Opinion: The RF Path to 5G

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The rise of smart devices is largely what drove the wireless operators’ rapid implementation of 4G LTE networks in many regions. Dealing with the demand for data has been central to mobile operators’ strategies over the last number of years, they have worked not only to provide data-hungry subscribers with the bandwidth they need, but also to guard the profit margins...

By Navin Vohra, 09 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT.

Google acquires Jibe Mobile – backs it to lead Rich Communications standard

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Earlier this week, we reported on new research from Juniper which points towards OTT voice providers expecting to witness a fivefold revenue increase over the next five years at the expense of traditional operators' voice revenue – which is on a serious decline. 

Part of the reason for this decline in voice revenue...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Russian president discusses technological innovation and its effect on global relations

On the fifth anniversary of the Skolkovo Foundation, the ex-President of Russia has spoke about how the foundation has advanced technological innovation and how co-operation in the space helps to support international relations during turbulent political waters. 

Dmitry Medvedev, who held office from 2008 to 2012, signed a law during his tenure which gave rise to the not-for-profit Skolkovo Foundation which manages the innovation park of the same name. The goal of the foundation is "to create...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Innovation, N America, Research.

Ericsson launches multi-device WiFi calling

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Ericsson has bolstered their existing WiFi calling solution with new multi-device functionality in response to an increasing appetite from operators and consumers. The enhanced service will allow customers to switch between their WiFi-enabled mobile devices whilst retaining a full voice service. 

The new solution will offer better value to consumers, whilst opening...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, VoiP, WiFi.

Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom begin world’s first commercial G.fast deployment

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G.fast is hailed as being the next step for broadband technology; despite making use of existing copper infrastructure. The innovation, created by Alcatel-Lucent's renowned Bell Labs research arm, has seen trials with operators around the world – but Chunghwa Telecom has become the first to a...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

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.