India signs three MOUs with UK institutions to maximise 5G benefits

India has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with leading UK academic institutions to hasten 5G deployment and maximise its benefits.

The UK institutions which signed the MOUs are King’s College, University of Surrey, and the University of Bristol. Academics will share their expertise and research with the Indian government-owned body C-DOT, the nation’s telecoms technology development centre.

India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, said to reporters:

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

Report: UK’s 5G landscape is ‘active and growing rapidly’

Digital Catapult has released some interesting results from what its researchers are calling the UK’s first ever 5G landscape report.

5G is predicted to enable US$12.3 trillion (€10.47 trillion) of global economic output by 2035. According to Digital Catapult’s research, the UK is setting itself up well to capitalise on its potential.

Part of its strength comes from the range of relevant and skilled 5G actors in the UK. This includes private and public sector organisations, academics and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Ooredoo aims to launch world's first 5G home broadband

Following its launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network last month, Ooredoo is debuting a home broadband device.

Qatar-based Ooredoo claims its home broadband device will offer speeds up to 2 Gbps. That represents over 20 times the speed of the company’s fibre broadband.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device.

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

How telecom service providers are embracing IT transformation

Savvy communication service provider CIOs and CTOs have abandoned the past - where they would align their new technology infrastructure investments with traditional IT and networking equipment vendors. In hindsight, the status-quo disruption was somewhat inevitable.

Today, 77 percent of all telecom service providers will now require some level of digital transformation over the next three years, to meet the changing market needs in their franchise area and to remain competitive, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Innovation.

Why fintech innovators are disrupting B2B money transfer

The money transfer segment of the commercial financial services sector is vast, with transactions taking place on both a domestic and international cross-border basis. A recent Juniper Research market study found that global cross-border B2B money transfers totalled $136 trillion in 2017.

Yet, to date, the B2B money transfer industry has not experienced the start-up innovation and disruption like other areas in the finance and commerce space. That being said, we can anticipate that 2018 will be pivotal, as...

By David H. Deans, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation, Networks.

How augmented reality is coming to fruition in the automotive industry

Many CIOs and CTOs are pursuing a competitive advantage that's enabled by emerging technologies. As an example, early-adopters in the automobile industry are exploring use cases with augmented reality (AR), because it offers benefits to the whole value chain -- from product design through production and sales.

As a result, smart glasses shipment for global automotive industry use will reach 1.7 million units in 2022. The total automotive AR market is expected to grow at CAGR of 177 percent during the...

By David H. Deans, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT.

#HAS2018: Huawei CEO tempers 5G expectations

One of Huawei’s rotating CEOs has gone on record to downplay consumer expectations of 5G compared to previous generations

Eric Xu was speaking during the Huawei Analyst Summit (#HAS2018) in Shenzhen when he warned that consumers are unlikely to see a ‘fundamental difference’ between 5G and 4G. For operators planning to charge extra for 5G services, it could be a tough sell to potential customers without many tangible improvements.

Speed is one area where specific...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

How Asian telcos are leading global innovation investment

While most telecom service providers across the globe continue to invest in software-defined networking and open source software, a few are now investing in the new wave of technologies. In particular, technology leadership is a key component in China's strategic plan to stimulate new economic growth.

In its latest benchmarking study to identify the leaders and laggards in telecom service provider innovation, ABI Research has concluded that Asian telcos are the recognized technology trailblazers, followed...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Innovation, Operators.

GSMA: The U.S will ‘pioneer’ 5G with 190m connections by 2025

The GSMA has identified several key reasons why it believes the United States market will be the pioneer of 5G over the coming years.

In a new report, the GSMA estimates the U.S. will have 100 million 5G connections by 2023 and 190 million by 2025. Over the entire period, it believes the market will continuously lead the world in the percentage of 5G connections.

Among the main reasons for this...

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

Canada: ENCQOR partnership will advance the development of 5G technologies

The government of Canada, along with the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, have announced the formation of a partnership with global technology heavyweights designed to advance the development of 5G technologies.

