Superfluidity Project wants to build a cloud-based 5G network

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A consortium of vendors and institutions are collaborating on a project called 'Superfluidity' which hopes to build a 5G network based on cloud principles. The converged 5G virtual network and service platform will be distributed over the mobile edge and core of 5G networks extending up to data centers. 

The project describes itself as tackling...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Research.

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsoft's low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Innovation, Licensing, Regulation, Rural.

Opinion: To WiFi calling, and beyond!

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So far in 2015, UK mobile operators have been unveiling new technologies and solutions to improve the situation for consumers at an incredible rate. March saw EE introduce the first integrated WiFi calling service in the country. In the last month, Vodafone launched its own VoWiFi service, and Three become the first operator in the UK to launch voice calling over 4G, or VoLTE. O2...

By Paul Carter, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Innovation, LTE, WiFi.

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.

The Internet of Things...

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...

Today, Alcatel-Lucent...

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.