Industrial Internet of Things will reach 43.5m devices

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As more machine-to-machine (M2M) applications are being created, Internet connectivity will become essential to numerous heavy industries around the globe. The installed base of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in industrial automation reached 10.3 million in 2014, according to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight.The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks is now forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach...

By David H. Deans, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, IoT, Research.

Google's wireless service - is it what customers want?

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First announced back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google is due to launch their phone service from tomorrow. The big question is, will Google be able to deliver an attractive-enough proposition that customers will want to switch from their current national mobile provider?

According to research from Amdocs, this is where Google could have an issue. In their '

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, N America, Operators, Research.

Samsung and SK Telecom to demonstrate 7.5Gbps "5G" technology

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You can guarantee 5G will be a big talking point during next week's Mobile World Congress, even if we don't know what it is yet. Samsung and SK Telecom, however, have a good idea of what it should look like and are prepared to show the world during the show...

The two Korean companies are always at the forefront of the latest technology, and that trend looks set to continue thanks to a 5G research and development...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Networks, Research.

U.S. Smartphone Penetration Reaches 75 Percent

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Imagine that a marketer could reach more than 70 percent of Americans without utilizing traditional mass-media, such as TV or radio. Well, that's the allure of mobile marketing via smartphone apps.We're just beginning to see the full potential of the mobile cloud phenomena in America. The latest market research will reveal the upside opportunity. ComScore released data reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for December 2014.Apple ranked as the top smartphone...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Research, Smartphones.

Three UK is the winner in RootMetrics' latest report

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Independent mobile network performance specialists, RootMetrics, offer some of the most respected reports in the wireless industry. This is thanks to their unique testing methodology which takes into account over 1,000,000 samples and ensures tests match real-life scenarios through using popular smartphones, covering a diverse range of indoor and outdoor locations, different usages, and conducting tests over both...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Analysing the state of UK mobile networks

BT might be in talks to swallow-up half of the UK mobile networks, but until then, we can take a look at how all the operators are performing as we continue the transition from 3G to 4G. We’ll be looking at two interesting pieces of research for this analysis – one from P3 Benchmark who uses specially-equipped vans for their tests, and another from GWS research who used the old “I’m just popping out to test mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Carrier-targeting malware Regin linked to spy agencies

The biggest security news of the week revolves around Symantec’s comprehensive report about Regin, a sophisticated piece of malware which has been tracked back as far as 2008. It’s a story similar to leaks about the NSA’s mass surveillance capabilities last year which – until Edward Snowden’s revelations – was something we knew existed but didn’t realise as to what extent.

One particular case in the Middle East has victims creating a mass peer-to-peer network

You...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

NSA: China can shut down our power grid

At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, the director of the National Security Agency and head of US Cyber Command, Michael Rogers, revealed that several countries are performing regular electronic surveillance on the US to place themselves in a position where they are able to cause havoc with vital control systems.

It is easy to cover-up a cyberattack with the right know-how.

Experts outside of the government have warned about this potential scenario for some time, but it’s the first time it...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Freeview gets shafted in 4G expansion

Ofcom has announced plans to allocate spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band in-use by Freeview television services for the ongoing expansion of 4G. Couch potatoes shouldn’t be affected too much, as most viewers will just have to re-tune their equipment to pick-up broadcasts in the adjacent 600MHz band.

“Enabling the 700MHz band to be used for mobile data will allow mobile networks to provide better performance at a lower cost, which will bring...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, LTE, Research.

Huawei targets 2018 as year of the 5G

The prediction of a 2020 roll-out for 5G appears to have been revised after an agreement between Huawei and Russian mobile operator MegaFon to deploy trial networks in time for the 2018 World Cup. It’s certainly a bold claim, considering no-one in the industry has a clue yet what the final standard will look like...

Huawei are making strides towards finalising a 5G standard to provide governments’ typical vague...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Tor domains seized by police were fakes

For privacy advocates, Tor is a godsend. For the police, it's a nightmare. Tor is often used for illegal 'darknet' services due to its ability to anonymise users and make it difficult for law enforcement to track and seize the domains. Last week, authorities thought they had a win on their hands after claiming 414 domains had been taken down...

NSA workers discussed their frustration in spying on people who use Tor.

According to Australian blogger, Nik Cubrilovic, a web crawl he performed on the darknet...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.

Project Loon takes flight with Australian carrier

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The goal of Google's "Project Loon" is to enable internet access through balloons which beam a 4G-like signal back down to the earth 20km below. Telstra, a large Australian mobile carrier, has agreed to buddy-up with Google to launch 20 balloons over western Queensland in December in a test which marks Loon's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Google, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Wireless.

EE and O2 offer fastest 4G speeds, Three trails behind

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has published a report which details the performance of 4G networks by the country’s biggest operators. 210,000 indoor and outdoor tests were conducted between March and June this year in order to analyse real-world results of what customers can expect beyond the vague theoretical max speed numbers often advertised.

Due to 4G still being unavailable in a vast proportion of the UK, the tests were conducted in five of the biggest cities where capabilities have been available...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Operators, Research.

Elon Musk takes the World Wide Web into orbit

Bringing the entire world online is a huge but important task. The internet can have tremendous economic benefits, and innovative research is being conducted by technology pioneers around the globe to bring it to developing countries. Facebook, for example, will just this week be enabling free access to basic internet services in Kenya through their work in the Internet.org initiative.

Past efforts into delivering space-based telephone and internet services...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Satellite, Wireless.

Analytics may be in place, but there is more to the puzzle

With six of the seven billion people across the world in possession of a mobile phone, it is fair to say that this decade is the age of mobility. With so many people now connected, there are huge opportunities on offer for telecom companies. The data that is created by the six billion mobile phones in-use can be utilised to gain greater insight into customer behaviour and ensure that services are consistently of high quality and free from disruption.

The goal of real-time analytics is in reach, but data...

By Dr Srinivasa Vegi, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research.

Genesis advises operators to "turn copper into mobile gold"

The rise of fibre cables was thought to have made copper obsolete when it comes to telecommunications infrastructure, despite being more widespread and costing less. That industry assumption is now changing as impressive new technologies take copper off life support and brings it back harder, faster, stronger.

One of the key problems with small cells is the amount of fibre that is needed.

At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, Genesis' President and CTO Stephen Cooke told...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.

Google could bypass its 'Fiber' for ultra-fast wireless

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If there's a company whose best interest is to get as many people online as possible, it's Google. The web giant knows this more than anyone, and has already launched its well-received high-speed ISP service in select US-based locations where demand is high.

Google appears to be testing new technology which will bypass the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Research, Wireless.

Samsung gives us a taste of 5G (with 7.5Gbps speeds)

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Korean giant Samsung is often at the forefront of new technologies, and with 5G, it looks to be well-ahead of its time. The standard isn't expected for a few years yet, but a number of companies have started to work on and help shape what it should look like according to their visions.

Samsung has been testing its own...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Digital watch, Digital TV… Digital CSP?

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Consumer attitudes and behaviours in the telecoms space have changed dramatically in the last decade. In the past, we used our mobiles sporadically for calls and messaging. Now, we’re a society attached to our smartphones day in, day out, using them as a gateway to one another and to the Internet. New studies have...

By Jennifer Kyriakakis, 15 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Research.

Car telematics subscribers to reach 158.9m by 2020

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecast to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020.Moreover, the number of cars sold worldwide equipped with head-units featuring handset-based telematics capabilities will grow from 7.0 million in 2013 to 68.5 million in 2020.Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Telematics.