Deutsche Telekom ceases Iran operations ahead of T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Deutsche Telekom is ceasing its Iran operations to comply with US sanctions and help to ensure its proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger goes ahead.

The proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger is one of the biggest things happening in Deutsche Telekom’s business. With tensions between the US and Iran strained, the company has decided to cut off ties with Tehran.

Sanctions against Iran were reimposed earlier this month which means any US company found dealing with the country would not be allowed to do business with...

By Ryan Daws, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks.

How progressive local governments are investing in smart cities

Smart city initiatives are one of the most important developments worldwide in public sector digital transformation. Given the crucial role that cities will play in both overall digitization efforts and the development of national economies, the largest or fastest-growing use cases have the attention of municipal leaders across the globe.

Smart city initiatives will attract technology investments of more than $81 billion globally in 2018, and spending is forecast to reach $158 billion in 2022, according to...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, N America, Smart Cities.

Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Nokia and Ericsson have links to China's Communist Party

While some believe Huawei poses a national security threat, some of its rival companies’ links to the Chinese Communist Party are ignored.

As the debate over whether Huawei should be banned from Australia’s 5G network rollout continues, the company has reportedly asked senior government officials whether the same security concerns apply to its Scandinavian rivals Nokia and Ericsson.

Nokia and Ericsson have existing contracts with the Australian government and both are expected to participate in...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

How smart homes are enabling new models for healthcare services

Home-based healthcare options have exploded since the availability of internet access has become pervasive. Moreover, as healthcare shifts from reactive to proactive patient care, a huge market is ready for automation products that can help deliver health and wellness services through smart home solutions.

The ubiquity of broadband connectivity, development of smart sensors, and the decreasing costs of devices have already made it possible to offer aging-in-place, chronic disease management, and post-acute...

By David H. Deans, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Innovation, IoT.

Ericsson boosts its US investment to accelerate 5G deployments

Ericsson has pledged to boost its US investment to support the acceleration of 5G network deployments across the country.

Investments from Ericsson will all into two categories: 1) increase research and development work done close to customers in the US, and 2) increase flexibility to shorten the timeline for new product introduction and product delivery to customers.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says:

“The United States is our largest market, accounting for a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Vodafone launches Ireland’s first dedicated IoT SIM cards

Vodafone has become the first operator in Ireland to offer dedicated IoT (Internet of Things) SIM cards under its ‘V-SIM’ initiative.

Any consumer IoT products sold by Vodafone will now ship as standard with a V-SIM by Vodafone card.

The operator’s counterpart app provides the user with an overview of all Vodafone IoT products registered under their account.

New devices can easily be registered by scanning a QR code with the app, offering a seamless and uncomplicated way for consumers to get...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Operators.

How applications for robotics technologies are gaining momentum

Manufacturers have traditionally been considered the primary drivers of new robot technology investment. Robots are now infiltrating other business sectors. The robotics industry gained new momentum in 2017 with total venture capital (VC) investment reaching $2.7 billion, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

"While the growth in investment from 2016 to 2017, at 23.2 percent, slowed from growth between 2015 and 2016, this was affected by applying a narrower understanding of robotics, leaving...

By David H. Deans, 09 August 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Apps, IoT, Machine Learning.

Indian telcos asked to enable social app blocks following attacks

The Indian government has asked telcos in the country to enable the blocking of social apps following a spate of vigilante attacks.

Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook have been used to spread misinformation about individuals leading to lynchings and beatings.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the government wrote:

“You are ... requested to explore various possible options and confirm how...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Government, India, Mobile, Regulation.

Deloitte: ‘Near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China on 5G

Analysts from Deloitte have determined it would be ‘near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China in 5G due to a significant investment gap.

Deloitte determined that China outspent the United States by $24 billion since 2015 and has over ten times more sites ready to support 5G. Furthermore, in the first three months of 2017 alone, China added more 5G sites than the US in the last three years.

"China and other countries may be creating a 5G tsunami, making it near impossible to catch...

Skype’s classic interface avoids executioner’s block for now as Microsoft extends support

Skype’s classic interface has gotten a reprieve. Microsoft confirmed it would be extending support for Skype 7, or Skype Classic, “for some time” after feedback from users.

The original shutdown date for the current iteration of Skype was set at September 1, with Skype 8 originally being launched to Windows desktop last October.

Customers had expressed disappointment at new features, including the ‘all-in-one’ chat functionality based more on the Windows 10 design at the behest...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, OTT Services.

VeChain is officially a ‘5G Partner’ of Japan’s largest telecoms company

Blockchain platform VeChain has been selected to be among the first batch of partners for NTT Docomo’s 5G Open Partner Program.

NTT Docomo is Japan’s largest telecoms company with over 76 million subscribers. The firm’s recent launch of the 5G Open Partner Program is aimed towards fostering the industrial use of the latest generation of mobile networks by 2020.

Blockchain technology is set to have an impact on many industries. VeChain started by focusing on a sector that’s ripe for...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Why IoT cybersecurity solutions revenue will reach $6 billion

The dramatic increase in internet-connected devices has created a significant attack surface for hackers and cybercriminals. Applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) are growing. As a result, the related challenges associated with IoT data security and privacy will increase with time.

Whether their motive is simply mischief, theft, or some other goal, the impact of IoT-related criminal activities can be far-reaching and very costly. Vendors of cybersecurity software and services will, therefore,...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Moto Z3 is the world's first smartphone to support 5G – kind of

With relatively little fanfare, the world’s first smartphone that will technically support 5G networks has been announced.

Smartphone manufacturers bragged of their intentions to be first, industry fans placed their bets on who actually will be… all while Motorola quietly announced the Z3 with 5G support.

To be clear, the support will be added using the Z-series’ infamous Moto Mods.

Moto Mods have often been called a gimmick, but as we near the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

IDTechEx argues benefits of 5G in latest note – but also offers pessimistic tone

A report titled “IoT Low Power Wireless Networks and 5G 2019-2029: Global Forecasts, Technologies, Applications” by IDTechEx Research, found that alongside the benefits of 5G there is also a growing pessimism.

The pessimism comes from many policymakers and telecom companies like Huawei, which is one of the leading 5G standard contributors. Their argument was that deployment of 5G will be very expensive for operators, requiring tens of thousands of new base stations per country and enormous...

By Telecoms, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Research.

Three picks Huawei over existing 4G partners for its 5G network

Hutchison-owned Three has decided against its existing 3G/4G network partners in favour of Huawei for its future 5G rollout.

Three uses equipment from Nokia for its 3G network, and Samsung for 4G. The operator decided to once again switch things up for its 5G rollout over the belief Huawei’s technology is far more attractive.

Many rival operators around the world often choose to stick with the one vendor to ease the upgrade process and keep costs down. Ericsson is one vendor which has gone on record to...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.

Tencent joins LoRa Alliance, aims to accelerate LoRaWAN technology

Tencent has joined the LoRa Alliance as the latest and newest member of the fastest growing technology non-profit association of more than 500 member companies. The LoRa Alliance is committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN open standard.

Tencent has made significant investments in technology and applications for LoRaWAN and will support further development of the LoRaWAN ecosystem. The Chinese investor also...

By Telecoms, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Innovation, IoT.

China is going to set the pace for 5G network deployments

Many observers predicted China to be a leader in 5G, but an updated forecast shows an unprecedented deployment pace increase.

Analysts from Mobile Experts have released accurate 5G predictions over the past four years. Strong reports from China have caused the firm to dramatically revise their latest forecast.

The company predicts 5G will spread across most of the world at a steady pace over several years. China, however, will be a lot more aggressive.

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst for Mobile Experts,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Why digital device shipments are still impacted by lower demand

The consumer electronics and mobile device vendors have experienced a significant slowdown in demand, due to a number of related factors that result in the ongoing downward trend. This is a global phenomenon, where few markets across the globe are likely to drive significant new growth opportunities.

The combined personal computer (PC), media tablet and smartphone markets are on pace to record 0.9 percent growth and eventually reach 2.28 billion units in 2018, according to the latest worldwide study by...

By David H. Deans, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Research.

First-gen 5G smartphones will be chunky and guzzle power

Reports of Huawei choosing a supplier for large heat dissipation sheets all but confirms the first wave of 5G smartphones will be chunky and guzzle power.

Huawei wants to be among the first to launch a 5G smartphone and plans to do so in less than a year. Industry rumours put the release around June 2019.

The company is said to have decided on Taiwan-based Auras Technology for its cooling modules. While refraining from commenting directly on the rumours, Auras Chairman YS Lin said that smartphone...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.