T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How open data initiatives are fuelling mobility as a service

With rising levels of automobile traffic congestion and its environmental impact, there are now more efforts focused on finding ways to make urban travel more efficient. A catalyst for this change has been the principle of Open Data, which is where cities release as much data as possible about local transport, allowing companies to tailor services that fill gaps in coverage.

From this initiative, the concept of mobility as a service (MaaS) has evolved. This is primarily conceived as a method of increasing...

By David H. Deans, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Telstra 5G sites will swell to around 200 by year’s end

Telstra has informed stockholders during a recent meeting that it plans on having around 200 5G sites live by year’s end.

Andy Penn, CEO of Telstra, said during the meeting:

“In April, we trialled Australia’s first 5G connected car. We are also already rolling out 5G technology on our network and have more than 200 5G sites planned to be live around Australia by the end of this calendar year.”

When the sites go live, there will still be no 5G-capable flagships available from...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile chats 5G and proposed Sprint merger with the FCC

T-Mobile had a dinner date with FCC officials to discuss its upcoming 5G network and proposed Sprint merger.

5G brings a huge potential to boost the economy and bring greater connectivity to citizens. As such, regulators and lawmakers are meeting with operators to decide how to capitalise on these benefits.

In a heavily redacted T-Mobile presentation, the operator provided key expectations about its 5G network.

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom’s 5G is 80% ready, 99% coverage by 2025

Germany’s largest telecoms operator, Deutsche Telekom, claims its 5G network is 80 percent ready and expects 99 percent coverage by 2025.

Speaking to a conference of German business leaders, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said around 22,000 of the operator's 27,000 mobile sites were now connected to high-speed fibre-optic.

Dirk Wössner, Board Member of Telekom Deutschland, said:

"Everyone wants to be in the high-speed network – across all levels...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

EU launches research group to stop ‘problematic’ internet use

The EU has established the ‘European Problematic Use of the Internet’ (EU-PUI) research network which aims to stop harmful web use.

Gambling, pornography, and excessive use of social media may sound like a good time for some folks. For others, each can pose a serious problem.

How problematic use impacts health, especially mental wellbeing, hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Support groups for such things have been available for decades, but prevention is always better than treatment where...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Why operators need to forge a greater link between digital transformation and customer care

Operators are stuck between a rock and a hard place today. They need to be seen to move towards a process of digital transformation – whatever that term means – while trying to constantly improve the customer experience.

The latter is an area where the telcos have traditionally struggled – and according to a new report published by BriteBill and Omnisperience gauging the views of 40 tier-0 and tier-1 service...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Huawei is ready to dispel South Korea’s 5G security concerns

Huawei has said it’s ready to dispel any 5G security fears in South Korea as it continues to woo operators around the world.

South Korean telcos are currently deciding which vendors will supply their 5G equipment. The nation’s largest, SK Telecom, has already ruled-out Huawei in favour of Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Unlike the US and Australia, the South Korean government has not banned the use of Huawei equipment. There are...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Wind River and BT getting together for edge cloud computing for 5G

Industrial IoT solutions provider Wind River has joined forces with British multinational telecom firm BT to demonstrate edge cloud compute applications.

The announcement, made at the SDN NFV World Congress in the Netherlands, also showcases Wind River’s Titanium Cloud, its deployment-ready virtualisation software platform.

5G applications will need to locate compute power and...

By Telecoms, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, IoT.

Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

EE launches its UK 5G network test in Canary Wharf

BT-owned mobile operator EE has launched a 5G test network in Canary Wharf, London ahead of a full commercial rollout next year.

As the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, the launch by EE is a landmark moment in the UK’s path to 5G.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said:

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

UK discloses ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks

The UK government has disclosed a ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media, and sport.

In findings by the National Cyber Security Centre, a number of international attacks have been linked to Russian intelligence agency GRU.

The attacks, it claims, have affected citizens in a large number of countries – including Russia – and cost national economies millions of pounds.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Security, Surveillance.

US cities issue lawsuit threats against the FCC over 5G rules

A collection of US cities accuse the FCC of 5G infrastructure policy ‘overreach’ and have issued lawsuit threats in response.

The FCC’s recent policy change limits how much local municipalities can bill for letting telecom carriers mount 5G cellular equipment on city-owned infrastructure.

Rules passed on September 26th restrict cities from charging firms more than $270 per year for each piece of equipment attached to city property. In Portland, for example, that’s $2,730 less than what...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

T-Mobile CEO is predictably vocal about Verizon’s 5G network

Following the launch of Verizon’s 5G FWA launch in four US cities, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has predictably added his two cents.

T-Mobile calls itself the ‘Uncarrier’ for a series of initiatives removing things which consumers dislike about typical carriers. Legere’s outspoken style about his competition matches the brand he represents.

In a series of tweets, Legere slams Verizon’s 5G network:

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators.

Trump’s administration sues California over its net neutrality bill

The state of California is being sued following its decision to side with the majority of internet users and protect net neutrality.

Consumers are strongly in favour of net neutrality. In research conducted by Maryland University, 83 percent opposed repealing the rules – including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats, and 86 percent of independents.

The state of California acted to...

US operators will meet White House officials to discuss 5G

Representatives from the four major operators in the US are set to meet White House officials to discuss 5G and its potential.

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have all confirmed their attendance. Verizon is understood to be attending but declined to comment.

None of the operators revealed who they will send to represent their companies, but high-level executives are expected.

The full agenda is unknown but Trump’s administration will be seeking to gain a better understanding of 5G’s benefits...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators.

US outdoor small cell antenna likely to rise by 75% in 2018, predicts EJL Wireless Research

A recent report from EJL Wireless Research, titled “U.S. Outdoor Small Cell Antenna Market Analysis and Forecast, 2018-2022 1st Edition”, states that the shipments of US outdoor small cell antenna increased 84% in 2017. The market is predicted to increase by 75% in 2018, owing to the increasing demand from all four American mobile operators as well as neutral host operators.

The report states that Alpha Wireless...

By Telecoms, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Networks, Operators, Small Cells.

Telstra partners with Ericsson to set record for NB-IoT range

Telstra and Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson have set a new record for NB-IoT range with nothing more than software upgrades.

Ericsson’s breakthrough extends the 3GPP standards-based limit from around 40km out to 100km and can be activated without changes to physical NB-IoT hardware.

Emilio Romeo, Ericsson’s MD of Australia and New Zealand, says:

“This game-changing capability builds on Ericsson’s long history of delivering extended range cellular solutions.

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks.

Open Source MANO (OSM): Addressing interoperability challenges in NFV

This article was originally published on ETSI OSM blog. I am re-publishing it here.

NFV was introduced in 2012 and had various stated benefits, especially for the telecom domain. But there were challenges associated with its actual implementation.

Mainly, it was associated with the management and orchestration (MANO) layer. After a few years, solution vendors who decided to offer NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, NFV.