5G: In search of a viable commercial and infrastructure model

Opinion Last month at Mobile World Congress, the telecoms industry’s biggest global event, you couldn’t move for proclamations of the benefits of 5G. It’s ‘seamless’, ‘inclusive’, ‘immersive’ and ‘secure’, to name a few. While it was encouraging to see the 5G experience well described to the more than 100,000 visitors at Mobile World Congress 2018, what was lacking was a view of what 5G would actually do.

What are the use cases it will...

By Sam Evans, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks, Wireless.

How the telecom sector is developing in times of digital transformation

The global telecommunications industry is developing dynamically; the main players seek to expand the boundaries of development, to create more long-term and reliable relations between market participants and customers everywhere.

Currently, overcoming all boundaries of mobile technologies in the development of the global telecommunications sphere, expanding the scope of LTE technologies, virtualisation of services, cloud, big data and analytics, the concepts of IoT and M2M, and cybersecurity, which is...

By Suren Arustamyan, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, Wireless.

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

Floating antennas can provide fast, reliable 5G

Researchers are proposing a floating antenna design to help alleviate overcrowding in the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and boost wireless signals.

The researchers, from the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) at Ohio State University, are designing suspended high-gain millimeter-wave antenna arrays constructed through a combination of 3D printing and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

Overcrowding will become more of an issue when 5G arrives. Already packed lower frequencies will come under increased...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Wireless.

Nokia launches ‘carrier-grade’ WiFi system for the home

Nokia is using its experience as a telecoms vendor to help solve home WiFi problems with the announcement of a ‘carrier-grade’ system.

The system is available for carriers to provide to their customers and promises ‘unmatched gigabit coverage to every corner of the home, getting rid of dead zones and interference.’

Nokia plans on achieving this by implementing new ‘Air-IQ’ technology from Broadcom which can identify 17 unique interference...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Heat, light, water, and Wi-Fi: The benefits and risks for commercial buildings

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Commercial venues have certain basics they must offer to their customers. Heat, light and water are absolute essentials, but Wi-Fi is fast becoming a must have.

It may seem glaringly obvious but offering your customers a slick, robust and free Wi-Fi experience is just as important as the environment, and the quality of service you provide.

Whether it’s a bar, restaurant, shopping...

By Patrick Clover, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: WiFi, Wireless.

Wi-Fi Alliance launches certification program for smart home developments

Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design, which sets the guidelines to enable home builders provide an industry-approved network-installation plan.

The enterprise design practices enlisted in this program enable homes to have a consistent Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces like garages and patios. It also provides seamless integration with many smart-home devices such as Wi-Fi voice-activated wireless speakers, security cameras, door locks,...

By Telecoms, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Ericsson and Cisco extend partnership to include new Wi-Fi solutions

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Tech giants Ericsson and Cisco have extended their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering called Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN), the two companies have announced.

The new Wi-Fi solution combines Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio with Ericsson's 3GPP access to provide reliable Wi-Fi connection with high performance to Ericsson's mobile, cable and other industries customers.

The Wi-Fi solution will offer a range of...

By Telecoms, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Small Cell Forum publishes latest guide on NFV, 5G and IoT

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A new practical working guide released by operator and vendor body Small Cell Forum (SCF) details technical and commercial best practice for operators who are looking to deploy network function virtualisation (NFV).

In its recently published Release 8, SCF combines unique experience of real-world deployments of NFV technology today with small cells at the network edge, which will be invaluable in building out the networks for the future. Small cell virtualisation will be a key...

By Telecoms, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, NFV, Wireless.

The essential components for Wi-Fi calling

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As technology advances, the demand for an ‘always-on’ society is becoming more prevalent. Smartphones have become the hub of our daily lives; two thirds (66%) of UK adults currently own one and, by 2017, more than a third of the world’s population is expected to own one. As the number of mobile devices continues to increase exponentially, added pressures on the network mean mobile network operators (MNO) need to do more to ensure customers are constantly receiving a...

By Massimo Mazzeo-Ocello, 14 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

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.

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.

Ruckus Wireless aims to address in-building cellular challenges with OpenG technology

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MWC Communications provider Ruckus Wireless has unveiled its vision for addressing the challenge of in-building cellular coverage and capacity through OpenG technology.

OpenG integrates coordinated shared spectrum, such as 3.5 GHz in the US, with neutral host-capable small cells to ensure cost-effective and pervasive in-building cellular coverage. The aim is to offer a substantially affordable mobile network-neutral alternative and the company argues that the solution is suited for fixed and...

By Telecoms, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

Interview: NETGEAR believes WiFi should dominate IoT standards

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During a NETGEAR-hosted event in London today, we caught-up with the networking giant’s VP of smart home products, Pat Collins, and discussed why the company is sticking to WiFi for its smart home products. 

There are many standards battling it out for the IoT such as; Zigbee, Weave, and Z-Wave. NETGEAR has its legacy in WiFi-based products, so we questioned if the company was...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Industry, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

LiFi delivers speeds 100x faster than WiFi – using light bulbs

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A super-fast alternative to WiFi known as 'LiFi' has moved beyond the research lab and into a real-world test after Estonian startup Velmenni has begun to offer the technology in a commercial setting. 

Velmenni was a recent finalist in the Slush 100 startup competition in Helsinki. The company is using LiFi to send data at up to 1Gbps – more than 100x...

By Ryan Daws, 23 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Innovation, IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

Issues faced with Small Cell & CRAN deployments – and how to overcome them

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Many people believe you can just go and install a small cell or a RRH (Remote Radio Head) on a pole and you’re done. Well, there is a lot more to it. The real deployment problems begin when you are selecting your sites. Here are some of the most common issues: 

Selecting Mounting Assets 

If you are new to deployment then maybe you believe you can mount the...

By Wade Sarver, 17 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Small Cells, Telematics, Wireless.

T-Mobile pushes free calls to Mexico and Canada from US, adds 2.1m customers in quarter

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Updated T-Mobile US has announced the latest of its moves towards upstaging the mobile industry by offering free calls from the US to Mexico and Canada.

The move, named ‘Mobile Without Borders’, comes alongside the announcement of 2.1 million total net customer additions in the second quarter of 2015, making it the ninth consecutive quarter of more than 1 million customer gains.

It’s not the first time this type of deal has been attempted – AT&T earlier this...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Wireless.

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.