T-Mobile pledges to take on ‘the cableopoly’ in Sprint merger bid

T-Mobile has promised it will take on cable firms as part of its latest attempt to woo regulators into authorising the Sprint merger.

In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims the combined firms will be able to solve the lack of broadband connectivity in some rural areas:

“With the New T-Mobile and our unique 5G capabilities, we’ll be able to offer a fast and reliable alternative for in-home broadband –...

Opinion: Whisper it quietly, Trump is right to be talking about 6G

President Trump has been mocked for talking about 6G when 5G is just starting to roll out, but he’s right to be thinking about what’s next.

6G doesn’t exist in the slightest yet – you know that, and I know that. Who knows whether Trump is aware or not, but leaders are quite right to be giving it some consideration.

This is what he said during one of his infamous tweet tirades:

trump-6g He’s certainly...

Satellite: Bridging the digital divide between urban and rural communities

Opinion Despite significant investment over the years, there are still ‘black spots’ in connectivity – not only in rural areas, but even in the heart of London. With data-intensive applications an expected part of mobile life, these black spots can have significant implications.

For instance, a business looking to relocate within the UK will most likely make the level of connectivity...

By Evan Dixon, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Networks, Satellite, Wireless.

Consumers willing to pay premium for promise of 5G amid 4G frustrations

A recent survey shows that almost everybody is waiting for the arrival of 5G – with the possibility of paying a premium if it as expected allays connectivity concerns.

The study conducted by MATRIXX Software, which surveyed over 4,000 mobile users across the US and the UK, revealed that mobile users consider 5G as a means to solve their existing connectivity issues. Most of them are ready to spend on 5G mobile connection...

By Telecoms, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Research, Wireless.

Exploring wireless IoT applications within industrial automation

The technologies associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connectivity are enabling a new wave of wireless networking applications within the industrial automation sector.

According to the latest global market study by Berg Insight, annual shipments of wireless devices for industrial automation applications reached 4.6 million units worldwide in 2018, accounting for approximately 6 percent of all new connected nodes.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.3...

By David H. Deans, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Research, Wireless.

AT&T reveals its ‘three pillars’ of 5G for business

AT&T has revealed its 5G roadmap for business which involves three pillars that will bring experiences ‘into the future’.

Here are those pillars:

  • Mobile 5G

  • Fixed Wireless

  • Edge Computing

The operator notes how there are 15 million businesses in America seeking innovations which provide an edge. Up and coming technologies such as AR/VR and AI have the potential to deliver improved business outcomes with the connectivity to back it.

Mo Katibeh, CMO of AT&T Business, said:

“The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

WBA survey: Wi-Fi growth is unabated as Next Generation Hotspot boosts confidence in Wi-Fi 6

The growth of Wi-Fi continues to be strong as the volume of Wi-Fi devices and traffic keeps increasing, which has been created due to the adoption breakthrough in Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) Passpoint. Confidence around the commercial deployment and specification of next generation technology Wi-Fi 6 is also increasing.

Findings from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Annual Industry Report for 2019 demonstrate that the...

By Telecoms, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research, WiFi, Wireless.

How NFC is penetrating retail point-of-sale apps

While much of retailer digital transformation continues to drive online commerce applications, innovation is advancing the whole sector. Retail point of sale (POS) technologies is an example, as more CIOs and CTOs seek ways to improve in-store product or service payment transaction processing.

According to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight, the market for NFC-ready POS terminals continued to show strong momentum in 2017 with annual shipments reaching an estimated 24.7 million units...

By David H. Deans, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Wireless.

WiFi receives a security boost as WPA3 certification begins

WiFi devices have used the WPA2 protocol for over a decade, but that will start to change as the WiFi Alliance begins WPA3 certification.

WPA2 was launched in 2004 so, 14 years later, it’s ripe for replacement.

The latest protocol adds several new protections. One of the major improvements aims to prevent hackers cracking the password by repetitively making guesses.

So-called ‘dictionary attacks’ using infamous cracking apps such as Cain and Abel,

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Security, Standards, WiFi, Wireless.

Wireless Broadband Alliance outlines requirements for cross-network IoT device roaming

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has outlined requirements for cross-network IoT device roaming – while addressing the necessity to come up with a dynamic method for IoT devices to hunt for a computable network and automatically roam at scale without interruption.

The whitepaper from the alliance focuses on the general needs to allow IoT devices to establish connection with a non-home access network, fruitfully authenticate, enable accounting and facilitate subsequent billing, while considering the...

By Telecoms, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, IoT, Networks, Wireless.

Qualcomm and Facebook seek to deliver gigabit WiFi

Facebook has been talking about its gigabit WiFi project Terragraph since 2016, but we now have a partner and a date for trials.

Terragraph aims to be an alternative to fibre broadband using 60GHz millimetre-wave wireless. It will use 802.11ay technology, designed to be the successor to 802.11ad wireless.

Yael Maguire, VP of Connectivity at Facebook, says:

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

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.