China Mobile downgraded by Morgan Stanley, ‘scrambling’ to catch up on IoT, say reports

It has not been the best week for China Mobile. The operator, which is the largest global telco in terms of domestic subscribers, has been downgraded in the eyes of analysts Morgan Stanley, while another analyst, Edison Lee at Jefferies, said the company faces a ‘dilemma’ in terms of Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

According to Barrons, Morgan Stanley finds three issues with China Mobile’s...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, IoT, Operators.

British government pumps £16m into 5G research

The UK government has pumped £16 million into 5G research to help ensure Britain is at the forefront of mobile technology.

By 2030, 5G is expected to inject up to £173 billion into the economy. In comparison, the £16 million investment announced today sounds like a bargain for the potential return.

Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, added: “Ensuring Britain remains at the forefront of digital innovation is a priority for this government.

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, IoT, Mobile, Research.

NB-IoT and VoLTE progress: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Verizon pushing initiatives

A couple of updates – and firsts – have taken place in the NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) and VoLTE (voice over LTE) spaces.

Deutsche Telekom has introduced two entry packages as pilot NB-IoT solutions in Germany, in a move to widen the scope of its network offerings in the arena and accelerate its 2020 5G communications standard.

The packages are NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, and NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, which is a more comprehensive product offering.

Both...

By Telecoms, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

GSMA claims mobile IoT initiative has ‘taken off’ after operator LPWA rollout

Several of the world’s leading mobile operators, including AT&T, China Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, have launched commercial rollouts of low power wide area (LPWA) networks, with the GSMA claiming its Mobile IoT Initiative has been a success.

The list of operators includes AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon and Vodafone.

The rollout programme is part of the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative that encourages the market to take on licenced LPWA networks. In China,...

By Telecoms, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Wi-Fi Alliance launches certification program for smart home developments

Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design, which sets the guidelines to enable home builders provide an industry-approved network-installation plan.

The enterprise design practices enlisted in this program enable homes to have a consistent Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces like garages and patios. It also provides seamless integration with many smart-home devices such as Wi-Fi voice-activated wireless speakers, security cameras, door locks,...

By Telecoms, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Ericsson takes pole position on 5GCAR project

Ericsson is leading a partnership which is focused on developing a 5G architecture for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services.

The ‘5GCAR Project’ is backed by the EU and was selected as part of phase 2 of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). 14 industry leaders are working on the project including PSA group, Orange, and Volvo Cars.

Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Standards.

ZTE partners with Telenet for IoT and 5G synergies

Telenet, the largest cable broadband service provider in Belgium, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Chinese telco ZTE to advance its technology offerings in mobile Internet and telecommunications.

Telenet chief technology officer Micha Berger and ZTE senior vice president Xiao Ming signed the agreement in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in a ceremony at the Castle Val-Duchesse in Brussels.

Berger noted satisfactory results in the...

By Telecoms, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom upgrading routers to give customers taste of smart home experience

Deutsche Telekom is adding new features to its Speedport Smart router aiming to give more than one million customers a smart home experience.

The company announced that, effective immediately, the routers will also be able to control smart home devices, alongside phone, Internet and TV. The router will support the DECT ULE cordless standard, which can enable the integration of smoke detectors and thermostats among other smart devices.

A firmware update to routers already installed meant approximately 170,000...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

How IoT apps are being integrated with machine learning and blockchain for success

Internet of Things (IoT) market growth will accelerate in 2017, with the adoption of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), according the the latest worldwide market study by Frost & Sullivan. This cellular technology uses licensed spectrum and offers a standardized low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) solution.

Furthermore, machine learning and blockchain technologies are being integrated with IoT capabilities to drive new demand in different industries - such as financial services or energy generation and...

By David H. Deans, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, IoT.

How the Internet of Things will enhance residential security applications

Security system monitoring via the Internet is still a growth business. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the number of monitored security alarm systems in the European market is forecast to grow from 8.7 million subscribers in 2016, at a CAGR of 4 percent, to reach 10.6 million in 2021.

In North America, the total number of monitored security alarm systems is now forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.9 percent from 32.1 million at the end of 2016 - eventually reaching 37.1 million at the end of...

By David H. Deans, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.