Car telematics subscribers to reach 158.9m by 2020

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecast to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020.Moreover, the number of cars sold worldwide equipped with head-units featuring handset-based telematics capabilities will grow from 7.0 million in 2013 to 68.5 million in 2020.Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Telematics.

Ring the Bell: Internet speed record set using XG-FAST

The brilliant researchers at Bell Labs have broken the broadband internet speed record by over eight times the previous holder - and it was all achieved over copper landlines. At 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology is 1,000 times faster than your typical broadband speeds.

It even leaves the fastest package available to consumers, Google Fiber, in the dust by over 10x quicker. The new technology is an extension of G-FAST by Bell Labs known as "XG-FAST" and gives broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

How connected cars will create multiple opportunities

Important developments in the consumer and commercial telematics arena have subtly changed the nature of the industry altogether - particularly within the consumer telematics space. Vehicle manufacturers are taking telematics extremely seriously, as connectivity can now make or break the sale of a much more valuable item, that is, the purchase of an automobile.Global revenues from consumer and commercial telematics are forecast to reach nearly $20 billion by 2018 -- with additional soft revenues being generated from areas such as car servicing, big data enabled by telematics, and enhanced customer service offerings.These...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics.

MH370: How could Malaysia Airlines just disappear? A telecoms perspective...

With modern telecommunications technology, everyone is asking how an entire aircraft carrying hundreds of people managed to just vanish this past weekend...

Any commercial aircraft is fitted with a ‘black box’ capable of withstanding even a complete explosion (or 3,400 times the force of gravity.) The complete system consists of two other parts; a cockpit voice recorder, and a flight-data recorder for any malfunctions…

The device itself has an ultrasound beacon which can emit a signal as deep in water as 2.8 miles. If...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Telematics.

BT and Truphone on Dodd-Frank compliant mobile recording service

As one of the leading telecommunications providers worldwide; BT caters for customers in more than 170 different countries, including the United States, where new legislation known as the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act” will require mandatory mobile recording.

In order to comply, global mobile operator Truphone has chosen BT as their partner of choice for the company’s experience in this field.

My personal knowledge of the Dodd-Frank act going into the interview was very limited; but I...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators, Telematics.

Facebook’s Internet.org promotes a truly WWW

Facebook has founded an initiative alongside major industry partners to help foster global internet adoption. Launching under the name of Internet.org, Zuckerberg and company hope to expand the World Wide Web to previously unreachable areas.

Other companies under the scheme include heavyweights; Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Samsung and Qualcomm.

Together, they hope to come up with initiatives to provide internet access to the two thirds of the world which is currently missing out on

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics, Wireless.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission

Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.

Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.

This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)

Philippe Keryer, Chief Strategy & Innovation...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Content, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.