First 6G whitepaper from University of Oulu aims to paint picture for 2030 wireless landscape

In February, US president Donald Trump sent out a tweet which demanded the United States be at the forefront of emerging technology innovation amid a turbulent wireless industry landscape. In that month alone, aside from the ongoing Huawei saga, Verizon touted an edge computing solution as a way to reduce 5G latency, while

By James Bourne, 11 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Disruption, Europe, Innovation, Spectrum, Wireless.

Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report shows greater 5G momentum than previously forecast

5G is naturally the hottest topic right now in telecoms. Various milestones have been hit in the UK, US and more, while Samsung is even beginning research into 6G. This has been noted by Ericsson, who argues that 5G subscriptions are now expected to hit 1.9 billion by 2024 as operators ramp up their deployments.

By James Bourne, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Research.

Huawei scores victory in telecom equipment market space, says Dell’Oro Group

It would be fair to say Huawei has not had a stack of good press in recent weeks – but a new report from Dell’Oro Group has seen solid uptick with regards to the telecom equipment market.

According to the latest note from the analyst group, Huawei now holds 29% of the telecom equipment market, ahead of Nokia – including Alcatel Lucent – and Ericsson. The Chinese vendor has increased its market share by eight...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Infrastructure, Operators, Research.

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom team up in blockchain for identity play

MWC19 Compared to other technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and the ubiquitous 5G, blockchain is expected to have a lesser role to play at MWC Barcelona this year. Yet a few stories are showcasing this aspect - and one in particular from two of the telco industry's biggest players.

There's something of an irony in this reasoning. Previously, blockchain had not exactly made the biggest impression at Mobile World Congress because, well, it wasn't mobile. Of course, some initiatives are...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators, Security.

GSMA: 5G set to account for 15% of all mobile connections by 2025

MWC19 The GSMA has looked into its crystal ball and come up with a key finding around the state of 5G.

According to the industry body, 5G is on track to account for 15% of global mobile connections by 2025 - with a key element to this the continued launches this year and greater device compatibility.

The study, the 2019 global edition of the GSMA's Mobile Economy report series, also found that the number of global IoT connections will triple to 25 billion by 2025 - global IoT revenue quadrupling and breaking $1...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks.

Operators will make a lot of the news at #MWC19 - but what can they learn this week?

MWC19 As MWC19 kicks off in Barcelona this week, operators will be more than keen to outline their latest wares, whether that's on the hardware side or on the ever-competitive race to 5G. Yet as anyone who has ever been to Fira Gran Via for the yearly mobile jamboree will testify, it is a broad church - and among the product launches are plenty of research studies, many of which have advice for operators in mind.

Take recent research from Mobileum as an example. The report, from...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Privacy, Research, Security.

How blockchain is revolutionising telecom business support systems

Sponsored The business support system (BSS) remains the lifeblood of any communications provider. You can spend all you want on the network, but if you want to get that fast speed to a customer and make it useable, you cannot neglect the back office.

If you have an ageing BSS, your very survival could be at stake. These warnings have been concerning telecom operators for some time. Take a report

By James Bourne, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, OTT Services.

FCC puts rural broadband and texting regulation on Thanksgiving menu – but not everyone is happy

While many will today be tucking into turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce – with room for some pumpkin pie afterwards – the FCC has put together a Thanksgiving menu of its own.

Among FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plans for the rest of 2018 and onward include commitments to improving rural broadband speeds and altering text messaging regulations.

The most...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, N America, Operators.

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.

Ericsson and Swisscom bolster 5G initiatives in Switzerland with end-to-end call

Ericsson and Swisscom have announced the completion of what is being described as Europe’s first end-to-end, multi-vendor 5G NR call in the Swiss city of Burgdorf.

The call was made over Swisscom’s 3GPP-compliant network using Ericsson’s radio technology, alongside the Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, a solution aimed to deliver converged communication services.

This can be seen as an...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

Huawei and ZTE banned from Australia’s 5G market

It has been a long-running drama – and now Huawei has confirmed it has been banned, along with ZTE, from Australia’s 5G rollout over perceived security concerns.

