Virgin Media chief is enthused by UK PM Johnson’s pledge to speed up gigabit broadband rollout

Virgin Media COO Jeff Dodds has voiced his enthusiasm for UK PM Boris Johnson’s pledge to speed up the rollout of gigabit broadband.

Johnson, who took office on Wednesday, pledged on the steps of Downing Street in his first speech to make full-fibre broadband across the country.

The current government target set by the outgoing administration is for gigabit broadband to be available across the country by 2033. Johnson called the existing target “laughably unambitious” and promised to deliver...

Small Cell Forum publishes API to drive unified 5G open RAN

The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has published the PHY API for 5G to encourage a competitive ecosystem for 5G small cell hardware, software, and equipment vendors.

Ecosystem players will be provided an open and interoperable interface between the physical layer and the MAC layer. The PHY API has been developed with the help of a collaborative effort between companies from across the small cell ecosystem, which includes Intel...

By Telecoms, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Britain is yet to decide on Huawei’s 5G involvement, but tougher industry controls will be introduced

Britain has said it’s “not yet in a position” to make a final decision on whether Huawei should be involved with 5G networks, but tougher industry-wide security controls will be introduced.

The debate over how much Huawei should be involved in 5G has raged on for years, and even before that to some extent with previous-generation networks. Currently, the UK has Huawei equipment inspected at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in Banbury.

Until last year, HCSEC reported it felt...

Opinion: Preparing to properly price 5G

Digital consumers have come to expect what they want, when they want it, and with a very clear indication of what it will cost at the moment of purchase. Costs are rarely a barrier to a transaction, consumers have proven time and again that reliability, personalization and real-time availability can trump cost, especially if the expense is transparent.

This new digital marketplace has proven successful, except, it seems, where it matters most - the network. Connectivity is central to every other digital...

By Robin Langdon, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

SoftBank aims for drone-delivered internet and IoT connectivity by 2023

Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank aims to use drones for delivering internet and IoT connectivity by 2023.

SoftBank is teaming up with US drone builder AeroVironment for the project. The pair’s first drone, the HAWK30, is powered by solar energy.

Using the stored power, 10 electric motors will enable the HAWK30 to fly 12 miles (65,000 feet) above sea level – around twice as high as commercial aircraft.

The high altitude helps to provide a steady current for the drone’s operations while also...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Rural, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Swisscom signs first 5G roaming agreements with SK Telecom and Elisa

Swisscom has signed its first roaming agreements with South Korea’s SK Telecom and Finland’s Elisa - with its customers being able to use a fast mobile network abroad.

Swisscom customers with a 5G-enabled mobile phone will now be able to access the new 5G data network in Finland as of July 17 and in South Korea by the end of the month.

Both countries are seen as forerunners...

By Telecoms, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe.

Wi-Fi device shipments will hit four billion by 2024: The ramifications for the industry

Unlicensed wireless communication has transformed internet access across the globe. The upward grow trajectory continues to rise for Wi-Fi applications. More than 20 billion Wi-Fi devices are forecast to ship between 2019 and 2024, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

Continued adoption in traditional markets of strength, alongside traction in mesh networking systems, smart home, automotive, and IoT applications will drive the Wi-Fi market forward to nearly four billion annual...

By David H. Deans, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Research, WiFi, Wireless.

All aboard! The UK and South Korea partner on 5G public transport experience

The UK and South Korea have announced the winning project of funding to help deliver a new 5G public transport experience.

£2.4 million has been set aside to help support a groundbreaking new project for underground transportation. The UK and South Korean governments are each providing £1.2 million in funding.

Digital Minister Margot James announced the winner today as 5G RailNext.

5G RailNext aims to provide infotainment services across the Seoul Metro system. Technologies such as AR will...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Smart Cities, Wireless.

Virgin Media blocks popular image-sharing website Imgur

UK ISP has blocked popular image-sharing website Imgur over allegations it’s a popular host of child pornography.

Virgin Media customers attempting to visit Imgur are being met with this message:

“Access has been denied by your internet access provider because this page may contain indecent images of children as identified by the Internet Watch Foundation.”

Imgur is known for hosting memes and GIFs, but it seems the Internet Watch Foundation has found it's being...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Operators.

Ex-Homeland Security Chief: US-UK intelligence-sharing will be harmed if Huawei used in 5G

The former head of Homeland Security has issued a stark warning that US intelligence-sharing with the UK will be harmed if Huawei is used in 5G networks.

Governor Tom Ridge is the former US Secretary of Homeland Security and set up the department following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Speaking in London, Ridge said: “Much of the intelligence sharing is electronic and if you are relying on secure telecoms and they’ve got a front door, well I don’t know how many pigeons can fly across the...

