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

#MWC16: RCS steps forward as Google and GSMA launch client with operators

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RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is how operators will continue the fight against feature-rich OTT services like WhatsApp through an interoperable standard enabling things like group messaging, IP voice calls, and file sharing between networks. 

As traditional SMS use declines, it will be RCS which hopes to retain those...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Opinion: 4G to 5G - 2015 to 2016

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Looking back on LTE deployment has shown us that 2015 was a slow year for most of the deployment teams. However, it was not dead. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US continued to build out their networks and gave steady work to the teams. The LTE rollouts among the larger carriers are nearly complete, but this doesn’t mean that 3G will be going away soon because there are so...

By Wade Sarver, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, LTE, M2M, Standards.

Ericsson introduces 5G research exchange project - aims for unified infrastructure market

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Ericsson has announced the launch of a research exchange project between industry partners which aims to advance the development of 5G technology and create a unified European infrastructure market.

The 5G Exchange (5GEx) project is described as a Phase 1 5G infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and integrates multiple operators and various technologies. 5G PPP was initiated by the EU Commission to ensure the necessary solutions, architectures,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Standards.

Google acquires Jibe Mobile – backs it to lead Rich Communications standard

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Earlier this week, we reported on new research from Juniper which points towards OTT voice providers expecting to witness a fivefold revenue increase over the next five years at the expense of traditional operators' voice revenue – which is on a serious decline. 

Part of the reason for this decline in voice revenue...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Why open standards on the web will benefit us all

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Deep within the bowels of the internet there is a battle raging - one that has the potential to fundamentally change how people use the web.

Actually, that’s probably a bit dramatic. The bowels of the internet are far more likely to be a brightly lit, open-plan office in downtown San Francisco, or maybe a bit further south in Silicon...

By Telefónica, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Standards.

Customer trials of IPv6 begin in the UK

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A few years ago, some headlines would have made you think the end is nigh for the internet due to a lack of IPv4 addresses to identify each device and allow connection with online services. Luckily, most of the major ISPs held a large stockpile of unused addresses which meant we could all go back to ignoring the impending virtual doom.

Of course IPv4 has a successor, IPv6, of which...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Standards.