AT&T deploys G.fast connectivity solution across 22 American markets

AT&T is providing G.fast connectivity to properties without access to fibre. The American telecom giant has deployed its G.fast services in eight metro areas, along with 14 additional cities selling the service to MDUs.

G.fast provides internet access to apartment and condo units over existing coaxial cables, delivering speed up to 500 Mbps. Moreover, it minimises disruption for current residents as there is no need to place new wiring in every home.

The eight areas are: Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, New...

By Telecoms, 24 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, G.fast, Networks.

Nokia Bell Labs aims to pioneer next-gen 5G platform as a service

Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of the Finnish technology giant, has said it is collaborating with a variety of stakeholders for the next generation of 5G platform as a service (NGPaaS).

The collaboration includes industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small and medium sized enterprises, as well as European academic institutions, to dedicate 24 months towards the advance of 5G. The group, known as 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP) mediates between the EU and telecom...

By Telecoms, 10 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Developers, Europe, Networks.

Qualcomm teams up with ITRI to develop 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies in Taiwan

Qualcomm is partnering with Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), to work on 5G NR-enabled small cell technologies.

The collaboration is said to speed up the delivery and global commercialisation of 5G NR small cell products and infrastructure by Taiwanese OEMs and ODMs.

Jim Cathey, SVP and president, APAC & India, Qualcomm International, said, “This joint effort with ITRI is a key part of the investments we are making in Taiwan to ensure the industry continues to move...

By Telecoms, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Small Cells.

KDDI acquires Soracom to bolster IoT capability

Japanese telecom provider KDDI is to acquire IoT platform provider Soracom, according to an announcement from KDDI president Takashi Tanaka.

The company will acquire Soracom’s outstanding shares, making it a consolidated subsidiary of KDDI.

Soracom, which was formed in 2015, provides the Soracom IoT platform to deliver secure communication optimised for IoT and M2M by combining over the air connectivity with cloud capability. The platform allows customers to operate and manage connections and devices...

By Telecoms, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

Hutchison Telecom sells fixed line business to investment group for £1.4 billion

I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager based in New York, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% interest in Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) from Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH).

The deal, which is about HKD 14.5 billion (£1.4bn), is expected to close by October, and will be carried out via I Squared Capital’s ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II.

HGC is a Hong Kong-based fixed line service provider to fixed and mobile...

By Telecoms, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Connectivity, Networks, OTT Services.

How Aarhus is using Bluetooth sensors to solve traffic issues

Implementation of Bluetooth technologies for monitoring traffic conditions has experienced success in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, which has used BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors for several years across its entire road network.

The municipality has also been collecting traffic data based on the movement of driver´s mobile devices.

The sensors have accumulated traffic data that provide insights into current road density, flow and formation of queues and share traffic information with users....

By Telecoms, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, Networks, Telematics.

Corning acquires SpiderCloud to expand wireless network capabilities

Corning has announced the acquisition of SpiderCloud Wireless, a leading provider of in-building wireless solutions.

SpiderCloud will come under the Corning Optical Communications segment, where its expertise in developing scalable small-cell network platforms will be used to its full potential for delivering unprecedented coverage and capacity for wireless services and optimising network efficiency and improving user experience. This acquisition is set to open unique market access opportunities for Corning...

By Telecoms, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Small Cells.

San Marino first European state to get 5G with testing starting ‘within next year’

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San Marino will become the first state in Europe to get 5G after its government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Telecom Italia (TIM).

The republic, which has a population of 33,000 and an area of 61.2 square kilometres, will work with Telecom Italia to update the mobile sites of its network with 4.5G and introduce some of the features of 5G, such as evolved mast towers (MIMO4x4), carrier aggregation, superior modulation, and cloud architecture, as well as introducing...

By Telecoms, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe.

NB-IoT and VoLTE progress: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Verizon pushing initiatives

A couple of updates – and firsts – have taken place in the NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) and VoLTE (voice over LTE) spaces.

Deutsche Telekom has introduced two entry packages as pilot NB-IoT solutions in Germany, in a move to widen the scope of its network offerings in the arena and accelerate its 2020 5G communications standard.

The packages are NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, and NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, which is a more comprehensive product offering.

Both...

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

Outdoor small cells will be ‘integral’ for operator networks – especially with transition to 5G

The outdoor smart cell market will become an integral part of mobile networks, according to new analysis from iGR.

The report argues that the main barriers to growing the outdoor small cell market have little to do with the technology itself and more to do with actual installation issues - power, backhaul, regulations, timelines, and overall cost.

Small cells will be playing an important role in the coming days as the demand for high-quality data services on LTE networks is continuously growing, with the...

By Telecoms, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Small Cells.

