Budget 2018: UK chancellor pledges £250m to boost rural broadband

In his latest budget, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £250m will be used to provide rural areas with superfast broadband.

Poor rural connectivity has held back certain areas from the rest of the nation.

The funding boost will target rural schools and libraries to ensure they have access to ‘full fibre’ connectivity.

DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright said:

"Through our modern Industrial Strategy, it’s our ambition to have a full fibre Britain that...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Government, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural.

ZTE expects $1bn of losses following turbulent year

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE is expecting to post a loss of $1bn (£780m) following a turbulent year which led to a temporary suspension of its operations.

It’s fair to say ZTE will be looking to put 2018 behind it after being forced to suspend its operations following a ban in the US. The ban has since been lifted, but not before paying a huge fine.

The ban was implemented after ZTE was found to break US economic sanctions banning the sale of equipment to North Korea and Iran. ZTE estimated the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Report confirms Britain hacked Belgium’s largest telco

A potential diplomatic crisis is brewing as Belgian federal prosecutors blame Britain for hacking the nation’s largest telecoms operator.

Belgacom was first hacked back in the summer of 2012. The company’s security researchers noticed anomalies but it wasn’t until the following year they had an idea of the problem.

A malware which disguised itself as Microsoft software had infected Belgacom’s system and was stealing data. NSA documents released by Edward Snowden indicated...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

How telcos in New Zealand are transforming to become fully-fledged digital services providers

Telecoms providers in New Zealand are transitioning themselves to become providing digital services, according to a new research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s report ‘Telco Wars: A New Hope’, argue citizens can expect a wide range of digital products and services from these providers going forward.

The retail price tracking from IDC...

By Telecoms, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Operators.

Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre details £2.5bn full fibre investment

CityFibre has set out its plans for an over £2 billion investment to accelerate the rollout of full Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) across the UK.

The company was acquired back in June for £538m by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Goldman Sachs. CityFibre currently has fibre assets in 37 UK towns and cities.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

How the Internet of Things device market continues to gain momentum

Demand for Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to grow. Berg Insight released new findings of the market for cellular IoT gateways, routers and modems. About 3.2 million cellular IoT gateways were shipped globally during 2017 -- that's an increase of 22 percent from the previous year.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2 percent, annual shipments are expected to reach 8.6 million in 2023. Cellular IoT gateways are standalone devices intended for connecting M2M applications to a...

By David H. Deans, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Infrastructure, IoT.

How mobile-first enterprise leaders are driving innovation trends

As more CIOs and CTOs adopt mobile-first strategies, mobility solutions revenue from the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ), will record 5.7 percent year-over-year growth, reaching $541.9 billion in 2018 and $615.4 billion by 2022.

Spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services is estimated to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7 percent during the forecast period, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Mobility solutions market...

By David H. Deans, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Mobile, Research.

T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How open data initiatives are fuelling mobility as a service

With rising levels of automobile traffic congestion and its environmental impact, there are now more efforts focused on finding ways to make urban travel more efficient. A catalyst for this change has been the principle of Open Data, which is where cities release as much data as possible about local transport, allowing companies to tailor services that fill gaps in coverage.

From this initiative, the concept of mobility as a service (MaaS) has evolved. This is primarily conceived as a method of increasing...

By David H. Deans, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Telstra 5G sites will swell to around 200 by year’s end

Telstra has informed stockholders during a recent meeting that it plans on having around 200 5G sites live by year’s end.

Andy Penn, CEO of Telstra, said during the meeting:

“In April, we trialled Australia’s first 5G connected car. We are also already rolling out 5G technology on our network and have more than 200 5G sites planned to be live around Australia by the end of this calendar year.”

When the sites go live, there will still be no 5G-capable flagships available from...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

T-Mobile chats 5G and proposed Sprint merger with the FCC

T-Mobile had a dinner date with FCC officials to discuss its upcoming 5G network and proposed Sprint merger.

5G brings a huge potential to boost the economy and bring greater connectivity to citizens. As such, regulators and lawmakers are meeting with operators to decide how to capitalise on these benefits.

In a heavily redacted T-Mobile presentation, the operator provided key expectations about its 5G network.

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

Deutsche Telekom’s 5G is 80% ready, 99% coverage by 2025

Germany’s largest telecoms operator, Deutsche Telekom, claims its 5G network is 80 percent ready and expects 99 percent coverage by 2025.

Speaking to a conference of German business leaders, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said around 22,000 of the operator's 27,000 mobile sites were now connected to high-speed fibre-optic.

Dirk Wössner, Board Member of Telekom Deutschland, said:

"Everyone wants to be in the high-speed network – across all levels...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

EU launches research group to stop ‘problematic’ internet use

The EU has established the ‘European Problematic Use of the Internet’ (EU-PUI) research network which aims to stop harmful web use.

Gambling, pornography, and excessive use of social media may sound like a good time for some folks. For others, each can pose a serious problem.

How problematic use impacts health, especially mental wellbeing, hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Support groups for such things have been available for decades, but prevention is always better than treatment where...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Why operators need to forge a greater link between digital transformation and customer care

Operators are stuck between a rock and a hard place today. They need to be seen to move towards a process of digital transformation – whatever that term means – while trying to constantly improve the customer experience.

The latter is an area where the telcos have traditionally struggled – and according to a new report published by BriteBill and Omnisperience gauging the views of 40 tier-0 and tier-1 service...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

Huawei is ready to dispel South Korea’s 5G security concerns

Huawei has said it’s ready to dispel any 5G security fears in South Korea as it continues to woo operators around the world.

South Korean telcos are currently deciding which vendors will supply their 5G equipment. The nation’s largest, SK Telecom, has already ruled-out Huawei in favour of Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson.

Unlike the US and Australia, the South Korean government has not banned the use of Huawei equipment. There are...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security.

Wind River and BT getting together for edge cloud computing for 5G

Industrial IoT solutions provider Wind River has joined forces with British multinational telecom firm BT to demonstrate edge cloud compute applications.

The announcement, made at the SDN NFV World Congress in the Netherlands, also showcases Wind River’s Titanium Cloud, its deployment-ready virtualisation software platform.

5G applications will need to locate compute power and...

By Telecoms, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Connectivity, IoT.

Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

EE launches its UK 5G network test in Canary Wharf

BT-owned mobile operator EE has launched a 5G test network in Canary Wharf, London ahead of a full commercial rollout next year.

As the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, the launch by EE is a landmark moment in the UK’s path to 5G.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said:

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

UK discloses ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks

The UK government has disclosed a ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media, and sport.

In findings by the National Cyber Security Centre, a number of international attacks have been linked to Russian intelligence agency GRU.

The attacks, it claims, have affected citizens in a large number of countries – including Russia – and cost national economies millions of pounds.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Security, Surveillance.

US cities issue lawsuit threats against the FCC over 5G rules

A collection of US cities accuse the FCC of 5G infrastructure policy ‘overreach’ and have issued lawsuit threats in response.

The FCC’s recent policy change limits how much local municipalities can bill for letting telecom carriers mount 5G cellular equipment on city-owned infrastructure.

Rules passed on September 26th restrict cities from charging firms more than $270 per year for each piece of equipment attached to city property. In Portland, for example, that’s $2,730 less than what...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.