EE takes inspiration from Google’s Project Loon to bolster coverage

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EE appears to have taken inspiration from Google’s Project Loon with airborne balloons and drones which can be used to connect rural areas or provide extra capacity.

Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google ambitious projects, but it’s gone from strength-to-strength and reached a new milestone just last week after finding a way to keep the balloons in one spot for a prolonged time.

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Rural.

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.

Gartner predicts global semiconductor spending to grow 2.9% in 2017

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Gartner has predicted an increase of 2.9% in global semiconductor capital spending in 2017, reaching $69.9 billion (£56.7bn). The estimation for 2017 is down from 5.1% growth in 2016.

David Christensen, senior research analyst at Gartner, said: “The stronger growth in 2016 was fuelled by Increased spending in late 2016 which can be attributed to a NAND flash shortage which was more severe in late 2016 and will persist though most of 2017. This is due to a...

By Telecoms Tech, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT.

With £1bn for digital infrastructure to come – it needs to be spent wisely

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The telecoms landscape in the UK is undergoing its most radical shake-up for years. In the recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a boost to the UK’s digital connectivity with the promise of a £1 billion windfall.  £400 million of this will be dedicated to further development of superfast fibre broadband connections through a Digital Investment Fund. £740 million will be dedicated to the development of 5G. The objective is to...

By Tim Barber, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Networks.

EU creates a €500m fund dedicated to broadband infrastructure

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The European Commission has announced the creation of a €500m fund dedicated to keeping Europe's broadband infrastructure competitive on the world stage – with initial funding coming from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and three National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs)

Günther H. Oettinger,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

Can Ericsson make the required shift to become a digital infrastructure native?

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Analysis The traditional network infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift. Traditional telco equipment providers, such as Ericsson, must reinvent themselves to remain relevant in tomorrow’s digital marketplace. Simply selling routers, towers and boxes will not be enough to survive.  Network infrastructure providers have to find new ways to leverage their core assets while simultaneously acquiring new technology skills to align to the new digital economy...

By Marina Kurth, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Small cells and 5G: What the Digital Economy Bill changes mean for operators

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The new Digital Economy Bill, referenced in The Queen’s Speech, has now been debated at its Second Hearing in Parliament and is now going through the process of eventually becoming law. Part of the Digital Economy Bill includes amending the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

The ECC has, among other provisions, guidelines for arrangements between landowners and mobile mast owners including restrictions for mast height and location. The ECC has not been drastically...

By Paul Carter, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Why big data and analytics revenue will hit more than $203bn by 2020

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The data-driven business era is creating demand for new products and services. Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This market is forecast to grow 11.3 percent in 2016 after revenues reached $122 billion worldwide in 2015, and is forecast to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7 percent through...

By David H. Deans, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure.