Mobile operators struggle against online messaging

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Online messaging apps are eating away into revenues from short messaging services (SMS), causing mobile operators to find new ways to compete and stay profitable.

In fact, online chat applications are even challenging the voice business of mobile operators. Telecom consultancy firm Ovum reported a 20-30% annual decline in SMS usage. Meanwhile, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber...

By Telecoms, 07 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Mobile.

LTE paper discusses ‘innovative’ solutions for mobile broadband ecosystem

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4G Americas has released a new whitepaper that sheds light on the methods utilised by the mobile broadband industry to used unlicensed spectrum in order to boost connectivity for consumers and the enterprise. Standardisation organisations have also played a role in the development of the examined methods – LWA, LAA, LTE-U and Others.

4G Americas president Chris Pearson said: “4G Americas believes that identifying and auctioning exclusive use licensed spectrum should be...

By Telecoms, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, LTE.

Argentina to see minimal growth in telecom service revenue through 2018


A report available at Research and Markets reveals that telecom revenue in Argentina declined 17.1% in 2014, in terms of US$, as the local currency underwent devaluation. Total telecom service revenue is set to witness negligible growth, rising from $9.36 billion in 2014 to $9.96 billion in 2018.

In 2014, the Argentine mobile market brought in 73.4% of all telecom revenue, totaling 62.22 million SIM connections. Mobile broadband lines comprised 41.2% of those SIMs.

The number of...

By Telecoms, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Operators.

M2M retail sector analysed in latest industry research


A report from Research and Markets has assessed the retail sector for machine to machine (M2M) communications and argues the market for wirelessly connected point of sale (POS) and multi-space parking meters are among the most advanced aspects in the space.

According to Berg Insight, the number of cellular M2M connections in the retail industry will rise to 44.3 million by 2019, up from 23.1 million in 2014 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9%.

Wireless M2M communication...

By Telecoms, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

OneAccess explores NFV and SDN migration strategy for enterprises

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A new whitepaper by OneAccess Networks has explored a strategic approach for enterprises to migrate to software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

With customer traffic volumes and volatility on the rise, OneAccess argues a combination of SDN and NFV could be necessary for operators to remain viable and competitive.

Despite the clear benefits of NFV and SDN, most major service providers are yet to adopt them. According to the whitepaper, titled...

By Telecoms, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, NFV, SDN.

Verizon to initiate 5G field trials in US in 2016


Verizon is collaborating with a number of companies to boost innovation related to the deployment of 5G technology.

The company is targeting the initiation of field technology trials in 2016 and has put together working teams with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung as part of Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum, which also comprises venture capital groups from the East and West coast looking to drive growth in emerging technologies.

Verizon executive vice...

By Telecoms, 23 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Operators.

Orange to install Low Power Wide Area network for IoT in France


Orange is the latest telco to target the Internet of Things (IoT) after announcing plans to install a new Low Power Wide Area network, running on long range technology, across metropolitan France.

Orange is looking to bring in 600 million euros  in revenue by 2018 from the Internet of Things (IoT) in line with its Essentials 2020 strategy. The development will foster connectivity among sensors in smart cities and will be initiated in the first quarter of 2016 progressively...

By Telecoms, 21 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Altair to collaborate with Verizon on LTE-based IoT products


LTE chipset provider Altair Semiconductor is collaborating with Verizon Wireless on the commercialisation of LTE-based Internet of Things (IoT) products, with Altair preparing to roll out Cat-1/0 commercial products soon.

Smart meters, car telematics, security systems and smart home devices among other gadgets can make use of the Altair FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset.

Altair will showcase the provision of an LTE connection with a battery life that lasts for a decade by putting on display...

By Telecoms, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE.

Numerex works with T-Mobile US to facilitate 2G to LTE migration


On-demand M2M provider Numerex is working with T-Mobile US to facilitate 2G to LTE migration via a technology upgrade program known as “LTE for the IoT”.

The offering integrates T-Mobile's country-wide 4G LTE network with the module, device, and platform know-how of Numerex. As the 2G turndown is imminent, the program provides a viable option in terms of cost to customers looking to upgrade their IoT deployments easily.

The upgrade program runs on the Numerex nxFAST IoT...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

5G industry research: 240m connections and $65bn in revenue by 2025


According to latest figures by Juniper Research, there will be 240 million active 5G connections by 2025, while revenues will cross the $65 billion (£42.3bn) mark in that year at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 266% between 2020 and 2025.

The technology will gain a premium in comparison to existing ARPU levels on account of its several benefits and features as seen with initial 4G rollouts. Despite the seemingly high number of connections, Juniper warns this will only...

By Telecoms, 09 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

SK Telecom boosts its smart home platform via collaboration with Samsung and LG


South Korea-based operator SK Telecom has boosted its efforts at creating an open ecosystem around its smart home platform through collaboration with Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

SK Telecom has signed MoUs with both companies that will ensure interconnectivity of Samsung and LG’s smart home platforms with SK Telecom's Smart Home App. As a result, users of SK Telecom's smart home platform will be able to control consumer electronic products of Samsung and LG...

By Telecoms, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, IoT, Operators.

Gemalto rolls out industry-first M2M module to target industrial Internet of Things


With a view to target applications in machine to machine (M2M) and industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Gemalto has rolled out the new Cinterion ELS31, a novel LTE Category 1 wireless module to enhance 4G LTE connectivity.

Providing power optimisation and single-mode LTE at speeds of up to 10Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s uplink, the module is well-suited to IoT applications like metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management and mHealth.

The module can function at operating temperatures...

By Telecoms, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, LTE, M2M.