Ups and downs of the mobile internet movement

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Not that long ago, internet access via a mobile phone was considered a novelty. Today, as more mobile network operators continue to achieve breakthroughs in broadband upload and download speeds, the growth in total mobile data traffic is rising exponentially.ABI Research now predicts that the average monthly data consumed per mobile service subscriber will increase from 445 megabytes in 2014 to 2,289 megabytes by 2019.In early December 2014, Nokia Networks unveiled its carrier...

By David H. Deans, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Capacity: Delivering app coverage on the road to 5G

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5G may be generating both hype and search engine optimization efforts but, for mobile operators, 5G is already a key consideration in their network strategy and planning. In other words, mobile operators are already on the road to 5G…

There are two recurring concepts that we see when we consider the network evolution to 5G:

  • The first is the concept of app coverage, which looks at network performance and capacity from the user perspective. This is...

By Eric Parsons, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

The tactile internet: IoT, 5G and cloud on steroids

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By Professor Mischa Dohler & Professor Gerhard Fettweis, Fellows of the IEEE

Each Internet generation was believed to be the last, with designs pushed to near perfection. The first and original Internet, a virtually infinite network of computers, was a paradigm changer and went on to define the economies of the late 20th century. However, after that Internet came the Mobile Internet, connecting billions of smart phones and laptops, and yet again redefining entire segments...

By Telefónica, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, M2M, Networks.

Samsung gives us a taste of 5G (with 7.5Gbps speeds)

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Korean giant Samsung is often at the forefront of new technologies, and with 5G, it looks to be well-ahead of its time. The standard isn't expected for a few years yet, but a number of companies have started to work on and help shape what it should look like according to their visions.

Samsung has been testing its own...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Opinion: Boris, stop talking about the mythical 5G. Let's roll-out Wi-FAR with its 64-mile radius

London's mayor spoke of his commitment to 5G this week, which is great, but I couldn't help but think we should stop talking about it – considering we don't even know what it is yet – and start putting technology into action which is readily available and could very well change how we connect to the internet in the "tech capital" he envisions…

Previously I lived in my parents' house...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, WiFi.

Google acquires 5G firm Alpental Technologies

If there’s any company which relies on the web, it’s Google. The giant started life as a search engine and is now behind some of the world’s most popular services, such as YouTube and Gmail, and has even begun to roll-out its own high-speed internet service under the name of Google Fiber.

It’s in Google’s interests to get as many people online as possible, and so beyond becoming an ISP themselves, the company has invested heavily in various different schemes to provide...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Google, LTE, Networks.

We don’t know what 5G is, but the UK will be a leader – promises Prime Minister

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised that the UK will not be missing out on the opportunity of 5G. He speaks at the CeBIT technology show in Hannover on his plan to make Blighty the “most digital nation in the G8.”

In the rollout of 4G, the UK has been notoriously slow. Spectrum auctions played a big part in this; which led Orange and T-Mobile partnership, EE, being the sole network capable of provisioning 4G to the UK public over a frustratingly long-period.

“With 4G,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

We don’t know what 5G is, but it’s important." - Leaders at Mobile World Congress #MWC14

In a star-studded panel here at MWC in Barcelona; we have been given insight from industry pioneers about the state of 5G and what we can expect. To sum it up, it’s very important… but we haven’t even started on forming what it actually is.

That doesn’t mean we don’t know what it should be, and that’s what today’s panel was here to discuss – alongside the impact on the wider economy.

With a panel consisting of minds from the European Commission, Nokia Solutions and Networks,...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, Networks.

Huawei’s looking forward in $600m 5G investment

Whilst many of us stare at our signal bars, waiting for the 3G to switch to 4G, China-based Huawei is instead looking to the next big thing – with a hefty $600m investment into 5G research. Don’t get too excited though, the rollout of functioning technology isn’t expected until 2020.

This is part of a continued investment which began back in 2009. At the home of mobile, MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has demonstrated 5G base stations capable of 50Gbps.

One of the most promising innovations is an...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks, Research.

BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G

For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...

Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.

Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.