Softbank aims for drone-delivered internet and IoT connectivity by 2023

Japanese telecoms giant Softbank aims to use drones for delivering internet and IoT connectivity by 2023.

Softbank is teaming up with US drone builder AeroVironment for the project. The pair’s first drone, the HAWK30, is powered by solar energy.

Using the stored power, 10 electric motors will enable the HAWK30 to fly 12 miles (65,000 feet) above sea level – around twice as high as commercial aircraft.

The high altitude helps to provide a steady current for the drone’s operations while also...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural, Smart Cities, Wireless.

All aboard! The UK and South Korea partner on 5G public transport experience

The UK and South Korea have announced the winning project of funding to help deliver a new 5G public transport experience.

£2.4 million has been set aside to help support a groundbreaking new project for underground transportation. The UK and South Korean governments are each providing £1.2 million in funding.

Digital Minister Margot James announced the winner today as 5G RailNext.

5G RailNext aims to provide infotainment services across the Seoul Metro system. Technologies such as AR will...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Samsung and Vodafone unveil the first remote-controlled 5G car

Samsung and Vodafone will ‘make history’ this weekend by unveiling the world’s first remote-controlled 5G car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. will remotely drift the car around a track all while using virtual reality to see from the vehicle’s cockpit.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gittin Jr. said:

“Being a professional fun-haver, I’ve built my career on pushing the limits of car control. However, I have never...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Entertainment, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Ericsson to build fully automated smart factory in US

Ericsson has announced that it is planning to construct the company’s first fully-automated smart factory in the US. This factory will manufacture Advanced Antenna System radios to enhance network capacity and coverage in the rural areas, along with 5G radios for urban areas.

Both areas are important for rapid 5G deployments in the North American region, the company noted. Besides the US smart factory, Ericsson is also...

By Telecoms, 27 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT.

Google stops waiting on lazy carriers, starts RCS rollout on Android

Google has stopped waiting for lazy carriers to support RCS (Rich Communication Services) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS standard promises an iMessage-like experience for all supporting devices, regardless of platform. That means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, rich media, location sharing, the works.

Industry body the GSM Association created a universal profile which sets out rules...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, Standards.

Nokia, Ericsson, and SK Telecom collaborate on 6G research

Rival vendors Nokia and Ericsson are setting aside their differences and collaborating with SK Telecom on 6G research.

The rollout of 5G is just gaining traction but already some are looking at what shape the next generation might take.

"Collaboration between companies like this will be important as the technology and standard for 6G networks is yet to be clearly defined," SK Telecom said.

SK Telecom has established itself as one of the world’s most pioneering operators. While somewhat...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Standards, Wireless.

SK Telecom is developing 5G solutions for smart power plants

SK Telecom has announced it’s collaborating with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power to develop 5G solutions for smart energy plants. Both companies are South Korea’s largest in their respective fields.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power will initially adopt SK Telecom’s Digital Twin technology. Digital Twin virtualises assets into software and provides simulations to get accurate information about the current state of assets, productivity, behaviour scenarios.etc

Jae Hoon-Chung, President of Korea...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How financial services disruption continues to create opportunities for CIOs and CTOs

The term 'fintech’ has been applied to describe the transformation taking place in the financial services sector across the globe. Traditional forms of payment such as cheques have been displaced by debit and credit cards. In turn, contactless payment and digital wallets will likely replace the cards.

Moreover, new and evolving banking business models have resulted in both the legacy financial services industry and fintech startups investing in digital technologies. Initially, the focus was an...

By David H. Deans, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Innovation, Research, Startups.

AT&T and Uber will partner up on flying 5G taxis

AT&T and Uber have established a partnership aiming to solve congestion in major cities using 5G-powered flying taxis.

Uber has been working on electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) for some time as part of its UberAir initiative. The ride-hailing giant’s partnership with AT&T will ensure the future taxis have access to a reliable 5G network.

The commercial launch for UberAir is being planned for 2023. Initial launch cities will include Los Angeles and Dallas Fort Worth in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

5G? That's old hat. Samsung begins 6G research

Samsung will be a small player in 5G networks, but it aims to change that with 6G as it begins research on the next generation.

The Korean behemoth will be hoping to get the jump in 6G over established heavyweights like Nokia and Ericsson.

Samsung's 6G research is based in the company's home country of Seoul at the Advanced Communications Research Center.

“The current team on telecommunications technology standards has been expanded to start leading research on the 6G network,” a Samsung...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Research, Standards, Wireless.