Optus claims making world's first 5G data call using 2300MHz spectrum

Australian telecommunication company Optus is claiming that it has made the world's first 5G data call by making use of a 2300MHz spectrum.

Optus conducted the test in Sydney with Ericsson kit. According to the company, it is the only Australian telecommunications firm with shares in the 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum bands.

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By Telecoms, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Testing & Measurement.

Deloitte notes how 5G could boost smartphone sales in latest survey

Two in three consumers are more likely to buy a new phone once 5G-compatible devices become available, according to a new Deloitte survey.

The study, Deloitte's Connectivity and Mobile Trends report, found that 16% of consumers who use smartphones said that 5G capabilities will be the most important factor when they choose their next phone. While 26% chose display quality as their top preference, 22% opted for brand. 

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By Telecoms, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Research, Smartphones.

South Korea boasts of hitting almost four million 5G subscribers

The Ministry of Science and ICT in South Korea reports the country is close to hitting the milestone of four million 5G subscribers.

While it's often debated whether South Korea or the US was first to launch a commercially available 5G network, both countries were among the first.

This leadership makes South Korea closely watched by industry observers for how their 5G rollout is progressing, including the pace of adoption.

5G adoption is happening fast in South Korea. As of October, the ministry reports...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented.

To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”

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By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Surveillance.

EE streams live AR music gig to multiple locations using 5G

UK mobile operator EE has streamed a live gig to multiple locations using 5G and augmented reality technology.

Commuters passing through Birmingham's New Street Station were treated to the show by four-piece group Bastille, best known for their track Pompeii, in-person.

In a demonstration of how 5G is bringing live shows to consumers wherever they are, EE also streamed the show to people passing through Liverpool and Edinburgh city centres.

Nreal’s mixed reality glasses were used alongside the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

SK Telecom selects Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to power its 5G network

SK Telecom has announced that it has selected Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to power its 5G network. 

The Cloud Packet Core from Ericsson helps service providers to smoothly migrate to 5G Core stand-alone architecture. It also helps to create visibility, value and control of traffic and applications by determining the optimal quality of a service, then enforcing it through an appropriate policy. 

Jung Chang-kwan, VP and head of infra engineering group at SK Telecom, said: “By...

By Telecoms, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Operators.

Letter suggests Iran will only let citizens access whitelisted foreign websites

Following an internet shutdown, the Iranian government has sent a letter to state-run companies asking them what foreign websites they rely on.

The Iranian government cut off internet access for a week earlier this month amid protests against increasing fuel prices.

Experts believe the letter to state-run organisations suggests Tehran is planning to implement a whitelist of sites that citizens can access as part of a wider internet clampdown.

Amir Nazemi, head of Iran’s Information Technology Organisation, sent the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government.

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee lays out 'contract' to save it

The web is not in a healthy state and its creator is stepping in with a "contract” to help save it.

British pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his proposal for what became the World Wide Web in 1989. In a list of 80 cultural moments that shaped the world, chosen by a panel of 25 eminent scientists, academics, writers, and world leaders, the invention of the World Wide Web was ranked number one.

The entry stated, "The fastest-growing communications medium of all time, the internet has changed...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Why most telcos are still failing in the smart home market – and what can be done to help

Smart home is hard. I know because I have led a smart home platform company and we had our shares of wins and losses. I see most telcos struggle and I have some ideas why.

It has long been touted that communication service providers (CSPs) will be the second coming for the smart home. A.D. Little, one of the top global consulting firms, in its 2012 report Catching the Smart Home Opportunity, Room for Growth for...

By Lew Brown, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Connectivity, IoT, Marketing, Operators.