Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

GSMA: The U.S will ‘pioneer’ 5G with 190m connections by 2025

The GSMA has identified several key reasons why it believes the United States market will be the pioneer of 5G over the coming years.

In a new report, the GSMA estimates the U.S. will have 100 million 5G connections by 2023 and 190 million by 2025. Over the entire period, it believes the market will continuously lead the world in the percentage of 5G connections.

Among the main reasons for this...

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

Why the mobility solutions market will reach $1.7 trillion in 2021

Worldwide spending on mobility solutions is forecast to grow 3.2 percent year over year in 2018, reaching more than $1.6 trillion, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This growth is expected to continue through 2021 with investment on mobility-related hardware, software, and services surpassing $1.7 trillion as the market achieves a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8 percent.

"The new mobility use cases and technology adoption in enterprises is...

By David H. Deans, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research.

UK hands £25m to 5G testbeds as Ofcom confirms next week’s auction

The UK government and its bodies are upping 5G preparation by providing new testbed funds and confirming next week’s spectrum auction.

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will hold its next spectrum auction on Tuesday 20th March. Slices of 4G and 5G spectrum will be sold off to operators looking to expand their portfolios.

All the major mobile operators — EE/BT, O2, Vodafone,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

LTE now represents most of the world's roaming traffic

While most people have been talking about the next generation of mobile network technology, LTE has reached an important new milestone.

According to data from Syniverse, inter-regional LTE data roaming traffic has surpassed non-LTE data roaming traffic for the first time.

In the past year alone, LTE traffic rose to 54 percent of global outbound roaming traffic in 2017 – up from 42 percent in 2016.

John Wick, Senior Vice President at Syniverse, comments:

“Syniverse’s data...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Roaming.

Qualcomm, KT, and Samsung play nice together in 5G NR interoperability demo

Three mobile industry leaders have announced the successful test of 5G interoperability based on the recent 3GPP Release-15 global standard.

Data connections used for testing operated in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands using pre-commercial 5G NR base stations from Samsung, and 5G NR UE prototypes from Qualcomm.

“As the industry works toward the goal of commercial launches of 5G NR products and networks in 2019, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders on testing and successful trials are...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

Ofcom pushes ahead with 5G auction despite legal action from Three and EE

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is going ahead with its 5G spectrum auction despite legal challenges from two of the four major operators.

Last month, the UK High Court threw out legal challenges by EE and Three with regards to Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps for the auction. Three, the UK’s smallest major operator by subscribers, is now taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

Rules for the auction...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Spectrum.

CES: Huawei CEO expresses frustration with US market

Following years of attempts to break into the US market, Huawei CEO Richard Yu expressed his frustration during a keynote at CES.

Huawei was said to have agreed to a deal with AT&T to distribute the smartphone manufacturer’s devices. In preparation, Huawei hired Gal Gadot (most well known for her role as Wonder Woman) as the company’s new spokesperson.

Back in December, Yu told the Associate Press, “We will sell our...

By Ryan Daws, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Legere: T-Mobile will leapfrog ‘Dumb and Dumber’ rivals in deploying 5G

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has claimed the carrier will leapfrog its ‘Dumb and Dumber’ rivals to be first to deploy a 5G network across the US.

T-Mobile is the third largest mobile network in the US with over 70 million subscribers. The carriers Legere refers to as being Dumb and Dumber, a reference to the cult classic 1991 film of the same name, is of course AT&T and Verizon.

Legere...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Assessing the ongoing evolution of mobile messaging applications

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

The latter use case has declined markedly 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 against fraudsters.

A2P messaging market...

By David H. Deans, 02 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Mobile, OTT Services.

Lord Adonis: Dear Ofcom, fix ‘deplorable’ mobile coverage

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has written a letter to the head of Ofcom calling for the telecoms regulator to fix ‘deplorable’ mobile phone coverage.

In the letter, Lord Adonis says the regulator should “put all options on the table” to improve mobile phone coverage between now and the next mobile spectrum being auctioned.

Large parts of the country remain without reliable coverage

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

How AI-powered chatbots will transform healthcare

Digital health revolves around the integration of traditional healthcare systems and newer technologies to improve efficiency, value for money and ultimately patient outcomes. Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been a big part of this evolution, promising universal access to key elements of a patient's medical history.

As many nations have now adopted EHRs, the debate has moved on to what can be done with this data. Interoperability and analytics have become important requirements of healthcare IT...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Machine Learning, Marketing, Mobile.

Qualcomm announces ‘world first’ connection to a 5G modem chipset

Qualcomm has announced the world's first connection to a 5G mobile chipset in a demonstration conducted with Verizon.

The chipset used for the demonstration was Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem, which was featured in a reference design smartphone. Qualcomm expects the initial smartphones to be connected to 5G by their X50 modem during the first round of service launches anticipated for the first half of 2019.

Announced during Qualcomm’s annual 5G summit in Hong Kong, the company is teaming up...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, Networks.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

Research: Mobile broadband penetration significantly boosts the economy

A report has found that increasing mobile broadband penetration has a significant impact on a country's economy. The research, conducted by Ericsson and the Imperial College of London, examines data from 135 countries.

Researchers found that as mobile broadband penetration increases by 10 percent; a 0.6 - 1.6 percent growth in GDP is observed. In 2016, this equated to anywhere between $500 billion to $2 trillion.

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Research, Rural.

T-Mobile shows how its 600MHz rollout will affect coverage

T-Mobile has updated its coverage map to show how its new 600MHz network will affect coverage.

The map has been updated mere days after rumours circulated T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed on a merger-in-principle. It goes to show how T-Mobile is looking to further improve its coverage whether the anticipated deal passes regulatory approval or not.

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Research, Rural, Spectrum.

OpenSignal: Three mobile operators in the UK pass 70% LTE availability

The latest ‘State of Mobile Networks’ in the UK report from OpenSignal has been released providing a look at how the industry has progressed over the past year.

OpenSignal’s last report was released six months ago and highlighted one operator, EE, had crossed 70 percent LTE availability. In today’s report, EE has been joined by O2 and Vodafone who were also able to deliver LTE connectivity in more than 7 of every 10 tests. This leaves Three UK as the only major...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

T-Mobile/Sprint rumoured to agree super-operator merger worth $88bn

After years of talk, T-Mobile and Sprint are rumoured to have agreed on a merger-in-principle deal which JPMorgan values at being worth $88 billion.

The deal will allegedly be announced in mid-September but will, of course, be subject to gaining regulatory approval.

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has been looking at T-Mobile for over five years as part of his goal to become a much stronger competitor to AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is known for his ‘we will not stop’...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

MWC: 49% of US connections will be 5G by 2025

A report from the GSMA, released to mark the start of MWC Americas, predicts 49 percent of US connections will be 5G by 2025.

North America is a global leader in 4G adoption and the GSMA anticipates the nation to make a similar rapid transition to 5G. While around half of U.S connections are expected to be on 5G by 2025, the report expects adoption in Europe and the leading Asian markets(China, Japan, and South Korea) to be around 30 percent.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks.