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.

LTE Direct networks are the future of connectivity

(Image Credit: Jason Scragz)

Behind-the-scenes of the World Wide Web it's not us communicating with one another, but rather our machines via a large number of virtual addresses and physical wires connecting them between. The next step is removal of our reliance on centralised infrastructure; and therefore that which is subject to both failure and control.

In a year or two from now, I think people won't even remember that you had to be on Wi-Fi or get a cell signal to be able to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

How the legacy telecom market will transition to web-scale

Worldwide traffic on 3G and 4G mobile communication networks continues to reach new highs as operators strive to satisfy the insatiable craving for broadband access to the Mobile Internet.

Around the globe, satisfying this demand - by expanding network capacity - will push mobile packet core spending to over $18 billion through 2019.

Though much of the telecom market experienced a 1Q 2014 seasonal dip, mobile packet core expansion continues with just-in-time infrastructure deployment.

First mover developed...

By David H. Deans, 31 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: LTE, Networks, Research.

South Korea and US in fast lane for LTE rollout, report reveals

South Korea and the United States are leading the way in devices with 4G LTE capability, while devices from local vendors are on the rise, according to the latest Netbiscuits Web Trends Report.

The quarterly analysis, based on consumer web usage in 242 countries, found that local device vendors are starting to gain traction in Europe, whereas before the trend was largely confined to Asia. Wiko, a French vendor, and bq from Spain have made the top 50 devices in their own countries for the first, time, with 3%...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LTE.

EE identifies and helps to boost £2.1bn pop-up retail economy

The UK's largest mobile network, EE, has today released a study which indicates pop-up retailers contribute over £2bn to the UK economy. As a result, the company has launched a new initiative to help pop-ups overcome previous challenges.

The "Pop-Up UK" report commissioned by EE and undertaken by CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) expects the economy to grow by 8.4 percent over the next 12 months. This growth could be higher, up to double-digits, if barriers such as cost and lack of...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

4G LTE mobile subscribers will exceed 1 billion in 2017

LTE is a fourth-generation (4G) global standard which is the natural development route for GSM/HSPA network operators - it's also the next generation mobile broadband system for many CDMA network operators.

Juniper Research forecasts a rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the 1 billion mark in 2017 - and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019. This will represent 22 percent of the global active mobile subscriber identity module (SIM) connections by this...

By David H. Deans, 18 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, LTE, Research.

Google acquires 5G firm Alpental Technologies

If there’s any company which relies on the web, it’s Google. The giant started life as a search engine and is now behind some of the world’s most popular services, such as YouTube and Gmail, and has even begun to roll-out its own high-speed internet service under the name of Google Fiber.

It’s in Google’s interests to get as many people online as possible, and so beyond becoming an ISP themselves, the company has invested heavily in various different schemes to provide...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Google, LTE, Networks.