SK Telecom becomes the latest operator to snub Huawei

South Korea’s largest operator, SK Telecom, has become the latest to snub Huawei when it comes to choice of 5G equipment supplier.

SK Telecom has announced it will be accepting bids from Huawei’s rivals – Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia – to supply equipment for its 5G network.

Many industry experts speculated Huawei would be named among SK Telecom’s preferred bidders, although the vendor has been caught up in controversy much like its troubles in the US and Australia.

The US has banned the use...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Opinion: ‘Project Fear’ turns its gaze to UK telecoms consumers

Ludicrous claims have been made from both sides of the Brexit debate, but now the so-called ‘Project Fear’ is aiming to scare UK telecoms consumers.

The latest claim is a return to the dark old days of mobile roaming charges.

Ending roaming charges around Europe is touted as one of the EU’s proudest achievements for citizens. It’s been welcomed by consumers who shudder at the ‘bill shock’ they once had after even a quick trip around the continent.

The thing is, roaming...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Roaming.

Vodafone is doubling the size of its European NB-IoT networks

Vodafone has announced it will be doubling the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT provides ‘industrial grade’ Low-Power Wide-Area connectivity for applications such as streetlights, connected healthcare monitors, and wearable devices.

Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is currently live in eight countries; the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Cell sites in European...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

US bucks Chinese 5G suppliers for Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced it will be using 5G equipment from Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung for its upcoming network. Predictably, that means no US operator will be using equipment from Chinese firms.

The operator is the last major operator to announce its suppliers. AT&T’s rivals – Verizon and Sprint – have named Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung as their 5G equipment suppliers. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has named Ericsson and Nokia.

Several governments, including the US, have banned...

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

How telecom providers are adopting software-defined infrastructure

Within the telecom sector, the ongoing shift to software-defined infrastructure - where IT workloads run virtualised or containerised on industry-standard hardware and software platforms - is happening at an unprecedented pace.

This transformation is visible across the whole communications industry, where entire data centers are now being converted from vertically integrated systems to software-defined IT infrastructure.

Telecom IT infrastructure market development

According to the latest worldwide market...

By David H. Deans, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, Operators.

Almost 20 percent of UK roads suffer from little-to-no mobile signal

While governments and operators prepare for 5G, the UK still has over 49,000 miles of road with poor or no mobile signal.

A study conducted by the RAC Foundation has found two percent of UK roads (over 5,500 miles) are unable to receive a mobile signal from any of the nation’s four mobile networks.

The inability to receive a signal is at best a mild annoyance due to problems such as potential lack of navigation, at worst the inability to call for help in a breakdown or accident.

Among the worst covered...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Charter CFO says 5G is ‘not comparable’ to DOCSIS 3.1

Charter Communications CFO Chris Winfrey is adamant that 5G will not pose a threat to fixed-line providers as it cannot offer the same capabilities.

Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Thursday, Winfrey said:

“I don’t see anything about 5G that ever makes it comparable to DOCSIS 3.1 or DOCSIS 3.1 Full Duplex, or any capability we have through fixed line service.”

Charter has been ramping up its DOCSIS...

By Ryan Daws, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators.

Sprint and Ericsson collaborate to build IoT-based network and OS

US operator Sprint, alongside Swedish networking giant Ericsson, have announced their global relationship to build a distributed and virtualised core network dedicated specifically to the Internet of Things (IoT), along with an IoT operating system (OS).

This new ecosystem, which is being planned for the future of IoT, has been designed to create an optimal flow of device data, allowing instant, actionable intelligence at the...

By Telecoms, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Opinion: China’s huge 5G merger could work in T-Mobile’s favour

China is exploring whether a merger between two of its carriers will secure its lead in 5G over the US, but it could also work in T-Mobile’s favour stateside.

The country’s ongoing trade war between the US and China is said to have spurred discussions over how it can lead in the latest technologies.

A proposed merger between two of China’s three wireless carriers – China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom) and China Telecommunications Corp (China Telecom) – aims to...

Net Neutrality: Carriers have already begun throttling services

As forewarned by critics, the FCC’s repealing of its net neutrality rules has already led to popular services being throttled.

Net neutrality legislation, implemented under Obama’s administration, ensured a fair internet where all services must be provided with the same level of performance as others. This helped to keep the playing field level so new businesses have similar opportunities to incumbents.

The argument for repealing the rules – most advocated by large service providers –...

FCC plans to inject $1.5 billion into rural broadband expansion

US telecoms regulator the FCC is set to provide a substantial cash injection over the next ten years to expand rural broadband availability.

Over the next decade, some 713,176 homes and businesses across 45 states will benefit from the investment.

The FCC is seeking minimum broadband speeds of 100Mbps in 53 percent of the rural locations targeted. Over 99.7 percent of these locations will receive at least 25 Mbps downstream speeds.

Better still, according to the FCC, 19 percent of locations will get access to...

Study: UK consumers face 82% price rise from their ISP post-contract

A study has found that UK telecoms customers face a steep cost increase of up to 82 percent at the end of their contracts.

Recent changes to advertising rules in the UK requires ISPs to provide estimated speeds to potential customers instead of the misleading ‘up to’ claims.

The change has made the industry more honest, but one area which is still not clear enough is how much consumers will pay after their contract ends.

Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at uSwitch, comments:

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Research.

Why telcos need to beef up their blockchain know-how to take a billion-dollar opportunity

Blockchain could boost the telecoms sector by up to $1 billion in the coming years – but to do that telcos need to build new capabilities, according to the latest note from GlobalData.

The verdict from the digital media provider, which notes that several major operators are undergoing initiatives, is that blockchain-enabled communications to...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators.

Verizon and Nokia successfully complete transmission of 5G NR mobility call

Verizon and its technology partner Nokia has added another achievement to their book by conducting successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver in a moving vehicle for the first time.

The trial, which was conducted at Nokia’s campus in Murray Hill NJ in June 2018, follows the companies’ successful completion of consecutive outdoor data sessions over the 5G NR standard, and the successful...

By Telecoms, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

Vodafone launches Ireland’s first dedicated IoT SIM cards

Vodafone has become the first operator in Ireland to offer dedicated IoT (Internet of Things) SIM cards under its ‘V-SIM’ initiative.

Any consumer IoT products sold by Vodafone will now ship as standard with a V-SIM by Vodafone card.

The operator’s counterpart app provides the user with an overview of all Vodafone IoT products registered under their account.

New devices can easily be registered by scanning a QR code with the app, offering a seamless and uncomplicated way for consumers to get...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Operators.

VeChain is officially a ‘5G Partner’ of Japan’s largest telecoms company

Blockchain platform VeChain has been selected to be among the first batch of partners for NTT Docomo’s 5G Open Partner Program.

NTT Docomo is Japan’s largest telecoms company with over 76 million subscribers. The firm’s recent launch of the 5G Open Partner Program is aimed towards fostering the industrial use of the latest generation of mobile networks by 2020.

Blockchain technology is set to have an impact on many industries. VeChain started by focusing on a sector that’s ripe for...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure of 5G services may tempt customers...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

The evolution of the mobile telecom service business model

Mobile communication service providers across the globe have been eager to uncover new sources of subscriber revenue as over-the-top (OTT) apps continue to disrupt their traditional business model offering voice calling and text messaging.

These operators are currently under pressure due to investment in emerging technologies, including 5G and M2M networks.

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators, OTT Services.