Nokia to launch the world's first MulteFire small cell for private LTE networks

Nokia is to launch the first MulteFire small cell in the world to help industries, enterprises, smart cities and mobile service providers leverage global unlicensed spectrum for reliable, safe, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.

The new Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS will pave the way towards 5G connectivity in the future by enabling enterprises to establish a connection between mobile sensor-enabled 'things' and individuals in a more efficient manner.

With the easy...

By Telecoms, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Small Cells.

Telefónica to deploy 5G in two Spanish cities via Nokia and Ericsson partnership

Telefónica has entered into a partnership with Nokia and Ericsson for the initial deployment of 5G capabilities in Spain’s Segovia and Talavera de la Reina cities – a part of  Telefónica’s 5G Technological Cities project that will lead the way towards 5G throughout the country.

By 2020, Segovia and Talavera de la Reina will be turned into 5G living laboratories with multiple pioneering capabilities such as initial 5G capacity, the deployment of the new 5G network and the...

By Telecoms, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

Telstra and Optus forge ahead with 5G plans in Australia

Australian telecommunications company Telstra will be testing next generation mobile technologies at its newly opened 5G Innovation Centre at its Southport Exchange on the Gold Coast to support the early commercial deployment of 5G-based mobile services in the country.

The aim to develop the 5G Innovation Centre is to bring technology vendors, developers, start-ups together with Telstra’s enterprise customers. In the coming months, it will conduct 5G trials in and around the area, which will be the...

By Telecoms, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

Nokia and Telefónica Germany sign MoU to create joint 5G Innovation Cluster

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Nokia and Telefónica Germany leading to the creation of a joint 5G Innovation Cluster.

In the common 5G Innovation Cluster, Nokia will implement some of its leading technologies such as Massive MIMO for high-throughput, multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) for Ultra-Reliable Low latency Communications (URLLC).

Both the companies are in unison about piloting network solutions and technologies on the path to 5G in the Telefónica lab in Munich....

By Telecoms, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators.

MYCOM OSI and Red Hat collaborate to manage and assure telco clouds

MYCOM OSI has announced a collaboration with open source solutions provider Red Hat with the aim of assuring and managing telco clouds.

When MYCOM OSI’s cloud-native Experience Assurance and Analytics (EAA) solution, which provides real time and automated assurance for end-to-end hybrid telco cloud networks, is deployed on Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform and OpenShift Container Platform, its capacity will not just be limited to dynamically discovering, monitoring and correlating vertical layers in...

By Telecoms, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, Operators.

How Central and Eastern European telcos are exploring revenues outside core business areas

Telecommunications operators in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region are realising revenue growth from their core business services aided by the improved economy. Yet in spite of this, they are exploring new sources of revenue in different fields that are not related to their core service portfolio. Consequently non-core-business revenues are set to see continued increase throughout 2017–2021, according to IDC’s most recent research report.

The IDC report, titled “CEE Telcos Beyond...

By Telecoms, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom opens IoT innovation space at IBM’s Watson IoT Center

Deutsche Telekom is further expanding its IoT portfolio with the opening of a new Telekom IoT innovation space at IBM’s Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany.

A team of IoT experts from both the enterprises will work together to formulate solutions that draw upon Deutsche Telekom’s expertise in the field of connectivity, security and IoT solutions and IBM’s capabilities in AI, big data and IoT.

Both Deutsche Telekom and IBM will delve into solutions circled around IoT and AI based on the Low...

By Telecoms, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Net Neutrality, Operators.

Singtel plans to deploy IoT-driven smart meters in Singapore

Singtel and global smart metering solutions provider EDMI are collaborating to deploy a smart electric metering infrastructure in Singapore.

The two companies have tested the use of smart electric meters over Singtel's nationwide LTE Cat-M1 cellular IoT network to facilitate the wireless transmission of real-time meter readings to the power grid.

The partnership aims to cater IoT-powered smart metering solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial areas as part of the Energy Market Authority's...

By Telecoms, 22 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

5G to comprise more than 40% of spending on wireless network infrastructure by 2025

According to SNS Research, by the end of 2025 5G networks will comprise over 40% of spending related to wireless network infrastructure, compared to around 5% of all spending on wireless network infrastructure in 2020.

The spending amount will see a considerable growth due to the notable investments anticipated between 2020 and 2025 in 5G New Radio (NR), Next Generation (NextGen) core and transport (fronthaul/backhaul) networking infrastructure.

The mammoth report package – at more than 1500 pages...

By Telecoms, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Why open standards are vital for CSPs to gather revenue opportunities from the IoT

A new oneM2M whitepaper argues an open standards approach would be the key for communication service providers (CSPs) to gather revenue related opportunities coming from IoT applications that make use of low power wide area (LPWA) networks.

The whitepaper, titled “Boost LPWA revenue through oneM2M”, is a part of oneM2M’s ongoing work that aims to speed up mass deployment of IoT which is said to add value to both CSPs as well as end-users. In case of IoT, open standards were formulated after...

