Ericsson predicts one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 in latest report

Ericsson has looked into its crystal ball for its latest Mobility Report and come up with the goods: by 2023, there will be one billion 5G subscriptions, while global mobile data traffic will be more than 100 exabytes per month.

5G will cover more than 20% of the world’s population by the end of 2023, with early deployments expected in the US, South Korea, Japan and China. In terms of more general geographical trends, North America will lead 5G uptake, Ericsson says, expecting to account for 37% of all...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, Research.

Cisco continues to dominate switching and router market – with NFV and SDN on the horizon

The global switching and router market continues to be led by one company, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

Cisco’s share of the total market was 51%, with particular dominance in the enterprise routers section, where it holds 63% share, Synergy added. For Ethernet switching, Cisco still held more than half share, and for service provider routers Cisco held 38% of the market.

The company’s main competitor across all markets is Huawei, with HPE and Arista competing on...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Networks, NFV, Research, SDN.

More telco customer service woes abound – but for Gen Z, chatbots could be the answer

It’s the age-old complaint around telecom providers and customer service; more than two thirds of customers surveyed by Brite:Bill admit they find their bills hard to understand, with three quarters saying they were not interested in the information which came with their statements.

The study, which took responses from more than 3,200 consumers in eight countries, found a worrying amount of churn among consumers.

29% of those polled said they have contacted their service providers over billing issues,...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Transformation key for telcos to survive, new research argues

Recent research carried by The BIO Agency argued that transformation is the key for telco companies to continue to exist or they will be overtaken by new entrants in the market.

For the research, The BIO Agency polled 1500 residents of the UK and found that customers consider their Telco provider to be nothing more than a utility firm and their decision to stick to the same provider is a result of apathy and not consumer loyalty. According to the research, even if 76.6% of respondents are not free to change...

By Telecoms, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Small cell market scaling up but still work to do, argues IHS Markit

A pair of reports by IHS Markit showed the values of the mobile backhaul equipment market and the small cell backhaul segment in 2016. While the value of the former stands at $8.2 billion, the latter has a value of just over $148 million. However, it is to be noted that due to the small cell deployments taking place in a range of locations the market is scaling up.

The report, titled “Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Tracker”, labels the mobile backhaul equipment market as a...

By Telecoms, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Research, Small Cells.

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.

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.

Virtual treasure hunt launched to help develop 5G technology

A mobile game has been released which has teams competing in a virtual treasure hunt to help develop 5G technology.

The game is part of Bristol is Open, a smart city project ran by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, and will test new IP networking technology with the aim of improving end-user experiences by lowering the latency in use cases such as the virtual treasure hunt.

Players will group up in teams of three to six players and navigate around the city using...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

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.

Australian telcos getting better at minimising bill shock, new report reveals

Users in Australia are becoming more satisfied with their telecom providers in terms of ease of understanding bills, information provided on products and minimising unexpectedly high bills, according to a study from the Communications Alliance.

The quarterly national survey, conducted by Roy Morgan Research, found the percentage of customers who received an unexpectedly high bill has consistently decreased in each wave of the survey, down from 34% in the first wave conducted in 2013 to 26% in the most recent...

By Telecoms, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Telco cloud to reach critical mass after 2020 – driven by 5G growth

Large scale telco cloud deployments will hit global critical mass after 2020 in parallel with the deployment of 5G, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report, titled ‘Telco Cloud Framework and Deployment Roadmaps’, argues the latest network generation will likely require a new core network to allow for advanced concepts, including network slicing and services geared toward different business verticals. Early 5G deployments, during which time there will not be an immediate need for a...

By Telecoms, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks, Research.

Why optical infrastructure revenue is set to reach $17.3 billion

The worldwide optical networking infrastructure market is predicted to grow from $13.6 billion in 2016 to $17.3 billion by 2021, according to the latest market study by ACG Research. Moreover, purchases of Optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) equipment are expected to grow from $1.69 billion in 2016 to $4.3 billion in 2021. And, there's growth in all geographic regions.

In 2016, Metro optical increased 5.5 percent and Long-Haul delivered 10.5 percent growth. Asia-Pacific remains the largest optical...

By David H. Deans, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Research.

Telcos keen to utilise emerging tech – but it’s a struggle to get there

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It’s a theme which is as old as the hills. Can telcos, not traditionally renowned for their speed and flexibility, keep up with new and innovative technologies? According to a new piece of research from KPMG, the answer is: sort of.

The study, which polled 580 senior executives across 16 countries, found that for telcos who have been proactive in adopting new technologies, more than half (58%) have seen a positive impact on their business operations. Yet just over one in 10...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

How IoT is supporting semi-autonomous vehicle system apps

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Growing safety concerns about driving and traffic accidents, plus the recognition by national governments of the apparent advantages of driverless vehicles, will accelerate the deployment of new services that are assisted by Internet of Things infrastructure.

ABI Research anticipates that semi-autonomous systems will lead the market over the next decade, with SAE level 2 and 3 systems accounting for 86 percent of autonomous vehicles shipping in 2026. Higher levels of autonomy will gain...

By David H. Deans, 07 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, IoT, Research.

Analysing the outlook for new smartphone tech innovation in 2017

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.45 billion units, with a year-over-year growth rate of just 0.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4 percent growth rate in 2015.

However, 4G smartphones will reach 21.3 percent year-over-year growth globally for 2016, at 1.17 billion units - that's up from 967 million in 2015. Once again, emerging...

By David H. Deans, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Global telecom network API market to surpass $184bn by 2021

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A new report from Market Research Engine has predicted that the worldwide telecom network API market will grow at a CAGR of more than 23%, surpassing $184 billion by 2021.

The primary factors driving the telecom network API market are the need for new revenue streams to overplay competition, monetisation and evolution of new network business models, and powering the ‘mobile app revolution’, according to the researchers. The report highlights that scalability issues and...

By Telecoms, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Networks, Research.

Benchmarking the Internet of Things for high growth: Industry analysis

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As more business leaders work on their strategies for the Internet of Things (IoT), industry analysts are researching use cases for these technologies. Having evaluated similar technologies in the past, one of the most successful devices was deemed to be the anti-theft tag known as electronic article surveillance (EAS).

That's because it's disposable and some major retailers around the globe believe that it deters thieves. Over ten billion EAS tags are produced yearly, mostly sold at around...

By David H. Deans, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research.

Why global IoT revenue is set to hit $3 trillion by 2025

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Current estimates of the commercial impact from the Internet of Things (IoT) market opportunity are already being rated in the billions and trillions. Machina Research recently published its annual guidance on the growth of the global IoT market, adding more data and insight to the future projections.

China and the U.S. will compete for dominance of the global market by 2025. China, which will account for 21 percent of global IoT connections, will be slightly ahead of the U.S. 20...

By David H. Deans, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, LTE, Research.