T-Mobile opens performance testing facility for 5G, NB-IoT, and more

T-Mobile has cut the ribbon on a 20,000 square foot testing lab where it will test the performance of devices using 5G, NB-IoT, and more.

The facility is based in Bellevue, Washington and it features more than a dozen testing areas.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“The space is made up of more than a dozen testing areas where T-Mobile engineers analyze and fine-tune everything from network signal quality, voice call and sound quality, data throughput and video optimization...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones, Standards, Wireless.

‘Verified by Twilio’ takes on robocalls with groundbreaking caller ID

Twilio has partnered with leading call ID apps to finally tackle the scourge of robocalls with a groundbreaking new solution called ‘Verified by Twilio’.

During the company’s day two keynote at Signal 2019, Christine Roberts, GM and VP of Super Network at Twilio, gave her personal account with unidentified calls. While it was her own experience, it’s one that many of us relate to.

Roberts showed her phone log filled with red missed calls she chose not to answer. She’s not alone, research shows...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Innovation, Mobile, Smartphones.

Almost two billion 5G smartphones to ship by 2023, says Canalys

Canalys has predicted that around 800 million units of 5G-enabled handsets will be shipped in 2023, which will account for 51.4% of all smartphone shipments.

The market research firm states that the CAGR between 2019 and 2023 will be 179.9%, whereas vendors will ship nearly 1.9 billion devices to market by the forecasted period. Its data shows that Greater China will be responsible for 34% of the shipments in 2023, followed by North...

By Telecoms, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Research, Smartphones.

Google stops waiting on lazy carriers, starts RCS rollout on Android

Google has stopped waiting for lazy carriers to support RCS (Rich Communication Services) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS standard promises an iMessage-like experience for all supporting devices, regardless of platform. That means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, rich media, location sharing, the works.

Industry body the GSM Association created a universal profile which sets out rules...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, Standards.

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

EE 5G launches May 30th, plots Google and Niantic experiences

EE has announced the launch of its 5G network along with plans to develop ‘exciting new experiences’ with Google and Niantic.

The UK’s largest mobile operator will launch its 5G network on May 30th in six initial cities; London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Later this year, the BT-owned network plans to expand coverage to include Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, and Glasgow. A rapid expansion plan means over...

Ericsson CEO: Europe needs to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a 5G lead

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm spoke at the Viva Technology conference of the need for Europe to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a lead in 5G.

Ekholm first addressed the myth that Ericsson is behind in 5G technology and rollout. He notes Ericsson’s technology is already live with multiple operators in the US and Korea, and with Swisscom in Europe.

“It’s impossible to be behind in 5G when there is no-one in front of us,” boasts Ekholm.

Ekholm claims the delay in Europe is...

Vodafone 5G gets UK launch date, first to offer European roaming

Vodafone UK has set a date for its 5G network launch in addition to being the first operator to offer roaming in four European countries.

The operator will switch on its 5G network for consumers and businesses on the 3rd July 2019. Initially, it will be available in seven major cities.

Here are the first cities to go live:

  • Bristol

  • Birmingham

  • Cardiff

  • London

  • Glasgow

  • Manchester

  • Liverpool

A further 12 cities are due to go online later this year: Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

John Delaney, Associate VP of Mobility at IDC, said:

“It is clear that Vodafone is determined to be a leader...

WhatsApp: ‘Advanced cyber actor’ installed spyware

OTT messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed an ‘advanced cyber actor’ exploited a major vulnerability to install spyware on users’ devices.

With over 1.5 billion active users, WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app. This popularity makes WhatsApp a key target for both independent and state-sponsored hackers.

The attackers compromised devices by making fake calls to victims’ devices. Users did not even have to pick up the call for the malicious code to be...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, OTT Services, Security, Smartphones, Surveillance.

Global smartphone shipments declined 4% year on year in Q119, says Strategy Analytics

Worldwide smartphone shipments reached 330 million units in the first quarter of 2019 according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics – representing a 4% annual decline.

According to the report, the global smartphone shipments are hinting towards a stable market and the outlook is improving for the rest of the year. Samsung holds first position with 22% global smartphone market share, with Huawei and Apple collecting...

By Telecoms, 09 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Vodafone discovered backdoors in Huawei telecoms equipment

Telecoms giant Vodafone has revealed it discovered backdoors in equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei that could have enabled spying.

Acknowledging the discoveries to Bloomberg, Vodafone said the vulnerabilities date back years. The issues have since been patched, but Vodafone claims they remained for some time after Huawei claimed they'd been fixed.

If exploited, the backdoors reportedly would have...

