How 5G technology will continue to evolve mobile voice services

The global mobile communication services market has always been prone to technological disruption and innovation. Over the past 10 years, however, the mobile voice services landscape has been profoundly affected by advances in new technology.

These include the penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in communication services, the rise of highly customised over the top (OTT) mobile voice and messaging applications, and the rollout of superior connectivity modes such as 4G LTE and...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Content, LTE, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Vodafone is the latest partner to bail from Facebook's Libra project

Facebook’s digital currency initiative Libra continues to fall apart as British telco Vodafone becomes the latest partner to bail from the project.

In a statement, Vodafone said: “Vodafone Group has decided to withdraw from the Libra Association. We have said from the outset that Vodafone’s desire is to make a genuine contribution to extending financial inclusion.

“We remain fully committed to that goal and feel that we can make the most contribution by focusing our efforts on M-Pesa....

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Innovation, Operators.

Turkcell unveils its commitment to ethical and responsible AI usage

Turkcell recently demonstrated its commitment to the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, which will be embedded to core business procedures and technologies.

The initiative aims to make the company one of the key global contributors to AI ethics and also the first in the country to announce concrete AI principles.

Turkcell CMO, Omer Barbaros Yis,...

By Telecoms, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Europe, Operators.

Five major US telcos are vulnerable to 'SIM swapping' attacks

A study conducted by Princeton has found that five major US telcos are vulnerable to "SIM swapping" attacks.

SIM swapping is an increasingly common attack whereby a fraudster persuades a customer’s operator to port their number to a new SIM. In doing so, the fraudster can often access that person’s accounts using two-factor authentication.

The researchers from Princeton each signed up for 10 prepaid accounts on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Mobile, and Tracfone.

Armed with a total of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Security, Smartphones.

FCC announces rules for $20 billion allocation of rural broadband funds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on rules later this month for the distribution of over $20 billion in rural broadband funds.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced the rules on Wednesday for the funds that will not only support rural broadband providers, but also companies that have previously been ineligible for subsidies including wireless firms, electric co-ops, and cable providers.

The funds will be distributed over 10 years with the intention of finally closing the digital divide when it...

IDC shows how 5G use case development will drive further adoption

Across the globe, mobile network service providers are preparing for the ongoing deployment of fifth-generation (5G) wireless network infrastructure. The number of 5G connections is forecast to grow from roughly 10 million in 2019 to 1.01 billion in 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 217.2 percent over the 2019-2023 forecast period. By 2023, IDC expects 5G will represent 8.9 percent of all mobile...

By David H. Deans, 07 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Operators, Research.

Tech groups petition US court to reconsider net neutrality ruling

Groups representing major tech firms have asked a US court to reconsider an October ruling which largely upheld the 2017 repealing of net neutrality rules.

The subject of net neutrality consistently made the headlines during 2017 and 2018 – we know, we wrote many of them – but it's become a less hot topic this year.

Part of the reason for the decline in debate is that the FCC ruled against net neutrality in December 2017 and repealed...

AT&T switches on its low-band 5G network in ten cities

AT&T has switched on its low-band 5G network in ten cities across the United States as it ramps up its rollout.

The network launched alongside the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and is now available to all customers in the ten cities rather than select business partners. 

AT&T's network is now live in:

  • Birmingham, AL

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Milwaukee, WI

  • Pittsburgh, PA

  • Providence, RI

  • Rochester, NY

  • San Diego, CA

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

The next cities being targeted for launch are Boston, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; Las Vegas, Louisville, Kentucky and New York City. A specific date is yet to be set but AT&T says it's working "toward offering nationwide coverage in the first half of 2020".

As a reminder, AT&T now essentially has three types of 5G network...

By , 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum, Wireless.

South Korea boasts of hitting almost four million 5G subscribers

The Ministry of Science and ICT in South Korea reports the country is close to hitting the milestone of four million 5G subscribers.

While it's often debated whether South Korea or the US was first to launch a commercially available 5G network, both countries were among the first.

This leadership makes South Korea closely watched by industry observers for how their 5G rollout is progressing, including the pace of adoption.

5G adoption is happening fast in South Korea. As of October, the ministry reports...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented.

To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”

The...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Surveillance.

EE streams live AR music gig to multiple locations using 5G

UK mobile operator EE has streamed a live gig to multiple locations using 5G and augmented reality technology.

Commuters passing through Birmingham's New Street Station were treated to the show by four-piece group Bastille, best known for their track Pompeii, in-person.

In a demonstration of how 5G is bringing live shows to consumers wherever they are, EE also streamed the show to people passing through Liverpool and Edinburgh city centres.

Nreal’s mixed reality glasses were used alongside the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

SK Telecom selects Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to power its 5G network

SK Telecom has announced that it has selected Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to power its 5G network. 

The Cloud Packet Core from Ericsson helps service providers to smoothly migrate to 5G Core stand-alone architecture. It also helps to create visibility, value and control of traffic and applications by determining the optimal quality of a service, then enforcing it through an appropriate policy. 

Jung Chang-kwan, VP and head of infra engineering group at SK Telecom, said: “By...

By Telecoms, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Operators.

Why most telcos are still failing in the smart home market – and what can be done to help

Smart home is hard. I know because I have led a smart home platform company and we had our shares of wins and losses. I see most telcos struggle and I have some ideas why.

It has long been touted that communication service providers (CSPs) will be the second coming for the smart home. A.D. Little, one of the top global consulting firms, in its 2012 report Catching the Smart Home Opportunity, Room for Growth for...

By Lew Brown, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Connectivity, IoT, Marketing, Operators.

Ericsson: 5G will cover 65% of the world by 2025 with over 2.6b subs

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report makes some interesting predictions about the pace of 5G adoption globally.

The Swedish telecoms vendor expects global 5G subscriptions will exceed 2.6 billion within the next six years. By this time, Ericsson predicts 5G will cover 65 percent of the world.

Ericsson believes total mobile subscriptions, including to previous generation networks, will reach 8.9 billion from 8 billion over the next six years.

The current average monthly data-traffic-per-smartphone is...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, China, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

AT&T will launch its real 5G network in December

AT&T has announced it will launch its 5G network in December, for real this time.

America's largest operator received a lot of criticism for launching "5G-E" earlier this year, which actually uses 4G technology.

The "E" stands for "Evolution" and AT&T reasons that it will be used for its proper 5G network so it's not inaccurate. Of course, average consumers don't necessarily know that.

Critics called 5G-E misleading, rivals

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones, Wireless.

Telstra: ‘Foreign actors’ are spreading 5G health risk misinformation

Australian telco giant Telstra has warned that “foreign actors” are spreading misinformation about 5G health risks.

5G will unlock huge economic opportunities and countries leading in rollouts will reap the benefits of being first movers. There is, therefore, an incentive for some countries to slow the progress of others.

Though it’s not a new phenomenon, misinformation has become a hot topic in recent years due to allegations it’s been used to rig elections and sow disorder. Social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Labour’s free state broadband pledge causes widespread concern

Several figures and bodies have warned about the potential impact of Labour’s free state broadband pledge ahead of the UK general election.

For the world’s fifth-largest economy, Britain’s broadband is pitiful. Research conducted by Cable ranks the UK 34th globally with a mean download speed of 22.3Mbps. Even worse, around 10 percent of households are still unable to access fibre broadband.

With the UK’s general election looming,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.