The case for defining a new approach to innovation for communication service providers

As is the case in most technology businesses, communication service providers (CSPs) have traditionally relied on research and development (R&D) models to drive innovation. Such models often focus on developing technology to solve or improve small aspects of an established business or customer challenge. Housed within a standalone building (or ‘Lab’), R&D must solve a problem or create a new piece of technology, the benefits of which can be easily predicted, to a cost which can easily be...

By Gabriele Di Piazza, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Innovation, Operators.

Why 5G does not mean the end of the hardwired router…for now

You may have noticed there has been lot of talk about 5G – but what is it and what can it do? It may seem like a woolly concept, but the truth is that its rollout could offer a myriad of benefits to both business and home users, changing the way we interact with our devices.

Currently no standards have been defined around 5G and therefore the technology remains somewhat fluid. The term itself has no anchor to any specific wireless technology, portion of broadband spectrum or network platforms. It does...

By Alan Patterson, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, Networks.

Five mandatory technologies that every telecoms company needs to grow

Today, telecommunications companies are forced to reckon with the changes that have taken place in the market: the emergence of new competitors; competition with wireless networks; VoIP; cable companies; IPTV; the influence of the Internet and OTT, and so forth. In response, network operators accelerated the transition to digital formats based on IP technologies, low latency, better standardisation and now even on virtualisation of network functions (NFV). So it’s...

By Suren Arustamyan, 11 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Innovation, IoT, Operators.

How US utility companies are exploring new digital apps

Digital transformation has begun to impact the industrial sector where maintaining security is a high priority. According to the findings from a recent survey of U.S. based utility companies, 40 percent of respondents believe that data security is the leading barrier to the adoption of new digital technologies.

However, it's clearly a barrier that can be overcome, with 64 percent of large utility organizations expressing a willingness to adopt innovative technologies - such as Internet of Things (IoT),...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Why cryptocurrency daily trading is now exceeding $2 billion

Much of the initial interest in cryptocurrencies centered around their potential as alternatives to fiat currencies. Increasingly, however, attention has shifted to the potential of the technology that underpins them: blockchain.

A clear indication of blockchain’s increasing maturity is the extent to which an industry that was once the preserve of fintech start-ups is now being driven by leading IT platform providers -- many of whom are developing their own offerings.

Blockchain market development

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By David H. Deans, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

Samsung and Arqiva launch Europe’s first 5G FWA trial in central London

Following a statement of intent back in February, Samsung and Arqiva have kicked off the first European trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in central London.

The partners chose the UK for its low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. With 5G FWA being pitched as offering an alternative to fibre broadband, the UK offers a great opportunity for Samsung and Arqiva to demonstrate its possibilities.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Virtual treasure hunt launched to help develop 5G technology

A mobile game has been released which has teams competing in a virtual treasure hunt to help develop 5G technology.

The game is part of Bristol is Open, a smart city project ran by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, and will test new IP networking technology with the aim of improving end-user experiences by lowering the latency in use cases such as the virtual treasure hunt.

Players will group up in teams of three to six players and navigate around the city using...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Digital Evolution Index: The UK is among the handful of ‘digital elite’ countries – and leader of Europe

In the latest Digital Evolution Index, the UK has emerged as one of a handful of countries deemed a ‘digital elite’ due to being “highly digitally evolved and advancing quickly."

The major study conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard examined 60 countries to gauge their existing digital evolution and the pace of innovation from within them.

“Adoption, the quality of digital...

Arqiva acquires 28GHz spectrum license ahead of 5G FWA trial

Communications infrastructure provider Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum license ahead of the UK’s first 5G FWA field trial.

Global trials in countries leading 5G research including the USA, Japan, and South Korea have been utilising the 28GHz spectrum band for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The acquired Region A licence for 2x 112MHz covers Central and Greater London and bolsters Arqiva’s existing nationwide spectrum band ownership.

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Spectrum, Standards.

EE’s inflatable masts are powered by ‘pre-5G’ backhaul

We’ve already reported on EE’s plans to use inflatable masts for providing mobile coverage during events, blackouts, and emergencies, but now we have more details about what technology powers it.

EE’s helium balloon, the Helikite, packs miniature antennas which link to a ‘network in a box’ on the ground via 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Similar...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Innovation, Mobile, Rural.