Technology, media and telecom trends for 2017: Deals and media outlook

Last year may be remembered for many years to come, for a variety of reasons, including significant market transactions. Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has released its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) roundup report of the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector for the whole year.

In 2017, global dealmaking in the TMT sector saw 3,389 deals worth a combined $498.2 billion. Although total deal value fell 26.3 percent compared to the $676.3 billion tallied...

By David H. Deans, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Content, Entertainment, Research.

Why investment in blockchain applications will triple - according to IDC

Distributed ledger technologies, or blockchain, is gaining momentum across the globe. What's the appeal to apply the new eCommerce related benefits? There's no proprietary owner or administrator. As a result, interest in open blockchain technologies -- such as Hyperledger -- are attracting many new ecosystem participants.

According to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), Western Europe will be the second largest region at a worldwide level, starting from around $200...

By David H. Deans, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

EU and South Korea partner to ‘champion’ 5G at Winter Games

A joint EU-South Korea project known as 5GCHAMPION will be demonstrated next week during the 2018 Winter Games.

The system combines terrestrial wireless communications, including mmWave access, with satellite communication technology. 5GCHAMPION aims to demonstrate its fully-integrated intercontinental 5G network proof of concept.

Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati, Innovation and Scientific Director at Leti,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Disruption, Government, Industry, Research.

Nokia and EDF power forward with IoT tests

Nokia has announced a partnership with energy company EDF to test the performance of LPWA technology for IoT use in industrial settings.

EDF’s R&D team in France will make use of ‘TestHub Services’ in Nokia’s device testing lab. The lab claims to offer carrier-grade wireless infrastructure for testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules, and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies.

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By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research, Smart Cities.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Nokia and Hamburg Port to conduct industrial 5G research

Deutsche Telekom has announced a collaboration with Nokia and Hamburg Port Authority to conduct research into the use of 5G in an industrial environment.

The partners will use the 8,000-hectare site in the Port of Hambug to carry out 5G tests of functions such as network slicing.

As part of the tests, 5G will be used for testing out expected real-world use cases including things such as traffic lights management, virtual...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, IoT, Research.

Telecoms sector paying out more than ever to remedy customer service faults

A new study from Servion reveals the same old flaws: the telecoms sector in the UK is paying more than ever because of poor customer service.

The study focused on the energy, financial and telecoms markets, with Servion taking its data from the ombudsman of each industry. The report found that the communications sector has seen a significant rise in complaints in the UK with a total of 29,503 complaints – up 132% on 2016’s total.

As users expect more in terms of value from their providers,...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Research.

5G to comprise more than 40% of spending on wireless network infrastructure by 2025

According to SNS Research, by the end of 2025 5G networks will comprise over 40% of spending related to wireless network infrastructure, compared to around 5% of all spending on wireless network infrastructure in 2020.

The spending amount will see a considerable growth due to the notable investments anticipated between 2020 and 2025 in 5G New Radio (NR), Next Generation (NextGen) core and transport (fronthaul/backhaul) networking infrastructure.

The mammoth report package – at more than 1500 pages...

By Telecoms, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Ericsson predicts one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 in latest report

Ericsson has looked into its crystal ball for its latest Mobility Report and come up with the goods: by 2023, there will be one billion 5G subscriptions, while global mobile data traffic will be more than 100 exabytes per month.

5G will cover more than 20% of the world’s population by the end of 2023, with early deployments expected in the US, South Korea, Japan and China. In terms of more general geographical trends, North America will lead 5G uptake, Ericsson says, expecting to account for 37% of all...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, Research.

Cisco continues to dominate switching and router market – with NFV and SDN on the horizon

The global switching and router market continues to be led by one company, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

Cisco’s share of the total market was 51%, with particular dominance in the enterprise routers section, where it holds 63% share, Synergy added. For Ethernet switching, Cisco still held more than half share, and for service provider routers Cisco held 38% of the market.

The company’s main competitor across all markets is Huawei, with HPE and Arista competing on...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Networks, NFV, Research, SDN.

More telco customer service woes abound – but for Gen Z, chatbots could be the answer

It’s the age-old complaint around telecom providers and customer service; more than two thirds of customers surveyed by Brite:Bill admit they find their bills hard to understand, with three quarters saying they were not interested in the information which came with their statements.

The study, which took responses from more than 3,200 consumers in eight countries, found a worrying amount of churn among consumers.

29% of those polled said they have contacted their service providers over billing issues,...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.