Nokia to collaborate with NTT DOCOMO on 5G NR plans

Nokia will work with NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s largest mobile operator, to support the launch of a 5G commercial network planned for 2020.

The Finnish operator said it will enhance existing baseband units and integrate 5G NR (5G New Radio)-based hardware into its network.

5G NR, a global standard which aims to support a wide variety of device types, services and spectrum, was officially given the green light at the 3GPP TSG RAN plenary meeting in Lisbon last month. As this publication

By James Bourne, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon boost Minnesota network speeds in Super Bowl preparation

The Super Bowl is only a couple of weeks away – and AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have beefed up their cellular capacities in Minneapolis, where the showpiece game will take place, in preparation.

T-Mobile said it was doubling the amount of LTE spectrum in Minneapolis and Saint Paul – the twin cities – and deploying more than 120 small cells throughout the city, the US Bank Stadium, and surrounding venues. A further addition inside the stadium is through the deployment of Centralized Radio...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

Telecoms sector paying out more than ever to remedy customer service faults

A new study from Servion reveals the same old flaws: the telecoms sector in the UK is paying more than ever because of poor customer service.

The study focused on the energy, financial and telecoms markets, with Servion taking its data from the ombudsman of each industry. The report found that the communications sector has seen a significant rise in complaints in the UK with a total of 29,503 complaints – up 132% on 2016’s total.

As users expect more in terms of value from their providers,...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Research.

Ericsson predicts one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 in latest report

Ericsson has looked into its crystal ball for its latest Mobility Report and come up with the goods: by 2023, there will be one billion 5G subscriptions, while global mobile data traffic will be more than 100 exabytes per month.

5G will cover more than 20% of the world’s population by the end of 2023, with early deployments expected in the US, South Korea, Japan and China. In terms of more general geographical trends, North America will lead 5G uptake, Ericsson says, expecting to account for 37% of all...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, Research.

Cisco continues to dominate switching and router market – with NFV and SDN on the horizon

The global switching and router market continues to be led by one company, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

Cisco’s share of the total market was 51%, with particular dominance in the enterprise routers section, where it holds 63% share, Synergy added. For Ethernet switching, Cisco still held more than half share, and for service provider routers Cisco held 38% of the market.

The company’s main competitor across all markets is Huawei, with HPE and Arista competing on...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Networks, NFV, Research, SDN.

More telco customer service woes abound – but for Gen Z, chatbots could be the answer

It’s the age-old complaint around telecom providers and customer service; more than two thirds of customers surveyed by Brite:Bill admit they find their bills hard to understand, with three quarters saying they were not interested in the information which came with their statements.

The study, which took responses from more than 3,200 consumers in eight countries, found a worrying amount of churn among consumers.

29% of those polled said they have contacted their service providers over billing issues,...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Operators, Research.

ETSI launches latest release of Open Source Mano to aid NFV orchestration

The ETSI Open Source Mano group (ETSI OSM) has announced the launch of its latest OSM release to deliver production-quality open source management and orchestration for network function virtualisation (NFV).

Among the new features in the latest iteration include enhancements for scalability, performance, resiliency, security, and user experience relating to its adoption in production environments.

“With a new role-based access control, OSM release three enables users from different service providers to...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, NFV.

SoftBank ups stake in Sprint after T-Mobile merger called off

T-Mobile and Sprint have called off merger talks with the companies ‘unable to find mutually agreeable terms’, according to both firms.

Both sides, in statements issued over the weekend, gave the impression of being better off without each other. T-Mobile said it was ‘clear all along’ that a deal would have to improve on the company’s already ‘outstanding’ performance, while Sprint argued its ‘significant assets’ would mean it would be best to ‘move...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Operators.

Telstra acquires MTData to boost connected vehicles and IoT play

Australian telco Telstra has announced the acquisition of fleet management provider MTData with the aim of bolstering its Internet of Things (IoT) play.

The telco adds IoT is a ‘core focus’ for the company and that its IoT footprint is unmatched in Australia. While this acquisition looks to put more beef in Telstra’s connected vehicle connectivity options, the company’s overall IoT fact sheet (

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, M2M.

How 5G is set to change the broadcasting and sports landscape

5G will revolutionise the way broadcasters deliver content and enhance their customer experience, according to Caroline Chan, vice president of the network platforms group at Intel.

Chan, speaking at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam, told attendees to begin considering how future 5G developments would affect their business, with early adopters getting set to launch.

In a blog post Chan

By James Bourne, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, Content.

Bari and Matera set to push ahead with 5G testing through TIM, Fastweb and Huawei

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), alongside Fastweb and Huawei, will start 5G testing in the Italian cities of Bari and Matera.

