Recap: Open Mobile Summit

The summit opened with the announcement that the “open mobile revolution has just begun” as stated by Nokia Siemens Networks CTO Hossein.  Impressive statistics prove this point, such as the fact that in every second in 2010, 290 applications are downloaded to smartphones or smart device and 8 smartphones are connected to the Internet.  15% of the cells handle 50% of the traffic.  As a result, the capacity and coverage must increase.

The discussions then moved to the topic of live video and the bandwidth impact, quoting statistics about how much of the internet and wireless content would be video.  While it is true that the majority of the bits will probably be video, the majority of signaling on the network is driven by other apps in my opinion.  The CEO of MLB.com referenced network congestion and how the solution was bandwidth optimization, in which different bit rates are provided to different devices, etc.  However, the answer/solution was not in an application-agnostic way that SEVEN builds its solutions, and I think ignores the bigger problem of the multitude of applications that drive the majority of the signaling on the network.

Finally, there was the CTO of Verizon Wireless, Anthony Melone, who talked a lot about LTE and indicated that LTE is “about the bandwidth hungry apps we can’t do today”.  He said the main question is “how will the ecosystem evolve to make that efficient for everyone?”  Again, everyone was focused on the bandwidth and not the signaling issues.  However, even Melone admitted that “we still need to optimize applications for mobile” and re-iterated that later in the discussion.

Clearly there is a need for solutions that optimize the experience both on the network as well as the device, where SEVEN Networks has its unique position.

Thoughts/Feedback?  Other reactions from the Open Mobile Summit?  Let us know.

About dratner

As COO, David H. Ratner, Ph.D. leads the SEVEN operations and engineering teams in the creation of innovative, high-quality solutions. Dave is also responsible for the delivery, implementation and support of those solutions for SEVEN’s customers worldwide. Ratner holds extensive experience across the wireless industry in engineering, business strategy, and product management, development and delivery. Prior to his position at SEVEN, Ratner served as the SVP of the Wireless Products and Solutions business unit at Carrier Access until completing the sale of Carrier Access to Turin Networks. At Turin, he drove product management, product marketing, market development and product/solution delivery. Ratner also held a variety of roles at Software.com and Openwave Systems including Vice President of the Messaging and Communication business unit, Vice President of the Digital Identity business unit, Chief Messaging Strategist, and multiple Engineering Management, Architecture, and Coding roles. Ratner has published multiple papers, including Replication Requirements in Mobile Environments published in Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) Vol. 6 in 2001, and has spoken at numerous industry events. Ratner holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Cornell University, graduating magna cum laude with distinction in all subjects, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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