By Telecoms, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Operators, Standards.

5G Americas argues how LTE progress is leading to the ‘Massive Internet of Things’

A new whitepaper by 5G Americas outlines how the 5G Massive Internet of Things (MIoT) market is projected to be a major business driver of the telecom industry.

The whitepaper, titled “LTE Progress Leading to the 5G Massive Internet of Things”, has provided an overview of the technological advancements that will support the expanding IoT, connected cars and wearables markets. The term Massive IoT (MIoT) has been recently created by the telecom industry to refer to the connection for...

By Telecoms, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Orange Belgium’s LPWA IoT network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium, one of the leading telecommunication operators in Belgium, has announced a nationwide roll-out of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M technologies – popularly known as ‘Mobile IoT’ on its network.

The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular network layers that facilitate large number of objects to be connected to IoT.

LPWA technologies offer many advantages when connecting objects to IoT such as; extending battery life of the connected equipment,...

By Telecoms, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Networks.

Why an increase in small cell deployments is providing a fundamental building block for 5G

A detailed survey by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) has found densification has already started in the present LTE networks and will intensify in the 5G era due to significant changes in architecture and economics of small cells.

According to the research, the industry is already witnessing acceleration of deployments in the enterprise, where deployments of small cells surged by 98% between 2015 and 2017. It is also projected that small cell deployments will increase by up to 1600% from 2015 to 2025. SCF...

By Telecoms, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators, Small Cells.

Meet the ‘telcobots’ – who can save their operator masters billions and enhance customer engagement

ABI Research's new report has projected that telcos can save up to $1.2 billion on customer care management by 2022 by turning to ‘telcobots’ – or rather, telco virtual assistants.

The report, titled “Artificial Intelligence in Telecom Networks”, said that an increasing number of telcos are turning to artificial intelligence to enhance customer engagement and subsequently cut down churn rates. On top of that some telcos are competing directly with virtual assistants such as...

By Telecoms, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Machine Learning, Operators.

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile unveil first end-to-end 5G NR interoperable system

Qualcomm Technologies, ZTE and China Mobile have announced that they have successfully achieved the world’s first end-to-end 5G NR Interoperability Data Testing (IoDT) system demonstrating a data connection based on the 3GPP R15 standard.

The end-to-end 5G NR system operates in 3.5GHz and supports 100MHz bandwidth, compliant with the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 framework, including the scalable OFDM numerology, new advanced channel coding and modulation schemes, and the low-latency...

By Telecoms, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Intel launches portfolio of commercial 5G modems

Intel has announced ‘substantial advances in its wireless product roadmap’ with new modems aiming to accelerate the adoption of 5G.

The tech giant has announced the introduction of Intel XMM 8000 series, the company’s first family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and Intel XMM 7660, which is Intel’s latest LTE modem. It unveiled its XMM 7560 modem at the Mobile World Congress 2017, which has achieved gigabit-class speeds.

The Intel XMM 8000 series is a family of...

By Telecoms, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks.

Transformation key for telcos to survive, new research argues

Recent research carried by The BIO Agency argued that transformation is the key for telco companies to continue to exist or they will be overtaken by new entrants in the market.

For the research, The BIO Agency polled 1500 residents of the UK and found that customers consider their Telco provider to be nothing more than a utility firm and their decision to stick to the same provider is a result of apathy and not consumer loyalty. According to the research, even if 76.6% of respondents are not free to change...

By Telecoms, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, Research.

AT&T and Verizon team up to construct cell towers

The recent team up between AT&T, Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure will see the construction of multiple cell towers across the US boosting the country’s overall communications infrastructure.

As part of the joint agreement, Tillman Infrastructure will build the cell towers to-suit with AT&T and Verizon as both the telecommunications firms agree to lease and co-anchor the co-located towers. Construction of the initial towers is slated to begin in Q1/2018.

Nicola Palmer, chief network officer...

By Telecoms, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Operators.

Red Hat and Orange team up to innovate network virtualisation

Red Hat and Orange have teamed up as part of a joint engineering programme with the aim of bringing in new technology innovation in network virtualisation.

The motive of the joint engineering programme is deliver additional features supporting network functions virtualisation (NFV) into OpenStack and other open source communities and also to meet the explicit requirements of communications service providers and their networks when formulating technologies.

The recent integration of the OpenStack BGP VPN...

By Telecoms, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks, NFV.

Swisscom chooses Ericsson to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G

Swisscom has selected Ericsson as a strategic Gigabit LTE and 5G supplier as it decides to make a total digital transformation and evolution of its entire network to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G throughout Switzerland from 2018 and 2020, respectively.

By deploying Gigabit LTE and 5G network, Swisscom wants to give its customers an “extraordinary” mobile broadband experience. As part of the new partnership, Ericsson will transform Swisscom’s mobile operations by using its full stack telco cloud...

By Telecoms, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Networks.