The three companies will submit a joint plan with 52 international, national and local bodies, such as university centres of excellence and leading IT companies. The first 5G use scenarios will be provisionally set for June 2018, with three quarters of the area set to be covered by the end of the year and full coverage for both cities by the end of 2019.

Bari, a port city in southern...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

Telecom Infra Project focuses on millimeter wave tech in latest update

The Telecom Infra Project, a 450-strong organisation which focuses on changing approaches to telecom network infrastructure, has announced a project around millimeter wave (mmWave) networks.

The Millimeter Wave Networks Project Group, co-chaired by Facebook and Deutsche Telekom (DT) and announced at Mobile World Congress Americas in San Francisco, aims to “accelerate the deployment of mmWave networks and collaborate on innovative network planning...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

Major potential for IoT in transportation but lots of work to do, new research finds

A new piece of research from Inmarsat argues that a lack of data-sharing skills and processes will negate deriving the best insights from Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the transport sector.

The research, which was conducted in May of this year by Vanson Bourne and took responses from 100 large transport companies, found many potential use cases for IoT, from monitoring environmental changes – cited by 54% of respondents – to speeding up time to market (48%).

Yet there are still various...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IoT, Telematics.

Fixed wireless 5G to hit $1 billion in service revenues by 2019

Fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G subscriptions could account for $1 billion in service revenues by the end of 2019, according to a new report from SNS Research.

The market will explode in the years after 2019, the market intelligence provider adds, with the eventual account at more than $40 billion by 2025.

“FWA has emerged as one of the most predominant use cases for early 5G network rollouts,” the company explains. “Multiple mobile operators and service providers are initially seeking to...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

Smartphone markets power on – but component shortage could scupper end of year plans

Global sales of smartphones to end users rose 6.7% year over year to 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest analysis from Gartner.

Samsung remains the largest player with broadly similar market shares between Q217 and Q216; 22.5% and 22.4% respectively. The Korean giant shipped 82.5 billion phones in the most recent quarter, ahead of Apple (44.3bn, 12.1% share), and Huawei (35.9bn, 9.8% share).

Market shares did not particularly boom or bust year on year; Apple’s...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartphones.

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm announce record 1.07 Gbps Gigabit LTE lab speeds

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm have announced a new record on its Gigabit LTE testing, with speeds of 1.07 Gbps being recorded in its latest lab trials.

The speeds were achieved through using 12 simultaneous LTE streams – enabling up to a 20% increase in peak data rates in capacity, as well as greater speed – through Ericsson’s radio system and TLE software, and a mobile test device based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 LTE modem.

As per the specifications for Gigabit LTE, the testing...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

China Unicom gets investment support from Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, and more

China Unicom has signed a deal with several of the country’s major technology brands, including Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba, with overall investment of $11.7 billion (£9.1bn) coming into the operator.

A total of 10 private and state investors will purchase just over 35% of the shares of China United Network Communications (Unicom A Share Company), a listed unit, with China Unicom’s share dropping from more than 62% to 36.67% as a result.

“The businesses carried out by these strategic...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Operators.

Report asserts ‘significant opportunity’ with OTT advertising monetisation

Over the top (OTT) services have completed their rise to dominance – and it’s up to brands to get their act together.

That’s according to a new report from FreeWheel, which finds that viewers complete 98% of all premium video adverts on OTT, as well as providing a generally greater lift in brand awareness on campaigns compared against desktop and mobile.

The study, which collated data from customers of FreeWheel, a subsidiary of Comcast, also shed light on trends associated with OTT viewing....

By James Bourne, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Marketing, OTT Services.

Sierra Wireless acquires Numerex for $107 million as it aims to bolster customer base

Sierra Wireless has announced it is to acquire Numerex, a provider of machine to machine communications, for $107 million (£81.5m), as it bolsters its customer base and sales capacity.

The move, Sierra said, will bolster its position in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market, as well as providing an experienced sales team and channel and accelerates the company’s ‘IoT device to cloud’ strategy.

“We believe that the combination of Sierra Wireless and Numerex result in a powerful...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

Assessing the rise of Gigabit LTE – with Telecom Italia Mobile among those leading the charge

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has become the latest operator to tout its wares for the rising gigabit LTE connectivity by achieving a download speed of ‘up to 1Gbps’ on its 4.5G live mobile network.

TIM described the test as ‘another first that confirms the technological leadership which is speeding towards 5G offering top performances and extraordinary quality for the mobile data service.’

The company added that the service will become commercially available from September in Milan and...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.