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

O2 chief describes UK market as 'like Venezuela' ahead of expected Three merger rejection

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The ongoing saga over Three UK's bid to merge its operations with O2 should reach a conclusion next week, following an expected rejection from the European Commission. O2's chief executive, Ronan Dunne, has given strong criticism about UK regulators and compared the market as 'like Venezuela' when it comes to spectrum ownership. 

Dunne's comments...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Regulation.

Emergency services benefit from world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service

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A world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service, formed through a partnership between Globalstar Europe and Manx Telecom, has been unveiled and will go in testing initially with emergency services to keep them connected no matter where they are or the current network conditions. 

The new system...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Public Services, Rural, Satellite.

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.

Report predicts 100 million gigabit broadband subscribers by 2020 – fuelled by G.fast technology

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A report published by leading broadband analyst firm Point Topic suggests the number of gigabit subscribers could reach 100 million by 2020, with most of the growth coming from the APAC region. 

G.fast technology is expected to drive this rapid growth – which although can only currently deliver gigabit speeds over a short distance – it can already secure speeds to...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Verizon prepares for Super Bowl 50 with $70m network upgrade

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Around 80 – 100k people attend Super Bowl each year, but the proliferation of mobile phone use during the event for socialising, travelling, and "second screen" experiences has put a capacity strain on networks. 

To help ensure its customers don't suffer during the upcoming Super Bowl 50, Verizon has announced that it has invested $70 million in upgrading its...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Small Cells.

Swisscom brings fixed-line and mobile closer together

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As part of a significant investment to expand its advanced broadband network, Swisscom has announced it will bring fixed line and mobile networks closer together using DSL + LTE bonding technology. 

The initial trial, scheduled to begin this month, will target a small number of residential customers and deliver bandwidth of up to 20Mbps during the first phase. Higher broadband speeds are...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Networks.

Mobile data services under-perform in the eyes of UK smartphone users

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As our lifestyles become reliant on access to a reliable data connection, mobile networks are expected to maintain a consistent level of high performance. In a survey conducted by Vasona Networks, the majority of UK consumers have indicated their dissatisfaction with current mobile internet performance. 

Over two-thirds of the respondents (67%) said they expect “good...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Streaming video now creates 70 percent of web traffic – other interesting facts revealed

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Back in May, we reported Netflix customers in Australia were having their access throttled by ISPs due to how much strain video streaming was putting on the country's infrastructure. At the time we reported that Netflix accounted for 20 – 25 percent of web traffic after just two months of its launch...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Ericsson makes widespread IoT adoption possible

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Gartner predicts 4.9 billion connected devices will be in-use by the end of this year, a number which is set to grow to over 25 billion by 2020. Existing networks are struggling to cope with the demand placed on them by the IoT – and whilst the development of new technologies has picked-up to solve this dilemma – until then software needs to step-in and optimise...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, IoT, M2M, Networks.

Huawei shuttles 1Tbps in new backbone trial

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In a joint effort with Proximus, Huawei has successfully completed a joint trial which has resulted in speeds of up to 1Tbps being transferred over an optical signal. Such incredible transmission speeds would allow for approximately 33 high-definition films in a second. 

The innovative Chinese network vendor first partnered with Proximus in January and marks the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks.

Ericsson paves the way for insane 5G speeds

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Researchers at Ericsson have been working on technologies to help shape 5G in the coming years, with perhaps one of the most exciting advancements being 'Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO' which the company demonstrated late last month. 

The technology allows devices to ping multiple towers and maintain more than one datastream at a time for enhanced speed...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Research.

Connected cars will create "traffic jams" for mobile networks

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During rush hour periods, we all expect the roads to become congested and our cars to crawl to their destination. But as we connect all these vehicles to mobile networks, it's the virtual highways which will come grinding to a halt unless preparations are in-place. 

A new 

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Capacity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M, Research.

Ofcom plans to light-up BT's Dark Fibre network

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Back in 2012, Ofcom performed a review of business connectivity and decided against allowing rival ISPs to use its Dark Fibre network. The regulator has now performed a U-turn on its decision, and has proposed that other ISPs should be allowed to use the un-lit fibre optic infrastructure. 

Dark Fibre infrastructure provides spare capacity for future demand,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Opinion: Why operators are looking at 450MHz for LTE

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The 450MHz spectrum is used around the world for CDMA technology, which is looking to be replaced now we're moving towards LTE. So what is the future of 450MHz, and how can it help the 115 operators in over 60 countries to meet demand whilst cutting cost?

It could be utilised for M2M connections to offload traffic

Due to 450MHz being a low frequency, it can travel much further than the higher bands. This has...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural, Spectrum.