South Korea’s first NFV-based routing deployment launches with LG U+ and Juniper

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South Korean cellular carrier LG U+ has chosen Juniper Networks to help carry out the country’s first routing deployment based around network functions virtualisation (NFV), according to a release from the network provider.

There were no prior public NFV-based routing references deployments in Korea, and LG U+ wanted someone with a proven track record to provide guidance and support on the 5G project. Juniper worked closely alongside LG U+ from the initial stages of the project to...

By Telecoms Tech, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, NFV, Operators.

China Mobile opts for Brocade’s NFV to aid government Internet Plus initiative

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Networking solutions company Brocade has announced that mobile communications service provider China Mobile has selected Brocade’s advanced network functions virtualization (NFV) solution to support its most strategic corporate development initiative.

With the deployment of Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager (vTM) at important data centres of China Mobile, China Mobile will be able to deliver highly available and agile cloud services while keeping the operating cost under...

By Telecoms Tech, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, NFV, Operators.

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.

Straight Path settles spectrum dispute with FCC

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Straight Path Communications has reached a comprehensive settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to the company’s wireless spectrum licenses, the company has announced.

As part of the agreement, the FCC has terminated its investigation of Straight Path, and now the company can move forward with the vast majority of its nationwide 39 GHz spectrum fully intact, and its 28 GHz spectrum unchanged.

Both 28 and 39 GHz, spectrum bands were the recent...

By Telecoms Tech, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Spectrum.

Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, and Nokia secure lion’s share of router and switch market

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Cisco is the most familiar company in the router and switch market with Juniper and Nokia trailing behind, according to a new piece of research from IHS Markit.

IHS Markit conducted a switch and router vendor leadership survey in 2016 that shows how service providers select router and CES manufacturers, whose equipment they have installed, help them evaluate future purchases.

The 15-page study features operator ratings of 11 vendors including, Brocade, Cisco, Coriant, ECI, Ericsson,...

By Telecoms Tech, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators.

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.

UK: 1.4 million premises lack decent broadband connections, finds Ofcom

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In the latest survey from Ofcom, an independent regulator and competition authority for UK’s communications industries, it has been revealed that around 1.4 million homes and offices in the UK do not have a decent broadband connection. This means that properties in the country that are unable to receive at least 10 Mbps fell by 1 million over the past year, and 5% still lack the basic Internet speed.

A...

By Telecoms Tech, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers.

Nokia updates 5G and small cell roadmap in latest missive

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Nokia is looking to showcase its 5G roadmap and unveil technologies that will “be the basis of the next generation of dynamic networks”, the company has said.

At the upcoming IEEE Globecom 2016 event, Nokia will demonstrate how operators can maximise resources such as spectrum to deliver the vastly increased capacity and speed required to serve the expanded ‘fabric’ of connected people, machines and devices expected in the 5G era.

The company will be using its...

By Telecoms Tech, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Small Cells.

Global telecom network API market to surpass $184bn by 2021

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A new report from Market Research Engine has predicted that the worldwide telecom network API market will grow at a CAGR of more than 23%, surpassing $184 billion by 2021.

The primary factors driving the telecom network API market are the need for new revenue streams to overplay competition, monetisation and evolution of new network business models, and powering the ‘mobile app revolution’, according to the researchers. The report highlights that scalability issues and...

By Telecoms Tech, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Networks, Research.

Small Cell Forum urges greater focus from telecom regulators over HetNets and 5G

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The Small Cell Forum (SCF) hs called upon telecom regulators to help build a ‘consistent and supportive’ regulatory environments for deploying heterogeneous networks (HetNets) with the development of 5G technologies.

The organisation believes that dense HetNets stand as the backbone for pervasive and robust connectivity of underlying communications, which helps efficient utilisation of spectrum and network resources.

In order to support this initiative, SCF is...

By Telecoms Tech, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

Small Cell Forum publishes latest guide on NFV, 5G and IoT

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A new practical working guide released by operator and vendor body Small Cell Forum (SCF) details technical and commercial best practice for operators who are looking to deploy network function virtualisation (NFV).

In its recently published Release 8, SCF combines unique experience of real-world deployments of NFV technology today with small cells at the network edge, which will be invaluable in building out the networks for the future. Small cell virtualisation will be a key...

By Telecoms Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, NFV, Wireless.

White House rolls out $400m 5G networks research program

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With a view to facilitate the development of 5G wireless networks across the US, the White House has launched a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI) led by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The announcement follows the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Spectrum Frontiers vote to open high-frequency millimetre wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use.

At the 2015 State of the Union, President Obama said, “Twenty-first century...

By Telecoms Tech, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks.

Why 5G has ‘captured hearts and minds’ of the wireless industry

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Advisory body 5G Americas has published a whitepaper titled, “Global Organisations Forge New Frontier of 5G”, that details several industry, academic, private company and government organisations that are working towards taking forward the development of fifth generation (5G) technology and its ecosystem.

Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, said: “LTE will provide the mobile broadband foundation for 5G for years to come, yet there is no denying that 5G has captured...

By Telecoms Tech, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

North America hits 250 million quarterly LTE connections, argues research

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Data from analyst house Ovum has revealed that LTE connections totalled over a quarter of a billion in North America in the first quarter of 2016. Growth in the Latin America and the Caribbean region was 268% year on year, second only to the combined Central and Southern Asia region.

Jose Otero, 5G Americas Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, said of the findings: “There have been three key drivers for LTE growth in Latin America during the last 12 months: increased...

By Telecoms Tech, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Networks.

TalkTalk reports over 50% decline in pre-tax profit after last year's cyber attack

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TalkTalk Chief Executive Dido Harding claimed the company has recovered from the cyber attack that compromised the data of over 100,000 customers – an incident which cost the company up to £60 million – despite reporting that pre-tax profit nosedived by over 50% to £14 million in the year to March 2016. However, sales rose 2.4% year-on-year to £1.84...

By Telecoms Tech, 12 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Operators, Security, Smart TV.

Ministers pressured to spend on rural broadband quickly

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UK ministers are facing pressure to quickly spend a recent £258 million windfall on efforts to boost fast rural broadband.

The windfall comes after British telecommunications firm BT handed back some of its £1.2 billion one-off subsidy to cover the rollout cost for 24mbps fast broadband across the UK. BT was given the subsidy based on an internal forecast that...

By Telecoms Tech, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

Nokia to upgrade Ooredoo Qatar’s nationwide mobile broadband network

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Qatar, a vibrant economy in the Middle East, is seeing a drastic increase in smartphone use and as a result surging data demand. With a view to service end users better, Ooredoo Qatar has signed a three-year agreement with Nokia wherein the latter will upgrade and expand Ooredoo's existing mobile broadband network across the country, providing 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-Advanced radio and core...

By Telecoms Tech, 05 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks.

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.

Report notes how Canada is unhappy with its broadband services

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Though Canadians are surfing the internet more than ever, the price of these services is hurting them according to new research from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). High costs are pushing 20% of internet users to cut down their internet usage, though online activity has witnessed a sharp increase over the past half-decade.

The EKOS-commission survey found that roughly 33% of Canadians are satisfied with the cost of their home Internet...

By Telecoms Tech, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

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.