Smart Cities: Reviewing what makes a city smart

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Smart Cities are no longer a promise of the future but an increasing priority for local, regional and countrywide governments and a flourishing business area for technological firms and CSPs with interests in the IoT market.

The European Union is so far the part of the world where more efforts have been made to develop smart cities. At...

By Telefónica, 17 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.

UK government offers £10m for a smart city project

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The UK government is helping to advance the uptake of the IoT (Internet of Things) in cities through a £10 million prize being offered to a single collaborative research and development project which helps to demonstrate "the capability of IoT in a city region." 

This prize is being offered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.

LG field-tests 4K "Futurecast" using ATSC 3.0

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4K adoption is starting to grow as supported hardware drops in price and content becomes available in glorious fidelity with over four times the amount of pixels as current "Full HD" hardware allows to be displayed. Although IPTV services like Netflix are delivering some of their library via internet streaming; a large amount of viewers still rely on broadcast...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Industry, Innovation, Regulation.

Drones begin their shift in the telecoms industry

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BT's Head of Customer Innovation, Matthew Key, has revealed the company's plans to use drones for vital repair work in rural areas where it would be slower to get an engineer out to fix an issue. In a blog post, he wrote: "With a little creativity, drones could change the world.” 

The change which Key speaks of has already...

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Networks, Regulation.

Airband brings superfast broadband to rural areas

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Rural locations have posed a huge problem in the rollout of superfast broadband, but new technology from Airband could solve this and connect folks in more problematic areas to the rest of the world at higher speeds. 

Nearly 6000 homes and businesses in remote West-Country areas in the UK could soon benefit from the superfast broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Wireless.

High-speed in-flight Wi-Fi reaches new heights thanks to Honeywell and Inmarsat

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British satellite telecommunications firm Inmarsat, and Honeywell Aerospace, have reached a new milestone in high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi during first phase tests of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services. 

In order to reach this important next step, the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Satellite, WiFi.

Ericsson paves the way for insane 5G speeds

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Researchers at Ericsson have been working on technologies to help shape 5G in the coming years, with perhaps one of the most exciting advancements being 'Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO' which the company demonstrated late last month. 

The technology allows devices to ping multiple towers and maintain more than one datastream at a time for enhanced speed...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Research.

Google's wireless service - is it what customers want?

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First announced back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google is due to launch their phone service from tomorrow. The big question is, will Google be able to deliver an attractive-enough proposition that customers will want to switch from their current national mobile provider?

According to research from Amdocs, this is where Google could have an issue. In their '

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, N America, Operators, Research.

EE debuts seamless Wi-Fi calling and SMS

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EE, the UK's largest mobile operator, has flipped the switch on support for making calls and sending texts via Wi-Fi to help its customers remain connected where cellular connectivity is unavailable / limited. The new service is launching exclusively to Samsung Galaxy S6 and Lumia 640 owners before expanding to "more than five million EE customers" by summer.

WiFi Calling will make a real difference to millions of customers across the UK

According to...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, VoiP, WiFi.

Mesh networks attain humanity's desire for kinesis

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Mobility has been a part of humanity’s desires across cultures for millennia. The ability to chart one’s own destiny – unencumbered – is part of the canon of great ideas upon which democracy and freedom were established in the Western world.

Today, a new type of mobility has emerged with reckless abandon. It’s the type of mobility that – again – is changing the world as we know it.

Consider this:...

By Robert Schena, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.