Three UK reduces indoor blackspots with 800MHz VoLTE rollout

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One of the most frustrating things a mobile user can face is indoor signal, or a lack thereof. Current high frequencies used for LTE in the UK can offer higher capacity, but at the expense of coverage due to how the signal attenuates through walls and buildings. Hutchison-owned network, Three, aims to reduce indoor blackspots through becoming the first operator in the UK to rollout VoLTE using the low 800MHz frequency.

4G Super-Voice (Three's fancy name...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, LTE, Spectrum.

Gemalto rolls out industry-first M2M module to target industrial Internet of Things

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With a view to target applications in machine to machine (M2M) and industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Gemalto has rolled out the new Cinterion ELS31, a novel LTE Category 1 wireless module to enhance 4G LTE connectivity.

Providing power optimisation and single-mode LTE at speeds of up to 10Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s uplink, the module is well-suited to IoT applications like metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management and mHealth.

The module can function at operating temperatures...

By Telecoms, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, LTE, M2M.

BT merger with EE appears to gain Ofcom support

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Back in February, BT announced its plan to acquire EE in a move which has caused fierce debate between industry watchers and various regulatory bodies. Opponents to the merger primarily highlight the monopolising share of spectrum the combined giants will have. 

As you can see from the graph below, EE benefits from more spectrum allocated to its...

Research: Poor Wi-Fi forces consumers to use mobile data

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New research from Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) points to one in four consumers using their mobile data at home due to poor Wi-Fi networks; which could pose an issue with operators' plans to solve gaps in mobile signal with Voice-over-WiFi solutions. 

The study, which polled 2,000 UK adults, revealed that one in seven...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Operators, Research, VoiP, WiFi.

Here's why most mobile data traffic will migrate to Wi-Fi networks

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Across the globe, mobile data traffic continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, driven primarily by online video usage. The increased number of mobile subscriptions, new smartphone users and the multitude of available software apps have resulted in an explosion in data usage.Worldwide mobile data traffic, generated by all smartphones, feature phones and media tablets, will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019 -- that's the equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 02 June 2015, 3 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

China is the new wireless broadband market leader

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While it has been a common practice for telecom industry analysts to assess the economic vitality of a nation by ranking their relative investment in fiber optic broadband communication infrastructure, in future the comparison of wireless broadband capabilities will be the key measure of supremacy.By the end of 2014, China had gained almost 100 million 4G LTE mobile service subscriptions in the first year of full commercialization, further demonstrating the nation's unprecedented growth momentum, according to the latest market study by ABI...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LTE, Wireless.

"LTE broadcast will be better than television"

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Speaking at an event in London, execs from Swedish infrastructure provider Ericsson and the UK's biggest mobile operator, EE, provided their insights on market convergence of TV, broadband, and mobile players, and the opportunities this opens-up for LTE broadcast...

Thorsten Sauer, Ericsson's Head of Broadcast and Media Services, said the firm predicts 50% of all...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Content, Disruption, Entertainment, Infrastructure, LTE.

Antenna technologies are crucial to increasing LTE capacity

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Operators’ Capacity Challenge

Globally, operators are experiencing ever-growing demands for reliable communication, fast speed and stable cellular services from their users. The key to resolving this conundrum lies in increasing the network capacity.

Historically speaking, operators have been carving out additional capacity from three major resources: increasing spectral efficiency, expanding...

By Kevin Linehan, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Editorial: Strategic review of digital communications market

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Around the world the telecommunications market is going through a period of significant change with technologies such as small cells, the rollout of LTE, the exploration of 5G, and even new ideas such as the Internet of Things and the smart cities born out of it.

One of the digital communications markets...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Consumers, LTE, MVNO, Operators, Regulation.