Operators will make a lot of the news at #MWC19 - but what can they learn this week?

MWC19 As MWC19 kicks off in Barcelona this week, operators will be more than keen to outline their latest wares, whether that's on the hardware side or on the ever-competitive race to 5G. Yet as anyone who has ever been to Fira Gran Via for the yearly mobile jamboree will testify, it is a broad church - and among the product launches are plenty of research studies, many of which have advice for operators in mind.

Take recent research from Mobileum as an example. The report, from...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Privacy, Research, Security.

Opinion: Whisper it quietly, Trump is right to be talking about 6G

President Trump has been mocked for talking about 6G when 5G is just starting to roll out, but he’s right to be thinking about what’s next.

6G doesn’t exist in the slightest yet – you know that, and I know that. Who knows whether Trump is aware or not, but leaders are quite right to be giving it some consideration.

This is what he said during one of his infamous tweet tirades:

trump-6g He’s certainly...

Consumers willing to pay premium for promise of 5G amid 4G frustrations

A recent survey shows that almost everybody is waiting for the arrival of 5G – with the possibility of paying a premium if it as expected allays connectivity concerns.

The study conducted by MATRIXX Software, which surveyed over 4,000 mobile users across the US and the UK, revealed that mobile users consider 5G as a means to solve their existing connectivity issues. Most of them are ready to spend on 5G mobile connection...

By Telecoms, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Research, Wireless.

Exploring wireless IoT applications within industrial automation

The technologies associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connectivity are enabling a new wave of wireless networking applications within the industrial automation sector.

According to the latest global market study by Berg Insight, annual shipments of wireless devices for industrial automation applications reached 4.6 million units worldwide in 2018, accounting for approximately 6 percent of all new connected nodes.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.3...

By David H. Deans, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Research, Wireless.

How 5G network technologies are transforming industrial markets

Expect to see and hear more commentary about fifth-generation (5G) wireless communication related national leadership policies in 2019. Physical industries are rapidly transforming on an unprecedented scale with digitisation becoming a critical priority that fuels the global networked economy.

As an example, end-to-end 5G network slicing is promised to be a growing part of that transformation but mobile telecom service providers must change all aspects of their business before they address it.

5G infrastructure market...

By David H. Deans, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Research.

Nokia report warns 5G will make IoT botnets worse

Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report warns the arrival of 5G will build even further on this year’s record number of IoT botnet attacks.

IoT botnets represented 78 percent of malware detection events in communication service provider networks in 2018, more than double the 2016 rate.

5G is expected to increase the pace of IoT deployments; providing a greater number of compromisable devices.

Kevin McNamee, Director of Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab, said:

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Research, Security, Smart Cities.

China will dominate the US in gigabit broadband race

New research has found the US will be dominated by China in the gigabit broadband race, even falling slightly behind Europe.

A report from Rethink Technology predicts 57 percent of gigabit connections by 2023 will be in China, or 68 percent when accounting for Asia as a whole.

Europe will take second place with 18 percent. North America will take an 11 percent share, while Latin America will fall behind...

Why global industrial robotics revenue will reach $22 billion

The industrial and collaborative robotics market is gaining momentum, as more vendors and industries embrace automation. Development in cloud robotics, deep learning based machine operation, and a wider ecosystem will enable robots to become more reliable, versatile and efficient.

The industrial robotics sector is already experiencing robust growth. The revenues of commercial robots in manufacturing are forecasted to grow from $166 million in 2018 to $22 billion by 2027, according to the latest worldwide...

By David H. Deans, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, M2M, Research.

Analysing telecom service providers' 5G network launch plans

Mobile network service providers have been eagerly planning for the launch of 5G service deployment. Juniper Research anticipates that the first commercial network launches will occur in 2019 - the initial networks to provide 5G services will be located within the Far East & China and North America regions.

Meanwhile, network operators in Europe have mostly adopted a wait-and-see approach, closely following the progress of operators in the two leading regions. Over the past two years, telecom service...

By David H. Deans, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators, Research.

How 5G network infrastructure revenue is set to reach $26 billion

The deployment of new communications technology could disrupt parts of the traditional broadband marketplace. According to the latest study by International Data Corporation (IDC), that's a key finding from their assessment of the worldwide 5G wireless network infrastructure market.

It follows the release of IDC's initial forecasts for Telecom Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and Network Functions Virtualisation Infrastructure (NFVI).

5G wireless market development

With the first instances of 5G...

By David H. Deans, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Research.

WBA survey: Wi-Fi growth is unabated as Next Generation Hotspot boosts confidence in Wi-Fi 6

The growth of Wi-Fi continues to be strong as the volume of Wi-Fi devices and traffic keeps increasing, which has been created due to the adoption breakthrough in Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) Passpoint. Confidence around the commercial deployment and specification of next generation technology Wi-Fi 6 is also increasing.

Findings from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Annual Industry Report for 2019 demonstrate that the...

By Telecoms, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research, WiFi, Wireless.

How mobile-first enterprise leaders are driving innovation trends

As more CIOs and CTOs adopt mobile-first strategies, mobility solutions revenue from the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ), will record 5.7 percent year-over-year growth, reaching $541.9 billion in 2018 and $615.4 billion by 2022.

Spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services is estimated to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7 percent during the forecast period, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Mobility solutions market...

By David H. Deans, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Mobile, Research.

Why operators need to forge a greater link between digital transformation and customer care

Operators are stuck between a rock and a hard place today. They need to be seen to move towards a process of digital transformation – whatever that term means – while trying to constantly improve the customer experience.

The latter is an area where the telcos have traditionally struggled – and according to a new report published by BriteBill and Omnisperience gauging the views of 40 tier-0 and tier-1 service...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

5G connections to hit 340m in 2021 and 2.7bn by 2025, says CCS Insight – raising its forecast

The number of 5G connections is expected to increase in the coming years as hundreds of operators intend to bring services to market more quickly than previously stated. Tech analyst firm CCS Insight has estimated the number to reach 340 million in 2021, before surpassing 1 billion in the first half of 2023. And by 2025, the total is expected to hit 2.7 billion – this is equivalent to more than one connection in every five in the world.

By Telecoms, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Research.

Net Neutrality: Carriers have already begun throttling services

As forewarned by critics, the FCC’s repealing of its net neutrality rules has already led to popular services being throttled.

Net neutrality legislation, implemented under Obama’s administration, ensured a fair internet where all services must be provided with the same level of performance as others. This helped to keep the playing field level so new businesses have similar opportunities to incumbents.

The argument for repealing the rules – most advocated by large service providers –...

Study: UK consumers face 82% price rise from their ISP post-contract

A study has found that UK telecoms customers face a steep cost increase of up to 82 percent at the end of their contracts.

Recent changes to advertising rules in the UK requires ISPs to provide estimated speeds to potential customers instead of the misleading ‘up to’ claims.

The change has made the industry more honest, but one area which is still not clear enough is how much consumers will pay after their contract ends.

Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at uSwitch, comments:

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Research.

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...

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.

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.

Report: Blockchain could boost telecoms by $1bn in five years

Blockchain will impact almost every area of our lives in the coming years, and the telecoms industry will be among the largest beneficiaries.

According to a report by Markets and Markets, the blockchain in telecom market size is expected to grow from $46.6 million in 2018 to $993.8 million by 2023 – at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 84.4 percent during the forecast period.

Blockchains primarily offer...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Innovation, Research.