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.

Opinion: Pros and cons of VoWiFi

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VoWiFi has captured a lot of attention lately. A&T recently announced that it’s handling four million VoWiFi calls a day, upon which T-Mobile countered that it boasts some 22 million calls per day using the technology. Now, many enterprises and mobile operators consider VoWiFi an easy and cost-effective way to provide indoor mobile coverage...

By David Del Fava, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, WiFi.

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.

Opinion: Is VoWiFi the next disruptive telecom technology?

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Twenty years ago, Clayton M. Christensen introduced the term disruptive technologies and now we’re seeing this disruption happening in almost every sphere of life. Uber, Airbnb, Purple, Tesla are disrupting the old traditional models of their respective industries. We’ve seen lot...

By Rajat Kochhar, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, WiFi.

Three in four operators set to launch a converged service layer by 2018

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An OpenCloud survey has revealed that three-quarters of operators will deploy a converged service layer (CSL) by 2018.

A CSL is a service-layer architecture that can deliver real-time video and voice calling telecom services independent of the access network technology. Operators are moving to CSL after facing increasingly complex legacy service layers, the researchers argue, with a handful of CSLs have already been deployed.

The report revealed that the growth of the CSL will be...

By Telecoms Tech, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, NFV, WiFi.

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.

Chiltern Railways and EE partner to improve WiFi experience

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We've all used our smartphones on the train, anxiously preparing to get disconnected soon as we hit a tunnel or get too far out from a major city. Whether for business or leisure, we've become increasingly reliant on a constant internet connection. Even a lot of popular games we use to help pass the time (or just avoid eye contact!) require an internet connection. 

Chiltern...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Operators, WiFi.

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.

Opinion: To WiFi calling, and beyond!

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So far in 2015, UK mobile operators have been unveiling new technologies and solutions to improve the situation for consumers at an incredible rate. March saw EE introduce the first integrated WiFi calling service in the country. In the last month, Vodafone launched its own VoWiFi service, and Three become the first operator in the UK to launch voice calling over 4G, or VoLTE. O2...

By Paul Carter, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Innovation, LTE, WiFi.

FreedomPop, Intel to launch "WiFi first" smartphone

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Budget MVNO FreedomPop will continue to disrupt traditional operators' billing model with the launch of a "WiFi first" smartphone in collaboration with Intel. FreedomPop provides a free sim to its customers with 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of 4G data each month, with fair charges for going over this amount. 

Few people use a large amount of...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, WiFi.

Ericsson launches multi-device WiFi calling

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Ericsson has bolstered their existing WiFi calling solution with new multi-device functionality in response to an increasing appetite from operators and consumers. The enhanced service will allow customers to switch between their WiFi-enabled mobile devices whilst retaining a full voice service. 

The new solution will offer better value to consumers, whilst opening...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, VoiP, WiFi.

Vodafone launches nationwide WiFi calling

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Most operators are looking at WiFi-based solutions to help keep users connected in areas where cellular suffers. UK operator Three, for example, offers an application to support voice calls over WiFi using a customer's mobile plan. EE meanwhile already uses new smartphone features in the latest mobile devices to offer WiFi calling without the need to even install an app. 

Vodafone has announced this morning it has also enabled built-in WiFi calling for supported...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Operators, WiFi.

Research: Poor Wi-Fi forces consumers to use mobile data

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New research from Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) points to one in four consumers using their mobile data at home due to poor Wi-Fi networks; which could pose an issue with operators' plans to solve gaps in mobile signal with Voice-over-WiFi solutions. 

The study, which polled 2,000 UK adults, revealed that one in seven...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Operators, Research, VoiP, WiFi.

High-speed in-flight Wi-Fi reaches new heights thanks to Honeywell and Inmarsat

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British satellite telecommunications firm Inmarsat, and Honeywell Aerospace, have reached a new milestone in high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi during first phase tests of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services. 

In order to reach this important next step, the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Satellite, WiFi.

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.

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.