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.

Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Nokia and Ericsson have links to China's Communist Party

While some believe Huawei poses a national security threat, some of its rival companies’ links to the Chinese Communist Party are ignored.

As the debate over whether Huawei should be banned from Australia’s 5G network rollout continues, the company has reportedly asked senior government officials whether the same security concerns apply to its Scandinavian rivals Nokia and Ericsson.

Nokia and Ericsson have existing contracts with the Australian government and both are expected to participate in...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

How smart homes are enabling new models for healthcare services

Home-based healthcare options have exploded since the availability of internet access has become pervasive. Moreover, as healthcare shifts from reactive to proactive patient care, a huge market is ready for automation products that can help deliver health and wellness services through smart home solutions.

The ubiquity of broadband connectivity, development of smart sensors, and the decreasing costs of devices have already made it possible to offer aging-in-place, chronic disease management, and post-acute...

By David H. Deans, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Innovation, IoT.

Ericsson boosts its US investment to accelerate 5G deployments

Ericsson has pledged to boost its US investment to support the acceleration of 5G network deployments across the country.

Investments from Ericsson will all into two categories: 1) increase research and development work done close to customers in the US, and 2) increase flexibility to shorten the timeline for new product introduction and product delivery to customers.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says:

“The United States is our largest market, accounting for a...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Vodafone launches Ireland’s first dedicated IoT SIM cards

Vodafone has become the first operator in Ireland to offer dedicated IoT (Internet of Things) SIM cards under its ‘V-SIM’ initiative.

Any consumer IoT products sold by Vodafone will now ship as standard with a V-SIM by Vodafone card.

The operator’s counterpart app provides the user with an overview of all Vodafone IoT products registered under their account.

New devices can easily be registered by scanning a QR code with the app, offering a seamless and uncomplicated way for consumers to get...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Operators.

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...

Three picks Huawei over existing 4G partners for its 5G network

Hutchison-owned Three has decided against its existing 3G/4G network partners in favour of Huawei for its future 5G rollout.

Three uses equipment from Nokia for its 3G network, and Samsung for 4G. The operator decided to once again switch things up for its 5G rollout over the belief Huawei’s technology is far more attractive.

Many rival operators around the world often choose to stick with the one vendor to ease the upgrade process and keep costs down. Ericsson is one vendor which has gone on record to...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security.

China is going to set the pace for 5G network deployments

Many observers predicted China to be a leader in 5G, but an updated forecast shows an unprecedented deployment pace increase.

Analysts from Mobile Experts have released accurate 5G predictions over the past four years. Strong reports from China have caused the firm to dramatically revise their latest forecast.

The company predicts 5G will spread across most of the world at a steady pace over several years. China, however, will be a lot more aggressive.

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst for Mobile Experts,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure of 5G services may tempt customers...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Homeland Security says Russian hackers compromised US utilities

According to Homeland Security officials, state-sponsored Russian hackers compromised US utility networks in a campaign affecting ‘hundreds’ of victims.

The Wall Street Journal cites officials from the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) claiming that hackers reached the point they ‘could have thrown switches’ to cause significant disruption.

Officials linked the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

UK telecoms infrastructure review plots ‘world-class’ connectivity

The UK government has today released its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review in which it plots a course for what it calls ‘world-class’ connectivity.

Starting with broadband progress over the past few years, the report notes the government met its target in December last year to deliver superfast broadband (currently defined as over 24Mbps) to 95 percent of the UK.

In addition, the government has passed legislation to create a new ‘Universal Service Obligation’ giving every household and...

Huawei oversight board warns of ‘new risks’ to UK infrastructure

An oversight board set up in the UK to monitor the use of Huawei’s equipment in critical telecoms infrastructure has identified ‘new risks’ to security.

While countries like the US and Australia have taken hardline stances against the use of Chinese telecoms equipment from the likes of Huawei in critical infrastructure, the UK has been more accommodating.

Chinese telecoms equipment...

ZTE ban reversal in the U.S. causes stock to surge upwards

Investors are ready to bet on ZTE once again following a surge in the company’s shares after the reversal of its ban from the US market.

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE has faced a tough few months. The company was banned from the US market with the administration citing the company violated export restrictions to North Korea and Iran.

Following the ban, ZTE was forced to suspend its operations which the company estimates cost it $3 billion. The...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks.

eSIM perception over reality: Why we need to mind the gap

Anyone connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M communications industries will be acutely aware of the levels of ambition and investment being set for the Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card, more widely known as eUICC, or the eSIM.

A 2017 report from IHS Markit, for example, suggests that eSIM shipments will increase from 109 million in 2016, to 986 million by 2021. This growth will largely...

By Ian Marsden, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Networks.

UK makes bold promises to advance digital infrastructure

An assessment by the UK National Infrastructure Commission highlights areas where investment should be prioritised to prevent shortcomings.

“The whole purpose of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment is to think beyond the technologies of today and to ensure we can make the most of future innovations,” explains Sir John Armitt CBE.

“It’s why it’s not just a one-off but something we will be repeating every five years to ensure we remain on the front...

China Mobile, Huawei, and Intel complete 5G interoperability test

US chipmaker Intel has announced the completion of 5G interoperability testing with telco giant China Mobile and equipment maker Huawei.

The 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) was in compliance with the latest 3GPP Release-15 standard.

Asha Keddy, VP and GM of Next Generation and Standards at Intel, says:

"As we work to accelerate 5G commercialization after the finalization of the 3GPP 5G R15 standard, Intel has been actively partnering with leading companies in 5G NR...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

UK has fallen to 35th in global broadband speed rankings

The average broadband speed of UK citizens has slipped to 35th in global speed rankings, in a damning report amid the government's ongoing turmoil.

At a time when most Brits would like nothing more but to switch off the TV and binge on Netflix, a damning analysis has found the UK has slipped below the likes of Bulgaria and Madagascar in the global broadband speed rankings.

It's an untimely reminder of another failure of the Conservative government in the UK to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Vodafone is hot on Ooredoo's heels with plans for 5G services 

Vodafone is not far behind its rival Ooredoo in deploying 5G services in Qatar, with the expectation they’ll launch before the end of the year.

Last month, Telecoms reported Ooredoo launched its first 5G home broadband device following the Qatar-based operator’s launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network in May.

At the time, Waleed Al Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, Networks, UAE.