Mobile Broadband Connected Future: From Billions of People to Billions of Things

The purpose of this report is to discuss the opportunity for wirelessly connected devices. We explore two main themes: Why embed devices for mobile connectivity? And why choose to embed the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of wireless technologies?

The findings of this report impact mobile operators, mobile infrastructure providers, chipset manufacturers, device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), solution providers, vertical enterprise industries, horizontal consumer and enterprise...

By Alex Wanda, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

The Onion That Makes Telcos Cry

Mainly due to the success of the Internet with its steady growth and ubiquitous reach, IP has for a long time shown its predominance as the preferred protocol and has more lately become the one protocol on which to base each application. However, network operators have been for many years compelled to deploy several other technologies to implement the services they wanted to sell. This led to the “networking onion” shown in the illustration here where various technologies are deployed in layers to...

By Alex Wanda, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

ISPs get broadband speeds guidance

New guidelines set out for internet service providers to ensure they can prove customers can actually surf the web at "maximum speeds" have been issued by the government's advertising regulator.A Help Note, published by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the sister-organisation of the Advertising Standards Agency, now states that broadband companies should also include "appropriate, additional information to accompany a maximum speed claim to ensure the average consumer is not mislead. Where relevant, this includes information that bears out that...

By Verity Gough, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, Research.

Telco investment being forced by cable

Cable is forcing telco investment and could risk losing its competitive advantage over the next five years, according to the latest research from Goldman Sachs.Tim Boddy and Hugh McCaffrey of Goldman Sachs European Telecoms/Cable Investment Research argue that cable forces the incumbents to invest in fibre-based Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies losing cable its competitive advantage over a five to seven-year period, however, they add, cable should gain in the all-important pricing power as the infrastructure market...

By Verity Gough, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Operators, Research.

French regulator grants LTE licenses to all 4 operators

All four of the main French mobile operators have been awarded licenses for blocks of fourth-generation mobile frequencies following the first round of auctions that have set a high bar for the industry, with bids totalling €936m ($1.28bn).

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad put in the highest bids to win the two largest blocks of 20 MHz; SFR and Bouygues Telecom were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz.

The auction has been hailed as a success by the French...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

TalkTalk and 3UK most complained about telcos, says Ofcom

Ofcom has today published its latest consumer report which has revealed that TalkTalk and 3UK are the worst offenders when it comes to customer complaints.TalkTalk managed to top two categories for landline and broadband services with 0.8 and 0.58 complaints per 1000 customers between April and June this year while Virgin Media was the golden performer amongst landline providers with 0.15 complaints per 1000 customers. Unlike previous years' reports, the 2011 study included the largest number of providers and other stellar performances...

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Mobile, Operators.

Vodafone partners with Asian teleco giants

Vodaphone has signed a deal to partner with some of Asia’s biggest telecoms providers in order to increase its reach in the region and provide a range of new services to its global customer base.The Conexus Mobile Alliance will see Vodafone partner with NTT Docomo in Japan, Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong and FarEasTone in Taiwan amongst others and in return, the new companies will benefit from Vodaphones international footprint and permit Vodafone’s enterprise and multinational customers to extend their managed services to...

By Verity Gough, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Industry, Networks, Operators.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.

Orange partners with Apple to offer free movie app

Orange is set to boost its media credentials with a free film download accessible to customers via their Apple iPhones, thanks to a new partnership.

Orange: Film to Go, set to launch on 11 August is the latest initiative by the mobile giant and follows on from the hugely popular Orange Wednesdays two-for-one cinema tickets offer.

The new scheme will be supported by a multi-platform advertising campaign which illustrates films being watched 'on the move' via various devices including laptops and mobiles.In order to access the free...

By Verity Gough, 09 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Mobile, Operators.

The Myths, Hype and Reality of the Cloud

Jim Morin is Ciena’s Product Line Director focused on Cloud solutions.  Jim has been a member of a commission looking into recommendations for the use of Cloud technology in U.S. government and industry.

 

In March 2011, TechAmerica helped pull together a commission of experts from industry and academia to form...

By Ciena, 26 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, N America, Operators, Research.