5G edges closer as China Mobile announces large-scale testing

China Mobile, alongside partners Qualcomm and ZTE, has announced plans to conduct large-scale 5G tests based on specs being developed by 3GPP.

Before a new generation of mobile technology is rolled out, interoperability tests and over-the-air field tests need to be conducted. With today’s announcement, China Mobile is looking to get an early start in this process while the 5G standard is still being finalised.

“The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Verizon poaches Apple’s global creative director for rebrand

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Verizon is looking to reposition its brand into a leading tech company, and the operator has poached Apple’s global creative director to aid the transition.

Apple is often seen as being a ‘cool’ brand and praise must be given to individuals responsible for maintaining this portrayal over the years. One such employee, Andrew McKechnie, former chief creative director at...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Operators.

Telenor enables Google’s RCS messaging in Europe and Asia

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Telenor is rolling out Google’s Rich Communication Services (RCS) to customers in Europe and Asia, which it hopes will succeed SMS.

As with most technologies over time, SMS is quickly becoming a relic as more people adopt feature-rich IP messaging solutions like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. These solutions, however, are not universal and require the other user to have the same app installed.

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Standards.

Nokia boosts operator efficiency with MIKA smart assistant, predictive repairs

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Nokia has announced two new services for operators to boost their efficiency with the use of AI and predictive analytics.

Jumping on the digital assistant trend, MIKA (Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant) is a specialist helper for telecoms operators which provides quick access to detailed information. Based on Nokia’s AVA platform, MIKA will improve the efficiency of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Operators, Testing & Measurement.

Opinion: Demystifying networks of the future

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Mobile networks of the future will be at the heart of tomorrow’s society. By 2020, one in five vehicles, or about 250 million vehicles globally, will be connected[i]. Surveillance cameras, health monitors, home automation systems, fleet trackers, sensors on mining and manufacturing equipment, soil, water and air quality analyzers, retail carts, drones, microwave ovens, heating and lighting equipment and a near-endless assortment of other things will get connected...

By Sandeep Bhatnagar, 16 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Networks.

How telecoms applications can become ‘ripe for innovation’ through blockchain

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Analysis Telecoms providers continue to be kept on their toes by the emergence of new technologies, from cloud to IoT. The allure of blockchain, and a secure, distributed ledger, is causing ripples in industries outside of the traditional financial services hotbed. So how can telcos take advantage?

The answer, so far, comes through identity, data integrity, and disintermediation.

Writing on...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Operators.

Authorised login used in breach of six million Three UK customer details

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Around six million Three UK customers have been put at risk after the operator's database was compromised using authorised credentials.

While no direct financial information was leaked in the breach, valuable details including names, phone numbers, addresses, and dates of birth were accessed which could be sold or used for scam and fraud...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Why the future looks bright for healthcare IoT

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If recent forecasts are any indication, the Internet of Things is poised to become just what the doctor ordered over the next few years. Doctors and nurses, hospital administrators and medical researchers will be increasingly relying on connected smart devices. According to a 2016 Allied Market Research report, the global IoT healthcare market is expected to grow by nearly $80 billion over the next five years, representing a...

By Eran Eshed, 17 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Innovation, IoT.