CMA declares Murdoch’s Sky takeover ‘not in the public interest'

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s hopes for an unhindered takeover of Sky has been tarnished as the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) declares such a deal would not be in the interest of the public.

Murdoch owns some of the world’s most influential media properties which has raised concerns about their power to sway public opinion. Critics believe a complete takeover of Sky would further reduce the public’s access to a diverse range of views and news sources.

While the CMA’s ruling...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Regulation.

Armed Forces Chief: UK must boost its navy to defend underwater cables from Russia

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has warned the UK must boost its naval forces to counter the Russian threat to underwater cables.

Russia’s modernised navy has often been spotted near to underwater communications cables in the Atlantic. The economic reliance on these cables makes them a prime target.

Britain’s economy is around 80 percent service-based and relies on underwater cables to...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Swisscom chooses Ericsson to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G

Swisscom has selected Ericsson as a strategic Gigabit LTE and 5G supplier as it decides to make a total digital transformation and evolution of its entire network to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G throughout Switzerland from 2018 and 2020, respectively.

By deploying Gigabit LTE and 5G network, Swisscom wants to give its customers an “extraordinary” mobile broadband experience. As part of the new partnership, Ericsson will transform Swisscom’s mobile operations by using its full stack telco cloud...

By Telecoms, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Networks.

Deutsche Telekom looks to Berlin for Europe’s first 5G antennas

Deutsche Telekom is aiming to showcase the future of communication by installing high-speed 5G antennas in the real world setting of Berlin, which provide extremely high throughput and very short network reaction times.

Claudia Nemat, Member of the Management Board responsible for Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said: “We are demonstrating 5G live here, in the middle of Berlin, rather than in a lab. This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which...

By Telecoms, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Operators.

Telia, Ericsson and Intel to deploy first public 5G live network use cases in Europe

Telia is working together with Ericsson and Intel to deploy the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe.

The activity includes a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to its passengers while in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network. This is an important milestone for all three partners in the global 5G roadmap, making it possible to bring live 5G services in Tallinn and...

By Telecoms, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

OpenSignal: Three mobile operators in the UK pass 70% LTE availability

The latest ‘State of Mobile Networks’ in the UK report from OpenSignal has been released providing a look at how the industry has progressed over the past year.

OpenSignal’s last report was released six months ago and highlighted one operator, EE, had crossed 70 percent LTE availability. In today’s report, EE has been joined by O2 and Vodafone who were also able to deliver LTE connectivity in more than 7 of every 10 tests. This leaves Three UK as the only major...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

Bari and Matera set to push ahead with 5G testing through TIM, Fastweb and Huawei

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), alongside Fastweb and Huawei, will start 5G testing in the Italian cities of Bari and Matera.

The three companies will submit a joint plan with 52 international, national and local bodies, such as university centres of excellence and leading IT companies. The first 5G use scenarios will be provisionally set for June 2018, with three quarters of the area set to be covered by the end of the year and full coverage for both cities by the end of 2019.

Bari, a port city in southern...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

Nokia Bell Labs aims to pioneer next-gen 5G platform as a service

Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of the Finnish technology giant, has said it is collaborating with a variety of stakeholders for the next generation of 5G platform as a service (NGPaaS).

The collaboration includes industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small and medium sized enterprises, as well as European academic institutions, to dedicate 24 months towards the advance of 5G. The group, known as 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP) mediates between the EU and telecom...

By Telecoms, 10 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Developers, Europe, Networks.

How Aarhus is using Bluetooth sensors to solve traffic issues

Implementation of Bluetooth technologies for monitoring traffic conditions has experienced success in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, which has used BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors for several years across its entire road network.

The municipality has also been collecting traffic data based on the movement of driver´s mobile devices.

The sensors have accumulated traffic data that provide insights into current road density, flow and formation of queues and share traffic information with users....

By Telecoms, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, Networks, Telematics.

Analysing the disruption in the worldwide mobile roaming sector

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Telecom network operator revenues from international mobile roaming are expected to experience an 11 percent decline in 2017, as service providers introduce ‘Roam Like at Home’ packages in key markets - including Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

‘Roam Like at Home’ enables mobile users to utilise their monthly voice, data, and messaging allowance while roaming on other service provider networks, without incurring additional charges.

Implications for...

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Networks, Operators.