#MWC16: RCS steps forward as Google and GSMA launch client with operators

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RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is how operators will continue the fight against feature-rich OTT services like WhatsApp through an interoperable standard enabling things like group messaging, IP voice calls, and file sharing between networks. 

As traditional SMS use declines, it will be RCS which hopes to retain those...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Opinion: How a device "Bill of Rights" can make the IoT even better

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The Internet of Things is generating a lot of buzz these days. Now, more devices are connected to the Internet than there are people on this planet, and an estimated 50 billion Internet-connected devices will exist by 2020.

Though this rapidly growing popularity is exciting, most of the conversation surrounding IoT...

By John Horn, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Opinion: Is the world ready for RCS?

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Few people outside the mobile industry paid attention to Rich Communication Services (RCS) until Google announced in September 2015 that it had acquired Jibe Mobile, a company at the forefront of RCS development. But what impact will this have on the future of RCS and the humble SMS in a climate where OTT messaging apps are becoming more and more popular by the day?

The...

By Kevin Panzavecchia, 28 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, OTT Services.

Broadband Forum Chairman highlights slow G.fast deployment consequences

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CES is among the most important events of the year for technology companies, as it offers a platform to showcase all the upcoming innovations which consumers will have access to in the not-so-distant future. At least, if operators have the infrastructure to prepare for the demand which these new technologies will place on the network. 

The chairman of the Broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

LiFi delivers speeds 100x faster than WiFi – using light bulbs

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A super-fast alternative to WiFi known as 'LiFi' has moved beyond the research lab and into a real-world test after Estonian startup Velmenni has begun to offer the technology in a commercial setting. 

Velmenni was a recent finalist in the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki. The company is using LiFi to send data at up to 1Gbps – more than 100x...

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Innovation, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Anywhere SIM tackles 'not spots' with multiple networks

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Anywhere SIM plans on tackling "not spots" through switching between all the major networks, preventing those occasions when our friends and family on rival networks are continuing to use their devices whilst our carrier lets us down. 

We've all experienced rubbish coverage at some point, but it's hard to determine which network will have the best...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Roaming.

Superfluidity Project wants to build a cloud-based 5G network

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A consortium of vendors and institutions are collaborating on a project called 'Superfluidity' which hopes to build a 5G network based on cloud principles. The converged 5G virtual network and service platform will be distributed over the mobile edge and core of 5G networks extending up to data centers. 

The project describes itself as tackling...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Research.

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsoft's low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Innovation, Licensing, Regulation, Rural.

Opinion: To WiFi calling, and beyond!

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So far in 2015, UK mobile operators have been unveiling new technologies and solutions to improve the situation for consumers at an incredible rate. March saw EE introduce the first integrated WiFi calling service in the country. In the last month, Vodafone launched its own VoWiFi service, and Three become the first operator in the UK to launch voice calling over 4G, or VoLTE. O2...

By Paul Carter, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Innovation, LTE, WiFi.