Deutsche Telekom and Huawei launch Europe’s first 5G network

Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Huawei to launch Europe’s first commercial network heavily-based on what the final 5G standard is set to be.

While 5G is yet to be officially standardised, the 3GPP standards body announced it will bring forward its plans by six months and lock down the first standards in December. This means we’ve reached a point where little change is expected and vendors can get to work on standardised 5G equipment. In fact, some operators expect to launch...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Research: 5G connections will hit 1.4bn by 2025 as wireless rivals fibre

Juniper Research has predicted 5G will exceed one billion connections by 2025 as wireless becomes a competitor to fibre broadband.

If you’re an avid reader you will be aware 5G developments are ramping up and some players even predict a launch prior to 2020, the current target. Nokia’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, believes it will begin to be defined in “real terms” before the end of the year.

"2020 is probably...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

Samsung and Arqiva launch Europe’s first 5G FWA trial in central London

Following a statement of intent back in February, Samsung and Arqiva have kicked off the first European trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in central London.

The partners chose the UK for its low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. With 5G FWA being pitched as offering an alternative to fibre broadband, the UK offers a great opportunity for Samsung and Arqiva to demonstrate its possibilities.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

British government pumps £16m into 5G research

The UK government has pumped £16 million into 5G research to help ensure Britain is at the forefront of mobile technology.

By 2030, 5G is expected to inject up to £173 billion into the economy. In comparison, the £16 million investment announced today sounds like a bargain for the potential return.

Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, added: “Ensuring Britain remains at the forefront of digital innovation is a priority for this government.

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, IoT, Mobile, Research.

Arqiva acquires 28GHz spectrum license ahead of 5G FWA trial

Communications infrastructure provider Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum license ahead of the UK’s first 5G FWA field trial.

Global trials in countries leading 5G research including the USA, Japan, and South Korea have been utilising the 28GHz spectrum band for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The acquired Region A licence for 2x 112MHz covers Central and Greater London and bolsters Arqiva’s existing nationwide spectrum band ownership.

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Spectrum, Standards.

Why the end of European roaming charges will spur new service innovation

After a protracted regulatory effort, the European Union has finally abolished mobile roaming charges. As of June 15, mobile network operators can no longer charge customers a premium for calling and using data while travelling in any of the 28 EU countries.

This is great news for European consumers, holidaymakers and business travellers who will not have to suffer “bill shock” when they return home. Mobile phone bills loaded with exorbitant roaming charges have a way of making the post-holiday...

By Martin Lund, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

SK Telecom conducts 5G trials using 3.5GHz technology by Samsung and Nokia

South Korean telecommunications giant SK Telecom has conducted 5G trials using 3.5GHz technology by Samsung and Nokia.

With 29.83 million mobile customers, SK Telecom is the largest operator in the nation. Looking to continue its lead, the operator is hoping to get the jump on its competitors when it comes to 5G deployment.

“With the successful demonstration of 5G communications using the 3.5GHz spectrum, SK Telecom has secured all key technologies for building commercial...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Exploring the online payment fraud prevention market

The convenience and global reach made possible by online channels has led to the development of a broad set of digital eCommerce services. However, the accessibility of the Internet and the ability to commit fraud remotely creates an environment for cyber criminals to prosper.

Meanwhile, the potential attack surface for miscreants is enormous -- about 94 billion transactions were made for remote goods purchases in 2016, which is only a fraction of the total eCommerce landscape.

That said, advanced security...

By David H. Deans, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Mobile, Security.

EE’s inflatable masts are powered by ‘pre-5G’ backhaul

We’ve already reported on EE’s plans to use inflatable masts for providing mobile coverage during events, blackouts, and emergencies, but now we have more details about what technology powers it.

EE’s helium balloon, the Helikite, packs miniature antennas which link to a ‘network in a box’ on the ground via 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Similar...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Innovation, Mobile, Rural.

Japan prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games with 5G trial system

Japan will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2020 and the nation plans to ensure attendees can keep up with the athletes, at least on their mobile.

The country has begun a trial of a 5G system in Tokyo and rural areas as it prepares for the games and the expected launch of the fifth-generation mobile technology in 2020.

Headed by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the trials are expected to continue for the next three years and will involve a myriad of private-sector companies...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

FCC grants application for Apple’s 5G tests

Apple has received a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin testing 5G wireless technology for iPhone use.

