How smart meters continue to drive IoT applications in North America

The Internet of Things (IoT) has numerous applications within the energy and utility sector. As an example, smart meter penetration in North America is forecast to reach 81 percent by 2024.

According to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in North America will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent between 2018 and 2024 to reach 142.8 million units at the end of the forecast period.

Smart meter market development

Over the next five...

By David H. Deans, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, N America.

Bolton: Johnson's government will look at Huawei 'from square one'

US national security advisor John Bolton has said during a UK visit that new PM Johnson's government will look at the Huawei issue "from square one".

Bolton is the most senior US government official to visit PM Johnson since he took office last month. The US has strongly warned its allies, especially those such as the UK in the 'five-eyes' intelligence relationship, against allowing the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks.

“They [UK officials] said, in particular, they are...

AT&T begins rolling out 5G in New York, with some caveats

AT&T has begun rolling out its 5G network in New York City ahead of rivals, but with some caveats.

The network, which AT&T says sent live on Tuesday, is of the 5G+ variety. 5G+ is AT&T’s moniker for its millimetre-wave network which is superfast but has limited range.

AT&T has said this limited range means its 5G+ network in New York is currently only available in certain locations. The new service will first be available near East Village, Greenwich Village, and Gramercy Park, but will...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

AT&T looks to bring 5G-enabled autonomous robots to retail

AT&T is working with Badger Technologies to bring autonomous robots equipped with 5G wireless networking capabilities to retail stores.

The autonomous robots developed by Badger Technologies – a product division of Jabil – will help retailers improve their operational efficiencies and enhance customer experiences by identifying out-of-stock, mispriced or misplaced inventory, along with store hazards. These...

By Telecoms, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, N America, Wireless.

T-Mobile and Ericsson conduct the US’ first standalone 5G data session

T-Mobile and Ericsson have conducted the first standalone 5G data session in the United States.

Existing 5G networks are not standalone and require a simultaneous connection to an LTE network. While a non-standalone architecture still offers better speeds and performance than just LTE, a standalone architecture makes sense for some new enterprise 5G services such as smart cities.

T-Mobile used Ericsson’s AIR 6488 radio and Baseband 6630. These products, from Ericsson’s Radio System portfolio, can...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Standards, Wireless.

Decision on Huawei and 5G in Canada to wait until federal election

Canada’s public safety minister Ralph Goodale has said that the Canadian people will have to wait until after the federal election later this year before it is determined that Huawei can provide equipment for the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network.

Canada requires more information from the US regarding the potential security threat the latter believes Huawei poses, he said.

By Telecoms, 31 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, N America, Surveillance.

Sprint and T-Mobile’s $26bn merger wins Department of Justice approval

Sprint and T-Mobile have won approval from the Department of Justice (DoJ) for their $26 billion merger proposal.

“Today marks an incredibly important step forward for the New T-Mobile. We are ready to bring this supercharged Un-carrier to consumers and businesses across the country, and this milestone brings us much closer to making that vision a reality for customers everywhere!” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

Regulators have scrutinised the proposed merger over concerns that a reduction to just...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Wireless.

SoftBank aims for drone-delivered internet and IoT connectivity by 2023

Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank aims to use drones for delivering internet and IoT connectivity by 2023.

SoftBank is teaming up with US drone builder AeroVironment for the project. The pair’s first drone, the HAWK30, is powered by solar energy.

Using the stored power, 10 electric motors will enable the HAWK30 to fly 12 miles (65,000 feet) above sea level – around twice as high as commercial aircraft.

The high altitude helps to provide a steady current for the drone’s operations while also...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Ex-Homeland Security Chief: US-UK intelligence-sharing will be harmed if Huawei used in 5G

The former head of Homeland Security has issued a stark warning that US intelligence-sharing with the UK will be harmed if Huawei is used in 5G networks.

Governor Tom Ridge is the former US Secretary of Homeland Security and set up the department following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Speaking in London, Ridge said: “Much of the intelligence sharing is electronic and if you are relying on secure telecoms and they’ve got a front door, well I don’t know how many pigeons can fly across the...

FCC controversially relaxes its rules to open mid-band spectrum for 5G

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to relax its rules around who can own spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.

Rules first established in the Kennedy-era required spectrum in the 2.5GHz band to be used for educational purposes. With more spectrum now needed for 5G, the FCC has decided to open up the “underutilised” airwaves.

