Majority of consumers would buy mobile services from Netflix and Amazon given the chance

A survey conducted by MATRIXX Software in the US and the UK found that mobile users are ready to switch to a new mobile carrier if it offers better experience, with almost three quarters (73%) saying that they want their mobile service provider to operate more like Amazon, PayPal, Netflix and eBay.

Some of the features that customers want included ease of use, clear pricing structure, real-time access to services and customisation.

The survey found that customer experience expectation has a strong role to...

By Telecoms, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Operators, Smart TV.

Cisco to acquire BroadSoft for nearly $1.9 billion to enhance software and cloud services

Cisco has announced that it will acquire cloud calling and contact centre solutions provider BroadSoft for $1.9 billion (£1.43bn) net of cash.

The acquisition of BroadSoft will not only augment Cisco’s commitment to unified communications but also intensify its capacity to address the large number of old TDM (time division multiplexing) lines poised to transition to IP technology and cloud native solutions in the future.

Rowan Trollope, SVP and general manager of the Cisco applications business...

By Telecoms, 25 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Networks.

ZTE launches ‘total solution’ designed to accelerate the pre-5G evolution

At the recently held 2017 ZTE Wireless and Services User Congress in Brussels, ZTE introduced a total solution designed to expedite the 2017 ZTE Wireless and Services User Congress, which represents a comprehensive Pre5G upgrade following ZTE’s proposal on its Pre5G innovation philosophy and development of a series of solutions.

The total Pre5G solution revolves around enabling the 5G-like eMBB, 5G-Ready network architecture, and 5G-oriented service applications for all-round 5G network construction....

By Telecoms, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Majority of one billion 5G users in 2023 will be China-based, says CCS Insight

The number of 5G subscribers across the world will hit the one billion mark by mid-2023, with more than half of those from China, according to the latest figures from CCS Insight.

According to the company’s estimates, China will represent more than four subscribers in 10 5G connections globally by 2025. This is because the country will take an early lead compared to other nations, such as South Korea, Japan, and the US - who are fighting it out to champion the first commercial launch of the network, in...

By Telecoms, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Deutsche Telekom looks to Berlin for Europe’s first 5G antennas

Deutsche Telekom is aiming to showcase the future of communication by installing high-speed 5G antennas in the real world setting of Berlin, which provide extremely high throughput and very short network reaction times.

Claudia Nemat, Member of the Management Board responsible for Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said: “We are demonstrating 5G live here, in the middle of Berlin, rather than in a lab. This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which...

By Telecoms, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Operators.

Ericsson survey reveals 28% of operators expect to deploy 5G by 2018

Ericsson has released the results of its 5G Readiness Survey 2017 which features some fascinating insights on how the industry is preparing itself. According to the survey, 5G trials are being carried out by 78% of the respondents in 2017 compared to 32% in 2016. 28% of the respondents expect to deploy 5G in 2018.

According to the survey, 5G trials are being carried out by 78% of the respondents in 2017 compared to 32% in 2016. 28% of the respondents expect to deploy 5G in 2018.

Operators have also developed...

By Telecoms, 13 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G.

Orange Business Services accelerates LTE-M strategy with enterprise IoT trials

Orange Business Services has launched several field trials across Europe in order to expedite its LTE-M strategy to support the development of IoT solutions for the enterprise market.

In Spain, the communications integrator – the B2B branch of the Orange Group – has started several tests with strategic customers and device manufacturers in an open ecosystem of participation. This covers different sectors and applications, including smart utility, smart cities and facility management.

The provider...

By Telecoms, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

Nokia implements augmented intelligence to unlock value from telco data

Nokia is expanding its Analytics Services, which will be powered by the Nokia AVA cognitive services platform, in order to unlock value from telco data, enabling an improved network issue resolution and fewer dropped calls for operators.

The new services are based on Nokia Shannon Intelligence, which integrates augmented intelligence throughout the company's end-to-end portfolio.

The Nokia Analytics Services are multi-vendor capable and are built on several key features:

  • Zero CAPEX commercial model delivers analytics solutions via Nokia AVA cloud native platform, linking payment to...

By Telecoms, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Connectivity, Operators.

Telia, Ericsson and Intel to deploy first public 5G live network use cases in Europe

Telia is working together with Ericsson and Intel to deploy the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe.

The activity includes a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to its passengers while in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network. This is an important milestone for all three partners in the global 5G roadmap, making it possible to bring live 5G services in Tallinn and...

By Telecoms, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Networks.

OpenFog Consortium and ETSI to collaborate on fog-enabled mobile edge applications

The OpenFog Consortium and ETSI will be joining hands to develop fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies, as the two have signed a MoU with an intent to benefit organisations working to develop 5G, mission-critical and data-dense applications through fog computing and networking and thus reduce technical overlap across the multitude of domains.

The Consortium will be working with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG) wherein both organisations will...

By Telecoms, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Networks.

Global cellular IoT module shipments grew 35% annually, says Counterpoint

The latest study from Counterpoint Technology Market Research’s IoT service shows that global cellular IoT module shipments grew 35% on a year-on-year basis, and will keep gaining momentum in volume with technologies such as 4G, LTE-M and NB-IoT that will continue to drive the market.

The cellular IoT market is currently ruled by SIMCom Wireless, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Telit Communications, and u-blox. These five companies contribute two-third of the cellular module volume shipments and revenues of...

By Telecoms, 20 September 2017, 2 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Nokia aims to change industry verticals through 5G with WIVE project

Tens of billions of connected devices are said to turn into intelligent and programmable systems over the next decade, which is expected to benefit almost every industry at large. Transportation and resource consumption, learning and work, and treatment of health and wellness will be the ones affected by this transformation. This will not only generate massive opportunities in the sector, but will also bring new capacity requirements for networks.

There are many groups across the globe already working on...

By Telecoms, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry.

China Telecom utilises Versa Networks for SD-WAN service

Versa Networks has been chosen as a primary vendor for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and security (SD-Security) by China Telecom to cater the needs of its global customer base.

The latter’s managed SD-WAN service is developed on Versa’s comprehensive suite of virtualised network and security functions (VNFs), which enables a truly software-based managed SD-WAN service that gives customers a better business agility and make them ‘cloud-ready’ via its application-level visibility,...

By Telecoms, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Networks.

Small Cell Forum aims to enhance smart communities and smart buildings with new partnership

A far-reaching collaboration has been formed between the Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) wherein the alliance will address issues with smart communities and smart buildings.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work on technical, commercial, and regulatory solutions. All their existing work and skillset will be put together to develop solutions that simplify and expedite deployment of dense networks and in-building...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Small Cells, Smart Cities.

Amdocs delivers new NFV portfolio powered by ONAP

Software and services provider Amdocs has introduced a new portfolio featuring modular capabilities that accelerate service design, virtualisation and operating capabilities on demand.

The new Amdocs Network Function Virtualization (NFV), which is powered by Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), is claimed by the company to be the first and most comprehensive software and services offering that leverages open source networking technology which can be deployed either locally or in the public cloud using...

By Telecoms, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, NFV.

SoftBank and Huawei combine to demonstrate 5G use cases

SoftBank and Huawei have announced a variety of potential use cases for a 5G network.

The use cases include real-time UHD video transmission using ultra-high throughput of over 800 Mbps, remote control of a robotic arm using ultra-low latency transmission and remote rendering via a GPU server using edge computing to the company’s business partners.

The demo was conducted using a UHD camera, which was installed inside the demonstration room to capture outdoor scenery of the Odaiba Tokyo Bay area. The...

By Telecoms, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Connectivity, Networks.

Sky and Space Global make ‘historic’ development with successful nanosatellite call

It is true that technological inventions are bigger in size and, at times, slow at the developmental stage. But it is also true that they get faster and advanced, and smarter, as they shrink in size with time.

Recently, Sky and Space Global announced their feat – a world’s first, to be precise – for the aerospace, satellite and telecommunications industries, by arranging the first ever voice call using its 3 Diamonds nanosatellite technology, a standard smartphone and SAS proprietary...

By Telecoms, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Satellite.

SK Telecom inching closer to 5G realisation with low latency technology and repeater

South Korean wireless telecommunications operator SK Telecom has worked with Finnish multinational company Nokia to dramatically reduce the latency between the handset and base station from 25 milliseconds (ms) to 2ms over its LTE network – thus moving one step closer to realising 5G.

The newly developed 2ms latency technology is expected to facilitate the development of diverse real-time services such as autonomous driving, artificial reality and virtual reality services. The low latency communication...

By Telecoms, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Operators.

Comcast focusing on smart homes with current strategy

US-based telecommunications company Comcast is expediting its efforts in home automation, as it looks to tap into connected devices and expand its home security business.

As reported by Reuters, the company’s push to diversify comes in the backdrop of many US consumers dropping traditional cable television packages to opt for cheaper alternatives.

The company has witnessed exponential growth in its Xfinity Home security service wherein...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, IoT.

How small cells and the cloud are improving the stadium fan experience

Mobilitie, a company based in Newport Beach, California, has installed a new cellular wireless system at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The new system is expected to provide fans with access to an advanced cellular voice and data communications network that includes over 150 small, digital antennas, remote unit and other network components.

The neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) installed by Mobilitie is a flexible, small antennae and radio solution. With the new system, attendees at the stadium would...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Consumers, Small Cells.