High-speed in-flight Wi-Fi reaches new heights thanks to Honeywell and Inmarsat

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British satellite telecommunications firm Inmarsat, and Honeywell Aerospace, have reached a new milestone in high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi during first phase tests of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services. 

In order to reach this important next step, the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Satellite, WiFi.

Ericsson paves the way for insane 5G speeds

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Researchers at Ericsson have been working on technologies to help shape 5G in the coming years, with perhaps one of the most exciting advancements being 'Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO' which the company demonstrated late last month. 

The technology allows devices to ping multiple towers and maintain more than one datastream at a time for enhanced speed...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Research.

Industrial Internet of Things will reach 43.5m devices

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As more machine-to-machine (M2M) applications are being created, Internet connectivity will become essential to numerous heavy industries around the globe. The installed base of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in industrial automation reached 10.3 million in 2014, according to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight.The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks is now forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach...

By David H. Deans, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, IoT, Research.

The rise of the semi-connected consumer

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The nearly ubiquitous Wi-Fi availability increase in the western world has had a huge impact on the success of OTT service providers, many of whom have been instrumental in shaping the digital needs and expectations of customers.  Wi-Fi calling and messaging services have now become a feasible alternative to the lengthy and often expensive data-heavy contracts that are available from traditional mobile operators. This has given rise to the ‘semi connected consumer’ -...

By Timo Ahomäki, 18 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, WiFi.

Ofcom plans to light-up BT's Dark Fibre network

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Back in 2012, Ofcom performed a review of business connectivity and decided against allowing rival ISPs to use its Dark Fibre network. The regulator has now performed a U-turn on its decision, and has proposed that other ISPs should be allowed to use the un-lit fibre optic infrastructure. 

Dark Fibre infrastructure provides spare capacity for future demand,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Netflix goes on the offensive against Australian ISPs

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Australian broadband providers have been criticised by some of Netflix's customers as providing "unusable" access - which has prompted the streaming giant to launch a local version of its ISP Speed Index. The index aims to inform users which providers offer the best access to their vast library of entertainment content. 

Netflix arrived in Australia just two...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadband, Connectivity, OTT Services.

Shareholders approve £12.5 billion union of BT / EE

As if there would be any doubt, BT's shareholders have agreed to the telecommunication giant's £12.5 billion deal to acquire EE from Deutsche Telekom. Of course this is by no means a confirmation the union will go ahead as it will first face an uphill battle against regulators to provide their blessing for the disruptive union. 

EE is currently the largest mobile operator in the UK, and the deal would allow BT to offer the first true quad-play packages of broadband, mobile, TV, and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Regulation.

Opinion: Why operators are looking at 450MHz for LTE

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The 450MHz spectrum is used around the world for CDMA technology, which is looking to be replaced now we're moving towards LTE. So what is the future of 450MHz, and how can it help the 115 operators in over 60 countries to meet demand whilst cutting cost?

It could be utilised for M2M connections to offload traffic

Due to 450MHz being a low frequency, it can travel much further than the higher bands. This...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural, Spectrum.

EE witnesses revenue drop as BT deal nears

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BT agreed to acquire the UK's biggest mobile network, EE, earlier this year in a deal worth £12.5 billion. The deal, if approved by regulatory bodies, will shake-up the UK telecommunications market and position BT to offer the first true quad-play packages.

We are delivering strong, consistent commercial performance

In the meantime, EE will continue to operate independently. Operating...

By Ryan Daws, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Three's 800MHz and VoLTE rollout increases coverage and call quality

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Hutchison-owned mobile operator, Three, has announced their rollout of low-frequency 800MHz spectrum and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) technology which will begin in September 2015. The announcements will benefit customers and MVNOs which use Three's network with increased rural coverage and higher-quality voice calls.

Three's current LTE network uses the 1800MHz frequency...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Alcatel-Lucent helps deliver speed and reliability across the connected home

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With the rise of the Internet of Things, the sheer amount of devices being connected around the home is putting significant demand on our local network. Not only this, but we expect each to work seamlessly without a drop in connection or speed to ensure we are able to have remote access wherever we are.

Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Access Business Line, said: “With...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Fiber Optic, Networks, WiFi.

Nokia confirms intention to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion

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Nokia might have sold its phone hardware business to Microsoft, but the company is still very much alive and well. The firm has doubled-down on its efforts in the telecoms equipment space and has announced its intention to acquire French equipment maker, Alcatel-Lucent, for 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion.)

For comparative purposes, Microsoft bought Nokia's phone arm for $7 billion. We're talking about...

By Ryan Daws, 15 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Customer trials of IPv6 begin in the UK

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A few years ago, some headlines would have made you think the end is nigh for the internet due to a lack of IPv4 addresses to identify each device and allow connection with online services. Luckily, most of the major ISPs held a large stockpile of unused addresses which meant we could all go back to ignoring the impending virtual doom.

Of course IPv4 has a successor, IPv6, of which...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Standards.

Chinese telcos switch gear to the connected car

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China's biggest telecoms operator, China Mobile, has announced that it will be preparing to focus on 4G services for the rise of connected cars. The comments are from Ren Dakai, Chief Director of Traffic Products at China Mobile, who said the firm is aiming to provide service for 500,000 IoV users this year.

The IoV is what we call "

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Networks.

How Uber uses Twilio to define the ‘digital layer’ and redefine telecoms

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If you’ve been on one of the main social networks in the past few days, there’s a fair chance you’ll have seen this quote knocking around, originally from a TechCrunch article. “[In 2015] Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate,” it...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption.

Antenna technologies are crucial to increasing LTE capacity

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Operators’ Capacity Challenge

Globally, operators are experiencing ever-growing demands for reliable communication, fast speed and stable cellular services from their users. The key to resolving this conundrum lies in increasing the network capacity.

Historically speaking, operators have been carving out additional capacity from three major resources: increasing spectral efficiency, expanding...

By Kevin Linehan, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Mesh networks attain humanity's desire for kinesis

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Mobility has been a part of humanity’s desires across cultures for millennia. The ability to chart one’s own destiny – unencumbered – is part of the canon of great ideas upon which democracy and freedom were established in the Western world.

Today, a new type of mobility has emerged with reckless abandon. It’s the type of mobility that – again – is changing the world as we know it.

Consider this:...

By Robert Schena, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

UK "Tech Hub" has less 4G coverage than rural US town

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A report from Expert Market highlights the slow rollout of 4G technology in the UK, and the lack of choice many consumers have when it comes to deciding on an operator. In fact, a small rural town in the US offers better coverage than Bristol which was dubbed a "Tech Hub" of the UK.

With a population of just...

By Ryan Daws, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, N America, Operators.