The FCC voted 3-2 in favour of changing the rules and claims it will help with “closing the digital divide” between rural and more developed areas.

FCC...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Report: All of the UK’s operators are using Huawei 5G equipment

A report highlighting that all of the UK’s operators are using Huawei equipment shows just how disruptive a ban would be.

The report, from The Observer, found Huawei is involved in building the 5G stations in six of the seven cities in the UK where Vodafone has launched its latest network. Furthermore, Huawei is building “hundreds of 5G sites for EE” and has already won contracts with Three and O2.

T-Mobile and DoJ reach a ‘rough agreement’ involving Dish to win Sprint merger support

Another hurdle to T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger gaining approval looks set to be overcome as a “rough agreement” is reached with the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Approval from the DoJ was always going to be one of the toughest hurdles to overcome for T-Mobile and Sprint, but it appears like it’s been achieved.

CNBC reports an agreement has been made that T-Mobile’s merger can proceed as long...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Nokia CEO: Huawei crackdown would harm the whole industry

The chief executive of Nokia has warned that increased regulation over Huawei concerns will harm the whole industry.

Rajeev Suri’s comments were aimed towards European governments who are deliberating over whether to allow Huawei in 5G networks – or to what extent.

Speaking to Financial Times, Suri said:

“What you don’t want is a cumbersome process involving more cost in the supply chain. Let’s be careful. No...

Huawei seeks $1 billion from Verizon for over 230 patents

Huawei is seeking over $1 billion from US telecoms giant Verizon relating to over 230 patents.

The beleaguered Chinese vendor claims Verizon owes the cash in licensing fees. A Huawei intellectual property executive wrote Verizon should pay up to “solve the patent licensing issue".

Patents in question range from core network technologies, IoT, and wireline infrastructure.

US operators have claimed Huawei has infringed on their own intellectual property in the past. T-Mobile, for example, claimed Huawei

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

AT&T and Uber will partner up on flying 5G taxis

AT&T and Uber have established a partnership aiming to solve congestion in major cities using 5G-powered flying taxis.

Uber has been working on electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) for some time as part of its UberAir initiative. The ride-hailing giant’s partnership with AT&T will ensure the future taxis have access to a reliable 5G network.

The commercial launch for UberAir is being planned for 2023. Initial launch cities will include Los Angeles and Dallas Fort Worth in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Nokia CEO: We’re winning two-thirds of 5G contracts against Ericsson

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri claims the company is winning two-thirds of contracts against rival Ericsson despite equipment delays.

Suri is confident in Nokia’s positioning and said the vendor is winning contracts “quite handsomely” in 5G networks.

Earlier this month, Nokia director Federico Guillen said interest has grown from operators in countries debating the use of Chinese equipment following US-led security concerns. With...

Huawei campaigns to UK public amid negative publicity

While the debate over whether to ban Huawei from 5G networks continues, the Chinese vendor is appealing directly to the UK public.

Huawei is facing a difficult time over US-led action. The US has called on its allies to ban the Chinese vendor from 5G networks over national security concerns and has threatened to cut-off intelligence cooperation with countries that refuse. Spooked operators are

Trump lands in the UK as Tories signal Huawei climbdown

President Trump looks set to win the UK’s agreement to ban Huawei from national 5G networks following remarks from leading Conservatives.

Trump has landed on British soil experiencing more turbulence than in the air: Brexit uncertainty is hitting businesses, the outlook for industries like manufacturing across the wider eurozone is even worse, a departing prime minister, and protests around Trump’s state visit are just some of the problems faced by...

Trump and UK PM May to discuss Huawei ban as firm limits US contact

President Trump and UK PM Theresa May will discuss a Huawei ban during a state visit, as firm limits contact with Americans.

Theresa May will step down as PM on June 7th but will be in her post for Trump's visit. As the UK is a crucial US security partner, May's government has been under pressure from Trump's administration to ban Huawei over national security concerns.

A leak from a National Security Council meeting last night month suggested May's government was minded to allow Huawei's equipment in...

T-Mobile and Sprint merger receives FCC chairman’s blessing

A proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has taken a leap closer to reality as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gives his backing.

The $26.5 billion merger proposal would result in the combined entity having a similar number of subscribers to AT&T and Verizon. As the 5G rollout picks up pace, the pair argues this will enable them to be more competitive and speed up deployments.

Opponents of the deal are concerned that reducing the number of major US operators to just three will be harmful to competition. Such a...