ZTE and Huawei are to be excluded from India’s 5G trials

India is said to be excluding Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei from its 5G trials in favour of Ericsson, Cisco, Samsung, and Nokia.

The exclusion of the vendors has become a somewhat familiar story. Just last week, Telecoms reported South Korea’s largest operator became the latest to snub Huawei.

Speaking to ETTelecom, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security.

SK Telecom becomes the latest operator to snub Huawei

South Korea’s largest operator, SK Telecom, has become the latest to snub Huawei when it comes to choice of 5G equipment supplier.

SK Telecom has announced it will be accepting bids from Huawei’s rivals – Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia – to supply equipment for its 5G network.

Many industry experts speculated Huawei would be named among SK Telecom’s preferred bidders, although the vendor has been caught up in controversy much like its troubles in the US and Australia.

The US has banned the use...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Opinion: ‘Project Fear’ turns its gaze to UK telecoms consumers

Ludicrous claims have been made from both sides of the Brexit debate, but now the so-called ‘Project Fear’ is aiming to scare UK telecoms consumers.

The latest claim is a return to the dark old days of mobile roaming charges.

Ending roaming charges around Europe is touted as one of the EU’s proudest achievements for citizens. It’s been welcomed by consumers who shudder at the ‘bill shock’ they once had after even a quick trip around the continent.

The thing is, roaming...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.

US bucks Chinese 5G suppliers for Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced it will be using 5G equipment from Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung for its upcoming network. Predictably, that means no US operator will be using equipment from Chinese firms.

The operator is the last major operator to announce its suppliers. AT&T’s rivals – Verizon and Sprint – have named Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung as their 5G equipment suppliers. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has named Ericsson and Nokia.

Several governments, including the US, have banned...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Almost 20 percent of UK roads suffer from little-to-no mobile signal

While governments and operators prepare for 5G, the UK still has over 49,000 miles of road with poor or no mobile signal.

A study conducted by the RAC Foundation has found two percent of UK roads (over 5,500 miles) are unable to receive a mobile signal from any of the nation’s four mobile networks.

The inability to receive a signal is at best a mild annoyance due to problems such as potential lack of navigation, at worst the inability to call for help in a breakdown or accident.

Among the worst covered...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Mobile merchant transaction growth in emerging markets: A guide

Through its ubiquity and reach, the mobile phone has become an enabler of financial inclusion for developing nations across the globe. Many countries in areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region have experienced the rapid adoption of 'mobile remittance' services.

Numerous telecom service providers have expanded and tailored their services to offer the world’s poorest populations access to more sophisticated products - such as personal savings and loans. Worldwide a...

By David H. Deans, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Devices, Mobile, Networks.

Opinion: China’s huge 5G merger could work in T-Mobile’s favour

China is exploring whether a merger between two of its carriers will secure its lead in 5G over the US, but it could also work in T-Mobile’s favour stateside.

The country’s ongoing trade war between the US and China is said to have spurred discussions over how it can lead in the latest technologies.

A proposed merger between two of China’s three wireless carriers – China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom) and China Telecommunications Corp (China Telecom) – aims to...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure of 5G services may tempt customers...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

The evolution of the mobile telecom service business model

Mobile communication service providers across the globe have been eager to uncover new sources of subscriber revenue as over-the-top (OTT) apps continue to disrupt their traditional business model offering voice calling and text messaging.

These operators are currently under pressure due to investment in emerging technologies, including 5G and M2M networks.

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators, OTT Services.

UK telecoms infrastructure review plots ‘world-class’ connectivity

The UK government has today released its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in which it plots a course for what it calls ‘world-class’ connectivity.

Starting with broadband progress over the past few years, the report notes the government met its target in December last year to deliver superfast broadband (currently defined as over 24Mbps) to 95 percent of the UK.

In addition, the government has passed legislation to create a new ‘Universal Service Obligation’ giving every household and...

How NFC is penetrating retail point-of-sale apps

While much of retailer digital transformation continues to drive online commerce applications, innovation is advancing the whole sector. Retail point of sale (POS) technologies is an example, as more CIOs and CTOs seek ways to improve in-store product or service payment transaction processing.

According to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight, the market for NFC-ready POS terminals continued to show strong momentum in 2017 with annual shipments reaching an estimated 24.7 million units...

By David H. Deans, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

ZTE ban reversal in the U.S. causes stock to surge upwards

Investors are ready to bet on ZTE once again following a surge in the company’s shares after the reversal of its ban from the US market.

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE has faced a tough few months. The company was banned from the US market with the administration citing the company violated export restrictions to North Korea and Iran.

Following the ban, ZTE was forced to suspend its operations which the company estimates cost it $3 billion. The...

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