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.

ABI Research: LTE-A has reached 100m people, set to cross 1bn by 2018

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We might be looking ahead to what 5G should look like, but the current priority is to get LTE-Advanced technology out to as many users as possible. According to ABI Research, LTE-A has now reached 100 million people around the world just four years after its creation. 

ABI highlights that at the end of 2014 there were 49 commercially-available LTE-A networks around the globe. 20 operators...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, LTE, Regulation, Spectrum.

Apple and Ericsson duke it out over LTE patents

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Patent battles and Apple are often used in the same sentence, but usually alongside Korean giant Samsung. The heat between those two long-term partners/enemies has since died down, but Apple has found itself in a new fight with Ericsson over LTE patents.

They have been a valued partner for years, and we hope to continue that partnership.

Apple has used Ericsson's cellular technology for years, but their...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Licensing, LTE.

EE's traffic grows sixfold as MNO hits 7.7 million 4G subscribers

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In the last two months alone, EE has added 1.7 million customers to reach 7.7 million 4G subscribers. This is not only more than any other operator across Europe, but also beat the company's own internal year-end target of 6 million by some distance as a result of the UK MNO's rapid-expansion.

EE's network has provided access to superfast broadband for the first time in many areas.

Throughout 2014,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Rural.

Qualcomm, Huawei, and EE complete LTE Category 9

Chip-maker Qualcomm, network vendor Huawei, and UK mobile operator EE, have announced today the completion of interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 which features download speeds of up to 410 Mbps. The test used Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 810 processor with integrated LTE-A modem, Huawei's commercial infrastructure solution, and was conducted over EE's '4G+' network.

It's not clear when Huawei and EE intend to launch LTE Cat9 capabilities, but it won't be until Qualcomm start to roll-out their...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Innovation, LTE, Testing & Measurement.

France to hold DTT spectrum auction in 2015

Spectrum which is currently in-use for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) is set to be up for auction in France to be awarded to telecoms operators in December 2015. The government plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency for use as mobile broadband in license deals expected to generate upwards of €2 billion.

All of France's four major mobile network operators are expected to take part in the bids, in order to use the spectrum to boost or launch their mobile broadband offerings between 1st...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Freeview gets shafted in 4G expansion

Ofcom has announced plans to allocate spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band in-use by Freeview television services for the ongoing expansion of 4G. Couch potatoes shouldn’t be affected too much, as most viewers will just have to re-tune their equipment to pick-up broadcasts in the adjacent 600MHz band.

“Enabling the 700MHz band to be used for mobile data will allow mobile networks to provide better performance at a lower cost, which will bring...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, LTE, Research.

EE and O2 offer fastest 4G speeds, Three trails behind

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has published a report which details the performance of 4G networks by the country’s biggest operators. 210,000 indoor and outdoor tests were conducted between March and June this year in order to analyse real-world results of what customers can expect beyond the vague theoretical max speed numbers often advertised.

Due to 4G still being unavailable in a vast proportion of the UK, the tests were conducted in five of the biggest cities where capabilities have been available...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Operators, Research.

EE switches on its 150Mbps LTE-A network in London - but iPhone 6 isn't supported

The UK's biggest mobile operator, EE, has announced that it has switched-on its LTE-Advanced network which will offer download speeds of up to 150Mbps. To begin with, it will only be available in central London but the service will expand outwards to cover greater London and "the UK's busiest cities" by the end of 2015.

Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 support this new modem, but users of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature Category 4.

General customers in an area with 4G+ connectivity can...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.