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.

Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Operators.

Nokia acquires SpaceTime Insight to expand its IoT portfolio

Nokia is expanding its IoT portfolio and analytics capabilities by acquiring San Mateo, California-based SpaceTime Insight, which will help expedite Nokia’s development of new IoT applications for key vertical markets.

With offices in the US, Canada, UK, India and Japan, SpaceTime Insight offers machine learning-powered analytics and IoT applications for some of the world’s largest transportation, energy and utilities organisations, such as Entergy, FedEx, NextEra Energy, Singapore Power and Union...

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

Getting IoT beyond the hype – and how operators can capitalise on its potential

Much of the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) currently focuses on consumer applications, such as smart homes, connected cars and fitness trackers. The bigger picture shows that the positive impact of the IoT promises to stretch much further into our lives as it extends and transforms a wide range of industries and ecosystems.

Relatively speaking, IoT is still in the early stages of its growth, but every day more and more machines are being connected. Vast industries, which account for much of the...

By Magnus Arildsson, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, Networks, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom switches on the first 5G antennas in Europe

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has switched on the first 5G antennas in Europe at two locations in downtown Berlin.

The 5G NR antennas fully support the new communications standard, are operating in real-world conditions, and lay the foundations for a nationwide rollout. There are currently six cells launched in total — three in Leipziger Straße, and three in Winterfeldtstraße.

Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation, said:

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile and Sprint are set to merge in £18.9bn deal

US telecommunications giants T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to merge in a deal worth almost £19 billion.

The operators attempted to merge under former president Obama’s administration, but regulators blocked the deal. President Trump’s administration has taken a more relaxed approach to deals which have been criticised as being potentially anti-competitive.

Once merged, the companies will have around 130 million subscribers. Around 72.6 million will come from T-Mobile and 54.6 million from...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation.

T-Mobile is the latest to downplay 5G expectations

T-Mobile is set to launch 5G later this year, but an executive for the operator has downplayed what consumers should expect from the network at launch.

The operator is using 600MHz spectrum for its rollout in order to cover a large distance, but at a lower speed than competitors to begin with. T-Mobile predicts its 5G network will launch around 25-50 percent faster than its current 4G network.

Rivals AT&T and Verizon opt for smaller hotspots using millimeter wave which are often associated with higher...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Ericsson assesses how telecom service providers can plot IoT revenue streams

Are telecom providers making the most out of the Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity? According to a new research report from Ericsson, service providers see the clear potential, but gaps remain which need to be filled.

The study, titled ‘Exploring IoT Strategies’, analysed 10 of the 30 leading mobile broadband service providers, as well as 10 IoT leaders, and has put together a framework which can capture telecom providers’ paths to IoT revenue. The broadband providers polled said they...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Monetisation, Networks, Operators.

Taiwan’s regulator warns a 4G price war could impair 5G investment

A telecoms regulator in Taiwan has warned sparking a price war could impair how much operators are willing to invest in new services and networks, including 5G.

The warning from the NCC (National Communications Commission) followed Chunghwa Telecom’s decision to introduce low-cost, unlimited 4G data and voice plans. Chunghwa is Taiwan’s largest service provider — accounting for over a third of wireless connections and around 80 percent of the broadband market.

A race to the bottom in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

The UK refused to raid a telco suspected of money laundering, citing its Tory donations

HMRC has come under fire after it refused a request by French authorities to raid the offices of British telecoms operator Lycamobile over suspected of money laundering, citing its donations to the sitting Tory government.

BuzzFeed got hold of an email from the HMRC to French officials, where a senior civil servant responded: “They are the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Operators.

Nokia and Ericsson releases offer needed cloud opportunities for operators

Telco cloud: two words that can strike fear into many in the industry. Yet a couple of new initiatives from Nokia and Ericsson will aim to help operators in their projects.

Nokia has officially opened its Cloud Collaboration Hub in Singapore. The hub ‘enables operators to visualise, develop and execute cloud offerings’, in the company’s words, and joins the facilities already available in Texas and the UK.

The hub will aim to resolve the dreaded cloud skills gap, cited by Nokia as a key reason why...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

How Asian telcos are leading global innovation investment

While most telecom service providers across the globe continue to invest in software-defined networking and open source software, a few are now investing in the new wave of technologies. In particular, technology leadership is a key component in China's strategic plan to stimulate new economic growth.

In its latest benchmarking study to identify the leaders and laggards in telecom service provider innovation, ABI Research has concluded that Asian telcos are the recognized technology trailblazers, followed...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Innovation, Operators.

GSMA: The U.S will ‘pioneer’ 5G with 190m connections by 2025

The GSMA has identified several key reasons why it believes the United States market will be the pioneer of 5G over the coming years.

In a new report, the GSMA estimates the U.S. will have 100 million 5G connections by 2023 and 190 million by 2025. Over the entire period, it believes the market will continuously lead the world in the percentage of 5G connections.

Among the main reasons for this...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Research.

How the telecom sector is developing in times of digital transformation

The global telecommunications industry is developing dynamically; the main players seek to expand the boundaries of development, to create more long-term and reliable relations between market participants and customers everywhere.

Currently, overcoming all boundaries of mobile technologies in the development of the global telecommunications sphere, expanding the scope of LTE technologies, virtualisation of services, cloud, big data and analytics, the concepts of IoT and M2M, and cybersecurity, which is...

By Suren Arustamyan, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, Wireless.

Colt explores blockchain to settle payments between telecom operators

Telecoms and data centre services provider Colt has announced a proof of concept (PoC) to assess whether blockchain can help solve the problem of payment settlements between operators.

The initiative was put together alongside PCCW Global and Clear, a company which ‘builds blockchain-based wholesale services clearing and settlement platforms for entire industries, and the economies that support them’, in the firm’s own words.

During the recent Pacific Telecommunications Council...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.

UK hands £25m to 5G testbeds as Ofcom confirms next week’s auction

The UK government and its bodies are upping 5G preparation by providing new testbed funds and confirming next week’s spectrum auction.

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will hold its next spectrum auction on Tuesday 20th March. Slices of 4G and 5G spectrum will be sold off to operators looking to expand their portfolios.

All the major mobile operators — EE/BT, O2, Vodafone,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Deutsche Telekom announces IoT partnership with SAP for real-time logistics

German telecommunications behemoth Deutsche Telekom and enterprise application software provider SAP have announced that they are expanding their partnership to include Internet of Things (IoT) products for real-time logistics.

Anette Bronder, director of Telekom Security and T-Systems' Digital Division, said: "In the complexity of the digital age, customers increasingly seek for comprehensive support to address their business needs — at the device, connectivity, platform and software level. To...

By Telecoms, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, IPTV, Operators.