4G LTE: next-generation mobile phone technology.
The advent of 4G LTE technology brings more of what users love about mobile telephony: the integration of various technologies and higher bandwidth for speed, bringing more data services, entertainment, and value to mobile devices in the form of Internet access, videos, games, social networks, and much more.
4G technology offers transmission speeds ten times faster than the current 3G. "Today, users need mobility, good bandwidth, higher speeds and greater capacity. Devices with this technology can maintain a speed of 100 MB per second, "said Pedro Felipe Ordoñez, Industry Consultant, Open International Systems, a leading software developer for the telecommunication and public services sector.
With 4G technology, Internet calls will become increasingly common; videoconferencing will support press conferences, meetings from across the world, all thanks to the higher quality of communication, video, sound and image and the avoidance of data distortion. Similarly, 4G networks are more secure by making it almost impossible to connect to a fraudulent network.
Colombia is focused on the development of its telecommunications infrastructure. Mobile phone companies like Comcel, Movistar and Tigo and other entertainment companies such as Une already have 4G networks.
Colombia received the "Government Leadership Award" from the worldwide mobile telephony association GSMA for its innovative telecommunications policies. This award highlighted the implementation of Colombia’s Vive Digital strategic plan, focused on offering more opportunities to Colombians through mobile telephony.
Nowadays, many telecommunications companies offer 4G LTE technology, which places them in an increasingly competitive environment and compels them to implement supporting software to manage these and other complementary services. Open Smartflex, from Open International Systems Corp., supports telecommunications service providers across the business, from their traditional functions to the 4G LTE network and a range of value-added services that are available through this new technology.
"With Smartflex, telecommunications companies can offer additional services, new plans, events management, not just the concept of voice and call detail records (CDRs) but also incorporate business management of EDRs (event detail records) or IPDRs (IP detail records) or usage records," events "that are more than only calls," said Ordoñez.
This is achieved thanks to the agility of the Open Smartflex solution, designed to be configurable to complement new technology and business definitions. It can create products and services independent of the supporting network and link real and virtual diagrams on which each product or service is provided. This independence makes it possible to define new products and services easily.
In late April of this year, Latin America has five commercial LTE networks in the region including UNE (Colombia), Antel (Uruguay), SKY (Brazil), Claro (Puerto Rico) and Open Mobile (Puerto Rico), and there are some other major companies that are expected to launch LTE soon including Entel (Chile), Telecom (Argentina), Movilmax (Venezuela), Digicel (Caribbean). By the end of 2012, expectations are for 15 commercial LTE networks with approximately 650,000 subscribers in Latin America.