All aboard! The UK and South Korea partner on 5G public transport experience

The UK and South Korea have announced the winning project of funding to help deliver a new 5G public transport experience.

£2.4 million has been set aside to help support a groundbreaking new project for underground transportation. The UK and South Korean governments are each providing £1.2 million in funding.

Digital Minister Margot James announced the winner today as 5G RailNext.

5G RailNext aims to provide infotainment services across the Seoul Metro system. Technologies such as AR will...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Samsung and Vodafone unveil the first remote-controlled 5G car

Samsung and Vodafone will ‘make history’ this weekend by unveiling the world’s first remote-controlled 5G car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. will remotely drift the car around a track all while using virtual reality to see from the vehicle’s cockpit.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gittin Jr. said:

“Being a professional fun-haver, I’ve built my career on pushing the limits of car control. However, I have never...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Entertainment, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

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.

Stormzy is set to perform the UK’s first 5G-powered gig

UK grime artist Stormzy is set to perform the nation’s first 5G-powered concert on May 29th as part of EE’s network launch.

EE announced earlier this week that it will launch the UK’s first 5G network on May 30th. The operator said it would create unique experiences, including some provided by Niantic and Google, to show off 5G’s capabilities.

Stormzy is one of the UK’s current most prominent artists with...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

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,”...

SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet speeds and the nation regularly...

Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

Ofcom: Streaming app subscribers overtake broadcast TV

According to a report from UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, the number of streaming app subscribers has overtaken broadcast TV for the first time.

Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and NOW TV are becoming ever more attractive due to their growing libraries, exclusive content, on-demand access, and little-to-no adverts.

Indeed, the report notes access to original and exclusive content is the primary reason for signing up for on-demand services. An increasing number of respondents also claim they signed up as it...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Entertainment, OTT Services.

Why disruption of the video entertainment industry is unstoppable

Ongoing disruption of the video entertainment industry is most apparent in North America, where incumbent pay-TV service providers continue to report significant subscriber declines. Past attempts to slow or reverse the customer losses have proven to be unsuccessful. Clearly, it's a huge challenge.

Furthermore, relatively new rivals in the sector, such as AT&T and Verizon, have invested heavily to acquire legacy media and online advertising companies in the hope of finding a viable business model to...

By David H. Deans, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, Disruption, Entertainment, Smart TV.

ACSI: Streaming TV dominates telecoms industry satisfaction

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), consumers are far more satisfied with streaming TV over their other telecoms services.

ACSI argues video streaming often avoids the downsides of alternative telecoms services, including subscription TV.

Video Streaming

David VanAmburg, Managing Director at the ACSI, said:

“Streaming services don't have the hidden fees and six-month rates that subscription TV does, not to mention they're cheaper and simpler.

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, N America, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Technology, media and telecom 2018 M&A deal update: Value goes up but deals go down

As more companies use technology innovation to improve their scale, automation and robotics continue to generate interest among investors. Mapping and software development have significant potential, particularly as most business leaders seek to digitize their commercial operations.

This trend will continue for some time. Consulting on the various types of new technology tools will also likely be an area to follow in the near future, according to the latest worldwide market study by

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Content, Entertainment, OTT Services.

Technology, media and telecom trends for 2017: Deals and media outlook

Last year may be remembered for many years to come, for a variety of reasons, including significant market transactions. Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has released its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) roundup report of the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector for the whole year.

In 2017, global dealmaking in the TMT sector saw 3,389 deals worth a combined $498.2 billion. Although total deal value fell 26.3 percent compared to the $676.3 billion tallied...

By David H. Deans, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Content, Entertainment, Research.

Why virtual reality apps are gaining momentum in the B2B space

Expect to see more announcements about business video applications for new emerging technologies, throughout the remainder of 2017 and beyond. This growth will span across numerous industries.

Virtual reality (VR) is often viewed through the lens of consumer-driven gaming, but in a recent B2B technology survey of 455 U.S.-based companies across nine vertical markets, ABI Research finds that while only 4 percent of respondents have VR in operation, 85 percent are at least in the stages of early...

By David H. Deans, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Entertainment.

The technology, media and telecom 2017 M&A deal update

U.S. West Coast technology companies are expected to remain the driving targets for M&A transactions in the TMT sector. Bidders are likely to come from American firms across the country, plus from Europe, Asia, and Canada.

Though a return to huge mega-mergers are not anticipated this year, given the continued uncertainty in the political environment, software companies are still heavily sought-after assets, with deal volume expected to gain new momentum.

Moreover, growing concern about cyberattacks led to...

By David H. Deans, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Security.

Virgin Media embraces omnichannel with 4K-capable 'V6' set-top box

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Virgin Media has unveiled its answer to last year's Sky Q launch with the 'V6' set-top box, and it's still powered by TiVo's software. 

The V6, as you would expect, supports 4K out-the-box and will be further enhanced with HDR compatibility via a firmware update next year as more content becomes available. Its most important feature, however, is called Series Link+...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

BT to kick-off its 4G mobile service this week

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BT has a history in the mobile market since BT Cellnet - a company which launched the world's first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) back in June 2000. BT Cellnet was spun-out to become O2, which was subsequently sold to Telefónica in 2005 for £18 billion. With the rise of interest in "quad play" packages, BT has been looking to re-enter the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

"LTE broadcast will be better than television"

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Speaking at an event in London, execs from Swedish infrastructure provider Ericsson and the UK's biggest mobile operator, EE, provided their insights on market convergence of TV, broadband, and mobile players, and the opportunities this opens-up for LTE broadcast...

Thorsten Sauer, Ericsson's Head of Broadcast and Media Services, said the firm predicts 50% of all...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Content, Disruption, Entertainment, Infrastructure, LTE.

Freeview Play has YouView in its sights

Freeview Play is a new service from the popular digital TV service which looks set to take on YouView through offering a similar range of catch-up and on-demand service but for the lack of a price tag that its namesake suggests.

We want to keep television fair and open for everyone.

Launching later this year, the service will be available subscription-free on a range of TVs and set-top boxes. On-demand content will be available at launch including entertainment provided through BBC iPlayer, ITV...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Opera launches "all you can eat" app store

For operators, the added perks you can offer customers which helps to differentiate your package from the competition is one of the most important factors as network performance becomes negligibly different between providers. Opera Software has launched an operator-branded app store which promises "all you can eat" apps and games, and it could be worth adding to your arsenal. 

One of the biggest benefits of Opera's...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Developers, Entertainment, Smartphones.