Colt explores blockchain to settle payments between telecom operators

Telecoms and data centre services provider Colt has announced a proof of concept (PoC) to assess whether blockchain can help solve the problem of payment settlements between operators.

The initiative was put together alongside PCCW Global and Clear, a company which ‘builds blockchain-based wholesale services clearing and settlement platforms for entire industries, and the economies that support them’, in the firm’s own words.

During the recent Pacific Telecommunications Council...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.

UK hands £25m to 5G testbeds as Ofcom confirms next week’s auction

The UK government and its bodies are upping 5G preparation by providing new testbed funds and confirming next week’s spectrum auction.

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will hold its next spectrum auction on Tuesday 20th March. Slices of 4G and 5G spectrum will be sold off to operators looking to expand their portfolios.

All the major mobile operators — EE/BT, O2, Vodafone,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Deutsche Telekom announces IoT partnership with SAP for real-time logistics

German telecommunications behemoth Deutsche Telekom and enterprise application software provider SAP have announced that they are expanding their partnership to include Internet of Things (IoT) products for real-time logistics.

Anette Bronder, director of Telekom Security and T-Systems' Digital Division, said: "In the complexity of the digital age, customers increasingly seek for comprehensive support to address their business needs — at the device, connectivity, platform and software level. To...

By Telecoms, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, IPTV, Operators.

Asian telcos ahead of European and US counterparts in innovation, finds ABI Research

Asian telcos emerge as the leaders of innovation in the telecommunication field leaving behind their European and US counterparts, says ABI Research’s “Telco Innovation Benchmark: Winners and Losers in the Race to Future Revenues” report.

Asian telcos are followed by the US Tier Ones - AT&T and Verizon, while the Europeans - DT, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone - are far behind China Mobile, NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI. It is to be noted that the highest score in the leaderboard goes to...

By Telecoms, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developing Countries, Disruption, Operators, Research.

Why ZTE believes AI automation will play a crucial role in the telecoms industry

MWC ZTE has a firm belief that, in the telecoms industry, AI automation has a crucial role to play - and that impending 5G networks will bank very much on the capabilities of AI for operational support as well as management of infrastructure and business functions.

The company also believes that ‘AI for operations’ represents a bigger opportunity for providers of telecom services to occupy a top position in the future market. 

These beliefs are at the root of the release of a whitepaper...

By Telecoms, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Machine Learning, Networks, Operators.

Innovation on call? Why it's time for telcos to differentiate

With a fast-developing tech revolution forcing major changes on the telco industry, it’s a focus on customer experience that will determine whether or not the big incumbents can stay relevant.

A digital mindset runs deep in the telco industry, who have been at the forefront – or even the conduit for – many of the digital services that have reshaped our world. Ironically, many of these have in turn threatened or cannibalised incumbent telco revenue streams. ‘Over-the-top’ (OTT)...

By Justin Small, 01 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Innovation, Operators, OTT Services.

Our moon is getting its own 4G network

50 years after Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, another step for man is set to be achieved.

Vodafone is partnering with Nokia to launch a 4G network on the moon. The plan is backed by Berlin-based PTScientists who are looking to achieve the first privately funded moon landing next year.

Robert Böhme, CEO and Founder of PTScientists, said:

“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system. In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

Assessing BT’s content strategy with OTT behemoths on the horizon

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MWC The recent tussle for the English Premier League football rights was shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Will this be the season where the purely-digital disrupters, the Amazons, the Facebooks et al, finally get a piece of the pie?

In a couple of words – not really. Sky and BT Sport again secured the main packages for £4.464 billion for matches from 2019 to 2022 – two smaller rights packages remain unresolved – with BT adding in a statement that it remained...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Ofcom’s 5G auction will proceed as Three’s court appeal fails

Mobile operator Three has failed its court appeal to force Ofcom to impose stricter restrictions on the sale of 5G spectrum in an upcoming auction.

Three, owned by Hong-Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison, is the smallest mobile operator in the UK in terms of subscribers. In terms of existing spectrum ownership, Three owns a 15 percent share of the market. For comparison — BT/EE holds a 42 percent share, Vodafone 29 percent, and O2 14 percent.

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

EE’s new 4G home broadband antenna plans to connect 580,000 homes across the UK

EE has announced trials of a new 4G home broadband antenna that it expects will provide more than 580,000 UK homes with high-speed internet for the first time.

The new 4G home broadband solution combines the 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna and professional installation service. EE believes it will deliver high-speed internet in rural areas that can only access broadband speeds under 10Mbps today.

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By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural.