GSMA publishes IoT security guidelines – aims to boost growth

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The GSMA, an official body which represents telecom companies, has published guidelines today which aim to ensure the secure deployment of IoT services and devices. Developed in consultation with the mobile industry, ‘The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines’ will help to boost growth of this exciting sector. 

“As billions of devices become connected in the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M, Networks, Operators, Security.

Nokia improves network security with NetGuard

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Nokia has launched a network-wide tool called NetGuard this morning, providing operators with an easy-to-use platform to monitor and control all the multi-vendor security systems deployed across its telecommunications network.

Since moving away from their handset business – after selling the division to Microsoft in 2013 – Nokia has focused on its network...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT, M2M, Networks, Security.

Opinion: How a device "Bill of Rights" can make the IoT even better

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The Internet of Things is generating a lot of buzz these days. Now, more devices are connected to the Internet than there are people on this planet, and an estimated 50 billion Internet-connected devices will exist by 2020.

Though this rapidly growing popularity is exciting, most of the conversation surrounding IoT...

By John Horn, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Opinion: 4G to 5G - 2015 to 2016

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Looking back on LTE deployment has shown us that 2015 was a slow year for most of the deployment teams. However, it was not dead. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US continued to build out their networks and gave steady work to the teams. The LTE rollouts among the larger carriers are nearly complete, but this doesn’t mean that 3G will be going away soon because there are so...

By Wade Sarver, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, LTE, M2M, Standards.

Opinion: Are you ready for the shift to LTE?

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For several years now, the Internet of Things world has known that AT&T would eclipse its second-generation networks at the end of 2016. Until now, however, it seemed like a far-off date. But Long Term Evolution is overhauling the industry in only a matter of months.

Some companies are already ahead of the curve. Leading automakers are already using LTE technology to turn their...

By Alex Brisbourne, 12 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, IoT, LTE.

The ‘softwarisation’ of telecoms and the democratisation of data: Outlook for 2016

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As the first working week of 2016 draws to a close, and everybody is just about getting their feet under the table for a new year, here is an expert look at what this year will bring in the telecoms space. Which ones do you agree with, and which ones do you think are wide of the mark?

“There will be merging between wholesale telecoms providers and data centre hosting” – Antonio Manzalini, senior manager innovation, Telecom Italia, chair, IEEE Software Defined Networks...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Evolution of mobile networks for the Internet of Things

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The emergence of IoT will bring radical innovations and entirely new ways of delivering services across businesses and industries. Over the past few years, an exponential growth in smartphones led by ubiquitous mobile broadband coverage transformed telecom networks to being data centric networks. The evolution to the IoT will see mobility, broadband, and cloud as disruptive...

By Hammad Tariq, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

2016’s key industry trends: IoT hype and big data disillusionment

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The past year has seen an increasing need for operators to adopt new methods, learn from their customers in the market, and provide an excellent customer experience globally.  With demand from operators to provide customer-centric care continuing to rise, 2016 will see communications service providers (CSPs) face several fresh challenges.

Here is how CSPs can seek to remain competitive and profitable in the midst of new technological and commercial developments:

Big data...

By Timo Ahomäki, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, IoT, Operators.

How are startups innovating cities?

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Barcelona—a smart city – is an interconnected ecosystem with many parts, and therefore it can be natural to try to house all of these moving parts in one place, via traditional top-down government plans. But governments aren’t necessarily known for their cultures of innovation; infact the stiltedness of governments combined with budget constraints are reasons it’s taking much longer than planned for us to see truly smart cities come to fruition.

The solution?...

By Telefónica, 01 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

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.

5G uptake predicted faster than 4G – subscriptions to hit 150m by 2021

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According to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report, 5G is set to be in huge demand with 150 million subscribers expected to adopt it by 2021 - a year after the technology is due to hit the market. Such a large uptake over a short period would mean 5G is adopted much faster than 4G has. 

The markets which Ericsson predicts will lead 5G uptake is...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Europe, Industry, IoT, Research.

EE plans on growth from IoT-based innovation

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With over half a million business and public sector organisation accounts, EE is looking towards future growth potential and has released some insightful research in conjunction with the Centre for Economic & Business Research (CEBR) and YouGov into 4G adoption and the impact of the IoT on the UK economy.

The Internet of Things...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Operators, Research.

Opinion: The RF Path to 5G

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The rise of smart devices is largely what drove the wireless operators’ rapid implementation of 4G LTE networks in many regions. Dealing with the demand for data has been central to mobile operators’ strategies over the last number of years, they have worked not only to provide data-hungry subscribers with the bandwidth they need, but also to guard the profit margins...

By Navin Vohra, 09 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT.

How can the IoT move to a subscription-only model?

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Back in September I explored the possibilities of subscription-based business models in the CSP environment and hinted at some very large future opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. So let’s look at that side of things a bit more closely to understand what I’m talking about.

Firstly, let’s try and understand what the IoT actually is. Definitions...

By Timo Ahomäki, 08 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Operators.

102 million connected things illustrates rapid growth of Internet of Things in Nordics

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The Nordic region is in pole position to capture IoT opportunities, driving business innovation and improving quality of life across the region.

A report by TeliaSonera and Arthur D. Little in March 2015 expects there will be close to four connected devices per person in the Nordics by 2018, totaling 102 million connected things. Advancements in connected cars, smart homes and digital health are expected to help drive market growth for IoT solutions by 23% annually until 2018, reaching a...

By Hans Dahlberg, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, M2M.

M2M retail sector analysed in latest industry research

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A report from Research and Markets has assessed the retail sector for machine to machine (M2M) communications and argues the market for wirelessly connected point of sale (POS) and multi-space parking meters are among the most advanced aspects in the space.

According to Berg Insight, the number of cellular M2M connections in the retail industry will rise to 44.3 million by 2019, up from 23.1 million in 2014 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9%.

Wireless M2M communication...

By Telecoms, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

Research: Consumers are getting happier with smart home technology, but overall demand is dropping

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There are a vast amount of impressive smart devices available on the market, but the lack of a winning standard has caused most of them to function as separate entities rather than working harmoniously. Speaking from personal experience, this has been what has affected my own demand for smart home devices. 

A new report from Argus Insights appears...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, IoT.

Orange to install Low Power Wide Area network for IoT in France

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Orange is the latest telco to target the Internet of Things (IoT) after announcing plans to install a new Low Power Wide Area network, running on long range technology, across metropolitan France.

Orange is looking to bring in 600 million euros  in revenue by 2018 from the Internet of Things (IoT) in line with its Essentials 2020 strategy. The development will foster connectivity among sensors in smart cities and will be initiated in the first quarter of 2016 progressively...

By Telecoms, 21 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Altair to collaborate with Verizon on LTE-based IoT products

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LTE chipset provider Altair Semiconductor is collaborating with Verizon Wireless on the commercialisation of LTE-based Internet of Things (IoT) products, with Altair preparing to roll out Cat-1/0 commercial products soon.

Smart meters, car telematics, security systems and smart home devices among other gadgets can make use of the Altair FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset.

Altair will showcase the provision of an LTE connection with a battery life that lasts for a decade by putting on display...

By Telecoms, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE.