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.

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.

How digital transformation projects are driving new IT investment

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In today's economy, information technology (IT) is the essential foundation for new digital business transformation projects. It's also the open innovation platform that enables an enterprise to harness the collective capabilities of their commercial ecosystem that's online.

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner. However, this overall global growth rate is down slightly from earlier...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Innovation.

Technology, media and telecom M&A hit $698.2 billion in 2016

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The savvy CEOs anticipate that trends in 2017 are likely to follow the path of disruptive events in 2016. Change is the norm. Digital technology will continue to have a dramatic impact on legacy players in the marketplace.

Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sectors completed 3,021 deals worth $698.2 billion in 2016, representing a decrease of 4.5% in value and 5.7% in deal count compared to a record 2015, while deal count remained consistent, according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation.

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.

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

Why global IoT revenue is set to hit $3 trillion by 2025

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Current estimates of the commercial impact from the Internet of Things (IoT) market opportunity are already being rated in the billions and trillions. Machina Research recently published its annual guidance on the growth of the global IoT market, adding more data and insight to the future projections.

China and the U.S. will compete for dominance of the global market by 2025. China, which will account for 21 percent of global IoT connections, will be slightly ahead of the U.S. 20...

By David H. Deans, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, LTE, Research.

SK Telecom partners with Samsung to launch world-first nationwide IoT network

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SK Telecom has partnered with Samsung to launch a groundbreaking world-first LoRaWAN network for the Internet of Things which covers the entire nation. 

This isn't the first time SK Telecom has partnered with Samsung, in fact we've covered several times when the giants have worked together on innovative new solutions – the most...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

Vodafone study reveals 76% of companies believe the IoT will be 'critical' to future success

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Vodafone has released its fourth annual IoT Barometer Report which examines the sentiment which businesses have towards Internet of Things-related developments. In the latest study, Vodafone found 76 percent of companies believe the IoT to be 'critical' to future success. 

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Research.

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.

Korea Telecom and NEC trial 5G backhaul ahead of 2018 Winter Games

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In two years’ time, Pyeongchang in South Korea will be hosting events as part of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Ahead of the event, Korea Telecom and NEC have been trialling 5G backhaul services to launch alongside it for attendees and participants.

The trial was conducted in the E-band spectrum on the 70-80GHz frequency, and utilised NEC’s iPASOLINK EX solution...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

KPN adopts Deutsche Telekom's QIVICON smart home platform

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Although it's a situation which is gradually improving, the main issue with the IoT remains getting various devices to work together. Many smart home devices support IFTTT recipes for tech-savvy people, but the IoT overall remains fairly inaccessible for the average consumer. 

Deutsche Telekom's innovative Connected Home QIVICON platform is based on an...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, Operators.