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

Why 5G is forecast to reach 24 million subscribers by 2021

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The ongoing evolution of mobile network infrastructure to fifth-generation (5G) technologies is already in the planning stages within much of the developed world, as mobile internet traffic fuels the demand for more data bandwidth. Meanwhile, 4G investment has peaked in several key markets.

North America and Asia will each account for more than 40 percent of global 5G subscriptions at the end of 2021, followed by Europe with more than 10 percent of subscriptions, with the Middle...

By David H. Deans, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

How mobile internet use drives more network expansions

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Mobile internet applications have grown exponentially over the last decade, especially within urban areas around the globe. Mobile network service providers have started to deploy small cell wireless communications technology to support the growing demand.

Outdoor small cell deployments were off to a slow start, but are now showing signs that they will grow significantly over the next several years, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS...

By David H. Deans, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Research, Small Cells.

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

Opinion: Competition issues posed by the BT/EE tie-up

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The UK’s biggest fixed-line telecommunications business and the biggest mobile network are set to become one. On paper, this appears a simple and logical marriage of two market-shaping operators. If only reality was that simple.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared BT’s takeover of EE, having concluded the deal does not represent a competitive...

By Alastair Masson, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Regulation.