Canada is hoping the $400 million project will help to ensure the nation’s infrastructure keeps pace with advancements.

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, says:

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

Deutsche Telekom announces IoT partnership with SAP for real-time logistics

German telecommunications behemoth Deutsche Telekom and enterprise application software provider SAP have announced that they are expanding their partnership to include Internet of Things (IoT) products for real-time logistics.

Anette Bronder, director of Telekom Security and T-Systems' Digital Division, said: "In the complexity of the digital age, customers increasingly seek for comprehensive support to address their business needs — at the device, connectivity, platform and software level. To...

By Telecoms, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, IPTV, Operators.

Editorial: Delivering on 5G’s promises

The industry has made bold promises about 5G and some have begun to question if they can be delivered.

Chris Nicoll, Principal Analyst at ACG Research, also pitched this question during a session at MWC in Barcelona which featured speakers from Nokia, Samsung, Evolved Intelligence, and the 5GIC.

Nicoll has written plenty on the promises of 5G in the past, and describes himself as ‘not a sceptic, but a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Standards.

Innovation on call? Why it's time for telcos to differentiate

With a fast-developing tech revolution forcing major changes on the telco industry, it’s a focus on customer experience that will determine whether or not the big incumbents can stay relevant.

A digital mindset runs deep in the telco industry, who have been at the forefront – or even the conduit for – many of the digital services that have reshaped our world. Ironically, many of these have in turn threatened or cannibalised incumbent telco revenue streams. ‘Over-the-top’ (OTT)...

By Justin Small, 01 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Innovation, Operators, OTT Services.

Qualcomm, KT, and Samsung play nice together in 5G NR interoperability demo

Three mobile industry leaders have announced the successful test of 5G interoperability based on the recent 3GPP Release-15 global standard.

Data connections used for testing operated in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands using pre-commercial 5G NR base stations from Samsung, and 5G NR UE prototypes from Qualcomm.

“As the industry works toward the goal of commercial launches of 5G NR products and networks in 2019, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders on testing and successful trials are...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

Why investment in blockchain applications will triple - according to IDC

Distributed ledger technologies, or blockchain, is gaining momentum across the globe. What's the appeal to apply the new eCommerce related benefits? There's no proprietary owner or administrator. As a result, interest in open blockchain technologies -- such as Hyperledger -- are attracting many new ecosystem participants.

According to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), Western Europe will be the second largest region at a worldwide level, starting from around $200...

By David H. Deans, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

The case for defining a new approach to innovation for communication service providers

As is the case in most technology businesses, communication service providers (CSPs) have traditionally relied on research and development (R&D) models to drive innovation. Such models often focus on developing technology to solve or improve small aspects of an established business or customer challenge. Housed within a standalone building (or ‘Lab’), R&D must solve a problem or create a new piece of technology, the benefits of which can be easily predicted, to a cost which can easily be...

By Gabriele Di Piazza, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Innovation, Operators.

Why 5G does not mean the end of the hardwired router…for now

You may have noticed there has been lot of talk about 5G – but what is it and what can it do? It may seem like a woolly concept, but the truth is that its rollout could offer a myriad of benefits to both business and home users, changing the way we interact with our devices.

Currently no standards have been defined around 5G and therefore the technology remains somewhat fluid. The term itself has no anchor to any specific wireless technology, portion of broadband spectrum or network platforms. It does...

By Alan Patterson, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Innovation, IoT, Networks.

Five mandatory technologies that every telecoms company needs to grow

Today, telecommunications companies are forced to reckon with the changes that have taken place in the market: the emergence of new competitors; competition with wireless networks; VoIP; cable companies; IPTV; the influence of the Internet and OTT, and so forth. In response, network operators accelerated the transition to digital formats based on IP technologies, low latency, better standardisation and now even on virtualisation of network functions (NFV). So it’s...

By Suren Arustamyan, 11 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Innovation, IoT, Operators.