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.

Mobile internet growth is enabled by Chinese vendors

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The evolution of the mobile communication ecosystem continues to advance in 2015, as the enabling smartphone vendor focus moves beyond what they make (products) towards "what they make possible" (socioeconomic freedom) within the emerging markets.Affordable smartphones are a key component of the Mobile Internet success story. The leading manufacturers in China are now producing a variety of low-cost, high-value devices that are empowering people around the globe to access the Web for the very first time.

By David H. Deans, 11 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices.

Huawei posts revenue jump of 30% - spends €25m on Amartus SDN software

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Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, has posted a revenue jump of 30% for the first six months of the year. Overall revenue climbed to 175.9bn Yuan (£18bn) thanks to growth in the company's far-reaching businesses including telecommunications equipment and smartphones. 

Although behind Apple and Xiaomi in their home country, Huawei is the third biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, SDN, Telematics.

Connected cars will create "traffic jams" for mobile networks

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During rush hour periods, we all expect the roads to become congested and our cars to crawl to their destination. But as we connect all these vehicles to mobile networks, it's the virtual highways which will come grinding to a halt unless preparations are in-place. 

A new 

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Capacity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M, Research.

Industrial Internet of Things will reach 43.5m devices

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As more machine-to-machine (M2M) applications are being created, Internet connectivity will become essential to numerous heavy industries around the globe. The installed base of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in industrial automation reached 10.3 million in 2014, according to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight.The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks is now forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach...

By David H. Deans, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, IoT, Research.

Alcatel-Lucent helps deliver speed and reliability across the connected home

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With the rise of the Internet of Things, the sheer amount of devices being connected around the home is putting significant demand on our local network. Not only this, but we expect each to work seamlessly without a drop in connection or speed to ensure we are able to have remote access wherever we are.

Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Access Business Line, said: “With...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Fiber Optic, Networks, WiFi.

Customer trials of IPv6 begin in the UK

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A few years ago, some headlines would have made you think the end is nigh for the internet due to a lack of IPv4 addresses to identify each device and allow connection with online services. Luckily, most of the major ISPs held a large stockpile of unused addresses which meant we could all go back to ignoring the impending virtual doom.

Of course IPv4 has a successor, IPv6, of which...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Standards.

Examining the unruly transition to software defined networking

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The traditional enterprise networking market will continue to evolve as more companies deploy new technologies to increase overall efficiency and productivity, drive revenue growth, and secure their essential network infrastructure.

Overall, the enterprise networking market will grow at a 5.9 percent CAGR through 2018 to reach $99 billion in revenue due to double-digit CAGRs in the wireless networks and security...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Networks, SDN.

MWC15: Panasonic becomes a MVNO

“When most people think of Panasonic, they think of televisions” is the honest claim made on-stage by an exec from the Japanese firm at Mobile World Congress. It’s a humble start, just before the company paves the way forward for the IoT with the launch of their own MVNO service.

Partnering with Vodafone, Panasonic says it will offer connectivity to their customers in over 40 countries for one flat tariff. This will ensure all their devices which would benefit from being connected to the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M, Machine Learning, MVNO.