We don’t know what 5G is, but the UK will be a leader – promises Prime Minister

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised that the UK will not be missing out on the opportunity of 5G. He speaks at the CeBIT technology show in Hannover on his plan to make Blighty the “most digital nation in the G8.”

In the rollout of 4G, the UK has been notoriously slow. Spectrum auctions played a big part in this; which led Orange and T-Mobile partnership, EE, being the sole network capable of provisioning 4G to the UK public over a frustratingly long-period.

“With 4G,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

Bargain pricing on 4G LTE in some competitive markets

If you thought that you'll likely

have to pay more for the best mobile network service offering, then think again. According to the latest global market study by ABI Research, more than 55 percent of the least expensive country tariff plans are now on 4G LTE technology -- that's compared to just 22 percent a year ago.This performance has been driven by the aggressive deployment of LTE-based mobile networks and a wider choice of consumer-centric LTE smartphones."However, we found that the average cost of mobile Internet tariff plans across the cheapest 20 markets increased by 8.24 percent between...

By David H. Deans, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Operators.

Mobile World Congress: What is the future of Wi-Fi in an LTE-heavy landscape?

Telecoms Tech’s travels at Mobile World Congress earlier this week have involved reporting on everything from Mark Zuckerberg to operator strategies and the future of voice.

Yet the most popular story filed from Barcelona focused on a 5G panel featuring European Commission VP Neelie Kroes. Here, Tech Portfolio editor James Bourne looks at an...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

Why contextual voice could be the future of voice communications #MWC14

Voice communication is gaining a reputation as being an outdated technology. Whether that’s right or wrong is open to debate, but when you’ve got Facebook purchasing WhatsApp for $19bn, it’s always going to raise a few eyebrows.

But voice has been on a hugely transformative journey in the last 10 years alone. The growth and popularity of VoIP, with increasing numbers of consumers opting for free VoIP offerings, has forced operators to muck their hands and start over trying to recapture lost...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, VoiP.

Virgin Media provides backhaul for Three’s 4G – Where could it leave Fibre Broadband?

This makes the third article in a week that TelecomsTech has published about UK network Three, and their rapid-push to hopefully rise from the UK’s smallest mobile operator title.

But our coverage is due; on Tuesday we wrote about a new partnership with the UK’s largest network, EE, resulting in the sharing of infrastructure and £1 billion ($1.63 billion) joint investment into the future.

On Wednesday, we wrote about the company’s surprising

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Three and EE join forces to boost UK 4G

The 4G rollout in the UK has been a slow process filled with controversy around spectrum availability and related exclusivity periods – of which EE gained a significant head start. Since the period has finished; every major network in the UK has launched 4G.

Three was the last to offer their 4G service, and is still only available in limited areas whilst being subject to an ongoing, slow rollout.

Today, Three and EE have revealed a partnership and investment strategy to share their networks and boost...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

SK Telecom and LG U+ to bring 300Mbps LTE speeds to market

Through utilising 3 distinct bands, combining two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz band, SK Telecom and LG U+ will be supporting 300Mbps speeds using LTE-Advanced technology.

To demonstrate capabilities above this incredible feat, the South Korean telecoms company will be taking to MWC in Barcelona to show off speeds of 450Mbps. According to the Korea Herald, LG U+, the nation's third most popular carrier, will also deploy 300Mbps speeds in 2014.

These blistering speeds are over 4x faster than the highest speeds...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Ramping up 4G globally

Deloitte predicts that global revenues from 4G are likely to reach £60 billion by 2014, with more than 200 operators running networks in 75 countries. In the UK, O2 is to launch its 4G offering, finally bringing competition to EE. And, China Mobile is planning to spend $30.1 billion on its network this year with about a quarter of that amount earmarked for TD-LTE technology.

Deloitte predicts that 4G subscriber numbers will triple as compared to 2012, reaching around 200 million globally, as customers...

By John Hayduk, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

How to solve the second wave of mobile infrastructure

By Rajeev Tankha, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at Oracle Communications

The fast pace of growth in the mobile devices market has seen consumers get closer than ever to their smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study suggested that tablet sales will increase by 70 per cent in the next year, and that over 2 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017.

These trends have placed more pressure than ever on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adopt full data networks to ensure the...

By Oracle Communications, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Operators, OTT Services.