How blockchain is revolutionising telecom business support systems

Sponsored The business support system (BSS) remains the lifeblood of any communications provider. You can spend all you want on the network, but if you want to get that fast speed to a customer and make it useable, you cannot neglect the back office.

If you have an ageing BSS, your very survival could be at stake. These warnings have been concerning telecom operators for some time. Take a report

By James Bourne, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, OTT Services.

AT&T CEO: Rivals mocking 5G-E ‘makes me smile’

AT&T is getting a rough time from competitors over its 5G-E, but the company’s CEO says it's putting a smile on his face.

“If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors’ heads, that makes me smile,” said AT&T CEO John Donovan during an appearance on stage at CES this week.

The company stirred up some controversy with its decision to put a ‘5G-E’ indicator on smartphones...

By Ryan Daws, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom successfully achieve millimetre wave link with data transmission rate of 40Gbps

A recently conducted joint innovation project between Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom successfully demonstrated a millimetre wave link with a data transmission rate of 40Gbps.

The live trial, which was organised at the Deutsche Telekom Service Centre in Athens, is a breakthrough moment in the evolution from today’s 10Gbps reality toward the 100Gbps future. It was arranged over a hop distance of 1.4 kilometres in the...

By Telecoms, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Rivals mock AT&T’s 5G-E with T-Mobile teasing ‘9G’ update

AT&T is slapping a ‘5G E’ indicator on devices connected to its gigabit LTE network, and it’s getting suitably mocked by rivals.

T-Mobile kicks off proceedings with a fine bit of trolling from its Twitter account:

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John Legere, T-Mobile’s ever-vocal CEO, also used Twitter to accuse AT&T of “flat out” lying to customers.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

CTA: US sales of 5G smartphones will generate $1 billion in 2019

US sales of 5G smartphones will generate $1 billion revenue in 2019, according to a Consumer Technology Association (CTA) forecast.

The analysis predicts around 2.1 million 5G smartphones will be sold this year. By 2022, the CTA expects 76 percent of all smartphones purchased in the US will be 5G-enabled.

Steve Koenig, Vice President of Market Research at CTA, said:

“The future is bright for many tech products consumers already know and love, as stalwart revenue drivers including...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Early test results of AT&T’s 5G network are underwhelming

Early speed tests of 5G should be taken with a grain of salt, but those of AT&T’s network appear underwhelming compared to 4G.

AT&T’s 5G network is live in 12 cities. Without supporting handsets the only way to access the network is via a hotspot.

The network’s first consumer mobile 5G device is the Netgear Nighthawk hotspot. There’s a distinct lack of evidence many are using it going by the relative quiet on forums and social networks.

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By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom ensures consumers get top broadband deal

After finding around half of UK homes are on a poor broadband deal, regulator Ofcom has announced plans to boost consumer awareness.

Superfast broadband (defined as 24Mbps+) availability has reached 94 percent of premises, but there’s been less than half uptake.

Ofcom’s investigations have found consumers are often able to receive greatly improved broadband for just slightly more cost per month, or sometimes even less than what they’re currently paying.

The regulator has announced several measures to...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

O2 seeks millions in damages from Ericsson following outage

Telefónica-owned carrier O2 will seek damages from Ericsson over a software problem which caused telecoms outages in 11 countries.

Affected operators have taken on the complaints and reputation damage from customers. O2 is reportedly seeking ‘millions’ in compensation from Ericsson.

SoftBank, a Japanese telco, was also impacted by the glitch. In a press release, the operator explained the problem:

“The...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

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.