Telefónica will use IBM’s blockchain to manage international calls

Telefónica has signed a partnership with IBM to use its blockchain technology for the management of international call traffic.

Using the IBM Blockchain Platform, Telefónica hopes it will improve the traceability of international call data including things such as origin, destination, and duration.

Gonzalo Martín-Villa, Chief Innovation Officer of Telefónica, says:

"This project is one of our first initiatives to secure real benefits from the adoption of...

By Ryan Daws, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Small cable firms want Comcast investigated for anti-trust violations

A group representing small cable firms want Comcast investigated over allegations it’s abusing its power within the industry.

The American Cable Association (ACA) represents over 700 small and medium-sized cable operators. ACA has called on US Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim to open an investigation looking into Comcast and its practices.

ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said:

“By opening a formal investigation, the DOJ, which has already put Comcast-NBCU...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Orange launches LTE-M network in France following launch in Belgium

Orange has announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) network in France, which follows the opening of Orange’s first LTE-M network in Belgium in May 2018.

The launches mark Orange’s progress in serving the connected object market and underline its commitment to deploy LTE-M and LoRa as its leading IoT technologies across its European footprint. The company said it will further add...

By Telecoms, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, LTE, M2M, Operators.

DISH selects Ericsson to deliver radio access and core network for NB-IoT

In order to deliver radio access and core network for DISH’s Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network slated for completion in March 2020, the satellite television company has selected Ericsson, making it the first wireless vendor announced for its network deployment.

Ericsson leveraged its global wireless radio expertise to complete the initial radio frequency (RF) design for DISH's nationwide NB-IoT network earlier...

By Telecoms, 08 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.

Three invests £2bn in 5G claiming users can ditch fixed broadband

UK operator Three has announced plans to invest £2 billion into 5G claiming it will be so reliable users can ditch their fixed broadband.

Three has amassed the UK’s largest 5G spectrum portfolio along with new radio equipment to support the new generation network. In addition, the company has linked together 20 data centres via dark-fibre to support high capacities.

“This is a major investment into the UK’s digital infrastructure,” says Dave Dyson, Three UK CEO. “UK...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Operators.

Moving from DNOs to 'distribution system operators': How telcos are vital in this transformation

Global demand for energy is never going to diminish. However, it is set to change significantly over the next century, as governments pursue cleaner energy policies and consumers rethink how they use, and even generate, power. To support this change, a countrywide rethink of the networks that manage the flow of electricity is required....

By Paul Clark, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Green, Operators.

Australian ISPs deliver 102% of their advertised speeds

According to a report, Australian ISPs are under-promising and over-delivering with speeds 102 percent of what they’re advertising.

The report from the Communications Alliance shows an increase to 102 percent in delivered speeds from 99 percent in the previous quarter.

Under-promising and over-delivering leads to more customer loyalty than not meeting expectations.

John Stanton, Communications Alliance CEO, said:

“The service providers achieved an average of 102.28% of their...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Why telecom service providers are exploring more AI applications

Savvy CIOs and CTOs at communication service providers are busy developing comprehensive strategies for the application of cognitive systems that enable new types of automation. The market leaders are currently engaged in numerous pilot and production projects that are a catalyst for further innovation.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning within the telecommunications domain is now an established practice and chatbots, customer services, and network management are areas where AI...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Customer Service, Disruption, Operators.

Analysts increase odds T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger will proceed

Analysts from Wells Fargo have increased the odds that a proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will go ahead.

The analysts have expressed increased confidence in a letter to investors:

“Our checks continue to indicate that S/TMUS regulatory review remains fairly drama-free thus far.

Contacts indicate that the (Federal Communications Commission) review continues to proceed as expected. While the (U.S. Department of Justice) is admittedly a walled garden,...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Report confirms Britain hacked Belgium’s largest telco

A potential diplomatic crisis is brewing as Belgian federal prosecutors blame Britain for hacking the nation’s largest telecoms operator.

Belgacom was first hacked back in the summer of 2012. The company’s security researchers noticed anomalies but it wasn’t until the following year they had an idea of the problem.

A malware which disguised itself as Microsoft software had infected Belgacom’s system and was stealing data. NSA documents released by Edward Snowden indicated...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

How telcos in New Zealand are transforming to become fully-fledged digital services providers

Telecoms providers in New Zealand are transitioning themselves to become providing digital services, according to a new research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s report ‘Telco Wars: A New Hope’, argue citizens can expect a wide range of digital products and services from these providers going forward.

The retail price tracking from IDC...

By Telecoms, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Operators.

Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre details £2.5bn full fibre investment

CityFibre has set out its plans for an over £2 billion investment to accelerate the rollout of full Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) across the UK.

The company was acquired back in June for £538m by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Goldman Sachs. CityFibre currently has fibre assets in 37 UK towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

Telstra 5G sites will swell to around 200 by year’s end

Telstra has informed stockholders during a recent meeting that it plans on having around 200 5G sites live by year’s end.

Andy Penn, CEO of Telstra, said during the meeting:

“In April, we trialled Australia’s first 5G connected car. We are also already rolling out 5G technology on our network and have more than 200 5G sites planned to be live around Australia by the end of this calendar year.”

When the sites go live, there will still be no 5G-capable flagships available from...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile chats 5G and proposed Sprint merger with the FCC

T-Mobile had a dinner date with FCC officials to discuss its upcoming 5G network and proposed Sprint merger.

5G brings a huge potential to boost the economy and bring greater connectivity to citizens. As such, regulators and lawmakers are meeting with operators to decide how to capitalise on these benefits.

In a heavily redacted T-Mobile presentation, the operator provided key expectations about its 5G network.

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Why operators need to forge a greater link between digital transformation and customer care

Operators are stuck between a rock and a hard place today. They need to be seen to move towards a process of digital transformation – whatever that term means – while trying to constantly improve the customer experience.

The latter is an area where the telcos have traditionally struggled – and according to a new report published by BriteBill and Omnisperience gauging the views of 40 tier-0 and tier-1 service...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Huawei is ready to dispel South Korea’s 5G security concerns

Huawei has said it’s ready to dispel any 5G security fears in South Korea as it continues to woo operators around the world.

South Korean telcos are currently deciding which vendors will supply their 5G equipment. The nation’s largest, SK Telecom, has already ruled-out Huawei in favour of Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Unlike the US and Australia, the South Korean government has not banned the use of Huawei equipment. There are...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

EE launches its UK 5G network test in Canary Wharf

BT-owned mobile operator EE has launched a 5G test network in Canary Wharf, London ahead of a full commercial rollout next year.

As the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, the launch by EE is a landmark moment in the UK’s path to 5G.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said:

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

US cities issue lawsuit threats against the FCC over 5G rules

A collection of US cities accuse the FCC of 5G infrastructure policy ‘overreach’ and have issued lawsuit threats in response.

The FCC’s recent policy change limits how much local municipalities can bill for letting telecom carriers mount 5G cellular equipment on city-owned infrastructure.

Rules passed on September 26th restrict cities from charging firms more than $270 per year for each piece of equipment attached to city property. In Portland, for example, that’s $2,730 less than what...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.