficiency, particularly in a context of rapidly evolving mobile technology and the advent of 4G which requires the deployment of an ever-important microwave network.
The software delivery comes along with theoretical and practical training to ensure the best use of the software. The training will take place in Algeria. Algeria Telecom is the incumbent operator in Algeria, which offers fixed, mobile and internet services as well as satellite communications.
LS telcom is working for the European Railway Agency (ERA) on a study to analyze the possibility of using the ER/R-GSM spectrum by other radio communication systems for railway use in coexistence with the existing GSM-R system operated in that frequency band.
Sharing the ER/R-GSM bands with a new radio communication technology will possibly impact both the operation of the GSM-R-System and the additional radio system. Therefore a careful analysis of the effects, their impact on the existing GSM-R system and possible mitigation methods are required. The over-arching scope of the study can thus be summarized by the following question: Can the new system share the ER/R-GSM band or is new spectrum needed?
Depending on the answer to this question ERA may need to take further steps and the results of the study may be used by ERA to inform the Commission and the European Communication Committee about future spectrum needs for a successor to GSM-R.
LS telcom carries out EMF (electromagnetic field) studies and compliance surveys for Ericsson in South Africa.
The study consists of EMF simulations, which form the main input into the Site Safety Compliance Report according to the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) standard.
LS telcom assesses all types of sites, such as indoor and outdoor, rooftop and greenfield sites. Since September 2015, LS telcom has already examined 125 sites across South Africa. The compliance report covers exclusion zones and recommendations for appropriate signage and access control to sites to ensure protection against over exposure. For sites initially not-compliant, LS telcom experts will give recommendations on measures to be taken to make the sites compliant. All sites are then re-assessed for compliancy.
ARCOTEL (Agency for the Regulation and Control of Telecommunications), the new regulatory authority of Ecuador, formed through the merger of Ecuador’s two former bodies SENATEL (Regulation) and SUPERTEL (Control), is taking over and using the LS telcom SPECTRA system that has been in operation at SENATEL since 2009. ARCOTEL has also signed a maintenance contract for the system.
Since the newly formed regulatory authority will also be responsible for regulating broadcasting services, ARCOTEL has extended the system with LS telcom’s broadcast network planning and coordination tool suite CHIRplus_BC. In addition to the software delivery, LS telcom carries out the broadcast legacy data migration into SPECTRAplus_DB and gives user training.
Telenor Broadcast Norkring AS, Norway, a long-standing customer of LS telcom using CHIRplus_BC for many years, has carried out an extensive technical and commercial benchmark of standard broadcast network planning software.
After the benchmark Norkring extends its trust to the winner of the benchmark, LS telcom, and continues to use CHIRplus_BC for the planning of its nationwide DTT, DAB and FM services in Norway as well as various other countries Norkring is operating in. Telenor Norkring engineers join training courses on broadcast network technology and software at the LS Training Academy on a regular basis. The new contract signed by Norkring extends over several years and includes the software, a license server, upgraded propagation models as well as on-site support and commissioning. Norkring is the leading provider of terrestrial broadcasting services in Norway and operates one of the largest networks in Europe. The company is the owner of 48 main transmitter sites and approximately 1750 smaller sites spread through-out Norway.
Global Leader on Spectrum Management to Participate in CCA Show in Nashville April 13-15
Bowie, Maryland – LS telcom, Inc., a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced it has become a member of Competitive Carriers Association (CCA). Joining an association of nearly one hundred wireless operators and more than 150 industry suppliers, LS telcom brings nearly twenty five years of expertise working with operators, broadcasters, and regulators to optimize the use of spectrum resources. LS telcom also announced that they would be participating in the Mobile Carriers Show, April 13-15 in Nashville where their technologies will be featured at Booth 209.
“We are very excited to join Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and look forward to working with the members through the expansion of their 4G LTE networks and help position for the transition to 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “We are very much looking forward to participating in this year’s Mobile Carriers Show - a top tier event which enables innovators, industry leaders, stakeholders to come together to create new opportunities.”
“I am delighted to welcome LS telcom as a new member to CCA,” said Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of CCA. “Spectrum management is an important part of every carrier’s business plan, especially in light of the upcoming incentive auction, and thoughtful solutions and services from companies like LS telcom can help carriers plan for the future.”
In the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction both television broadcasters and wireless operators will face unprecedented transitions. The multi-stage process of clearing spectrum for deployment of new LTE infrastructure and the repacking of television broadcasters in the lower UHF and VHF bands requires the comprehensive capability for planning, management, and optimization of spectrum resources – all areas of expertise of LS telcom.
From planning the network, mitigating interference, to measuring the performance and optimizing the solution, LS telcom’s SPECTRA family of solutions can establish the plan for the individual network operator while maintaining the centralized coordination required for the regulator. Additionally, as the industry moves toward dynamic spectrum access (DSA) solutions, LS telcom’s portfolio of spectrum monitoring capabilities deliver the real time sensor information required to precisely tailor the sharing operation of the network.
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit ccamobile.org.
As an additional step forward in their internal spectrum management process optimization, SUTEL has acquired LS telcom’s Wizard Workflow Configuration Tool to be added to the technical analysis module SPECTRAemc to automate, and therefore increase the efficiency of the frequency assignment processes for land mobile and fixed services.
SUTEL has carried out a remarkable task bringing up to date its national frequency user data base using its integrated Spectrum Management and Monitoring System, delivered and put into operation at SUTEL’s headquarters in San José by LS telcom and Rohde & Schwarz respectively in August 2014.
Now with a complete and precise database, SUTEL will be using the Wizard Configuration Tool to harmonize and automate its daily technical analyses calculations to assign new frequencies to its users. The project scope comprises the Wizard Configuration Tool knowledge transfer to SUTEL users, and the development of the first two wizards for land mobile and fixed services. The completion of the project is scheduled for December 2015.
Once the knowledge transfer is complete, SUTEL users will be proficient in developing new wizards on their own as their requirements evolve.
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