Argentina to see minimal growth in telecom service revenue through 2018

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A report available at Research and Markets reveals that telecom revenue in Argentina declined 17.1% in 2014, in terms of US$, as the local currency underwent devaluation. Total telecom service revenue is set to witness negligible growth, rising from $9.36 billion in 2014 to $9.96 billion in 2018.

In 2014, the Argentine mobile market brought in 73.4% of all telecom revenue, totaling 62.22 million SIM connections. Mobile broadband lines comprised 41.2% of those SIMs.

The number of...

By Telecoms, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Operators.

Opinion: Future proofing networks for increasing demands

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Broadband networks are built with the aim of lasting for decades and they need to support increasingly heavy traffic at higher bandwidths. Factors that contribute to the network’s reliability and longevity, such as the need for good fibre/cable management and highly reliable connections throughout the network, have been accepted as...

By Sam Leeman, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Telematics.

Alcatel-Lucent debuts new "ultra broadband" technologies

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Alcatel-Lucent appears set to be acquired by Nokia after getting over the final hurdle it needed of winning the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce. It's not hard to see why Nokia is so bullish about gaining the company's talent and technology, with the amount of innovations being pumped-out of Alcatel's labs...

Today, Alcatel-Lucent...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, G.fast, Innovation.

Small chip harnesses White Space to solve rural coverage issues

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Google might be looking into extravagant methods of solving rural broadband coverage problems, but a small chip designed by Saankhya Labs in Bengaluru could be a more feasible solution in the short-term of connecting more people in remote communities to the rest of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rural.

Bristol tops UK superfast broadband table, Hull rated worst

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Based on new figures from ThinkBroadband, Bristol has the best superfast broadband coverage in the UK with 97 percent of the city having access to a high-speed connection. In addition to the fastest average download and upload speeds in the country, these figures should put the city in good stead to achieve its "tech hub"...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

'Project Loon' is almost ready for lift-off

Google's ambitious plan to connect the world via balloons, Project Loon, is preparing for lift-off as the web giant reports it has "almost perfected" the technology and will announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. 

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa, the good news comes from Google's regional business lead, Wael Fakharany. He believes that it's now "time to scale" the technology in Africa, and connect people to the rest of the world via high-speed broadband. 

Of...

The future of converged services – will it be triple-play or quad-play that comes out on top?

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Converged services are not new in the telecommunications world. For the last decade many providers have bundled their fixed line telephony and broadband services into one, with great success. In the UK, 46% of households purchase a so called ‘double-play’ package of this kind.  More recently, triple-play packages have entered the market place, combining fixed line...

By Rob Green, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry.

Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom begin world’s first commercial G.fast deployment

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G.fast is hailed as being the next step for broadband technology; despite making use of existing copper infrastructure. The innovation, created by Alcatel-Lucent's renowned Bell Labs research arm, has seen trials with operators around the world – but Chunghwa Telecom has become the first to a...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

5G industry research: 240m connections and $65bn in revenue by 2025

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According to latest figures by Juniper Research, there will be 240 million active 5G connections by 2025, while revenues will cross the $65 billion (£42.3bn) mark in that year at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 266% between 2020 and 2025.

The technology will gain a premium in comparison to existing ARPU levels on account of its several benefits and features as seen with initial 4G rollouts. Despite the seemingly high number of connections, Juniper warns this will only...

By Telecoms, 09 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

G.Fast broadband technology speeds into field trials

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A promising new ultrafast broadband technology which uses existing copper infrastructure has entered field trials in the UK and could deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps at launch, with up to 500 Mbps possible "within a decade" as it becomes more developed. 

The exciting technology, dubbed G.Fast, has entered a field trial in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Two thousand...

By Ryan Daws, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Highlights: Communications Market 2015 report

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released its annual Communications Market report which, as you can imagine, is rather comprehensive. The report does however contain interesting facts and figures about the direction of the industry. In this article, we'll dissect the report into key highlights which could be important when making informed business decisions in the future. 

The UK is now a...

The 5G puzzle for operators: Asia most likely to lead way on deployment

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Mobile operators expect Asia to lead the development and deployment of 5G technologies, according to research from InterDigital.

The operator community as a whole expects Asia (71%) to lead development and deployment of 5G, ahead of North America (52%) and Europe (45%), although operators in North America were more likely to think they would lead the charge. Telcos in Asia are already putting forward their proposals; Japanese operator DoCoMo says it will launch a first release of 5G to...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Broadband.

Airband brings superfast broadband to rural areas

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Rural locations have posed a huge problem in the rollout of superfast broadband, but new technology from Airband could solve this and connect folks in more problematic areas to the rest of the world at higher speeds. 

Nearly 6000 homes and businesses in remote West-Country areas in the UK could soon benefit from the superfast broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Wireless.

Huawei shuttles 1Tbps in new backbone trial

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In a joint effort with Proximus, Huawei has successfully completed a joint trial which has resulted in speeds of up to 1Tbps being transferred over an optical signal. Such incredible transmission speeds would allow for approximately 33 high-definition films in a second. 

The innovative Chinese network vendor first partnered with Proximus in January and marks the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks.

EU Commission approves €3 billion plan to expand Germany's broadband infrastructure

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Germany is planning a €3 billion national scheme to support the roll-out of next-generation access (NGA) broadband networks; a plan which has now been approved by the European Commission after being found to comply with EU state aid rules. 

Due to the 2013 Broadband State Aid Guidelines, public funding into networks must be available to all competitors...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Networks.

Bolivia: The new darling of Latin American telecoms?

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Bolivia has traditionally been one of the smallest telecoms markets in Latin America (LATAM). Yet a new report from Pyramid Research argues that it will become the fastest growing in the LATAM market.

The report, entitled ‘Bolivia: DTH Launches And Fiber-Optic Backbone Rollout to Drive Video and Data Services’, argues the Bolivian telecoms market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2014 and 2019, driven in the main by broadband internet and pay...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LATAM, Smart TV, Wireless.

Opinion: What’s faster than superfast? A question of semantics

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This morning I watched the above speech by Göran Marby of Swedish regulator PTS. It meanders a bit, and (anecdotally) I was shocked by the apparent confusion between IP and Internet, but it makes some good points, and in particular it raises an important question about the future of networks. The assumption seems to be that the millions of devices that we predict to be connected will do so on the basis of a mobile network framework. But most of these devices won’t...

By Benoît FELTEN, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband.

Here's why most mobile data traffic will migrate to Wi-Fi networks

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Across the globe, mobile data traffic continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, driven primarily by online video usage. The increased number of mobile subscriptions, new smartphone users and the multitude of available software apps have resulted in an explosion in data usage.Worldwide mobile data traffic, generated by all smartphones, feature phones and media tablets, will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019 -- that's the equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 02 June 2015, 3 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

China is the new wireless broadband market leader

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While it has been a common practice for telecom industry analysts to assess the economic vitality of a nation by ranking their relative investment in fiber optic broadband communication infrastructure, in future the comparison of wireless broadband capabilities will be the key measure of supremacy.By the end of 2014, China had gained almost 100 million 4G LTE mobile service subscriptions in the first year of full commercialization, further demonstrating the nation's unprecedented growth momentum, according to the latest market study by ABI...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LTE, Wireless.