China Mobile, Huawei, and Intel complete 5G interoperability test

US chipmaker Intel has announced the completion of 5G interoperability testing with telco giant China Mobile and equipment maker Huawei.

The 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) was in compliance with the latest 3GPP Release-15 standard.

Asha Keddy, VP and GM of Next Generation and Standards at Intel, says:

"As we work to accelerate 5G commercialization after the finalization of the 3GPP 5G R15 standard, Intel has been actively partnering with leading companies in 5G NR...

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

Nokia and Tencent team up to explore 5G initiatives in China

Nokia and Tencent have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly conduct R&D work to explore the potential of 5G that will benefit billions of internet users in China.

Both firms would be initiating an end-to-end 5G test environment in China's southern city of Shenzhen and will also leverage the AI and automation management capabilities enabled by 5G to promote international standards and an open-source ecosystem to expand the evolution of latest services.

Nokia and Tencent will also be...

By Telecoms, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Operators.

Sprint’s ties with Huawei may complicate T-Mobile merger

Congressional lawmakers want the pending Sprint–T-Mobile merger examined over the former's possible Chinese government links.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the lawmakers are concerned that Sprint is majority-owned by Japan’s SoftBank… and SoftBank has worked with Huawei, which the US government has deemed a national security threat.

It’s a rather tenuous link, but it seems the...

Why 5G connectivity will be key to the future of the connected car

Communications service providers (CSPs) need to get their acts together, according to analyst firm Gartner, as opportunities will ramp up in utilising 5G for autonomous vehicle connectivity.

CSPs can ‘secure future market opportunities’ with autonomous vehicle manufacturers, Gartner added, in areas such as driver safety and data processing and management.

There will be a huge amount of data at play here. By 2025, autonomous vehicles will upload more than 1 terabyte of vehicle and sensor data to...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Cloud, Connectivity, Operators.

Trump’s administration calls on the FCC to block China Mobile

Trump’s administration continues to be wary of Chinese telecoms firms as it asks the FCC not to grant a license to China Mobile.

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommended the FCC deny China Mobile Ltd’s application to offer telecommunications services from within the United States.

State-owned China Mobile is the world’s largest phone carrier by subscribers, with over 902 million users as of June 2018. The...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

How IoT technology spending will reach $1.2 trillion in 2022

Across the globe, more CIOs and CTOs are exploring new applications for internet-related technologies. As a result, mobile network service providers continue to make infrastructure investments to support the growing demand. Global IT vendors are also developing new product offerings.

International Data Corporation (IDC) announced that Internet of Things (IoT) technology spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6 percent over the 2017-2022 forecast period and reach $1.2 trillion in...

By David H. Deans, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.

How telcos can win and retain customers with analytics

In the shifting telecommunications landscape, identifying competitors is more difficult than it used to be. Telecommunications companies (telcos) are no longer just competing among themselves for customers – they must now fend off challenges from device manufacturers and over-the-top (OTT) services running on their network infrastructure, as well as popular digital service providers such as Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify.

Price is no longer an effective differentiator. Years of competing on cost in...

By Mel Prescott, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Service, Machine Learning, Operators.

AT&T can scale FirstNet towers and upgrade to 5G with a software update

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has claimed upgrading the company's FirstNet towers to 5G will just require scaling them and performing a software update.

FirstNet is AT&T’s network for first responders and will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia – including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories.

Stephenson in an investor's conference: “We’ll be equipping every single cell site for 5G such that, when 5G is...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators.

Why mobile service providers are focusing on reinvention

While mobile service subscriber growth rates are slowing, operator-billed ARPU (average revenue per user) levels continue to shrink. The decline in certain regions is exaggerated because of the depreciation of local currency bundles against the dollar (e.g. in Latin America and Europe), but the implications are clear.

Juniper Research believes that the key trends of recent years are likely to continue. In pluralistic markets typically inhabited by at least three network operators and MVNO providers,...

By David H. Deans, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, IoT, Mobile, Operators.

Trade body calls on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions

Fixed wireless trade body WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) has called on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions.

WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

Spectrum allocation has become an even more contentious issue in recent years ahead of the rollout of 5G and IoT services.

David Burns, Chairman of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom is concerned about BT’s continued Openreach influence

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has raised its concerns that BT still has too much influence over decisions made by the Openreach national broadband network.

Following years of complaints from rivals that previous Openreach owner BT was prioritising their business in strategic decisions, Ofcom decided to step in last year.

Ofcom and BT reached the decision to keep Openreach under BT’s parent company, but have it run as an independent company in a bid to make its operations fairer to competitors.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

More research implores carriers to adopt new strategies to establish themselves in IoT sector

A new report from ABI Research and InterDigital has suggested that carriers should embrace new strategies to form their position within the IoT and remain competitive.

“The deployment of open standards-based platforms, solutions, and approaches is the only way to unlock more value faster from IoT markets and, at the same time, allows adopting new business models, opening up new roles for carriers, such as aggregators and orchestrators of IoT ecosystems and market places,” the report...

By Telecoms, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, Research.

Ooredoo aims to launch world's first 5G home broadband

Following its launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network last month, Ooredoo is debuting a home broadband device.

Qatar-based Ooredoo claims its home broadband device will offer speeds up to 2 Gbps. That represents over 20 times the speed of the company’s fibre broadband.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device.

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

Operators need to look beyond connectivity to grab share of IoT revenue pie, says GSMA

The GSMA has sounded a warning to operators: connectivity will only comprise 5% of the total IoT revenue opportunity by 2025, so more revenue streams are needed.

New data from GSMA Intelligence suggests that the global IoT market will be worth $1.1 trillion in revenue by 2025 – this is because the market has shifted from connectivity to platforms, applications and services.

Owing to the growth in the Industrial IoT, there will be more than 25 billion IoT connections (both cellular and non-cellular)...

By Telecoms, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.

How eSIM is disrupting the telecoms industry

The SIM (Subscriber Identity Module), a seemingly innocuous and modest piece of hardware in every mobile phone that is used to store subscriber identity and service details, has seen itself shrink from credit card size when it was created in 1991 to the Micro SIM and the Nano SIM. Now, the SIM threatens to shrink further and vanish altogether, at least in its physical form. eSIM is about to replace the ordinary SIM. An eSIM works like a regular SIM with one major difference: instead of being a physical card,...

By Krishan Dhall and Aman Jha, 23 May 2018, 5 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators.

ACSI: Streaming TV dominates telecoms industry satisfaction

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), consumers are far more satisfied with streaming TV over their other telecoms services.

ACSI argues video streaming often avoids the downsides of alternative telecoms services, including subscription TV.

Video Streaming

David VanAmburg, Managing Director at the ACSI, said:

“Streaming services don't have the hidden fees and six-month rates that subscription TV does, not to mention they're cheaper and simpler.

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, N America, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Brits overpay for broadband while receiving half the advertised speed

According to research, many British households are both overpaying for their services and receiving broadband speeds half as fast as they were advertised.

Communications regulator Ofcom recently conducted research which found around four million UK households could be saving money on broadband.

Broadband customers often sign up to good welcome offers for a set term, but then forget to shop around or negotiate with their existing provider once their contract is up.

Once an offer is up, plans can jump...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Regulation.

Sprint hypes 5G in contrast to recent industry trend

The incoming CEO of Sprint, Michel Combes, has bucked the recent industry trend of downplaying 5G expectations and has instead decided to hype it up.

In recent weeks, Telecoms has reported on comments from operators and equipment makers setting a low bar of what to expect from 5G. It’s understandable — as the old adage goes; it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver, than over-promise and under-deliver.

Speaking at...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.