Why 5G has ‘captured hearts and minds’ of the wireless industry

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Advisory body 5G Americas has published a whitepaper titled, “Global Organisations Forge New Frontier of 5G”, that details several industry, academic, private company and government organisations that are working towards taking forward the development of fifth generation (5G) technology and its ecosystem.

Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, said: “LTE will provide the mobile broadband foundation for 5G for years to come, yet there is no denying that 5G has captured...

By Telecoms, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

Why 5G is forecast to reach 24 million subscribers by 2021

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The ongoing evolution of mobile network infrastructure to fifth-generation (5G) technologies is already in the planning stages within much of the developed world, as mobile internet traffic fuels the demand for more data bandwidth. Meanwhile, 4G investment has peaked in several key markets.

North America and Asia will each account for more than 40 percent of global 5G subscriptions at the end of 2021, followed by Europe with more than 10 percent of subscriptions, with the Middle...

By David H. Deans, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

How mobile internet use drives more network expansions

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Mobile internet applications have grown exponentially over the last decade, especially within urban areas around the globe. Mobile network service providers have started to deploy small cell wireless communications technology to support the growing demand.

Outdoor small cell deployments were off to a slow start, but are now showing signs that they will grow significantly over the next several years, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS...

By David H. Deans, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Research, Small Cells.

TalkTalk reports over 50% decline in pre-tax profit after last year's cyber attack

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TalkTalk Chief Executive Dido Harding claimed the company has recovered from the cyber attack that compromised the data of over 100,000 customers – an incident which cost the company up to £60 million – despite reporting that pre-tax profit nosedived by over 50% to £14 million in the year to March 2016. However, sales rose 2.4% year-on-year to £1.84...

By Telecoms, 12 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Operators, Security, Smart TV.

Ministers pressured to spend on rural broadband quickly

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UK ministers are facing pressure to quickly spend a recent £258 million windfall on efforts to boost fast rural broadband.

The windfall comes after British telecommunications firm BT handed back some of its £1.2 billion one-off subsidy to cover the rollout cost for 24mbps fast broadband across the UK. BT was given the subsidy based on an internal forecast that...

By Telecoms, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

Opinion: Competition issues posed by the BT/EE tie-up

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The UK’s biggest fixed-line telecommunications business and the biggest mobile network are set to become one. On paper, this appears a simple and logical marriage of two market-shaping operators. If only reality was that simple.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared BT’s takeover of EE, having concluded the deal does not represent a competitive...

By Alastair Masson, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Regulation.

FCC simplifies broadband facts with inspiration from nutrition labels

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In the most "consumer" move the FCC has ever made, the regulator has introduced a new label inspired by nutrition labels in a bid to ensure potential customers know what they should expect from their broadband package. 

Using the same design as consumers are used to finding on the back of their nutritional products, the new labels will replace...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Regulation.

Report notes how Canada is unhappy with its broadband services

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Though Canadians are surfing the internet more than ever, the price of these services is hurting them according to new research from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). High costs are pushing 20% of internet users to cut down their internet usage, though online activity has witnessed a sharp increase over the past half-decade.

The EKOS-commission survey found that roughly 33% of Canadians are satisfied with the cost of their home Internet...

By Telecoms, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Wireless.

Google close to large-scale Project Loon deployment

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Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google's crazy experiments, but it's gone from strength-to-strength over the past couple of years and now the web giant is looking for an Indian carrier to run a full pilot service to a large number of people in the region. 

Although unconfirmed, there are...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, Google, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

UK has a "poverty of ambition" when it comes to broadband, says IoD

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The UK government has set a national broadband speed target of 10Mbps by 2020, which it expects to exceed. Such a low figure is more than achievable, but a new report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has called out the government for having a "poverty of ambition" when it comes to national broadband speed. 

By Ryan Daws, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Ofcom won't split BT/Openreach, but it's split industry opinion

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a review in March last year into whether BT and its Openreach network arm should be split-up due to rivals' claims the company has underinvested in the network – leading to poor speeds and reliability for those who pay to use it. 

Results of the investigation were posted today and Ofcom has...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Report predicts 100 million gigabit broadband subscribers by 2020 – fuelled by G.fast technology

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A report published by leading broadband analyst firm Point Topic suggests the number of gigabit subscribers could reach 100 million by 2020, with most of the growth coming from the APAC region. 

G.fast technology is expected to drive this rapid growth – which although can only currently deliver gigabit speeds over a short distance – it can already secure speeds to...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Research: Slow broadband is costing SMEs

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Although it's anticipated the average employee spends just 15 minutes per day waiting for web-based requests to complete – across eight members of staff that adds up to a full day wasted over the course of a week. 

In new research commissioned by Virgin Media Business, over 1,100 senior "decision makers" in small UK businesses were questioned about the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Research, SMEs.

Swisscom brings fixed-line and mobile closer together

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As part of a significant investment to expand its advanced broadband network, Swisscom has announced it will bring fixed line and mobile networks closer together using DSL + LTE bonding technology. 

The initial trial, scheduled to begin this month, will target a small number of residential customers and deliver bandwidth of up to 20Mbps during the first phase. Higher broadband speeds are...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Networks.

Broadband Forum Chairman highlights slow G.fast deployment consequences

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CES is among the most important events of the year for technology companies, as it offers a platform to showcase all the upcoming innovations which consumers will have access to in the not-so-distant future. At least, if operators have the infrastructure to prepare for the demand which these new technologies will place on the network. 

The chairman of the Broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom reveals the worst telecoms providers of Q3 2015

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Ofcom has published data this morning which reveals the worst telecoms providers in terms of complaints the regulator had received over a three-month period from July to September 2015. It contains data about 13 providers of landline, fixed line broadband, mobile, and pay TV services. 

Across most of the board, the overall volume of complaints made to Ofcom increased between...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Regulation, Research.