One expected advantage of 5G is much lower latency

The company is often known for sitting back and watching a category develop before finding a way to define it; the iPhone itself is a great example of this, followed by the iPad. In areas where it counts, however, Apple ensures it’s on the cutting-edge.

When it comes to 5G, Apple wants to ensure its...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

Three entices consumers to ditch slow ADSL connections for 4G broadband

Hutchison-owned mobile operator Three is hoping to entice UK consumers stuck on slow ADSL connections to make the switch to 4G mobile broadband.

4G speeds are often faster than old connections using home telephone lines which some consumers are still forced to use. Some of these locations are now covered by a 4G signal, and Three is hoping to attract business from these underserved communities with a new plan.

Larger households may find the limit too restrictive.

The...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, LTE, Mobile.

What mobile service providers can learn from Amazon, Google and Uber

Today’s popular internet services, like Amazon, Google, or Uber, have established a winning customer experience template. Wireless service providers like Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile, strive to provide a comparable experience to their customers but are often falling short of that goal. Carriers’ engagement and interaction with their customers on their mobile devices is often lacking, if not flawed, relative to today’s expectation.

In general, mobile operators tend to lack immediacy and...

By Robert Oberhofer, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Marketing, Mobile, Operators.

AT&T, BT, Orange and Singtel lead the way for next-gen telecom service in APAC, says IDC

Research firm IDC has identified AT&T, BT, Orange, and Singtel as leaders of the next-generation telecom service providers in Asia Pacific (APAC).

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest report, titled IDC Telecom MarketScape for Next-Generation Service Providers 2016-17, argue the four leaders showed a strong regional network presence, comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud and managed ICT service offerings, diverse portfolio of services in areas such as IoT and collaboration in the...

By Telecoms, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile, Operators, SDN.

T-Mobile sets out its plan for ‘truly’ nationwide 5G

Fresh off winning plenty of desirable 600 MHz spectrum in the FCC’s recent auction, T-Mobile has set out its plan for nationwide 5G.

T-Mobile spent $8 billion on low-band 600 MHz spectrum and has a plan to put it to use efficiently. Some of it will be used to expand and strengthen the operator’s existing LTE network, but a portion will be used to deliver ‘truly’ nationwide 5G coverage from coast-to-coast.

“5G will be amazing, and we can’t even imagine...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Chinese LTE mobile infrastructure market in decline, argues IHS Markit

A network sharing deal between China Unicom and China Telecom in 2016 has been a contributing factor in the country’s LTE capex decline by 16% year on year, according to the latest note from IHS Markit.

Insights from IHS Markit’s “2017 Mobile Infrastructure: China Annual Market Tracker” show that China – being the world’s largest mobile subscriber base – had a total of 1.3 billion subscribers in 2016. Among these subscribers, 64% were on China...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile.

Reliance Jio boasts the world’s largest RCS deployment – growing faster than Facebook, WhatsApp

RCS, otherwise known as Rich Communication Services, is an emerging standard which aims to replace SMS and allows consumers to communicate with the rich media they’ve come to expect from OTT apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.

The deployment of RCS to Reliance Jio’s customers is part of the ‘Jio4GVoice’ service and surpassed 100 million subscribers within 170 days. This rapid uptake created a world record to reach this milestone; growing faster than any of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Mobile.

One in three contract consumers in the UK will be SIM-only by end of 2017, says CCS Insight

In its recently published latest operator forecast report, market research firm CCS Insight says that more than one third of contract consumers (34%) will be on a SIM-only deal by the end of 2017 in the UK. This represents solid growth compared with 27% at the start of 2017 for a concept that is still relatively new for the consumers in the country who are still habituated to buying a subsidised two-year handset deal.

Over the coming years, SIM-only penetration is said to rise steadily and will account for...

By Telecoms, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Ericsson and SoftBank to conduct 5G trials on 28GHz spectrum

Ericsson and SoftBank have announced the next step of their 5G trial to 28GHz, after successfully completing the 4.5GHz and 15GHz spectrum on basic 5G trials in Tokyo.

Started in August 2016, the comprehensive 5G run included base stations and user equipment with control signal feedback using mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, which is now one of the future candidate bands for 5G services in Japan.

The upcoming 5G tests will be conducted both in indoor and outdoor trial environments covering both device mobility...

By Telecoms, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, Networks.