Report: UK’s 5G landscape is ‘active and growing rapidly’

Digital Catapult has released some interesting results from what its researchers are calling the UK’s first ever 5G landscape report.

5G is predicted to enable US$12.3 trillion (€10.47 trillion) of global economic output by 2035. According to Digital Catapult’s research, the UK is setting itself up well to capitalise on its potential.

Part of its strength comes from the range of relevant and skilled 5G actors in the UK. This includes private and public sector organisations, academics and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

T-Mobile’s 600 MHz rollout is now available in over 900 U.S areas

T-Mobile has announced its rollout of 600 MHz low-band spectrum has now reached over 900 cities and towns in the United States.

120 cities and towns have been added in T-Mobile’s latest update including New Mexico, Omaha, Nebraska, Maine, Augasta, and Los Alamos.

The operator has named its service ‘Extended Range LTE’ due to low-band spectrum’s characteristics of covering a larger area. In fact, the carrier says its signal carries twice as far from towers and is "four times better...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Spectrum.

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

How AI will advance the mobile messaging app evolution

There has been a significant evolution in the variety of use cases for mobile Application to Person (A2P) messaging. Historically, A2P was used for alerts and as a billing mechanism and carrier for simple content and services, both for one-off downloads or actions (e.g. voting) and for recurring payments.

The latter use case has declined in the past 5 years, due to a combination of the transition to an app-based economy, largely driven by card billing and by regulatory action -- in markets such as the U.S....

By David H. Deans, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Machine Learning, Mobile, OTT Services.

Senators challenge the accuracy of FCC’s rural broadband map

Senators have expressed concern over the accuracy of a map the FCC is using to plan the allocation of over $4 billion in subsidies to improve rural broadband.

Under the Mobile Fund Phase II plans, money will be redirected over the next decade away from where private capital is already being supplied, and instead used to help bring 4G services to Americans in under-served rural areas.

In an op-ed back in February,  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote:

"Right now, the federal government...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural.

Australian MP is next to call for a ban on Chinese 5G equipment

Australian Labor MP Michael Danby has become the latest politician to call for a ban on buying 5G network equipment from Chinese firms claiming they are ‘controlled’ by the government.

Speaking to parliament last night, Danby requested Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull take a similar stance as in his tenure as communications minister when he barred Huawei from bidding for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Mr Danby said:

“Now he [Malcolm Turnbull] and his government must...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

How eSIM is disrupting the telecoms industry

The SIM (Subscriber Identity Module), a seemingly innocuous and modest piece of hardware in every mobile phone that is used to store subscriber identity and service details, has seen itself shrink from credit card size when it was created in 1991 to the Micro SIM and the Nano SIM. Now, the SIM threatens to shrink further and vanish altogether, at least in its physical form. eSIM is about to replace the ordinary SIM. An eSIM works like a regular SIM with one major difference: instead of being a physical card,...

By Krishan Dhall and Aman Jha, 23 May 2018, 5 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators.

UK considers ‘five-eyes’ Galileo rival as space strategy announced

The UK is considering launching a ‘five-eyes’ alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite project as it announces its first space defence strategy.

Five-eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance between Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Two Whitehall officials told the Financial Times that Australia, which last week announced plans for a National Space Agency, had indicated a potential interest in a UK satellite project.

As part...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, Satellite.

Sprint hypes 5G in contrast to recent industry trend

The incoming CEO of Sprint, Michel Combes, has bucked the recent industry trend of downplaying 5G expectations and has instead decided to hype it up.

In recent weeks, Telecoms has reported on comments from operators and equipment makers setting a low bar of what to expect from 5G. It’s understandable — as the old adage goes; it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver, than over-promise and under-deliver.

Speaking at...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

GSMA: Mobile IoT is an integral part of 5G

The GSM Association (GSMA) has released a new report detailing how mobile IoT technologies will be an integral part of 5G.