FCC controversially relaxes its rules to open mid-band spectrum for 5G

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to relax its rules around who can own spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.

Rules first established in the Kennedy-era required spectrum in the 2.5GHz band to be used for educational purposes. With more spectrum now needed for 5G, the FCC has decided to open up the “underutilised” airwaves.

The FCC voted 3-2 in favour of changing the rules and claims it will help with “closing the digital divide” between rural and more developed areas.

FCC...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Operating in digital time: An agile future for CSPs

Unprecedented technological advancements have launched communication services providers (CSPs) into an age of boundless opportunity. Those that prioritize customers, data and agility are competing in a digital economy by acting in “digital time.”

Digital time is a dynamic concept. It unfolds as new ideas, innovations and services leverage technology to fulfil customer demand more intelligently. Companies and entrepreneurs have become the digital leaders of today, given their insight into the value...

By Brian McCann, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Wireless Broadband Alliance releases guidelines for Wi-Fi 6 to help operators and enterprises alike

A new whitepaper released by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has outlined deployment guidelines for different possible situations where Wi-Fi 6 technology will be used.

The whitepaper, developed in collaboration with WBA’s Next Gen Wi-Fi Work Group Boingo Wireless, BT and Charter Communications, as well as vendor representatives from Broadcom, Cisco, and CommScope, will aim to help operators, enterprises, and...

By Telecoms, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, WiFi, Wireless.

Report: All of the UK’s operators are using Huawei 5G equipment

A report highlighting that all of the UK’s operators are using Huawei equipment shows just how disruptive a ban would be.

The report, from The Observer, found Huawei is involved in building the 5G stations in six of the seven cities in the UK where Vodafone has launched its latest network. Furthermore, Huawei is building “hundreds of 5G sites for EE” and has already won contracts with Three and O2.

Telecom Italia unveils 5G plan for Italian consumers and businesses

Telecom Italia (TIM) is all set to transform its home country soon with the power of 5G: the telecommunications company will be rolling out initiatives in major cities and industrial districts, along with digital literacy initiatives set to launch all over the country after the summer.

TIM has already initiated the 5G movement in the cities of Rome and Turin and recently added Naples to the list wherein the telecom company has...

By Telecoms, 08 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe.

Samsung and Vodafone unveil the first remote-controlled 5G car

Samsung and Vodafone will ‘make history’ this weekend by unveiling the world’s first remote-controlled 5G car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. will remotely drift the car around a track all while using virtual reality to see from the vehicle’s cockpit.

Speaking ahead of the event, Gittin Jr. said:

“Being a professional fun-haver, I’ve built my career on pushing the limits of car control. However, I have never...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Entertainment, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Opinion: How machine learning can help operators detect small cell anomalies

Most mobile operators run heterogeneous networks (HetNets), combining various cell types and technologies. The use of small cells in these networks has grown hugely in recent years, partly because smalls cells supply network coverage for indoor public spaces. Indoor spaces account for roughly 80% of today’s mobile data traffic.

Small cells and HetNets are thus vital to modern mobile communications, but while standard self-organising networks (SONs) can self-heal, this does not work well with HetNets. As...

By Francis Miers, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators, Small Cells.

Vodafone rugby tackled someone 100 miles away to demo 5G

As far as demonstrations of 5G technology go, Vodafone’s is definitely among the most unique.

Vodafone UK launched its 5G network in seven cities yesterday – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London. 

To demonstrate the power of 5G, Vodafone recruited the brute force of professional rugby players from Wasps Rugby.

One Wasps player, Juan De Jongh, was in London and fitted with a Teslasuit which provides full body haptic feedback. A...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

T-Mobile and DoJ reach a ‘rough agreement’ involving Dish to win Sprint merger support

Another hurdle to T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger gaining approval looks set to be overcome as a “rough agreement” is reached with the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Approval from the DoJ was always going to be one of the toughest hurdles to overcome for T-Mobile and Sprint, but it appears like it’s been achieved.

CNBC reports an agreement has been made that T-Mobile’s merger can proceed as long...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Almost two billion 5G smartphones to ship by 2023, says Canalys

Canalys has predicted that around 800 million units of 5G-enabled handsets will be shipped in 2023, which will account for 51.4% of all smartphone shipments.

The market research firm states that the CAGR between 2019 and 2023 will be 179.9%, whereas vendors will ship nearly 1.9 billion devices to market by the forecasted period. Its data shows that Greater China will be responsible for 34% of the shipments in 2023, followed by North...

By Telecoms, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Research, Smartphones.