Digital wallet transactions will reach $9 trillion by 2024: Exploring the forces driving this spend

The benefit of a digital wallet is that, for both online and offline transactions, it enables the wallet user to easily make secure, quick transactions, thereby removing the requirement for a plastic card -- or the need to enter bank account details for every online purchase.

For the 'unbanked' populace across the globe, the availability of a digital wallet and cryptocurrency on a mobile phone will provide a means of financial inclusion, both as an alternative to cash payments and as a way of...

By David H. Deans, 24 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Disruption, Research.

Google stops waiting on lazy carriers, starts RCS rollout on Android

Google has stopped waiting for lazy carriers to support RCS (Rich Communication Services) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS standard promises an iMessage-like experience for all supporting devices, regardless of platform. That means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, rich media, location sharing, the works.

Industry body the GSM Association created a universal profile which sets out rules...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, Standards.

Nokia, Ericsson, and SK Telecom collaborate on 6G research

Rival vendors Nokia and Ericsson are setting aside their differences and collaborating with SK Telecom on 6G research.

The rollout of 5G is just gaining traction but already some are looking at what shape the next generation might take.

"Collaboration between companies like this will be important as the technology and standard for 6G networks is yet to be clearly defined," SK Telecom said.

SK Telecom has established itself as one of the world’s most pioneering operators. While somewhat...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Standards, Wireless.

SK Telecom is developing 5G solutions for smart power plants

SK Telecom has announced it’s collaborating with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power to develop 5G solutions for smart energy plants. Both companies are South Korea’s largest in their respective fields.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power will initially adopt SK Telecom’s Digital Twin technology. Digital Twin virtualises assets into software and provides simulations to get accurate information about the current state of assets, productivity, behaviour scenarios.etc

Jae Hoon-Chung, President of Korea...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

Huawei seeks $1 billion from Verizon for over 230 patents

Huawei is seeking over $1 billion from US telecoms giant Verizon relating to over 230 patents.

The beleaguered Chinese vendor claims Verizon owes the cash in licensing fees. A Huawei intellectual property executive wrote Verizon should pay up to “solve the patent licensing issue".

Patents in question range from core network technologies, IoT, and wireline infrastructure.

US operators have claimed Huawei has infringed on their own intellectual property in the past. T-Mobile, for example, claimed Huawei

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

How financial services disruption continues to create opportunities for CIOs and CTOs

The term 'fintech’ has been applied to describe the transformation taking place in the financial services sector across the globe. Traditional forms of payment such as cheques have been displaced by debit and credit cards. In turn, contactless payment and digital wallets will likely replace the cards.

Moreover, new and evolving banking business models have resulted in both the legacy financial services industry and fintech startups investing in digital technologies. Initially, the focus was an...

By David H. Deans, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Innovation, Research, Startups.

AT&T and Uber will partner up on flying 5G taxis

AT&T and Uber have established a partnership aiming to solve congestion in major cities using 5G-powered flying taxis.

Uber has been working on electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) for some time as part of its UberAir initiative. The ride-hailing giant’s partnership with AT&T will ensure the future taxis have access to a reliable 5G network.

The commercial launch for UberAir is being planned for 2023. Initial launch cities will include Los Angeles and Dallas Fort Worth in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Nokia CEO: We’re winning two-thirds of 5G contracts against Ericsson

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri claims the company is winning two-thirds of contracts against rival Ericsson despite equipment delays.

Suri is confident in Nokia’s positioning and said the vendor is winning contracts “quite handsomely” in 5G networks.

Earlier this month, Nokia director Federico Guillen said interest has grown from operators in countries debating the use of Chinese equipment following US-led security concerns. With...

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report shows greater 5G momentum than previously forecast

5G is naturally the hottest topic right now in telecoms. Various milestones have been hit in the UK, US and more, while Samsung is even beginning research into 6G. This has been noted by Ericsson, who argues that 5G subscriptions are now expected to hit 1.9 billion by 2024 as operators ramp up their deployments.

By James Bourne, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Research.

Three says it will have the UK’s fastest 5G in 25 cities this year

Three UK has proclaimed it will provide the nation’s fastest 5G when it launches in 25 cities later this year.

