Superfast broadband in the sky?

Accessing superfast broadband in the sky could soon become a reality for travellers after Ofcom appeared to give the green light to the initiative.

The broadcast regulator has set up a regulatory process on the matter and is considering whether or not to approve use of the new technology - called Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms. Not only could in flight connectivity be improved and speeds bolstered for plane passengers, but also for those travelling by boat and train.

Should the move get the go-ahead,...

By Rob Smith, 19 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Wireless.

Create your own Mexican-style cell service

What do you do if you live in a remote Mexican village completely ignored by any telecoms operator? Sit back and continue this Amish-style lifestyle? Of course not, you stand up and create your own cell service.

In the southern state of Oaxaca lies the indigenous village of Villa Talea de Castro. Housing the relatively small population of 2,500 - it’s simply not seen as a profitable area for providers such as tycoon Carlos Slim’s America Movil.

Rather than the village going without; they worked...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Infrastructure, VoiP, Wireless.

Facebook’s Internet.org promotes a truly WWW

Facebook has founded an initiative alongside major industry partners to help foster global internet adoption. Launching under the name of Internet.org, Zuckerberg and company hope to expand the World Wide Web to previously unreachable areas.

Other companies under the scheme include heavyweights; Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Samsung and Qualcomm.

Together, they hope to come up with initiatives to provide internet access to the two thirds of the world which is currently missing out on

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics, Wireless.

Canadian telecom firms aim their rifles at Verizon

Three of Canada’s biggest wireless companies will be using the revelations of Verizon’s alleged involvement in the NSA spying program – exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden – to help take down the company’s plans to set up in the country.

The attack comes after increasing fears by the “big three” - Rogers Communications, BCE Inc and Telus Corp.

As a result, the Canadian government has...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators, Wireless.

A journey on the evolution of the G [infographic]

If 4G is ‘super-fast’, the first generation wireless network seems like a crawl in comparison. It’s been a long journey, with the first 1G cellular network launched in Japan back in 1979.

But the rise since then has been nothing short of incredible. And it’s not going to stop any time soon. This year is predicted to see more than one Exabyte of data travelling across the global mobile network every month.

It’s no wonder there was so much excitement at this year’s Mobile World Congress...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infographic, LTE, Wireless.

Ofcom calls Brits to speak their mind about 5GHz WiFi (or forever hold your peace)

British airwaves regulator Ofcom is calling for citizen’s opinions about whether the 5GHz frequency should be freely available for public use, or otherwise auctioned off to a corporate giant.

Ofcom’s job is to ensure the efficient use of radio frequencies. As usage increases this role is becoming ever more important for preventing any interference - especially within shared spectrums.

The typical 2.4GHz - used by the majority of WiFi devices - is becoming overcrowded, with the resulting conflicts...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Licensing, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Vodafone UK puts its 4G LTE cards on the table

TelecomsTech has previously reported on Everything Everywhere (EE) and O2’s 4G pushes, and wonders what the view is like from Vodafone’s tower as the provider outlines its coverage plans

Vodafone is to launch its UK 4G service on 29 August in 12 cities, following an investment of £900m in its network.

29 August, of course, is when O2 is rolling out its LTE package, leaving only Three as non-4G ready by the end...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

 

The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

LoPo TV warning: White Space devices are coming

Special CDBS website unveiled as FCC tries to help rebroadcasting low power stations secure the protection to which they’re entitled.

If you’re the licensee of an LPTV or a TV Translator or a Class A TV station – collectively for our purposes here, “low power stations” – that rebroadcasts the over-the-air signal of another station, the FCC’s trying to help...

By Francisco Montero, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators, Wireless.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...

Research indicates lack of progression for women in wireless industry

The issue of the number of women in senior technology positions, in 2013, should theoretically be so far advanced that it shouldn’t be considered an issue.

Yet a “benchmark” study from the Women in Wireless (WiW) group in association with Telefonica has revealed that “organisational culture” is a key factor in the underrepresentation of women in senior business roles within the sector.

Two out of three respondents to the survey believed that the make-up of...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Research, Wireless.

How wireless technology enables the IoE ecosystem

Perhaps you have seen the research that Cisco IBSG has shared about the Internet of Everything phenomenon. Others are now participating in the global market assessment, with the intent to gain a better understanding of the applications and associated upside potential. The latest data from ABI Research on the Internet of Everything (IoE) shows that there are more than 10 billion wireless connected devices in the market today -- with over 30 billion devices...

By David H. Deans, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, M2M, Research, Wireless.

EE expects to hit 1m customers by end of 2013

After only five months, alongside extensive development and rapid deployment, the UK’s first 4G network Everything Everywhere (EE) has announced hitting 318,000 customers.

This is a remarkable achievement, especially considering many questioned their pricing strategy would push users away and slow adoption rate.

Yet EE believes the adoption will only grow, with a staggering one million expected by the end of 2013.

As a result of this...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones, Wireless.

Startling number of European businesses unsatisfied with network service quality

By Mervyn Kelly, Marketing Director EMEA at CienaA survey of over 400 senior IT decision makers amongst enterprises in Western Europe has revealed a startling lack of satisfaction with their connectivity services, as well as what I feel is an opportunity for service providers to directly address their enterprise customer pain points with tailored services.

The findings from this...

By Ciena, 11 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Networks, Wireless.

Is your ISP delivering the advertised speeds?

New FCC Data Names and Shames Under Performers Like AT&T

Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. The first report "named and shamed" several larger ISPs like Cablevision for offering horrible peak performance, offering...

By BroadbandNation, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America, Wireless.

How the big mobile broadband crisis was avoided

Infonetics Research released excerpts of the findings that resulted from its latest global market study, which analyzed wireless communications radio frequency spectrum allocation and needs in the world’s top economies. “Seven years ago the International Telecommunication Union predicted the world would need twice as much radio frequency spectrum as is allocated now, and that was even before the advent of the data-hungry Apple iPhone," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. But if the ITU forecast had held true, all mobile communications networks with significant broadband usage...

By David H. Deans, 05 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Wireless.

Wireless...is it no substitute for wireline?

....Smartphones are a supplement, not a replacement for fixed line.

As I've been noting more than a little bit, we're at an interesting precipice in the broadband sector where AT&T and Verizon are starting to give up on upgrading tens of millions of DSL customers, instead letting them simply flee to cable. That not only creates a much stronger cable monopoly in an already uncompetitive broadband market, but it raises rates for tens of millions of DSL customers, who suddenly face the high(er) prices and steep overages...

By BroadbandNation, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Wireless.

Why it's suddenly illegal to "unlock" your new cellphone

White House, FCC gang up on Librarian of Congress, seek reversal of recent rule.

If you buy something, it’s yours, to do with as you want. Right?

Don’t be silly.

We first encountered the concept of limited ownership with purchases that lacked any physical existence, like e-books and online music. If I buy an online movie from Amazon, I can watch it on my...

By Francisco Montero, 06 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Smartphones, Wireless.

Why marketing is still problematic for 4G operators

The development of personal broadband and mobile broadband applications are being enabled by the next generation wireless broadband technologies -- such as WiFi (802.11ac - 802.11ad), LTE and LTE-A (LTE Advanced). According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, 4G LTE revenues are set to grow rapidly, reaching more than $340 billion by 2017 globally, that's compared to just over $75 billion in 2013. This latest growth will represent approximately 31 percent of total service revenues from all mobile network services of...

By David H. Deans, 28 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Marketing, Operators, Wireless.