Sprint hypes 5G in contrast to recent industry trend

The incoming CEO of Sprint, Michel Combes, has bucked the recent industry trend of downplaying 5G expectations and has instead decided to hype it up.

In recent weeks, Telecoms has reported on comments from operators and equipment makers setting a low bar of what to expect from 5G. It’s understandable — as the old adage goes; it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver, than over-promise and under-deliver.

Speaking at...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...

GSMA: Mobile IoT is an integral part of 5G

The GSM Association (GSMA) has released a new report detailing how mobile IoT technologies will be an integral part of 5G.

Mobile IoT technologies are Low-Power, Wide Area (LPWA) and include NB-IoT and LTE-M. These technologies are fundamental to the development of ‘massive IoT’ which the GSMA sees as one of 5G’s three core use cases — alongside critical communications, and enhanced broadband.

Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA, comments:

“While people often associate...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

Firefly LiFi uses LED technology for affordable 5G wireless bridge to smart city networks

LiFi solutions manufacturer Firefly LiFi is utilising LED technology to introduce low cost 5G wireless bridges to smart city networks offering the best security and high data capacity for indoor and Wireless To The Home (WTTH) outdoor backhaul applications.

Firefly LiFi, which is already shipping light fidelity products for indoor applications, for the first time is formulating this new wireless bridge solution for longer range outdoor as well as indoor point-to-point applications. Firefly LiFi has designed...

By Telecoms, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

NTT DoCoMo tested 5G using a 190mph car

NTT DoCoMo announced the first successful test of a 28 GHz wireless data transmission between a 5G base station and a mobile station in a car moving at nearly 190mph.

For its test, DoCoMo partnered with NEC and NTT. It was undertaken at the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) on April 8th using a modified Nissan GT-R and was conducted to simulate the experience of using a 5G connection at speeds similar to a high-speed train.

28 GHz radio waves propagate straight and are notorious for making long-range...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

How cybersecurity challenges remain a roadblock towards Internet inclusion in Africa

Achieving reliable availability of a safe, secure, trusted, affordable internet for all is seen as a key enabler of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around the globe. People globally are relying more and more on the internet for access to education, healthcare, employment, commerce and information. Plus, the developing Internet of Things (IoT) with its myriad of connected sensors and devices promises to dramatically enhance the varied social and economic benefits of global...

By Dr. Maike Luiken, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, IEEE, IoT, Networks.

Getting IoT beyond the hype – and how operators can capitalise on its potential

Much of the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) currently focuses on consumer applications, such as smart homes, connected cars and fitness trackers. The bigger picture shows that the positive impact of the IoT promises to stretch much further into our lives as it extends and transforms a wide range of industries and ecosystems.

Relatively speaking, IoT is still in the early stages of its growth, but every day more and more machines are being connected. Vast industries, which account for much of the...

By Magnus Arildsson, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, Networks, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom switches on the first 5G antennas in Europe

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has switched on the first 5G antennas in Europe at two locations in downtown Berlin.

The 5G NR antennas fully support the new communications standard, are operating in real-world conditions, and lay the foundations for a nationwide rollout. There are currently six cells launched in total — three in Leipziger Straße, and three in Winterfeldtstraße.

Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation, said:

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Why fintech innovators are disrupting B2B money transfer

The money transfer segment of the commercial financial services sector is vast, with transactions taking place on both a domestic and international cross-border basis. A recent Juniper Research market study found that global cross-border B2B money transfers totalled $136 trillion in 2017.

Yet, to date, the B2B money transfer industry has not experienced the start-up innovation and disruption like other areas in the finance and commerce space. That being said, we can anticipate that 2018 will be pivotal, as...

By David H. Deans, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation, Networks.

Nokia continues to focus on 5G with series of new updates

Nokia has continued its focus on 5G and a series of new updates from the Finnish telecom firm is an obvious proof of that – the introduction of the industry-first Edge Cloud data centre solution for 5G and its team up with NTT DOCOMO on 5G innovations.

