Opinion: Going over-the-top, or not

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Why do over-the-top (OTT) communication applications such as Skype, Viber, Line and WhatsApp exist? My view is, like most innovation, they exist to exploit inefficiency in a market.

If the world already had a service which provided ubiquitous, seamless communication with anybody, anywhere, at any time, across multiple media at a nominal cost, then there would be no need for OTT communication applications.

In the mobile...

By Paul Liesching, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Content, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services.

Qualcomm, Huawei, and EE complete LTE Category 9

Chip-maker Qualcomm, network vendor Huawei, and UK mobile operator EE, have announced today the completion of interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 which features download speeds of up to 410 Mbps. The test used Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-A modem, Huawei's commercial infrastructure solution, and was conducted over EE's '4G+' network.

It's not clear when Huawei and EE intend to launch LTE Cat9 capabilities, but it won't be until Qualcomm start to roll-out their...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Innovation, LTE, Testing & Measurement.

IoT: Turn your home into an energy-efficient Den

Yasser Khattak is a 19 year old entrepreneur who could save the UK economy £1.7bn through evolving one of the most-used appliances in our homes; the power switch. His innovative platform, called Den, is starting off by connecting the humble power switch to the web. Once connected, Den will enable users to intuitively power on and off other devices as and when needed via a series of sensors.

A conscious-effort was made to evolve the technology behind the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, M2M.

Huawei targets 2018 as year of the 5G

The prediction of a 2020 roll-out for 5G appears to have been revised after an agreement between Huawei and Russian mobile operator MegaFon to deploy trial networks in time for the 2018 World Cup. It’s certainly a bold claim, considering no-one in the industry has a clue yet what the final standard will look like...

Huawei are making strides towards finalising a 5G standard to provide governments’ typical vague...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Project Loon takes flight with Australian carrier

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The goal of Google's "Project Loon" is to enable internet access through balloons which beam a 4G-like signal back down to the earth 20km below. Telstra, a large Australian mobile carrier, has agreed to buddy-up with Google to launch 20 balloons over western Queensland in December in a test which marks Loon's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Google, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Wireless.

Elon Musk takes the World Wide Web into orbit

Bringing the entire world online is a huge but important task. The internet can have tremendous economic benefits, and innovative research is being conducted by technology pioneers around the globe to bring it to developing countries. Facebook, for example, will just this week be enabling free access to basic internet services in Kenya through their work in the Internet.org initiative.

Past efforts into delivering space-based telephone and internet services...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Satellite, Wireless.

We don’t know what 5G is, but it’s important." - Leaders at Mobile World Congress #MWC14

In a star-studded panel here at MWC in Barcelona; we have been given insight from industry pioneers about the state of 5G and what we can expect. To sum it up, it’s very important… but we haven’t even started on forming what it actually is.

That doesn’t mean we don’t know what it should be, and that’s what today’s panel was here to discuss – alongside the impact on the wider economy.

With a panel consisting of minds from the European Commission, Nokia Solutions and Networks,...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, Networks.