Chinese LTE mobile infrastructure market in decline, argues IHS Markit

A network sharing deal between China Unicom and China Telecom in 2016 has been a contributing factor in the country’s LTE capex decline by 16% year on year, according to the latest note from IHS Markit.

Insights from IHS Markit’s “2017 Mobile Infrastructure: China Annual Market Tracker” show that China – being the world’s largest mobile subscriber base – had a total of 1.3 billion subscribers in 2016. Among these subscribers, 64% were on China...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile.

Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to support gigabit LTE

It might be Samsung’s new “Infinity Display” on the Galaxy S8 receiving most of the attention, but the smartphone also has the honour of being first to support gigabit LTE.

Qualcomm revealed last year the first smartphone to support gigabit LTE would arrive in the first half of 2017. While many suspected it would be Samsung’s latest smartphone, this wasn’t confirmed until the Galaxy S8’s full reveal yesterday.

The Galaxy S8 is powered by the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Networks.

The VoLTE journey: From 488 million to 3 billion subscribers by 2021

Typically, VoIP is voice traffic that's carried over the public Internet. The launch of 4G LTE, and wireless hotspots in major cities around the globe, has brought about a downward trend in traditional switched telecom network activity.

VoIP is more efficient than PSTN, and technology improvements in these areas have been instrumental in allowing VoIP to spread to the mobile environment.

Market development for VoIP apps

Juniper Research has revealed that the number of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) subscribers will...

By David H. Deans, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators, OTT Services, VoiP.

Orange pushes ahead with its LTE-M strategy for IoT devices

Orange has announced plans to advance its LTE-M strategy this year in preparation to support a wide range of IoT devices.

The operator will focus its LTE-M efforts in Europe initially and will begin the roll-out this year in Belgium and Spain before expanding across the rest of the company’s European footprint. At the end of last year, KPN claimed the first to start testing LTE-M in Europe, but Orange is on track to become the first commercially-available network.

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, IoT, LTE, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How 5G LTE mobile networks are enabling a connected future

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As the growing applications for mobile internet access place greater demands on wireless broadband communication networks around the globe, telecom service providers are updating their infrastructure to support the traffic.

There are more than 7.2 billion wireless connections, including 1.45 billion LTE connections, around the world today that are operating with the technology standards developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

5G Americas, the industry trade...

By David H. Deans, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Disruption, LTE, Networks.

Harnessing the future of cellular IoT for the growth of renewable energy infrastructure

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Despite all the technological advances being made in the realm of renewable energy infrastructure, the move to push renewable alternatives into the mainstream has been surprisingly slow. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total renewables used in the electric power sector are expected to slow in growth in 2017, from a 10% increase this year to only 5% in the next.

While the government has attempted to push the...

By Eran Eshed, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

Analysing why 5G will deliver enhanced mobile internet experiences

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The next generation of wireless communications will apply 5G technologies, and demand for service offerings is evolving slowly. The very first discussions about 5G started in 2012, and in 2013 NTT DoCoMo considered the possibility of deploying 5G in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Soon after, South Korea set the target for 5G pre-standard national service -- in reality, a 4.5G offering -- for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018.  Since then, 5G R&D developments...

By David H. Deans, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, LTE, Networks.

Specs and standards: What is the deal with 5G, anyway?

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It seems just a short while ago when 4G networks were rolled out, with mobile carriers making a lot of fanfare about the new technology and the promised increases in performance. Back then we were reading about the first ground-breaking 4G enabled phones and also a certain actor promoting it in the UK as the best thing since sliced bread!  

4G access is a commodity now. We sit up and take notice if our phones aren’t...

By Chris Romeika, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, IoT, LTE, Networks.

How mobile comms instrumentation is meeting the big data and IoT challenge

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It is 25 years since the 900 MHz GSM standard marked the birth of digital wireless communications. The hunger for data in cellular communications remains insatiable and demand for further technological progress persists. A tenfold increase in mobile data traffic is expected over the next six years, and experts predict an exponential increase in the number of things (Internet of Things, IoT) that communicate with each other via mobile networks....

By Meik Kottkamp, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Big Data, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Why global IoT revenue is set to hit $3 trillion by 2025

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Current estimates of the commercial impact from the Internet of Things (IoT) market opportunity are already being rated in the billions and trillions. Machina Research recently published its annual guidance on the growth of the global IoT market, adding more data and insight to the future projections.

China and the U.S. will compete for dominance of the global market by 2025. China, which will account for 21 percent of global IoT connections, will be slightly ahead of the U.S. 20...

By David H. Deans, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, LTE, Research.