Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Futurist predicts WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025

A futurist has gone on record alongside the CEO of Purple to make the bold prediction that WiFi will kill mobile networks by 2025.

Digital Futurist Mike Ryan and Purple CEO Gavin Wheeldon believe that mobile networks will fail to hold up under increasing data consumption driven by 5G and unlimited plans.

"Mobile networks rely on being able to offload data onto WiFi," says Wheeldon,...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi, Wireless.

NBN CEO: ISPs are to blame for dissatisfaction

Bill Morrow, CEO of Australia’s NBN, has placed the blame on ISPs for customer dissatisfaction.

The NBN (National Broadband Network) was designed to improve the nation’s connectivity and ensure Australia has the required infrastructure for businesses and consumers to embrace the digital future. Over half the country is now able to connect to the NBN, and it has over 2.2 million paying customers, but not everyone is happy.

ISPs are ‘cutting corners’ by not buying enough...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

O2 chief describes UK market as 'like Venezuela' ahead of expected Three merger rejection

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The ongoing saga over Three UK's bid to merge its operations with O2 should reach a conclusion next week, following an expected rejection from the European Commission. O2's chief executive, Ronan Dunne, has given strong criticism about UK regulators and compared the market as 'like Venezuela' when it comes to spectrum ownership. 

Dunne's comments...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Operators, Regulation.

Emergency services benefit from world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service

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A world-first integrated mobile satellite and cellular service, formed through a partnership between Globalstar Europe and Manx Telecom, has been unveiled and will go in testing initially with emergency services to keep them connected no matter where they are or the current network conditions. 

The new system...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Public Services, Rural, Satellite.

Korea Telecom and NEC trial 5G backhaul ahead of 2018 Winter Games

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In two years’ time, Pyeongchang in South Korea will be hosting events as part of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Ahead of the event, Korea Telecom and NEC have been trialling 5G backhaul services to launch alongside it for attendees and participants.

The trial was conducted in the E-band spectrum on the 70-80GHz frequency, and utilised NEC’s iPASOLINK EX solution...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation.

Report predicts 100 million gigabit broadband subscribers by 2020 – fuelled by G.fast technology

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A report published by leading broadband analyst firm Point Topic suggests the number of gigabit subscribers could reach 100 million by 2020, with most of the growth coming from the APAC region. 

G.fast technology is expected to drive this rapid growth – which although can only currently deliver gigabit speeds over a short distance – it can already secure speeds to...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Verizon prepares for Super Bowl 50 with $70m network upgrade

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Around 80 – 100k people attend Super Bowl each year, but the proliferation of mobile phone use during the event for socialising, travelling, and "second screen" experiences has put a capacity strain on networks. 

To help ensure its customers don't suffer during the upcoming Super Bowl 50, Verizon has announced that it has invested $70 million in upgrading its...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Small Cells.

Swisscom brings fixed-line and mobile closer together

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As part of a significant investment to expand its advanced broadband network, Swisscom has announced it will bring fixed line and mobile networks closer together using DSL + LTE bonding technology. 

The initial trial, scheduled to begin this month, will target a small number of residential customers and deliver bandwidth of up to 20Mbps during the first phase. Higher broadband speeds are...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Networks.

Mobile data services under-perform in the eyes of UK smartphone users

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As our lifestyles become reliant on access to a reliable data connection, mobile networks are expected to maintain a consistent level of high performance. In a survey conducted by Vasona Networks, the majority of UK consumers have indicated their dissatisfaction with current mobile internet performance. 

Over two-thirds of the respondents (67%) said they expect “good...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Streaming video now creates 70 percent of web traffic – other interesting facts revealed

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Back in May, we reported Netflix customers in Australia were having their access throttled by ISPs due to how much strain video streaming was putting on the country's infrastructure. At the time we reported that Netflix accounted for 20 – 25 percent of web traffic after just two months of its launch...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Ericsson makes widespread IoT adoption possible

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Gartner predicts 4.9 billion connected devices will be in-use by the end of this year, a number which is set to grow to over 25 billion by 2020. Existing networks are struggling to cope with the demand placed on them by the IoT – and whilst the development of new technologies has picked-up to solve this dilemma – until then software needs to step-in and optimise...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, IoT, M2M, Networks.

Huawei shuttles 1Tbps in new backbone trial

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In a joint effort with Proximus, Huawei has successfully completed a joint trial which has resulted in speeds of up to 1Tbps being transferred over an optical signal. Such incredible transmission speeds would allow for approximately 33 high-definition films in a second. 

The innovative Chinese network vendor first partnered with Proximus in January and marks the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks.