SK Telecom makes first 5G video call using a Samsung phone

Korean telecoms giant SK Telecom has become the world’s first network to make a commercial 5G video call using a Samsung phone.

SK Telecom carries weight as the largest telecoms network in Korea. The call marks a landmark moment in the country’s journey to 5G.

A prototype Samsung 5G phone was used for the video call conducted by SK Telecom’s CEO Park Jung-ho to a staff manager based in Seoul. Jung-ho noted increased clarity in comparison to a video call made over LTE.

Samsung intends to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

New Zealand has blocked a telco from using Huawei’s gear

Mere days after the US petitioned its allies to ban the use of Huawei’s equipment over security concerns, New Zealand has blocked a telco from doing so.

The operator, Spark, posted a statement today claiming the Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau rejected its request to use Huawei’s 5G equipment.

In the statement, Spark wrote:

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

How blockchain is speeding up product development for mobile operators

Recent years have seen the mobile landscape change beyond recognition. Traditional voice and messaging services continue to fight a losing battle against OTT service providers such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, and operators everywhere are preparing to meet the demands for the superfast, high bandwidth capabilities of 5G. Customers now expect a real time, frictionless mobile experience, and operators must deliver this, or lose out to their competitors....

By Jitendra Thethi, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Security.

US petitions allies to drop Chinese 5G vendors ahead of tense G20 summit

The feud between the US and China continues to gather pace ahead of a tense G20 summit as the nation petitions its allies to ditch Chinese 5G equipment.

Officials have long held concerns that equipment from Chinese manufacturers could be used for spying. While the US is most vocal, other countries have voiced similar views and either banned equipment – such as Australia – or taken measures to mitigate the risks, such as the UK and Canada.

All four of the aforementioned countries are part of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

FCC puts rural broadband and texting regulation on Thanksgiving menu – but not everyone is happy

While many will today be tucking into turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce – with room for some pumpkin pie afterwards – the FCC has put together a Thanksgiving menu of its own.

Among FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plans for the rest of 2018 and onward include commitments to improving rural broadband speeds and altering text messaging regulations.

The most...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Operators.

Analysing telecom service providers' 5G network launch plans

Mobile network service providers have been eagerly planning for the launch of 5G service deployment. Juniper Research anticipates that the first commercial network launches will occur in 2019 - the initial networks to provide 5G services will be located within the Far East & China and North America regions.

Meanwhile, network operators in Europe have mostly adopted a wait-and-see approach, closely following the progress of operators in the two leading regions. Over the past two years, telecom service...

By David H. Deans, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators, Research.

Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson offer campus network solutions to industry customers

Manufacturing companies have realised the importance of a dedicated wireless connectivity in significantly improving the flexibility, versatility and efficiency of production processes. Deutsche Telekom is offering campus network solutions to its industry customers based on a dual slice approach that combines and integrates public and private LTE connectivity that is often enhanced with a local edge cloud deployment.

OSRAM and...

By Telecoms, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Telefónica will use IBM’s blockchain to manage international calls

Telefónica has signed a partnership with IBM to use its blockchain technology for the management of international call traffic.

Using the IBM Blockchain Platform, Telefónica hopes it will improve the traceability of international call data including things such as origin, destination, and duration.

Gonzalo Martín-Villa, Chief Innovation Officer of Telefónica, says:

"This project is one of our first initiatives to secure real benefits from the adoption of...

By Ryan Daws, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Small cable firms want Comcast investigated for anti-trust violations

A group representing small cable firms want Comcast investigated over allegations it’s abusing its power within the industry.

The American Cable Association (ACA) represents over 700 small and medium-sized cable operators. ACA has called on US Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim to open an investigation looking into Comcast and its practices.

ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said:

“By opening a formal investigation, the DOJ, which has already put Comcast-NBCU...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Orange launches LTE-M network in France following launch in Belgium

Orange has announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) network in France, which follows the opening of Orange’s first LTE-M network in Belgium in May 2018.

The launches mark Orange’s progress in serving the connected object market and underline its commitment to deploy LTE-M and LoRa as its leading IoT technologies across its European footprint. The company said it will further add...

By Telecoms, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, LTE, M2M, Operators.