Opinion: 4G to 5G - 2015 to 2016

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Looking back on LTE deployment has shown us that 2015 was a slow year for most of the deployment teams. However, it was not dead. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US continued to build out their networks and gave steady work to the teams. The LTE rollouts among the larger carriers are nearly complete, but this doesn’t mean that 3G will be going away soon because there are so...

By Wade Sarver, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, LTE, M2M, Standards.

Opinion: Are you ready for the shift to LTE?

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For several years now, the Internet of Things world has known that AT&T would eclipse its second-generation networks at the end of 2016. Until now, however, it seemed like a far-off date. But Long Term Evolution is overhauling the industry in only a matter of months.

Some companies are already ahead of the curve. Leading automakers are already using LTE technology to turn their...

By Alex Brisbourne, 12 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, IoT, LTE.

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.

LTE paper discusses ‘innovative’ solutions for mobile broadband ecosystem

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4G Americas has released a new whitepaper that sheds light on the methods utilised by the mobile broadband industry to used unlicensed spectrum in order to boost connectivity for consumers and the enterprise. Standardisation organisations have also played a role in the development of the examined methods – LWA, LAA, LTE-U and Others.

4G Americas president Chris Pearson said: “4G Americas believes that identifying and auctioning exclusive use licensed spectrum should be...

By Telecoms, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, LTE.

Altair to collaborate with Verizon on LTE-based IoT products

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LTE chipset provider Altair Semiconductor is collaborating with Verizon Wireless on the commercialisation of LTE-based Internet of Things (IoT) products, with Altair preparing to roll out Cat-1/0 commercial products soon.

Smart meters, car telematics, security systems and smart home devices among other gadgets can make use of the Altair FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset.

Altair will showcase the provision of an LTE connection with a battery life that lasts for a decade by putting on display...

By Telecoms, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE.

Numerex works with T-Mobile US to facilitate 2G to LTE migration

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On-demand M2M provider Numerex is working with T-Mobile US to facilitate 2G to LTE migration via a technology upgrade program known as “LTE for the IoT”.

The offering integrates T-Mobile's country-wide 4G LTE network with the module, device, and platform know-how of Numerex. As the 2G turndown is imminent, the program provides a viable option in terms of cost to customers looking to upgrade their IoT deployments easily.

The upgrade program runs on the Numerex nxFAST IoT...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

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.