GSMA claims mobile IoT initiative has ‘taken off’ after operator LPWA rollout

Several of the world’s leading mobile operators, including AT&T, China Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, have launched commercial rollouts of low power wide area (LPWA) networks, with the GSMA claiming its Mobile IoT Initiative has been a success.

The list of operators includes AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon and Vodafone.

The rollout programme is part of the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative that encourages the market to take on licenced LPWA networks. In China,...

By Telecoms, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Wi-Fi Alliance launches certification program for smart home developments

Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design, which sets the guidelines to enable home builders provide an industry-approved network-installation plan.

The enterprise design practices enlisted in this program enable homes to have a consistent Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces like garages and patios. It also provides seamless integration with many smart-home devices such as Wi-Fi voice-activated wireless speakers, security cameras, door locks,...

By Telecoms, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, WiFi, Wireless.

SK Telecom announces commercialisation of LTE-A Pro technologies

SK Telecom has announced that it has successfully commercialised five-band Carrier Aggregation (CA) and 4X4 MIMO, which are key technologies of LTE-A Pro, the last stage of LTE evolution. It aims to enhance its data transmission speed and performance to represent an early application of 5G technologies that support Gbps-level data speeds and massive network capacity.

SK Telecom’s five-band CA LTE-A Pro service supports up to 700Mbps data rates, enabling users to download 2GB within 23 seconds. This...

By Telecoms, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Connectivity, LTE.

GSMA urges EU telecom ministers to consider its suggestions ahead of reform plan

The GSMA has urged European telecoms ministers to seek for greater ambitions on telecoms framework reforms, as the discussion for amendments to the draft European Electronic Communications Code in an EU Council meeting looms.

The group has enlisted considerations that they believe are important in advancing Europe’s goals for 5G and a Gigabit Society. Bringing reforms to the spectrum policy is the most vital step in leading Europe to its 5G goals, the GSMA says. Creation of a more predictable, certain...

By Telecoms, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Operators, Regulation.

AT&T looks to invest in Minnesota for small cell networks, praises new law

AT&T has praised Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton for signing into law a new measure to streamline and standardise rules that will accelerate the deployment of small cell technology. The measure will help pave the way for the next generation of high-speed wireless services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, especially as the company enhances its network in preparation for the 2018 SuperBowl.

Small cell technology is an important building block for 5G. These small cells are basically...

By Telecoms, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Small Cells.

Tech firms relying on telcos for connectivity not value added services, says ABI Research

ABI Research has conducted a survey to find out preferences of technology implementers using B2B technologies – and found 55% of respondents preferred to use telcos only for connectivity purposes.

Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director at ABI Research, said: "The connectivity market is, and will, remain, profitable for many telcos worldwide, but our survey indicates that there is some interest by technology implementers in more than pure connectivity. This is what we refer to as Connectivity+."

31% of...

By Telecoms, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Operators.

ZTE partners with Telenet for IoT and 5G synergies

Telenet, the largest cable broadband service provider in Belgium, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Chinese telco ZTE to advance its technology offerings in mobile Internet and telecommunications.

Telenet chief technology officer Micha Berger and ZTE senior vice president Xiao Ming signed the agreement in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in a ceremony at the Castle Val-Duchesse in Brussels.

Berger noted satisfactory results in the...

By Telecoms, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Operators.

Bluewolf uses Watson and Einstein in AI Now for telecoms

Bluewolf has announced the launch of Salesforce Fullforce Solution for the telecommunications industry, Bluewolf AI Now for Telecommunications, which will be generally available later this month.

The solution is powered by Global Strategic Partner Vlocity, a leading provider of industry cloud software, and uses a single digital platform with integrated intelligence from IBM Watson for delivering faster and more predictable deployments. Their partnership aims to drive industry-specific Salesforce innovation...

By Telecoms, 01 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Operators.

Small Cell Forum secures help of General Motors and Marriott for enterprise advisory council

The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has launched its Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC) which will aim to work towards developing industry ties and working beside businesses and institutions to solve the issue of poor cellular coverage.

The EAC’s founding members are commercial real-estate services advisers Camden Livng and CBRE, General Motors, Grange Hotels, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Texas A&M University and WeWork, a shared office provider.

A target engagement campaign has...

By Telecoms, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Small Cells.

Australian telcos getting better at minimising bill shock, new report reveals

Users in Australia are becoming more satisfied with their telecom providers in terms of ease of understanding bills, information provided on products and minimising unexpectedly high bills, according to a study from the Communications Alliance.

The quarterly national survey, conducted by Roy Morgan Research, found the percentage of customers who received an unexpectedly high bill has consistently decreased in each wave of the survey, down from 34% in the first wave conducted in 2013 to 26% in the most recent...

By Telecoms, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, Research.