North America hits 250 million quarterly LTE connections, argues research

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Data from analyst house Ovum has revealed that LTE connections totalled over a quarter of a billion in North America in the first quarter of 2016. Growth in the Latin America and the Caribbean region was 268% year on year, second only to the combined Central and Southern Asia region.

Jose Otero, 5G Americas Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, said of the findings: “There have been three key drivers for LTE growth in Latin America during the last 12 months: increased...

By Telecoms Tech, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Networks.

Russian president discusses technological innovation and its effect on global relations

On the fifth anniversary of the Skolkovo Foundation, the ex-President of Russia has spoke about how the foundation has advanced technological innovation and how co-operation in the space helps to support international relations during turbulent political waters. 

Dmitry Medvedev, who held office from 2008 to 2012, signed a law during his tenure which gave rise to the not-for-profit Skolkovo Foundation which manages the innovation park of the same name. The goal of the foundation is "to create...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, N America, Research.

Global Cyber Alliance is formed – aims to combat increasing cybercrime

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. 

Cybercrime-related headlines seem to make the news every...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Privacy, Security.

T-Mobile pushes free calls to Mexico and Canada from US, adds 2.1m customers in quarter

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Updated T-Mobile US has announced the latest of its moves towards upstaging the mobile industry by offering free calls from the US to Mexico and Canada.

The move, named ‘Mobile Without Borders’, comes alongside the announcement of 2.1 million total net customer additions in the second quarter of 2015, making it the ninth consecutive quarter of more than 1 million customer gains.

It’s not the first time this type of deal has been attempted – AT&T earlier this...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Wireless.

Google's wireless service - is it what customers want?

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First announced back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google is due to launch their phone service from tomorrow. The big question is, will Google be able to deliver an attractive-enough proposition that customers will want to switch from their current national mobile provider?

According to research from Amdocs, this is where Google could have an issue. In their '

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, N America, Operators, Research.

FCC slaps AT&T with $25 million fine for data breach

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Employees of AT&T's call centres were found to have illegally taken the personal information of almost 280,000 customers following an investigation by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. As such, the regulator has fined the telecommunications giant with a $25 million fine for unauthorised use of customer data.

“As the nation's expert agency on communications networks, the Commission cannot...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

US Navy prepares for cyber warfare offensive

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Individuals behind their computers might sound less-frightening than the nuclear weapons of past, but as we've seen depicted in fictional-but-realistic video games such as Call of Duty, compromising the right systems can have devastating consequences.

Most governments have been setting-up dedicated teams to help defend against such modern attacks, including the UK who set-up...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Security.

FCC protects a free internet in landmark decision

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Whilst most internet-related headlines overnight surrounded two escaped llamas and a dress, the biggest news came from the FCC who approved the long-awaited decision to classify broadband as a Title II public utility.

The new rules provide the FCC with more powers to protect a free and open internet which offers fair access to all through banning things like the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

UK "Tech Hub" has less 4G coverage than rural US town

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A report from Expert Market highlights the slow rollout of 4G technology in the UK, and the lack of choice many consumers have when it comes to deciding on an operator. In fact, a small rural town in the US offers better coverage than Bristol which was dubbed a "Tech Hub" of the UK.

With a population of just...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, N America, Operators.

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Licensing, N America, Regulation, Spectrum.

Is management T-Mobile USA’s layer of fat?

There’s an article in French magazine Challenges this week about Iliad and T-Mobile. It’s entitled “How Iliad-Free bluffed the Americans” (in French). As usual with the business press, it doesn’t actually answer the question, and by and large there’s little new in there. Still, there’s a quote that I found interesting in the context in which I view the potential acquisition, as described in my

By Benoît FELTEN, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Networks, Operators.

AT&T’s $48.5 billion DirecTV bid is a blockbuster bet

Today’s big news within the telecoms industry is that of AT&T’s plans to purchase DirecTV in a deal worth over an eye-watering $48 billion. The merger will help AT&T become a leader in the mobile video space where latest research statistics points towards customers consuming more video than ever before on their mobile devices – something which is only set to increase.

Both companies combined will control around 26 million TV subscribers in the US and, if approved by...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Networks.

Are you under surveillance? Tech giants will reveal request data…

Snowden’s revelations surrounding the NSA’s intrusive surveillance programmes caused mass outcry from the general public and members of certain commissions. One of those he leaked was of PRISM –a slide revealed access to most of the major consumer tech giants’ servers.

The law has always been companies must hand over information they hold about individuals if the...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.

AT&T vs. T-Mobile: Gloves are off, and they’re still swinging!

Rival businesses are naturally going to have a few words about their competitors; a few playful jabs here and there. But sometimes criticising strategies ends up with the hypothetical boxing gloves coming off – and the bare knuckles come out, to our entertainment.

For some history, let’s take a trip back to April 2012 when the FCC approved T-Mobile receiving $1 billion worth of spectrum from AT&T. Alongside this; AT&T had to give T-Mobile $3 billion in cash.

The gained spectrum was...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, N America, Operators.

Scroogle you too US Government, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s reputation – along with many other top technology firms – was damaged by the NSA revelations which, if Edward Snowden’s leaks are correct, the Redmond-based firm was involved in the programme; whether knowingly or not.

Now it’s the turn of Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, to help ease customer distrust in the company’s services by speaking of their shared concerns about government surveillance of the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.

Leaked agreement allowed NSA to hold UK information (with or without consent)

If you’re reading this and haven’t heard of the NSA and their controversial spying program PRISM we reported on around five months ago – you can catch-up here. Up to date? Followers thought so as well; but yet more revelations have come to light…

It was previously revealed that surveillance reached further than US jurisdiction; causing the EU commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, to

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, N America, Security.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Angry Birds on a plane!

Many of us are irrationally afraid of flying (over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million) yet we just can’t help it – especially during takeoff and landing.

Unfortunately, these are the two times where electronic devices are banned in the US since 1998; where a near-crash of a Qantas jumbo jet Heathrow airport was said to have been caused by someone on the plane using a mobile phone.

Due to this, we can’t distract ourselves with a game of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Research.

Latest revelations helped NSA store 200 million communications

Just when you think there cannot possibly be any more NSA revelations surrounding their controversial PRISM programme – we’re proven wrong. Whilst everyone remains fixated on the bigger picture, many of the smaller initiatives under the NSA’s umbrella remained unnoticed.

Meet Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew. Whilst sounding like the names of local cider manufacturers; they were in fact partnerships allowing the NSA to scan 75 percent of...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.