Qualcomm and Apple settle lawsuit so Intel drops 5G smartphone chip

Qualcomm and Apple have settled their lawsuit so Intel is ditching plans to launch a 5G modem expected for the 2020 iPhone.

Apple looked set to skip a 5G iPhone this year amid its legal battle with Qualcomm and use a modem from Intel next year. However, Apple and Qualcomm have today settled their legal battle.

The lawsuit began in 2017 when Apple and its partners accused Qualcomm of abusing its market dominance to charge excessive royalties for use of its technology. Qualcomm countersued Apple, which resulted...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Ren Zhengfei: Huawei is ‘open’ to selling 5G chips to Apple

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says his company is ‘open’ to stepping in and supplying 5G chips for Apple devices.

Some analysts predict it will be 2021 until we see a 5G iPhone. Apple tends to wait a while for new technologies to mature before adoption, but 5G networks are beginning to be deployed and consumers are looking for compatible handsets.

The delay is not a poor strategic decision from Apple but rather a result of its ongoing dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm.

Apple shifted away from...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

AT&T has 5G live in seven new cities, but no smartphone to access it

US telecoms giant AT&T has switched on its 5G network in seven new cities but there are still no smartphones available which support it.

The seven new cities going live this week are:

  • San Francisco, CA

  • San Jose, CA

  • San Diego, CA

  • Austin, TX

  • Nashville, TN

  • Orlando, FL

However, the operator notes that 5G is currently available in parts of the cities and not blanket coverage.

AT&T now has 5G connectivity live in 19 cities, making it the country's largest deployment so far. However, the lack of supporting devices means that no smartphone can access the network commercially.

A 5G hotspot by Netgear is being sold by AT&T through which users can connect their smartphones over WiFi to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Smartphone segment continues to be routed, say analysts

New smartphone sales continue to suffer, according to the latest industry report by CCS Insight.

According to the global technology research firm, sales will be limited to 1.8 billion units in 2019, a drop of 3% as compared to the sales in 2018. The decline in sales reflects various challenges which include lengthening replacement cycles for cell phones, weakening of the Chinese economy and also political uncertainties in other...

By Telecoms, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Huawei's P30 Pro isn't 5G but they Mate introduce it this year

Despite pre-event rumours suggesting otherwise, the Huawei P30 Pro is not shipping with 5G support.

Telecoms was in attendance at Huawei's latest handset launch. Huawei began its conference discussing its prowess in not just smartphones, but also in telecoms infrastructure.

Perhaps it was just us, but it felt like a build-up to announcing it would be using that expertise to be among the first to ship a 5G smartphone. Alas, that was not the case.

We shouldn't be surprised, the ‘P’ series...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Verizon is helping the NFL create 5G fan experiences

Verizon Communications is working alongside the National Football League to create 5G experiences for tech-savvy fans.

The US telecommunications giant will be the ‘official 5G innovation partner’ of the NFL as part of a two-year agreement.

In practice, what that means is new viewing experiences. Some of the plans include multi-angle camera positions and in-stadium feeds so those viewing at home can be closer to the action.

“If you deliver the right experience for our fans, the revenue will follow,”...

Samsung Galaxy S10 hit 2.7Gbps in SK Telecom’s final 5G testing phase

SK Telecom reports it managed to achieve high download speeds in the final phase of its 5G tests using a Samsung Galaxy S10.

As part of a partnership between the South Korean companies, the duo reached a download speed of 2.7Gbps. SK Telecom noted a 2GB movie can be downloaded within six seconds at these speeds.

The test was conducted over SK Telekom's 3.5GHz spectrum and also used Samsung's virtual core which supports 4G and 5G simultaneously.

A spokesperson for Samsung said:

By Ryan Daws, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Smartphones.

ZTE gets in on smartphone act at MWC19 with ‘flagship’ 5G device

MWC19 Global telecommunications provider ZTE has announced what is claimed to be the first 5G ‘flagship’ smartphone, dubbed the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. In cooperation with leading global carriers, such as China Unicom, Elisa and Hutchison Drei Austria, the latest addition to ZTE's premium flagship Axon series is expected to be available in Europe and China in the first half of 2019.

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G supports sub 6G...

By Telecoms, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Devices, Networks, Smartphones.

#MWC19: EE, OnePlus, and Qualcomm call for 5G apps

Three telecoms industry giants have launched an initiative called ‘5G Apps of Tomorrow’ at MWC in a bid to kickstart 5G app development.

Mobile operator EE, smartphone manufacturer OnePlus, and chipset giant Qualcomm believe there's yet to be a ‘killer app’ which takes advantage of 5G’s capabilities.

Speaking on a panel, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he's unconvinced there's been enough ambition when it comes to how 5G can improve people's lives.

Lau believes 5G...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.