Volume 1, Issue 1 18 October 2010 The Telecoms Academy Distance Learning Newsletter The Connect Hello and Welcome some of the ‘hottest topics’ will be Distance Learning selected for inclusion in each newsletter issue. This is the first issue of a newsletter that we will be pro- We would welcome your feed- ducing every two weeks. The back on this newsletter and if intention is to bring you some there is anything that you would of the more important items of particularly like to see in it, then industry news and also to keep please let us know at: you in touch with your Dis- tance Learning studies. Support Email In addition to your study materials Or contact us by phone on: you will have been provided with +44 (0) 207 017 5747 links to allow you to register for free daily and weekly news ser- You can always contact us for vices from Informa. You may find any administration or study- that you don’t always have time related issues using these con- to read these news circulars, so tact details. Inside this issue: Live Webinars Webinars 1 Recently introduced, Telecoms and are available on the platform If you have any problems access- Academy has introduced a to replay – if you missed them ing these recordings then let your LTE in North America 2 rolling series of online webi- live – or if you simply want to tutor know. Forthcoming webinars nars delivered via the virtual watch them again! Use the links are: Android v Symbian 2 classroom platform. You are below to access these re- able to access these webinars cordings: 3G and HSPA (1 November) Meet Your Tutors 3 both during and after your Fixed Access (18 November) studies. Marketing and Branding IPTV (9 December) The Cloud Expands 3 Long Term Evolution So far there has been five webi- Technology Review Congratulations 4 Evolving Core Network and IMS nars. These have been recorded WiMAX New Students 4 The Connect LTE Making the News There have been many arti- able for $299, with Metro PCS on voice to data. cles on Long Term Evolution offering two different LTE plans. But in the short term, the Metro (LTE) recently, this one A $55 plan including unlimited PCS LTE service will compete caught the eye: voice, texts and data access with Clearwire’s WiMAX service and a $60 plan with access to US carrier Metro PCS has which is also available in Las premium video-on-demand launched LTE in Las Vegas, Vegas. Similarly, the Samsung content and MetroStudio multi- marking the launch of the first Craft will compete with both the media content. LTE network in the US and an Samsung Epic and HTC EVO industry milestone in the shape According to Mike Roberts, 4G from Sprint on Clearwire’s of the world’s first LTE handset. principal analyst at Informa WiMAX network. However, the Telecoms & Media, the move Epic and EVO 4G are likely to The Samsung Craft, the world’s signals the shift of networks deliver better user experi- first LTE handset, will be avail- from 3G to 4G and from a focus ences . Android Ousts Symbian The number of smartphone Although Symbian currently leads than 20 years ago and as the users worldwide is expected the market, Android will become market evolves, the architec- to exceed the one billion the most popular brand in the ture of this platform has in- “Android is expected mark by 2013, with growth mobile OS market and is ex- creased in complexity through a driven by ongoing competi- pected to attract more than half a number of upgrade cycles and to attract more than tion between top tier OEMS half a billion users by billion users by 2015, according additions of new layers. Conse- and challengers such as to the latest forecasts from In- quently, it is now becoming 2015” Google, RIM, Apple and Mi- crosoft, all of which are rac- forma Telecoms & Media. very hard for Symbian to keep ing to create the best possi- up with innovation and bring Malik Kamal-Saadi, principal ble user experience at lower champion smartphones to the analyst at Informa, notes that pricing points. market in a timely fashion. Symbian was developed more Future for Mobile TV Still Uncertain? US vendor Qualcomm has ing D2C customers only until given the strongest indica- spring 2011. offered through carrier partners tion yet that it is set to call AT&T and Verizon Wireless time on its Flo TV mobile TV Qualcomm launched its D2C would be unaffected. service. The firm has an- service, which requires users to nounced that it is to suspend It is no secret that Qualcomm buy a portable media player direct-to-consumer sales of has been unhappy with the and take out a contract with Flo service and devices