Google stops waiting on lazy carriers, starts RCS rollout on Android

Google has stopped waiting for lazy carriers to support RCS (Rich Communication Services) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS standard promises an iMessage-like experience for all supporting devices, regardless of platform. That means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, rich media, location sharing, the works.

Industry body the GSM Association created a universal profile which sets out rules...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones, Standards.

Nokia, Ericsson, and SK Telecom collaborate on 6G research

Rival vendors Nokia and Ericsson are setting aside their differences and collaborating with SK Telecom on 6G research.

The rollout of 5G is just gaining traction but already some are looking at what shape the next generation might take.

"Collaboration between companies like this will be important as the technology and standard for 6G networks is yet to be clearly defined," SK Telecom said.

SK Telecom has established itself as one of the world’s most pioneering operators. While somewhat...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Standards, 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.

How financial services disruption continues to create opportunities for CIOs and CTOs

The term 'fintech’ has been applied to describe the transformation taking place in the financial services sector across the globe. Traditional forms of payment such as cheques have been displaced by debit and credit cards. In turn, contactless payment and digital wallets will likely replace the cards.

Moreover, new and evolving banking business models have resulted in both the legacy financial services industry and fintech startups investing in digital technologies. Initially, the focus was an...

By David H. Deans, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Innovation, Research, Startups.

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.

5G? That's old hat. Samsung begins 6G research

Samsung will be a small player in 5G networks, but it aims to change that with 6G as it begins research on the next generation.

The Korean behemoth will be hoping to get the jump in 6G over established heavyweights like Nokia and Ericsson.

Samsung's 6G research is based in the company's home country of Seoul at the Advanced Communications Research Center.

“The current team on telecommunications technology standards has been expanded to start leading research on the 6G network,” a Samsung...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Research, Standards, Wireless.

Project Limitless: Qualcomm and Lenovo debut the first 5G laptop

Qualcomm and Lenovo have reminded us the humble laptop will also be revolutionised by 5G as part of a new collaboration.

Much of the discussion around 5G is dominated by smartphones and the IoT – which is fair, but let’s not forget the possibilities of 5G-connected PCs.

Announced at Computex in Taipei, Qualcomm announced that it’s teaming up with Lenovo on the first 5G laptop which is currently being dubbed ‘Project Limitless’ (we have a feeling it...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks.

How agriculture’s digital transformation is being enabled by IoT apps

The global agricultural sector is currently evolving, as applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) technology disrupts more traditional methods of farming. With use cases that target several different segments of the market already available, new solutions are being created to evolve more segments.

The fact that there is no single, specific problem experienced by all farmers and ranchers has led to the development of a variety of different solutions, notably including water usage concerns from the...

By David H. Deans, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Rural.

Stormzy is set to perform the UK’s first 5G-powered gig

UK grime artist Stormzy is set to perform the nation’s first 5G-powered concert on May 29th as part of EE’s network launch.

EE announced earlier this week that it will launch the UK’s first 5G network on May 30th. The operator said it would create unique experiences, including some provided by Niantic and Google, to show off 5G’s capabilities.

Stormzy is one of the UK’s current most prominent artists with...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

EE 5G launches May 30th, plots Google and Niantic experiences

EE has announced the launch of its 5G network along with plans to develop ‘exciting new experiences’ with Google and Niantic.

The UK’s largest mobile operator will launch its 5G network on May 30th in six initial cities; London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Later this year, the BT-owned network plans to expand coverage to include Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, and Glasgow. A rapid expansion plan means over...

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...

How AI innovation is transforming supply chain planning

Business leaders that anticipate market demand opportunities or risks - and then respond quickly in a dynamic way -- will gain a significant competitive advantage. Today, agility is a key benefit of a modern supply chain.

Global revenue from demand planning applications will generate over $8 billion by 2025, as Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities offered by forward-thinking IT vendors and service providers continue to improve data-driven supply chain transformation.

Supply chain AI market...

By David H. Deans, 23 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research.

Amazon plans to launch a 3,236-strong constellation of satellites

Amazon has confirmed plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites for global internet connectivity.

GeekWire first discovered the plans known as ‘Project Kuiper’ which refers to the name of an icy asteroid belt situated between Neptune and Pluto. 3,236 satellites would be deployed across three altitudes of earth's orbit under Amazon's plans.

In an emailed statement, Amazon wrote:

“Project Kuiper is a...

Verizon is helping the NFL create 5G fan experiences

Verizon Communications is working alongside the National Football League to create 5G experiences for tech-savvy fans.

The US telecommunications giant will be the ‘official 5G innovation partner’ of the NFL as part of a two-year agreement.

In practice, what that means is new viewing experiences. Some of the plans include multi-angle camera positions and in-stadium feeds so those viewing at home can be closer to the action.

“If you deliver the right experience for our fans, the revenue will follow,”...

China Unicom demonstrates how 5G will make classrooms smarter

China Unicom has teamed up with game developer NetDragon WebSoft to demonstrate the possibilities enabled by a 5G-powered classroom.

The partners held a conference titled ‘5G + Smart Education Industry’ in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei Province in central China, to show off their innovations.

China Unicom demonstrated an open physics lecture which taught students across different regions simultaneously through employing holograms and 5G technology.

Mr. Liang Baojun, Deputy General Manager...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Innovation, IoT, Operators.

Opinion: Whisper it quietly, Trump is right to be talking about 6G

President Trump has been mocked for talking about 6G when 5G is just starting to roll out, but he’s right to be thinking about what’s next.

6G doesn’t exist in the slightest yet – you know that, and I know that. Who knows whether Trump is aware or not, but leaders are quite right to be giving it some consideration.

This is what he said during one of his infamous tweet tirades:

trump-6g He’s certainly...

Docomo builds 5G system to stream 8K stereoscopic VR

NTT Docomo has built a 5G-ready system which can stream 8K stereoscopic VR, opening a wide range of possibilities.

While most of us are just getting to grips with 4K, technology is already moving on. 8K is becoming the next big thing (quite literally, in the case of some displays!)

Docomo’s system can stream high-resolution panoramic VR content from any location over 5G.

The solution consists of an 8K 3D camera with 360-degree video recording abilities, a Yamaha-developed spherical 3D microphone with 64...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Innovation, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Verizon halved 5G latency using edge computing

US telecommunications giant Verizon has employed the use of edge computing in a successful bid to slash 5G latency in half.

5G is set to cut latency over its predecessors, meaning reduced time for information to make a roundtrip. This will open a range of possibilities for things such as video games, real-time VR, and even remote surgeries.

Verizon engineers installed Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) equipment and MEC platform software into a network facility closer to the network edge.

Reducing the distance...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

AT&T reveals its ‘three pillars’ of 5G for business

AT&T has revealed its 5G roadmap for business which involves three pillars that will bring experiences ‘into the future’.

Here are those pillars:

  • Mobile 5G

  • Fixed Wireless

  • Edge Computing

The operator notes how there are 15 million businesses in America seeking innovations which provide an edge. Up and coming technologies such as AR/VR and AI have the potential to deliver improved business outcomes with the connectivity to back it.

Mo Katibeh, CMO of AT&T Business, said:

“The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

How GPS and the Internet of Things are enabling new tracking apps

The emerging new applications of the global positioning system (GPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are only limited by a savvy vendor's imagination. Exploring the full potential of these enabling technologies is resulting in significant new upside revenue opportunities.

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the market for consumer GPS pet trackers and services in Europe and North America is forecast to grow from € 60 million in 2017 to reach about € 340 million in 2022.

GPS tracking...

By David H. Deans, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, OTT Services.