Analysing the outlook for new smartphone tech innovation in 2017

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.45 billion units, with a year-over-year growth rate of just 0.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4 percent growth rate in 2015.

However, 4G smartphones will reach 21.3 percent year-over-year growth globally for 2016, at 1.17 billion units - that's up from 967 million in 2015. Once again, emerging...

By David H. Deans, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Vodafone study reveals 76% of companies believe the IoT will be 'critical' to future success

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Vodafone has released its fourth annual IoT Barometer Report which examines the sentiment which businesses have towards Internet of Things-related developments. In the latest study, Vodafone found 76 percent of companies believe the IoT to be 'critical' to future success. 

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Research.

Review: NETGEAR's Nighthawk X8 is for the forward-thinkers

Whenever a piece of kit from NETGEAR lands in the TelecomsTech office we have a high level of expectation from it, and even more so when it's a high-end router like the Nighthawk X8. Over the past couple of weeks the router has been put through its paces to see whether it meets the usual standard. 

In this review we'll discuss the design, features, and performance of the Nighthawk X8 based on real-world usage. Our tests were conducted in a typical urban...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Networks.

Ericsson announces restructuring after Q1 sales disappoint

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Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson has announced disappointing Q1 sales and the intention to focus on restructuring to harness new oportunities and drive growth and profitability over the coming years. Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "We are not satisfied with our overall growth and profitability development over past...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks.

Interview: NETGEAR believes WiFi should dominate IoT standards

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During a NETGEAR-hosted event in London today, we caught-up with the networking giant’s VP of smart home products, Pat Collins, and discussed why the company is sticking to WiFi for its smart home products. 

There are many standards battling it out for the IoT such as; Zigbee, Weave, and Z-Wave. NETGEAR has its legacy in WiFi-based products, so we questioned if the company was...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Opinion: How a device "Bill of Rights" can make the IoT even better

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The Internet of Things is generating a lot of buzz these days. Now, more devices are connected to the Internet than there are people on this planet, and an estimated 50 billion Internet-connected devices will exist by 2020.

Though this rapidly growing popularity is exciting, most of the conversation surrounding IoT...

By John Horn, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Research: Consumers are getting happier with smart home technology, but overall demand is dropping

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There are a vast amount of impressive smart devices available on the market, but the lack of a winning standard has caused most of them to function as separate entities rather than working harmoniously. Speaking from personal experience, this has been what has affected my own demand for smart home devices. 

A new report from Argus Insights appears...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT.

Ericsson makes widespread IoT adoption possible

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Gartner predicts 4.9 billion connected devices will be in-use by the end of this year, a number which is set to grow to over 25 billion by 2020. Existing networks are struggling to cope with the demand placed on them by the IoT – and whilst the development of new technologies has picked-up to solve this dilemma – until then software needs to step-in and optimise...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, IoT, M2M, Networks.