The implementation of LTE networks will have a major impact on the creation of business applications and access to streaming media, according to the vice director of industry standards at Huawei.
Richard Brennan told V3.co.uk that the networks will give businesses the ability to carry out new functions, and the potential to create new applications for a range of market segments.
"It will be possible to get users to do collaborative work on mobile devices, as well as use location-based information tied in to customised applications or video, built into business applications," he said.
"There will be a lot of business for a lot of systems integration and consultant-type shops to build things for vertical markets, such as retail, bank, health and legal. You will see some very focused business and general applications coming from this."
Brennan explained that Huawei is making a renewed focus on the enterprise space, and will make some announcements in the near future.
"This convergence of broadband capacity and vertical and cloud-based applications will be the next frontier of what makes a difference to business users, so Huawei is focusing again on the enterprise space," he said.
"Huawei has the infrastructure, software and components, and is focused on research in cloud applications and co-ordinating cloud computing, terminals and devices. If you put that together you can draw some logical conclusions."
However, Brennan warned that travellers may not be able to access all types of services worldwide on LTE networks owing to the different spectrums used by service providers.
"The grab for LTE spectrum means that many operators are on different frequencies. This means that not all services that users receive in their original geography will be available from operators," he said.
Brennan also noted an ongoing push among network firms to work on HTTP Adaptive Streaming technology that would see networks automatically reducing the quality of media when congested to ensure its delivery.
"There are multiple players in the network arena working together to help deliver media more successfully by increasing capacity on the network and managing its delivery," he said.
LTE has been touted as a major area for mobile technologies. O2 is running a trial in Slough that has hit speeds of 30Mbit/s to 60Mbit/s, and analysts are expecting the technology to really take off in 2012.
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