#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, 0 comments. 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.

How US utility companies are exploring new digital apps

Digital transformation has begun to impact the industrial sector where maintaining security is a high priority. According to the findings from a recent survey of U.S. based utility companies, 40 percent of respondents believe that data security is the leading barrier to the adoption of new digital technologies.

However, it's clearly a barrier that can be overcome, with 64 percent of large utility organizations expressing a willingness to adopt innovative technologies - such as Internet of Things (IoT),...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Why cryptocurrency daily trading is now exceeding $2 billion

Much of the initial interest in cryptocurrencies centered around their potential as alternatives to fiat currencies. Increasingly, however, attention has shifted to the potential of the technology that underpins them: blockchain.

A clear indication of blockchain’s increasing maturity is the extent to which an industry that was once the preserve of fintech start-ups is now being driven by leading IT platform providers -- many of whom are developing their own offerings.

Blockchain market development

A...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

Samsung and Arqiva launch Europe’s first 5G FWA trial in central London

Following a statement of intent back in February, Samsung and Arqiva have kicked off the first European trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in central London.

The partners chose the UK for its low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. With 5G FWA being pitched as offering an alternative to fibre broadband, the UK offers a great opportunity for Samsung and Arqiva to demonstrate its possibilities.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Virtual treasure hunt launched to help develop 5G technology

A mobile game has been released which has teams competing in a virtual treasure hunt to help develop 5G technology.

The game is part of Bristol is Open, a smart city project ran by the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, and will test new IP networking technology with the aim of improving end-user experiences by lowering the latency in use cases such as the virtual treasure hunt.

Players will group up in teams of three to six players and navigate around the city using...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Digital Evolution Index: The UK is among the handful of ‘digital elite’ countries – and leader of Europe

In the latest Digital Evolution Index, the UK has emerged as one of a handful of countries deemed a ‘digital elite’ due to being “highly digitally evolved and advancing quickly."

The major study conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Mastercard examined 60 countries to gauge their existing digital evolution and the pace of innovation from within them.

“Adoption, the quality of digital...

Arqiva acquires 28GHz spectrum license ahead of 5G FWA trial

Communications infrastructure provider Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum license ahead of the UK’s first 5G FWA field trial.

Global trials in countries leading 5G research including the USA, Japan, and South Korea have been utilising the 28GHz spectrum band for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The acquired Region A licence for 2x 112MHz covers Central and Greater London and bolsters Arqiva’s existing nationwide spectrum band ownership.

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Spectrum, Standards.

EE’s inflatable masts are powered by ‘pre-5G’ backhaul

We’ve already reported on EE’s plans to use inflatable masts for providing mobile coverage during events, blackouts, and emergencies, but now we have more details about what technology powers it.

EE’s helium balloon, the Helikite, packs miniature antennas which link to a ‘network in a box’ on the ground via 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Similar...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Innovation, Mobile, Rural.