immedi- commercial performance of its TV, in 2009. The firm said that, ately, and has committed to Flo TV service for some time. for the time being, services maintaining service for exist- Page 2 Volume 1, Issue 1 Meet Your Tutors Each distance learning pro- number of years and also have Diploma in LTE and Advanced gramme has a dedicated access to Informa’s wealth of Communications; Dave course tutor who is there to market knowledge, so they are McNally — help guide you through your superbly positioned to help you email@example.com studies and answer any with your studies. questions you may have. Certificate and Diploma in Mo- The programme tutors are bile Telecommunications; Dave The tutors run regular online shown on the right hand side of Bowler — tutorials with their groups and this page and can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org Tony Wakefield — outside of this are happy to be Training Director at: For all other enquiries please Course Tutor for Diploma contacted by phone or email to Diploma in 21st Century Tele- use this link: in 21st Century Telecoms answer specific queries. coms; Tony Wakefield — email@example.com All of the tutors have worked in firstname.lastname@example.org the telecoms industry for a Working in the Cloud IBM expanded further into the would allow the creation of tens of increasing its information telecoms space on Thursday of thousands of virtual ma- technology revenues by seven with the unveiling of a cloud chines as and when they were or eight per cent annually, with services platform aimed at needed, allowing telcos to offer an offering for its corporate and carriers and service provid- cloud computing on a pay as public sector. Telecom Italia is ers. The offering encom- Dave McNally — you go business model. looking at the sharing of soft- passes hardware, software Head of LTE Training ware and storage of information and services which would Operators clearly think there’s Course Tutor for Diploma allow telcos to offer cloud via the internet as a way of something in the cloud. In an in LTE and Advanced computing to their own cus- enabling its customers to save unrelated announcement, Tele- Communications tomers. money on hardware and soft- com Italia entered the cloud ware. computing market with the aim The highly scalable offering Windows 7 So Windows Phone 7 is out October 21, with HTC, as you detraction from previous ver- there and pretty slick it looks might expect, leading the sions of Windows Mobile, finally too. Even Stephen Fry, a long charge. LG, Samsung and Dell doing away with the stylus and time critic of Microsoft’s mo- were also present in the lineup. the need to drill down through bile strategy was present at By the time the platform several layers of menus. In fact, the launch event in London Dave Bowler — launches in the US in Novem- with its ‘Live Tiles’ feature, Mi- to say, ”Microsoft finally gets Senior Trainer ber there will be nine devices in crosoft has gone one better it”. total. than the rash of icon-based Course tutor for Certificate interfaces, pulling out contex- and Diploma in Mobile There will be a handful of de- The interface is a pleasant vices available in the UK from tual information apps. Communications Page 3 Informa, Telecoms Academy Congratulations: Congratulations to the following students who have sat their exam recently: Edward Jenkins Distinction Certificate in Mobile Communications Margot Moussey Distinction Certificate in Mobile Communications Simon Evans Pass Certificate in Mobile Communications Amanda Reed Pass Diploma in 21st Century Telecoms Brendan Kearns Merit Diploma in 21st Century Telecoms Rhodri Cave Distinction (To be Ratified) Diploma in 21st Century Telecoms Anthony Schmid Merit (To be Ratified) Diploma in LTE & Advanced Communications Welcome to: Welcome to the following students who have commenced their studies on a Telecoms Academy Distance Learning programme: Wilfried Bationo Certificate in Mobile Communications Vincent Santjes Certificate in Mobile Communications Glenn Kong A San Certificate in Mobile Communications Yassine Messai Diploma in Mobile Communications Abdou Baki Maboudou Diploma in Mobile Communications Where should I be in my studies? The calendar below indicates where you should nominally be in your studies, for more Information contact your course tutor. Please note – Exam dates are those published for your course. Please ignore this date if you have agreed a different examination date with your tutor or the distance learning staff.
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