Softbank aims for drone-delivered internet and IoT connectivity by 2023

Japanese telecoms giant Softbank aims to use drones for delivering internet and IoT connectivity by 2023.

Softbank is teaming up with US drone builder AeroVironment for the project. The pair’s first drone, the HAWK30, is powered by solar energy.

Using the stored power, 10 electric motors will enable the HAWK30 to fly 12 miles (65,000 feet) above sea level – around twice as high as commercial aircraft.

The high altitude helps to provide a steady current for the drone’s operations while also...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural, Smart Cities, Wireless.

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.

SK Telecom is developing 5G solutions for smart power plants

SK Telecom has announced it’s collaborating with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power to develop 5G solutions for smart energy plants. Both companies are South Korea’s largest in their respective fields.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power will initially adopt SK Telecom’s Digital Twin technology. Digital Twin virtualises assets into software and provides simulations to get accurate information about the current state of assets, productivity, behaviour scenarios.etc

Jae Hoon-Chung, President of Korea...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

AT&T and Uber will partner up on flying 5G taxis

AT&T and Uber have established a partnership aiming to solve congestion in major cities using 5G-powered flying taxis.

Uber has been working on electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) for some time as part of its UberAir initiative. The ride-hailing giant’s partnership with AT&T will ensure the future taxis have access to a reliable 5G network.

The commercial launch for UberAir is being planned for 2023. Initial launch cities will include Los Angeles and Dallas Fort Worth in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Nokia CEO: We’re winning two-thirds of 5G contracts against Ericsson

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri claims the company is winning two-thirds of contracts against rival Ericsson despite equipment delays.

Suri is confident in Nokia’s positioning and said the vendor is winning contracts “quite handsomely” in 5G networks.

Earlier this month, Nokia director Federico Guillen said interest has grown from operators in countries debating the use of Chinese equipment following US-led security concerns. With...

Ericsson CEO: Europe needs to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a 5G lead

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm spoke at the Viva Technology conference of the need for Europe to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a lead in 5G.

Ekholm first addressed the myth that Ericsson is behind in 5G technology and rollout. He notes Ericsson’s technology is already live with multiple operators in the US and Korea, and with Swisscom in Europe.

“It’s impossible to be behind in 5G when there is no-one in front of us,” boasts Ekholm.

Ekholm claims the delay in Europe is...

Nokia report warns 5G will make IoT botnets worse

Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report warns the arrival of 5G will build even further on this year’s record number of IoT botnet attacks.

IoT botnets represented 78 percent of malware detection events in communication service provider networks in 2018, more than double the 2016 rate.

5G is expected to increase the pace of IoT deployments; providing a greater number of compromisable devices.

Kevin McNamee, Director of Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab, said:

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Research, Security, Smart Cities.

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.

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.

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.

How progressive local governments are investing in smart cities

Smart city initiatives are one of the most important developments worldwide in public sector digital transformation. Given the crucial role that cities will play in both overall digitization efforts and the development of national economies, the largest or fastest-growing use cases have the attention of municipal leaders across the globe.

Smart city initiatives will attract technology investments of more than $81 billion globally in 2018, and spending is forecast to reach $158 billion in 2022, according to...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, N America, Smart Cities.

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...

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.

Firefly LiFi uses LED technology for affordable 5G wireless bridge to smart city networks

LiFi solutions manufacturer Firefly LiFi is utilising LED technology to introduce low cost 5G wireless bridges to smart city networks offering the best security and high data capacity for indoor and Wireless To The Home (WTTH) outdoor backhaul applications.

Firefly LiFi, which is already shipping light fidelity products for indoor applications, for the first time is formulating this new wireless bridge solution for longer range outdoor as well as indoor point-to-point applications. Firefly LiFi has designed...

By Telecoms, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

How smart city investments will reach $135 billion in 2021

Around the globe, metropolitan and suburban municipalities continue to explore digital transformation projects. Emerging technology spending for smart city applications is forecast to reach $80 billion in 2018, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC has provided a detailed look at the technology investments associated with a range of smart city priorities and use cases. As these initiatives gain traction, IDC expects spending to accelerate over the...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Nokia launches three smart city services to help operators meet digital city needs

In a bid to resolve challenges associated with urbanisation and help operators address digital city needs, Nokia has launched three smart city services - IoT for Smart Cities, Sensing as a Service and Secure Mobile Virtual Network Operator (S-MVNO) for Public Safety service.

Powered by cross-application data sharing, and analytics and automation, the first service, IoT for Smart Cities, is a fully integrated, modular and scalable framework to deliver and control smart city services including video...

By Telecoms, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

Nokia and EDF power forward with IoT tests

Nokia has announced a partnership with energy company EDF to test the performance of LPWA technology for IoT use in industrial settings.

EDF’s R&D team in France will make use of ‘TestHub Services’ in Nokia’s device testing lab. The lab claims to offer carrier-grade wireless infrastructure for testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules, and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies.

Stéphane...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research, Smart Cities.

Opinion: Major strides will be made towards our digital future in 2018

This year holds huge promise for the telecommunications industry as a range of disruptive technologies and efficiency-realising trends gain traction, laying the foundations for a more agile, better connected digital future.

Many of them will be the external drivers that spark fundamental change across the networking environment in the immediate future and beyond, transforming consumer and business communication for good.

By Tom Sime, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Smart Cities.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

Small Cell Forum aims to enhance smart communities and smart buildings with new partnership

A far-reaching collaboration has been formed between the Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) wherein the alliance will address issues with smart communities and smart buildings.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work on technical, commercial, and regulatory solutions. All their existing work and skillset will be put together to develop solutions that simplify and expedite deployment of dense networks and in-building...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Small Cells, Smart Cities.