How the digital growth pioneers continue to gain an advantage

Most chief executives are now focused on growth during 2017. New growth is the primary business priority for 58 percent of CEOs, according the latest market study by Gartner - note, that's up from 42 percent of CEOs in 2016. Moreover, product innovation and technology are gaining in significance.

"IT-related priorities, cited by 31 percent of respondents, have never been this high in the history of our CEO survey," said Mark Raskino, vice president at Gartner. "Almost...

By David H. Deans, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Innovation.

Orange joins Facebook to back startups focused on network infrastructure innovation

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Orange has partnered with Facebook to support a new accelerator designed to support startups focused on network infrastructure development as part of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

The initiative, called ‘Telecom Track’, will give startups an opportunity to engage directly leading experts from within Orange and its partners on tackling a number of network-related issues, ranging from network management to new access technologies, across a number of regions. They will...

By Telecoms, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Innovation, Operators.

Reliance Jio boasts the world’s largest RCS deployment – growing faster than Facebook, WhatsApp

RCS, otherwise known as Rich Communication Services, is an emerging standard which aims to replace SMS and allows consumers to communicate with the rich media they’ve come to expect from OTT apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.

The deployment of RCS to Reliance Jio’s customers is part of the ‘Jio4GVoice’ service and surpassed 100 million subscribers within 170 days. This rapid uptake created a world record to reach this milestone; growing faster than any of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Mobile.

5G edges closer as China Mobile announces large-scale testing

China Mobile, alongside partners Qualcomm and ZTE, has announced plans to conduct large-scale 5G tests based on specs being developed by 3GPP.

Before a new generation of mobile technology is rolled out, interoperability tests and over-the-air field tests need to be conducted. With today’s announcement, China Mobile is looking to get an early start in this process while the 5G standard is still being finalised.

“The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

EE takes inspiration from Google’s Project Loon to bolster coverage

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EE appears to have taken inspiration from Google’s Project Loon with airborne balloons and drones which can be used to connect rural areas or provide extra capacity.

Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google ambitious projects, but it’s gone from strength-to-strength and reached a new milestone just last week after finding a way to keep the balloons in one spot for a prolonged time.

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Rural.

Nokia boosts operator efficiency with MIKA smart assistant, predictive repairs

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Nokia has announced two new services for operators to boost their efficiency with the use of AI and predictive analytics.

Jumping on the digital assistant trend, MIKA (Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant) is a specialist helper for telecoms operators which provides quick access to detailed information. Based on Nokia’s AVA platform, MIKA will improve the efficiency of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Operators, Testing & Measurement.

How digital transformation projects are driving new IT investment

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In today's economy, information technology (IT) is the essential foundation for new digital business transformation projects. It's also the open innovation platform that enables an enterprise to harness the collective capabilities of their commercial ecosystem that's online.

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner. However, this overall global growth rate is down slightly from earlier...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Innovation.

Technology, media and telecom M&A hit $698.2 billion in 2016

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The savvy CEOs anticipate that trends in 2017 are likely to follow the path of disruptive events in 2016. Change is the norm. Digital technology will continue to have a dramatic impact on legacy players in the marketplace.

Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sectors completed 3,021 deals worth $698.2 billion in 2016, representing a decrease of 4.5% in value and 5.7% in deal count compared to a record 2015, while deal count remained consistent, according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation.

How telecoms applications can become ‘ripe for innovation’ through blockchain

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Analysis Telecoms providers continue to be kept on their toes by the emergence of new technologies, from cloud to IoT. The allure of blockchain, and a secure, distributed ledger, is causing ripples in industries outside of the traditional financial services hotbed. So how can telcos take advantage?

The answer, so far, comes through identity, data integrity, and disintermediation.

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By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Operators.