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.

San Marino first European state to get 5G with testing starting ‘within next year’

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San Marino will become the first state in Europe to get 5G after its government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Telecom Italia (TIM).

The republic, which has a population of 33,000 and an area of 61.2 square kilometres, will work with Telecom Italia to update the mobile sites of its network with 4.5G and introduce some of the features of 5G, such as evolved mast towers (MIMO4x4), carrier aggregation, superior modulation, and cloud architecture, as well as introducing...

By Telecoms, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

Operators call for EU policy reform ahead of 5G rollout

The CEOs of many large European operators around the continent have signed an open letter calling for ‘genuine’ reform of the EU with regards to spectrum policy ahead of the rollout of 5G networks.

Telecoms ministers are due to meet in Tallinn, Estonia tomorrow (18th July, 2017) for a meeting on the conditions needed for the successful deployment of 5G technology in Europe.

Ahead of the meeting, the CEOs of Deutsche Telekom, GSMA, KPN, Orange, Telecom Italia,...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Digital Evolution Index: The UK is among the handful of ‘digital elite’ countries – and leader of Europe

In the latest Digital Evolution Index, the UK has emerged as one of a handful of countries deemed a ‘digital elite’ due to being “highly digitally evolved and advancing quickly."

The major study conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard examined 60 countries to gauge their existing digital evolution and the pace of innovation from within them.

“Adoption, the quality of digital...

Arcep says 5G services could be launched in France by 2018

Arcep, the communications regulator in France, has suggested 5G services could launch in France in 2018 after publishing responses to its public consultation.

The authority wishes to begin frequency allocations in the 3.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands this year “to satisfy the urgent needs that were expressed regarding fixed superfast internet access and professional mobile radio services.”

Arcep also expressed a desire to ‘immediately’ prepare the launch of 5G mobile networks in the 3.4-3.8...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

ESA partners with space industry on ‘Satellite for 5G’

The ESA (European Space Agency) has joined forces with 16 space companies on a new ‘Satellite for 5G’ initiative.

Satellite for 5G aims to offer truly global high-speed coverage even in areas difficult to reach by cell towers such as up mountains and remote islands. To preserve bandwidth, cell towers will remain the first point of access for most but satellites could be used to reach the emergency services wherever you are on Earth.

“5G provides a major...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Rural.