Nokia has formulated the AirFrame open edge cloud infrastructure for the 5G era, as 5G opens doors for operators to support high-tech applications such as AR/VR video and real-time industrial automation. The portfolio of the Nokia AirFrame data center...

By Telecoms, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks.

T-Mobile is the latest to downplay 5G expectations

T-Mobile is set to launch 5G later this year, but an executive for the operator has downplayed what consumers should expect from the network at launch.

The operator is using 600MHz spectrum for its rollout in order to cover a large distance, but at a lower speed than competitors to begin with. T-Mobile predicts its 5G network will launch around 25-50 percent faster than its current 4G network.

Rivals AT&T and Verizon opt for smaller hotspots using millimeter wave which are often associated with higher...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Ericsson assesses how telecom service providers can plot IoT revenue streams

Are telecom providers making the most out of the Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity? According to a new research report from Ericsson, service providers see the clear potential, but gaps remain which need to be filled.

The study, titled ‘Exploring IoT Strategies’, analysed 10 of the 30 leading mobile broadband service providers, as well as 10 IoT leaders, and has put together a framework which can capture telecom providers’ paths to IoT revenue. The broadband providers polled said they...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Monetisation, Networks, Operators.

Taiwan’s regulator warns a 4G price war could impair 5G investment

A telecoms regulator in Taiwan has warned sparking a price war could impair how much operators are willing to invest in new services and networks, including 5G.

The warning from the NCC (National Communications Commission) followed Chunghwa Telecom’s decision to introduce low-cost, unlimited 4G data and voice plans. Chunghwa is Taiwan’s largest service provider — accounting for over a third of wireless connections and around 80 percent of the broadband market.

A race to the bottom in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

#HAS2018: Huawei CEO tempers 5G expectations

One of Huawei’s rotating CEOs has gone on record to downplay consumer expectations of 5G compared to previous generations

Eric Xu was speaking during the Huawei Analyst Summit (#HAS2018) in Shenzhen when he warned that consumers are unlikely to see a ‘fundamental difference’ between 5G and 4G. For operators planning to charge extra for 5G services, it could be a tough sell to potential customers without many tangible improvements.

Speed is one area where specific...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Nokia and Ericsson releases offer needed cloud opportunities for operators

Telco cloud: two words that can strike fear into many in the industry. Yet a couple of new initiatives from Nokia and Ericsson will aim to help operators in their projects.

Nokia has officially opened its Cloud Collaboration Hub in Singapore. The hub ‘enables operators to visualise, develop and execute cloud offerings’, in the company’s words, and joins the facilities already available in Texas and the UK.

The hub will aim to resolve the dreaded cloud skills gap, cited by Nokia as a key reason why...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, 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.

Three use cases for brain machine interfaces

Basic forms of Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology have already been utilised in the medical field for a number of years. This existing use focuses around the cochlear implant, a medical device which uses BMI technology to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.

However, further applications in the medical field and in other areas - as an entertainment device, for use in industry, for integration with automobiles or as a control mechanism - are becoming...

By David H. Deans, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Networks.

GSMA: The U.S will ‘pioneer’ 5G with 190m connections by 2025

The GSMA has identified several key reasons why it believes the United States market will be the pioneer of 5G over the coming years.

In a new report, the GSMA estimates the U.S. will have 100 million 5G connections by 2023 and 190 million by 2025. Over the entire period, it believes the market will continuously lead the world in the percentage of 5G connections.

Among the main reasons for this...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Research.

How demand for IoT data security solutions is gaining momentum

Internet of Things (IoT) technology deployments have increased across the globe, as more CIOs and CTOs explore new commercial applications. However, many organizations continue to seek IoT solutions that include comprehensive data protection capabilities.

Security continues to be a major concern for IT professionals when deploying IoT projects within their organizations, according to the latest worldwide market study by 451 Research.

When asked to rank which technologies or processes their organizations...

By David H. Deans, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Security.