T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How open data initiatives are fuelling mobility as a service

With rising levels of automobile traffic congestion and its environmental impact, there are now more efforts focused on finding ways to make urban travel more efficient. A catalyst for this change has been the principle of Open Data, which is where cities release as much data as possible about local transport, allowing companies to tailor services that fill gaps in coverage.

From this initiative, the concept of mobility as a service (MaaS) has evolved. This is primarily conceived as a method of increasing...

By David H. Deans, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Telstra 5G sites will swell to around 200 by year’s end

Telstra has informed stockholders during a recent meeting that it plans on having around 200 5G sites live by year’s end.

Andy Penn, CEO of Telstra, said during the meeting:

“In April, we trialled Australia’s first 5G connected car. We are also already rolling out 5G technology on our network and have more than 200 5G sites planned to be live around Australia by the end of this calendar year.”

When the sites go live, there will still be no 5G-capable flagships available from...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Wind River and BT getting together for edge cloud computing for 5G

Industrial IoT solutions provider Wind River has joined forces with British multinational telecom firm BT to demonstrate edge cloud compute applications.

The announcement, made at the SDN NFV World Congress in the Netherlands, also showcases Wind River’s Titanium Cloud, its deployment-ready virtualisation software platform.

5G applications will need to locate compute power and...

By Telecoms, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, IoT.

US operators will meet White House officials to discuss 5G

Representatives from the four major operators in the US are set to meet White House officials to discuss 5G and its potential.

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have all confirmed their attendance. Verizon is understood to be attending but declined to comment.

None of the operators revealed who they will send to represent their companies, but high-level executives are expected.

The full agenda is unknown but Trump’s administration will be seeking to gain a better understanding of 5G’s benefits...

By Ryan Daws, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators.

Telstra partners with Ericsson to set record for NB-IoT range

Telstra and Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson have set a new record for NB-IoT range with nothing more than software upgrades.

Ericsson’s breakthrough extends the 3GPP standards-based limit from around 40km out to 100km and can be activated without changes to physical NB-IoT hardware.

Emilio Romeo, Ericsson’s MD of Australia and New Zealand, says:

“This game-changing capability builds on Ericsson’s long history of delivering extended range cellular solutions.

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks.

Why public utilities are investing in cybersecurity solutions

Upgrading electrical grids and water infrastructure around the world with new capabilities -- such as network communications, remote and automated management of elements in the field, and new utility management functionalities -- continues to gain momentum.

However, smart infrastructure demand means increased dependence on new technology and communications connectivity, which greatly introduces IT security risks.

Smart utility market development

The new infrastructure can expand the number of threat vectors,...

By David H. Deans, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

Vodafone is doubling the size of its European NB-IoT networks

Vodafone has announced it will be doubling the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT provides ‘industrial grade’ Low-Power Wide-Area connectivity for applications such as streetlights, connected healthcare monitors, and wearable devices.

Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is currently live in eight countries; the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Cell sites in European...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How telecom providers are adopting software-defined infrastructure

Within the telecom sector, the ongoing shift to software-defined infrastructure - where IT workloads run virtualised or containerised on industry-standard hardware and software platforms - is happening at an unprecedented pace.

This transformation is visible across the whole communications industry, where entire data centers are now being converted from vertically integrated systems to software-defined IT infrastructure.

Telecom IT infrastructure market development

According to the latest worldwide market...

By David H. Deans, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, Operators.

Sprint and Ericsson collaborate to build IoT-based network and OS

US operator Sprint, alongside Swedish networking giant Ericsson, have announced their global relationship to build a distributed and virtualised core network dedicated specifically to the Internet of Things (IoT), along with an IoT operating system (OS).

This new ecosystem, which is being planned for the future of IoT, has been designed to create an optimal flow of device data, allowing instant, actionable intelligence at the...

By Telecoms, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

West Midlands selected to host the UK’s first large-scale 5G testbed

The UK government has selected the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to rollout the country's first multi-city 5G testbed.

As part of its winning bid to become a multi-city 5G testbed, the WMCA will receive £50 million in total for its ambitions.

£25 million will be supplied from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while a further £25 million will come from partners trialling new 5G applications and services.

Digital Minister Margot James says:

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.

Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

How smart homes are enabling new models for healthcare services

Home-based healthcare options have exploded since the availability of internet access has become pervasive. Moreover, as healthcare shifts from reactive to proactive patient care, a huge market is ready for automation products that can help deliver health and wellness services through smart home solutions.

The ubiquity of broadband connectivity, development of smart sensors, and the decreasing costs of devices have already made it possible to offer aging-in-place, chronic disease management, and post-acute...

By David H. Deans, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Innovation, IoT.

Vodafone launches Ireland’s first dedicated IoT SIM cards

Vodafone has become the first operator in Ireland to offer dedicated IoT (Internet of Things) SIM cards under its ‘V-SIM’ initiative.

Any consumer IoT products sold by Vodafone will now ship as standard with a V-SIM by Vodafone card.

The operator’s counterpart app provides the user with an overview of all Vodafone IoT products registered under their account.

New devices can easily be registered by scanning a QR code with the app, offering a seamless and uncomplicated way for consumers to get...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Operators.

How applications for robotics technologies are gaining momentum

Manufacturers have traditionally been considered the primary drivers of new robot technology investment. Robots are now infiltrating other business sectors. The robotics industry gained new momentum in 2017 with total venture capital (VC) investment reaching $2.7 billion, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

"While the growth in investment from 2016 to 2017, at 23.2 percent, slowed from growth between 2015 and 2016, this was affected by applying a narrower understanding of robotics, leaving...

By David H. Deans, 09 August 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Apps, IoT, Machine Learning.

Deloitte: ‘Near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China on 5G

Analysts from Deloitte have determined it would be ‘near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China in 5G due to a significant investment gap.

Deloitte determined that China outspent the United States by $24 billion since 2015 and has over ten times more sites ready to support 5G. Furthermore, in the first three months of 2017 alone, China added more 5G sites than the US in the last three years.

"China and other countries may be creating a 5G tsunami, making it near impossible to catch...

Why IoT cybersecurity solutions revenue will reach $6 billion

The dramatic increase in internet-connected devices has created a significant attack surface for hackers and cybercriminals. Applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) are growing. As a result, the related challenges associated with IoT data security and privacy will increase with time.

Whether their motive is simply mischief, theft, or some other goal, the impact of IoT-related criminal activities can be far-reaching and very costly. Vendors of cybersecurity software and services will, therefore,...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Tencent joins LoRa Alliance, aims to accelerate LoRaWAN technology

Tencent has joined the LoRa Alliance as the latest and newest member of the fastest growing technology non-profit association of more than 500 member companies. The LoRa Alliance is committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN open standard.

Tencent has made significant investments in technology and applications for LoRaWAN and will support further development of the LoRaWAN ecosystem. The Chinese investor also...

By Telecoms, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Innovation, IoT.

Sensoneo is ready to use America’s first NB-IoT network for smart waste

Smart waste solutions provider Sensoneo has confirmed it’s ready to be among the first to use America’s first nationwide NB-IoT network.

Sensoneo has been testing its smart waste fill-level sensors in several locations across the USA in past weeks to ensure its devices are fully prepared for when T-Mobile’s nationwide NB-IoT network goes live.

Lubas Tuma, CEO of Sensoneo, comments:

“We are happy to see the launch of the narrowband IoT network by T-Mobile. It is a...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, N America, Networks, Smart Cities.