FreedomPop, Intel to launch "WiFi first" smartphone

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Budget MVNO FreedomPop will continue to disrupt traditional operators' billing model with the launch of a "WiFi first" smartphone in collaboration with Intel. FreedomPop provides a free sim to its customers with 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of 4G data each month, with fair charges for going over this amount. 

Few people use a large amount of...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, WiFi.

EE plans on growth from IoT-based innovation

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With over half a million business and public sector organisation accounts, EE is looking towards future growth potential and has released some insightful research in conjunction with the Centre for Economic & Business Research (CEBR) and YouGov into 4G adoption and the impact of the IoT on the UK economy.

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By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Operators, Research.

Ericsson introduces 5G research exchange project - aims for unified infrastructure market

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Ericsson has announced the launch of a research exchange project between industry partners which aims to advance the development of 5G technology and create a unified European infrastructure market.

The 5G Exchange (5GEx) project is described as a Phase 1 5G infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and integrates multiple operators and various technologies. 5G PPP was initiated by the EU Commission to ensure the necessary solutions, architectures,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Standards.

Alcatel-Lucent debuts new "ultra broadband" technologies

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Alcatel-Lucent appears set to be acquired by Nokia after getting over the final hurdle it needed of winning the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce. It's not hard to see why Nokia is so bullish about gaining the company's talent and technology, with the amount of innovations being pumped-out of Alcatel's labs...

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By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, G.fast, Innovation.

Small chip harnesses White Space to solve rural coverage issues

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Google might be looking into extravagant methods of solving rural broadband coverage problems, but a small chip designed by Saankhya Labs in Bengaluru could be a more feasible solution in the short-term of connecting more people in remote communities to the rest of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rural.

'Project Loon' is almost ready for lift-off

Google's ambitious plan to connect the world via balloons, Project Loon, is preparing for lift-off as the web giant reports it has "almost perfected" the technology and will announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. 

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa, the good news comes from Google's regional business lead, Wael Fakharany. He believes that it's now "time to scale" the technology in Africa, and connect people to the rest of the world via high-speed broadband. 

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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.