A joint media release from senators Mitch Fifield – who has since resigned after a turbulent week in Australian politics which has seen prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted – and Scott Morrison, acting minister for home affairs, aimed to provide 5G...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Networks.

Why telcos need to beef up their blockchain know-how to take a billion-dollar opportunity

Blockchain could boost the telecoms sector by up to $1 billion in the coming years – but to do that telcos need to build new capabilities, according to the latest note from GlobalData.

The verdict from the digital media provider, which notes that several major operators are undergoing initiatives, is that blockchain-enabled communications to...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators.

Skype’s classic interface avoids executioner’s block for now as Microsoft extends support

Skype’s classic interface has gotten a reprieve. Microsoft confirmed it would be extending support for Skype 7, or Skype Classic, “for some time” after feedback from users.

The original shutdown date for the current iteration of Skype was set at September 1, with Skype 8 originally being launched to Windows desktop last October.

Customers had expressed disappointment at new features, including the ‘all-in-one’ chat functionality based more on the Windows 10 design at the behest...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, OTT Services.

Why 5G connectivity will be key to the future of the connected car

Communications service providers (CSPs) need to get their acts together, according to analyst firm Gartner, as opportunities will ramp up in utilising 5G for autonomous vehicle connectivity.

CSPs can ‘secure future market opportunities’ with autonomous vehicle manufacturers, Gartner added, in areas such as driver safety and data processing and management.

There will be a huge amount of data at play here. By 2025, autonomous vehicles will upload more than 1 terabyte of vehicle and sensor data to...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Apps, Cloud, Connectivity, Operators.

Amazon muscles in on BT and Sky for Premier League rights: What’s next for each company?

Let’s get one thing straight with regards to Amazon buying a package of Premier League rights: it is, for now, simply a foot in the door. Testing the waters, if you will.

When the major rights were announced in February – Sky and BT Sport securing the primary packages for £4.464 billion – there were two smaller rights packages yet to be resolved. Some believed the packages would be filled by Amazon as part of a testing process. Others were less sure. Whichever, where does this leave...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

Telefonica buddies up with Amazon Web Services to help customers with their cloud push

It’s telco cloud, Jim, but not as we know it. Telefonica has announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organisations in their journeys to the cloud.

Customers are ‘asking for support in their cloud adoption processes’, as the Spanish operator puts it – and rather than go their own way, as the market has seen with less than impressive results, it’s better to go with a hyperscaler.

The partnership includes a variety of initiatives. Telefonica will include...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Europe, Operators.

Ericsson assesses how telecom service providers can plot IoT revenue streams

Are telecom providers making the most out of the Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity? According to a new research report from Ericsson, service providers see the clear potential, but gaps remain which need to be filled.

The study, titled ‘Exploring IoT Strategies’, analysed 10 of the 30 leading mobile broadband service providers, as well as 10 IoT leaders, and has put together a framework which can capture telecom providers’ paths to IoT revenue. The broadband providers polled said they...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Monetisation, Networks, Operators.

Nokia and Ericsson releases offer needed cloud opportunities for operators

Telco cloud: two words that can strike fear into many in the industry. Yet a couple of new initiatives from Nokia and Ericsson will aim to help operators in their projects.

Nokia has officially opened its Cloud Collaboration Hub in Singapore. The hub ‘enables operators to visualise, develop and execute cloud offerings’, in the company’s words, and joins the facilities already available in Texas and the UK.

The hub will aim to resolve the dreaded cloud skills gap, cited by Nokia as a key reason why...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Colt explores blockchain to settle payments between telecom operators

Telecoms and data centre services provider Colt has announced a proof of concept (PoC) to assess whether blockchain can help solve the problem of payment settlements between operators.

The initiative was put together alongside PCCW Global and Clear, a company which ‘builds blockchain-based wholesale services clearing and settlement platforms for entire industries, and the economies that support them’, in the firm’s own words.

During the recent Pacific Telecommunications Council...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.