Will voice get the makeover it deserves with LTE?
Despite the recent Voice over LTE (VoLTE) announcements from several operators, the industry is still unhurried when it comes to rolling out next-generation voice and video calling services. Although interest in VoLTE has increased it is widely understood that most operators are still a year or two from launching such services.
However, VoLTE offers mobile operators a strategic opportunity strengthen their foothold in the voice marketplace, but it requires an acceptance that the game has changed and they must...
Deutsche Telekom’s solid Q1 results are a boon given aggressive roadmap
Deutsche Telekom’s first quarter 2014 results and subsequent shareholder meeting have shown that the company is on the right footing, with an aggressive strategy and results to keep the shareholders relatively happy.
The goal is an ambitious one: to become Europe’s leading telecommunications provider which will ‘drive the fourth industrial revolution’. According to CEO Tim Hottges, this will be done in four steps: building a pan-European network which brings together fixed line, mobile...
Virgin Media Business gets ready for small cells
Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure
As the talk of small cells heats up, so does the need for backhaul. I recently met with Virgin Media Business (VMB) to discuss backhaul for small cells. The company has a fiber-rich network within major population centers in the UK and provides wholesale mobile backhaul services to mobile providers in the country.
VMB has been developing a concession-based small cell-as-a-service (SCaaS) offering using a mesh network architecture that combines its fiber...
We don’t know what 5G is, but the UK will be a leader – promises Prime Minister
The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised that the UK will not be missing out on the opportunity of 5G. He speaks at the CeBIT technology show in Hannover on his plan to make Blighty the “most digital nation in the G8.”
In the rollout of 4G, the UK has been notoriously slow. Spectrum auctions played a big part in this; which led Orange and T-Mobile partnership, EE, being the sole network capable of provisioning 4G to the UK public over a frustratingly long-period.
Bargain pricing on 4G LTE in some competitive markets
If you thought that you'll likely
have to pay more for the best mobile network service offering, then think again. According to the latest global market study by ABI Research, more than 55 percent of the least expensive country tariff plans are now on 4G LTE technology -- that's compared to just 22 percent a year ago.This performance has been driven by the aggressive deployment of LTE-based mobile networks and a wider choice of consumer-centric LTE smartphones."However, we found that the average cost of mobile Internet tariff plans across the cheapest 20 markets increased by 8.24 percent between...
Mobile World Congress: What is the future of Wi-Fi in an LTE-heavy landscape?
Yet the most popular story filed from Barcelona focused on a 5G panel featuring European Commission VP Neelie Kroes. Here, Tech Portfolio editor James Bourne looks at an...
Why contextual voice could be the future of voice communications #MWC14
Voice communication is gaining a reputation as being an outdated technology. Whether that’s right or wrong is open to debate, but when you’ve got Facebook purchasing WhatsApp for $19bn, it’s always going to raise a few eyebrows.
But voice has been on a hugely transformative journey in the last 10 years alone. The growth and popularity of VoIP, with increasing numbers of consumers opting for free VoIP offerings, has forced operators to muck their hands and start over trying to recapture lost...
Virgin Media provides backhaul for Three’s 4G – Where could it leave Fibre Broadband?
This makes the third article in a week that TelecomsTech has published about UK network Three, and their rapid-push to hopefully rise from the UK’s smallest mobile operator title.
But our coverage is due; on Tuesday we wrote about a new partnership with the UK’s largest network, EE, resulting in the sharing of infrastructure and £1 billion ($1.63 billion) joint investment into the future.
On Wednesday, we wrote about the company’s surprising
Three and EE join forces to boost UK 4G
The 4G rollout in the UK has been a slow process filled with controversy around spectrum availability and related exclusivity periods – of which EE gained a significant head start. Since the period has finished; every major network in the UK has launched 4G.
Three was the last to offer their 4G service, and is still only available in limited areas whilst being subject to an ongoing, slow rollout.
Today, Three and EE have revealed a partnership and investment strategy to share their networks and boost...
SK Telecom and LG U+ to bring 300Mbps LTE speeds to market
Through utilising 3 distinct bands, combining two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz band, SK Telecom and LG U+ will be supporting 300Mbps speeds using LTE-Advanced technology.
To demonstrate capabilities above this incredible feat, the South Korean telecoms company will be taking to MWC in Barcelona to show off speeds of 450Mbps. According to the Korea Herald, LG U+, the nation's third most popular carrier, will also deploy 300Mbps speeds in 2014.
These blistering speeds are over 4x faster than the highest speeds...
Ramping up 4G globally
Deloitte predicts that global revenues from 4G are likely to reach £60 billion by 2014, with more than 200 operators running networks in 75 countries. In the UK, O2 is to launch its 4G offering, finally bringing competition to EE. And, China Mobile is planning to spend $30.1 billion on its network this year with about a quarter of that amount earmarked for TD-LTE technology.
Deloitte predicts that 4G subscriber numbers will triple as compared to 2012, reaching around 200 million globally, as customers...
Orange joins Renault to bolster connected car apps
Research from Juniper points towards revenues from in-car applications increasing ten-fold by 2017 and reaching 20% of vehicles in the Western Europe and North America markets. It’s clearly going to be a lucrative market and will be fuelled by mobile networks…
MNO Orange has teamed up with French car manufacturer Renault to embark on a
How to solve the second wave of mobile infrastructure
By Rajeev Tankha, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at Oracle Communications
The fast pace of growth in the mobile devices market has seen consumers get closer than ever to their smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study suggested that tablet sales will increase by 70 per cent in the next year, and that over 2 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017.
These trends have placed more pressure than ever on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adopt full data networks to ensure the...
Three UK changes the game (again) with free US roaming
UK MNO, Three, has been on a string of well-praised announcements this year; the first being to offer a free upgrade to 4G for all 3G customers (including unlimited data packages.)
This was followed by the ability to make use of this allowance in their “Feel at Home” initiative which initially spanned the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and...
How Bosbec sees the future of messaging and M2M #TTW
For mobile comms and messaging platforms, the ecosystem is somewhat fractured. With industry leader WhatsApp announcing the integration of voice services back in August, it could be seen as a sign that companies with pure mobile messaging plays might be on the way out.
Bosbec, based in Sweden, is different. The company incorporates a business messaging solution, yet has a play in the Internet of Things (IoT).
And according to technical chief Jakob...
Vodafone Carrier Services to play LTE roaming trump card for IPX
Ever since Vodafone acquired Cable & Wireless Worldwide in July 2012, the carrier market has been waiting with some level of trepidation to see just what impact the newly minted wholesaler Vodafone Carrier Services (VCS) would have on the existing structure and market share. The waiting is over as VCS begins to leverage every advantage possible from Vodafone’s 28 operating companies to improve market share and margin.
VCS has begun by...
Huawei’s looking forward in $600m 5G investment
Whilst many of us stare at our signal bars, waiting for the 3G to switch to 4G, China-based Huawei is instead looking to the next big thing – with a hefty $600m investment into 5G research. Don’t get too excited though, the rollout of functioning technology isn’t expected until 2020.
This is part of a continued investment which began back in 2009. At the home of mobile, MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has demonstrated 5G base stations capable of 50Gbps.
One of the most promising innovations is an...
4G not fast enough? EE switches on 300Mbps LTE-Advanced
In a partnership with China-based Huawei, EE has announced today that it will be bringing LTE-Advanced technology – capable of 300Mbps – to “Tech City” in London.
Unveiled at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum; the innovation follows the company’s internal analysis of consumer and business trends - forecasting a data-usage rise of 750% over the next three years.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee says: “Today we are introducing the next age of 4G mobile technology to the UK. Our...
Telstra tests LTE Broadcast on live network: A solution to the capacity crunch?
Telstra, the primary Australian mobile carrier, has achieved what it calls a world first by successfully trialling LTE Broadcast on its network, in partnership with Ericsson.
This has huge potential for the future of mobile networks, as with more and more data being pushed out onto ever increasing numbers of devices, network capacity cannot hold forever.
The future of LTE and the capacity crunch is a burning issue in the industry, yet Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution attempts to solve this by only...