Despite being the UK’s smallest operator by subscribers, Three has achieved significant milestones. The carrier was the first to launch a 3G network and continues to focus on its data offerings.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: “It’s clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data. We have the UK’s best network for data and we have led the market on customer...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum, Wireless.

Huawei campaigns to UK public amid negative publicity

While the debate over whether to ban Huawei from 5G networks continues, the Chinese vendor is appealing directly to the UK public.

Huawei is facing a difficult time over US-led action. The US has called on its allies to ban the Chinese vendor from 5G networks over national security concerns and has threatened to cut-off intelligence cooperation with countries that refuse. Spooked operators are

5G? That's old hat. Samsung begins 6G research

Samsung will be a small player in 5G networks, but it aims to change that with 6G as it begins research on the next generation.

The Korean behemoth will be hoping to get the jump in 6G over established heavyweights like Nokia and Ericsson.

Samsung's 6G research is based in the company's home country of Seoul at the Advanced Communications Research Center.

“The current team on telecommunications technology standards has been expanded to start leading research on the 6G network,” a Samsung...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Research, Standards, Wireless.

Nokia claims it’s overtaken Huawei in 5G contracts

Nokia appears to be capitalising on Huawei’s struggles and has benefited from increased 5G equipment orders in recent weeks.

The Finnish vendor has landed 42 commercial 5G orders which puts it ahead of rivals Huawei and Ericsson.

Huawei isn’t far behind with around 40 commercial 5G orders. Ericsson is trailing with 19, but eight of the vendor’s clients have 5G networks already live.

According to Nokia director Federico Guillen, interest has grown from operators in countries debating the use...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Trump lands in the UK as Tories signal Huawei climbdown

President Trump looks set to win the UK’s agreement to ban Huawei from national 5G networks following remarks from leading Conservatives.

Trump has landed on British soil experiencing more turbulence than in the air: Brexit uncertainty is hitting businesses, the outlook for industries like manufacturing across the wider eurozone is even worse, a departing prime minister, and protests around Trump’s state visit are just some of the problems faced by...

Trump and UK PM May to discuss Huawei ban as firm limits US contact

President Trump and UK PM Theresa May will discuss a Huawei ban during a state visit, as firm limits contact with Americans.

Theresa May will step down as PM on June 7th but will be in her post for Trump's visit. As the UK is a crucial US security partner, May's government has been under pressure from Trump's administration to ban Huawei over national security concerns.

A leak from a National Security Council meeting last night month suggested May's government was minded to allow Huawei's equipment in...

Nokia and Ericsson win SoftBank 5G contracts over Huawei, ZTE

Nokia and Ericsson have won a lucrative 5G contract with Japanese telco SoftBank at the expense of Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE.

SoftBank has an existing relationship with Nokia and Ericsson, so the decision is of little surprise. However, ZTE and Huawei were involved with earlier trials.

Amid US-led concerns about the use of Chinese telecoms equipment, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications imposed a condition effectively banning Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks.

While Japan’s...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Project Limitless: Qualcomm and Lenovo debut the first 5G laptop

Qualcomm and Lenovo have reminded us the humble laptop will also be revolutionised by 5G as part of a new collaboration.

Much of the discussion around 5G is dominated by smartphones and the IoT – which is fair, but let’s not forget the possibilities of 5G-connected PCs.

Announced at Computex in Taipei, Qualcomm announced that it’s teaming up with Lenovo on the first 5G laptop which is currently being dubbed ‘Project Limitless’ (we have a feeling it...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks.

How agriculture’s digital transformation is being enabled by IoT apps

The global agricultural sector is currently evolving, as applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) technology disrupts more traditional methods of farming. With use cases that target several different segments of the market already available, new solutions are being created to evolve more segments.

The fact that there is no single, specific problem experienced by all farmers and ranchers has led to the development of a variety of different solutions, notably including water usage concerns from the...

By David H. Deans, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Rural.

Stormzy is set to perform the UK’s first 5G-powered gig

UK grime artist Stormzy is set to perform the nation’s first 5G-powered concert on May 29th as part of EE’s network launch.

EE announced earlier this week that it will launch the UK’s first 5G network on May 30th. The operator said it would create unique experiences, including some provided by Niantic and Google, to show off 5G’s capabilities.

Stormzy is one of the UK’s current most prominent artists with...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.