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.

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.

5G: In search of a viable commercial and infrastructure model

Opinion Last month at Mobile World Congress, the telecoms industry’s biggest global event, you couldn’t move for proclamations of the benefits of 5G. It’s ‘seamless’, ‘inclusive’, ‘immersive’ and ‘secure’, to name a few. While it was encouraging to see the 5G experience well described to the more than 100,000 visitors at Mobile World Congress 2018, what was lacking was a view of what 5G would actually do.

What are the use cases it will...

By Sam Evans, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks, Wireless.

Our moon is getting its own 4G network

50 years after Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, another step for man is set to be achieved.

Vodafone is partnering with Nokia to launch a 4G network on the moon. The plan is backed by Berlin-based PTScientists who are looking to achieve the first privately funded moon landing next year.

Robert Böhme, CEO and Founder of PTScientists, said:

“This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system. In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

LTE now represents most of the world's roaming traffic

While most people have been talking about the next generation of mobile network technology, LTE has reached an important new milestone.

According to data from Syniverse, inter-regional LTE data roaming traffic has surpassed non-LTE data roaming traffic for the first time.

In the past year alone, LTE traffic rose to 54 percent of global outbound roaming traffic in 2017 – up from 42 percent in 2016.

John Wick, Senior Vice President at Syniverse, comments:

“Syniverse’s data...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Roaming.

Qualcomm continues to focus on Gigabit LTE with industry’s first modem

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Qualcomm will feature the world’s first announced Category 20 LTE modem that supports download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (Gbps) – the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24.

Through its subsidiary, Qualcomm has already started sampling the Snapdragon X24 - its eighth generation LTE multimode modem and third generation Gigabit LTE solution – and the first chip built on a 7 nanometer FinFET process.

The Snapdragon X24 features the most advanced cellular traits...

By Telecoms, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks.

Nokia and Tele2 IoT partner on global IoT services delivery

A five-year strategic partnership agreement announced between Nokia and Tele2 IoT will facilitate the delivery of Internet of Things (IoT) services to Tele2’s enterprise customers based on Nokia's worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Using Nokia WING, Tele2 IoT will provide A to Z IoT services to its enterprise customers to mange their global connectivity requirements and assets such as connected vehicles or connected freight containers. The enterprise customers of Tele2 IoT are spread across several...

By Telecoms, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

Nokia to launch the world's first MulteFire small cell for private LTE networks

Nokia is to launch the first MulteFire small cell in the world to help industries, enterprises, smart cities and mobile service providers leverage global unlicensed spectrum for reliable, safe, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.

The new Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS will pave the way towards 5G connectivity in the future by enabling enterprises to establish a connection between mobile sensor-enabled 'things' and individuals in a more efficient manner.

With the easy...

By Telecoms, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Small Cells.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon boost Minnesota network speeds in Super Bowl preparation

The Super Bowl is only a couple of weeks away – and AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have beefed up their cellular capacities in Minneapolis, where the showpiece game will take place, in preparation.

T-Mobile said it was doubling the amount of LTE spectrum in Minneapolis and Saint Paul – the twin cities – and deploying more than 120 small cells throughout the city, the US Bank Stadium, and surrounding venues. A further addition inside the stadium is through the deployment of Centralized Radio...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

5G Americas argues how LTE progress is leading to the ‘Massive Internet of Things’

A new whitepaper by 5G Americas outlines how the 5G Massive Internet of Things (MIoT) market is projected to be a major business driver of the telecom industry.

The whitepaper, titled “LTE Progress Leading to the 5G Massive Internet of Things”, has provided an overview of the technological advancements that will support the expanding IoT, connected cars and wearables markets. The term Massive IoT (MIoT) has been recently created by the telecom industry to refer to the connection for...

By Telecoms, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Intel launches portfolio of commercial 5G modems

Intel has announced ‘substantial advances in its wireless product roadmap’ with new modems aiming to accelerate the adoption of 5G.

