Ericsson and Cisco extend partnership to include new Wi-Fi solutions

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Tech giants Ericsson and Cisco have extended their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering called Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN), the two companies have announced.

The new Wi-Fi solution combines Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio with Ericsson's 3GPP access to provide reliable Wi-Fi connection with high performance to Ericsson's mobile, cable and other industries customers.

The Wi-Fi solution will offer a range of...

By Telecoms Tech, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Small Cell Forum publishes latest guide on NFV, 5G and IoT

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A new practical working guide released by operator and vendor body Small Cell Forum (SCF) details technical and commercial best practice for operators who are looking to deploy network function virtualisation (NFV).

In its recently published Release 8, SCF combines unique experience of real-world deployments of NFV technology today with small cells at the network edge, which will be invaluable in building out the networks for the future. Small cell virtualisation will be a key...

By Telecoms Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, NFV, Wireless.

The essential components for Wi-Fi calling

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As technology advances, the demand for an ‘always-on’ society is becoming more prevalent. Smartphones have become the hub of our daily lives; two thirds (66%) of UK adults currently own one and, by 2017, more than a third of the world’s population is expected to own one. As the number of mobile devices continues to increase exponentially, added pressures on the network mean mobile network operators (MNO) need to do more to ensure customers are constantly receiving a...

By Massimo Mazzeo-Ocello, 14 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

Why 5G has ‘captured hearts and minds’ of the wireless industry

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Advisory body 5G Americas has published a whitepaper titled, “Global Organisations Forge New Frontier of 5G”, that details several industry, academic, private company and government organisations that are working towards taking forward the development of fifth generation (5G) technology and its ecosystem.

Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, said: “LTE will provide the mobile broadband foundation for 5G for years to come, yet there is no denying that 5G has captured...

By Telecoms Tech, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

Report notes how Canada is unhappy with its broadband services

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Though Canadians are surfing the internet more than ever, the price of these services is hurting them according to new research from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). High costs are pushing 20% of internet users to cut down their internet usage, though online activity has witnessed a sharp increase over the past half-decade.

The EKOS-commission survey found that roughly 33% of Canadians are satisfied with the cost of their home Internet...

By Telecoms Tech, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

Ruckus Wireless aims to address in-building cellular challenges with OpenG technology

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MWC Communications provider Ruckus Wireless has unveiled its vision for addressing the challenge of in-building cellular coverage and capacity through OpenG technology.

OpenG integrates coordinated shared spectrum, such as 3.5 GHz in the US, with neutral host-capable small cells to ensure cost-effective and pervasive in-building cellular coverage. The aim is to offer a substantially affordable mobile network-neutral alternative and the company argues that the solution is suited for fixed and...

By Telecoms Tech, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

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.

LiFi delivers speeds 100x faster than WiFi – using light bulbs

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A super-fast alternative to WiFi known as 'LiFi' has moved beyond the research lab and into a real-world test after Estonian startup Velmenni has begun to offer the technology in a commercial setting. 

Velmenni was a recent finalist in the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki. The company is using LiFi to send data at up to 1Gbps – more than 100x...

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Innovation, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Issues faced with Small Cell & CRAN deployments – and how to overcome them

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Many people believe you can just go and install a small cell or a RRH (Remote Radio Head) on a pole and you’re done. Well, there is a lot more to it. The real deployment problems begin when you are selecting your sites. Here are some of the most common issues: 

Selecting Mounting Assets 

If you are new to deployment then maybe you believe you can mount the...

By Wade Sarver, 17 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Small Cells, Telematics, Wireless.

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.

Airband brings superfast broadband to rural areas

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Rural locations have posed a huge problem in the rollout of superfast broadband, but new technology from Airband could solve this and connect folks in more problematic areas to the rest of the world at higher speeds. 

Nearly 6000 homes and businesses in remote West-Country areas in the UK could soon benefit from the superfast broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Wireless.

Wi-Fi: Will operators answer the call?

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There is a great deal of momentum behind Wi-Fi calling right now, as mobile operators look to mitigate the threat posed by VoIP services from an array of internet application providers. A reliable voice service remains fundamental to the mobile experience — and therefore to the customer retention efforts of mobile operators — and a fully integrated, bearer-neutral voice service is a compelling proposition.

But there is a wider significance to this trend, which is mobile...

By Dave Fraser, 11 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Bolivia: The new darling of Latin American telecoms?

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Bolivia has traditionally been one of the smallest telecoms markets in Latin America (LATAM). Yet a new report from Pyramid Research argues that it will become the fastest growing in the LATAM market.

The report, entitled ‘Bolivia: DTH Launches And Fiber-Optic Backbone Rollout to Drive Video and Data Services’, argues the Bolivian telecoms market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2014 and 2019, driven in the main by broadband internet and pay...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LATAM, Smart TV, Wireless.

Here's why most mobile data traffic will migrate to Wi-Fi networks

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Across the globe, mobile data traffic continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, driven primarily by online video usage. The increased number of mobile subscriptions, new smartphone users and the multitude of available software apps have resulted in an explosion in data usage.Worldwide mobile data traffic, generated by all smartphones, feature phones and media tablets, will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019 -- that's the equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 02 June 2015, 3 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

China is the new wireless broadband market leader

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While it has been a common practice for telecom industry analysts to assess the economic vitality of a nation by ranking their relative investment in fiber optic broadband communication infrastructure, in future the comparison of wireless broadband capabilities will be the key measure of supremacy.By the end of 2014, China had gained almost 100 million 4G LTE mobile service subscriptions in the first year of full commercialization, further demonstrating the nation's unprecedented growth momentum, according to the latest market study by ABI...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LTE, Wireless.

Ofcom takes 'TV white space' prime time

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UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced today the use of 'white space' spectrum in the TV frequency band will be available for use by the industry. It follows a series of successful trials of which TelecomsTech reported on back in October.

Some uses for the spectrum so far...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Licensing, M2M, Regulation, Spectrum, Testing & Measurement, Wireless.

Project Loon takes flight with Australian carrier

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The goal of Google's "Project Loon" is to enable internet access through balloons which beam a 4G-like signal back down to the earth 20km below. Telstra, a large Australian mobile carrier, has agreed to buddy-up with Google to launch 20 balloons over western Queensland in December in a test which marks Loon's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Google, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Wireless.

Elon Musk takes the World Wide Web into orbit

Bringing the entire world online is a huge but important task. The internet can have tremendous economic benefits, and innovative research is being conducted by technology pioneers around the globe to bring it to developing countries. Facebook, for example, will just this week be enabling free access to basic internet services in Kenya through their work in the Internet.org initiative.

Past efforts into delivering space-based telephone and internet services...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Satellite, Wireless.

Google could bypass its 'Fiber' for ultra-fast wireless

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If there's a company whose best interest is to get as many people online as possible, it's Google. The web giant knows this more than anyone, and has already launched its well-received high-speed ISP service in select US-based locations where demand is high.

Google appears to be testing new technology which will bypass the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Research, Wireless.