Plumbing may seem like a strange word in a telecoms focused blog – especially one that highlights Long Term Evolution or LTE.  Still, that’s what it is.  Plumbing moves something from one place to another – typically through pipes.  In the plumbing that we all rely on, water or gas is moved to faucets, heaters, cooktops and other other appliances.  In the mobile telecom world, we have new and shiny LTE networks being deployed around the world.  To move all of that data between these high speed network island, we need plumbing – and that plumbing is called an IPX.   Peter Bernstein put it this way in his article: LTE and Roaming – Sybase 365 Leading the Charge: “Let’s face it, plumbing is not sexy.”

Sybase 365 recently released the results of our Global Operator Survey, covering the IP Exchange (IPX) technology.  Three hundred fifty-three operators were surveyed online, with an additional eleven one-on-one interviews.    This resulted in a very interesting cache of data from a variety of operators and service providers, worldwide.  I intend to publish a number of blog entries, based on the results of our survey.  This one is the first.

As it is now the middle of November, the iPhone has now been launched (without MMS, of course) in the UK and Germany.  Additionally, China Mobile announced at this week’s GSM Asia Congress in Macau that they are in negotiations with Apple over bringing the iPhone to China.  In fact, the sales figures are estimated around 23 million units, during the first year.