The tech giant has announced the introduction of Intel XMM 8000 series, the company’s first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and Intel XMM 7660, which is Intel’s latest LTE modem. It unveiled its XMM 7560 modem at the Mobile World Congress 2017, which has achieved gigabit-class speeds.

The Intel XMM 8000 series is a family of...

By Telecoms, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

Swisscom chooses Ericsson to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G

Swisscom has selected Ericsson as a strategic Gigabit LTE and 5G supplier as it decides to make a total digital transformation and evolution of its entire network to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G throughout Switzerland from 2018 and 2020, respectively.

By deploying Gigabit LTE and 5G network, Swisscom wants to give its customers an “extraordinary” mobile broadband experience. As part of the new partnership, Ericsson will transform Swisscom’s mobile operations by using its full stack telco cloud...

By Telecoms, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Networks.

Telcos switch to prioritising 4G availability over speed

The latest OpenSignal report indicates that global telecoms operators have begun to prioritise 4G availability over speed.

Operators first boasted of their 4G download speeds even when their coverage was poor. As past reports from OpenSignal have shown, these speeds have increased over the years and the ability to boast of faster speeds than competitors appeared to be the priority for operators.

However, according to the...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

Orange Business Services accelerates LTE-M strategy with enterprise IoT trials

Orange Business Services has launched several field trials across Europe in order to expedite its LTE-M strategy to support the development of IoT solutions for the enterprise market.

In Spain, the communications integrator – the B2B branch of the Orange Group – has started several tests with strategic customers and device manufacturers in an open ecosystem of participation. This covers different sectors and applications, including smart utility, smart cities and facility management.

The provider...

By Telecoms, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

OpenSignal: Three mobile operators in the UK pass 70% LTE availability

The latest ‘State of Mobile Networks’ in the UK report from OpenSignal has been released providing a look at how the industry has progressed over the past year.

OpenSignal’s last report was released six months ago and highlighted one operator, EE, had crossed 70 percent LTE availability. In today’s report, EE has been joined by O2 and Vodafone who were also able to deliver LTE connectivity in more than 7 of every 10 tests. This leaves Three UK as the only major...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

EE converts 2G airwaves into 4G for ‘even faster speeds’

UK mobile operator EE has announced plans to convert some of its existing 2G airwaves into 4G to further improve the network’s speed and reliability.

More than 600 sites across cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, will be upgraded over the next six months. The move is in preparation for devices with CAT-12 and CAT-16 modems to hit the market.

EE’s mobile sites are equipped with 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum, and 35MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum....

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

SK Telecom inching closer to 5G realisation with low latency technology and repeater

South Korean wireless telecommunications operator SK Telecom has worked with Finnish multinational company Nokia to dramatically reduce the latency between the handset and base station from 25 milliseconds (ms) to 2ms over its LTE network – thus moving one step closer to realising 5G.

The newly developed 2ms latency technology is expected to facilitate the development of diverse real-time services such as autonomous driving, artificial reality and virtual reality services. The low latency communication...

By Telecoms, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm announce record 1.07 Gbps Gigabit LTE lab speeds

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm have announced a new record on its Gigabit LTE testing, with speeds of 1.07 Gbps being recorded in its latest lab trials.

The speeds were achieved through using 12 simultaneous LTE streams – enabling up to a 20% increase in peak data rates in capacity, as well as greater speed – through Ericsson’s radio system and TLE software, and a mobile test device based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 LTE modem.

As per the specifications for Gigabit LTE, the testing...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

Assessing the rise of Gigabit LTE – with Telecom Italia Mobile among those leading the charge

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has become the latest operator to tout its wares for the rising gigabit LTE connectivity by achieving a download speed of ‘up to 1Gbps’ on its 4.5G live mobile network.

TIM described the test as ‘another first that confirms the technological leadership which is speeding towards 5G offering top performances and extraordinary quality for the mobile data service.’

The company added that the service will become commercially available from September in Milan and...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.