Mobile IoT technologies are Low-Power, Wide Area (LPWA) and include NB-IoT and LTE-M. These technologies are fundamental to the development of ‘massive IoT’ which the GSMA sees as one of 5G’s three core use cases — alongside critical communications, and enhanced broadband.

Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA, comments:

“While people often associate...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

Trump’s administration U-turns on ZTE ban

Despite the rhetoric about China stealing US jobs, Trump’s administration has softened its stance to help save telecoms equipment giant ZTE.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies. Last week, Telecoms reported the company had suspended its operations citing a ban from U.S lawmakers. Washington accused ZTE of violating U.S export restrictions and making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.

As a result of...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America.

Qualcomm: ‘Aggressive’ OEMs want to launch 5G phones this year

Qualcomm’s SVP of Engineering has revealed some of its more ‘aggressive’ OEM partners want to launch 5G smartphones by late this year.

The widely-accepted timeframe for 5G smartphone launches is 2019, but it seems at least some manufacturers are looking to get the jump on their competitors.

Some operators have gone on record and stated that they would like to commercialise in late 2018 itself

We already know ZTE is one such manufacturer based on comments made during this year’s Mobile World...

By Ryan Daws, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

NTT DoCoMo tested 5G using a 190mph car

NTT DoCoMo announced the first successful test of a 28 GHz wireless data transmission between a 5G base station and a mobile station in a car moving at nearly 190mph.

For its test, DoCoMo partnered with NEC and NTT. It was undertaken at the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) on April 8th using a modified Nissan GT-R and was conducted to simulate the experience of using a 5G connection at speeds similar to a high-speed train.

28 GHz radio waves propagate straight and are notorious for making long-range...

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

Deutsche Telekom switches on the first 5G antennas in Europe

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has switched on the first 5G antennas in Europe at two locations in downtown Berlin.

The 5G NR antennas fully support the new communications standard, are operating in real-world conditions, and lay the foundations for a nationwide rollout. There are currently six cells launched in total — three in Leipziger Straße, and three in Winterfeldtstraße.

Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation, said:

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile and Sprint are set to merge in £18.9bn deal

US telecommunications giants T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to merge in a deal worth almost £19 billion.

The operators attempted to merge under former president Obama’s administration, but regulators blocked the deal. President Trump’s administration has taken a more relaxed approach to deals which have been criticised as being potentially anti-competitive.

Once merged, the companies will have around 130 million subscribers. Around 72.6 million will come from T-Mobile and 54.6 million from...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation.

T-Mobile is the latest to downplay 5G expectations

T-Mobile is set to launch 5G later this year, but an executive for the operator has downplayed what consumers should expect from the network at launch.

The operator is using 600MHz spectrum for its rollout in order to cover a large distance, but at a lower speed than competitors to begin with. T-Mobile predicts its 5G network will launch around 25-50 percent faster than its current 4G network.

Rivals AT&T and Verizon opt for smaller hotspots using millimeter wave which are often associated with higher...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Taiwan’s regulator warns a 4G price war could impair 5G investment

A telecoms regulator in Taiwan has warned sparking a price war could impair how much operators are willing to invest in new services and networks, including 5G.

The warning from the NCC (National Communications Commission) followed Chunghwa Telecom’s decision to introduce low-cost, unlimited 4G data and voice plans. Chunghwa is Taiwan’s largest service provider — accounting for over a third of wireless connections and around 80 percent of the broadband market.

A race to the bottom in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

#HAS2018: Huawei CEO tempers 5G expectations

One of Huawei’s rotating CEOs has gone on record to downplay consumer expectations of 5G compared to previous generations

Eric Xu was speaking during the Huawei Analyst Summit (#HAS2018) in Shenzhen when he warned that consumers are unlikely to see a ‘fundamental difference’ between 5G and 4G. For operators planning to charge extra for 5G services, it could be a tough sell to potential customers without many tangible improvements.

Speed is one area where specific...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.