Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry to jointly setup Open Broadband Laboratory Asia

The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly establish an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia (OBLA) and promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution at the recent China SDN/NFV Conference in Beijing.

Open Broadband Labs are a collaborative resource for the integration, staging and testing of open source, commercial software, standards-based and vendor implementations where suppliers, integrators and operators can work together on new...

By Telecoms, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks, NFV, Regulation, SDN.

AT&T, BT, Orange and Singtel lead the way for next-gen telecom service in APAC, says IDC

Research firm IDC has identified AT&T, BT, Orange, and Singtel as leaders of the next-generation telecom service providers in Asia Pacific (APAC).

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest report, titled IDC Telecom MarketScape for Next-Generation Service Providers 2016-17, argue the four leaders showed a strong regional network presence, comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud and managed ICT service offerings, diverse portfolio of services in areas such as IoT and collaboration in the...

By Telecoms, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Mobile, Operators, SDN.

OTT market to surpass broadcast TV within next five years, Level 3 argues

More hours will be logged watching linear streaming OTT video than traditional television by 2022, according to a new study from Level 3 Communications.

More than two thirds of the almost 500 media professionals polled argued traditional TV’s days will be numbered in five years’ time, while approximately half of respondents believe OTT revenue growth will be between 30% and 50% year over year in 2017.

Roughly 70% of respondents said they offered OTT services globally or across one geographic...

By Telecoms, 28 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services, Smart TV.

Orange joins Facebook to back startups focused on network infrastructure innovation

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Orange has partnered with Facebook to support a new accelerator designed to support startups focused on network infrastructure development as part of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

The initiative, called ‘Telecom Track’, will give startups an opportunity to engage directly leading experts from within Orange and its partners on tackling a number of network-related issues, ranging from network management to new access technologies, across a number of regions. They will...

By Telecoms, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Innovation, Operators.

Canada aims to boost net neutrality with new framework

A newly designed framework which prevents telecom providers from engaging in ‘harmful’ zero-rating has been issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Zero-rating is a practice of selectively pricing certain apps and services by not counting them against a customer's data cap. The ruling strengthens Net Neutrality in the country, and will shape how Canadians use the Internet for years to come.

The digital rights group OpenMedia has welcomed the ruling, noting...

By Telecoms, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Net Neutrality.

Telco cloud to reach critical mass after 2020 – driven by 5G growth

Large scale telco cloud deployments will hit global critical mass after 2020 in parallel with the deployment of 5G, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report, titled ‘Telco Cloud Framework and Deployment Roadmaps’, argues the latest network generation will likely require a new core network to allow for advanced concepts, including network slicing and services geared toward different business verticals. Early 5G deployments, during which time there will not be an immediate need for a...

By Telecoms, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Networks, Research.

Research warns of price hikes for customers on basic broadband deals

A report from Citizens Advice, a UK network of independent charities, argues that people on the cheapest basic broadband deals are hit with an average price rise of £113 per year once their deal ends – with many unware they face an increase in cost.

The study found more than a third (35%) of broadband customers do not realise that they could face price hikes by staying on the same contract with their provider after their initial deal ends.

For customers who stay on the same contract for four years...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers.

Chinese LTE mobile infrastructure market in decline, argues IHS Markit

A network sharing deal between China Unicom and China Telecom in 2016 has been a contributing factor in the country’s LTE capex decline by 16% year on year, according to the latest note from IHS Markit.

Insights from IHS Markit’s “2017 Mobile Infrastructure: China Annual Market Tracker” show that China – being the world’s largest mobile subscriber base – had a total of 1.3 billion subscribers in 2016. Among these subscribers, 64% were on China...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile.

Netflix continues to dominate OTT market – but challengers closing the gap

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More than half (53%) of Wi-Fi-connected homes in the US accessed at least one OTT service in December 2016 according to comScore – with Netflix leading the way but challengers closing the gap.

These households were active in viewing OTT content, comScore adds, doing so at an average of 19 separate days during the month, and for 2.2 hours per usage day. OTT viewing mirrors linear TV with the highest concentration of activity happening during traditional primetime hours.

In December...

By Telecoms, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: OTT Services, Smart TV.

AT&T to acquire Straight Path for $1.6 billion

AT&T has announced its intent to acquire Straight Path Communications, which holds a nationwide portfolio of millimetre wave spectrum, for a total transaction value of $1.6 billion.

The deal complements AT&T’s January acquisition of FiberTower and augments the company’s holdings of mmWave spectrum, with the Straight Path portfolio including 39 GHz and 28 GHz licenses. The acquisition will support AT&T’s leadership in 5G, which will accelerate the delivery of new experiences for...

By Telecoms, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Spectrum.

One in three contract consumers in the UK will be SIM-only by end of 2017, says CCS Insight

In its recently published latest operator forecast report, market research firm CCS Insight says that more than one third of contract consumers (34%) will be on a SIM-only deal by the end of 2017 in the UK. This represents solid growth compared with 27% at the start of 2017 for a concept that is still relatively new for the consumers in the country who are still habituated to buying a subsidised two-year handset deal.

Over the coming years, SIM-only penetration is said to rise steadily and will account for...

By Telecoms, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Small cell market saw ‘solid’ growth in 2016 with indoor deployments key

Global small cell rollouts delivered strong double digit year-over-year growth to the market last year, with 1.7 million units shipped and $1.5 billion in revenue, according to a research note from IHS Markit.

The research firm has released its H1 2017 “Small Cell Equipment Biannual Market Tracker” report, which contains data and analysis for the half-year ended December 31, 2016. Units shipped saw 43% growth year over year, compared to 26% for revenue figures.

According to the report, much of the...

By Telecoms, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Networks, NFV, Small Cells.

Lycamobile launches 4G data services across Spain

International mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lycamobile has expanded its operating network agreement with Telefonica to launch 4G data services across its Spanish network, providing improved service to its 1.9 million existing customers.

Allirajah Subaskaran, chairman at Lyca Group, said: “The introduction of 4G services in Spain demonstrates our commitment to Lycamobile customers in the country, who will benefit from the availability of fast, high-quality data.

“With approximately 10% of...

By Telecoms, 29 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: MVNO, Networks.

Three working with Cisco Jasper for speed, flexibility and control in IoT connectivity

Three Group has extended its capabilities in the global IoT marketplace by partnering with Cisco Jasper, the latter has announced.

The partnership will allow Three Group’s long-awaited enterprise customers to launch IoT services using Cisco Jasper’s powerful connectivity management platform – Control Center. These customers will have the option of accessing Control Center through Three Group’s mobile enabling services division – Hue.

Jarrod Nink, CEO at Hue, said: “Speed,...

By Telecoms, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Networks.

Ericsson and SoftBank to conduct 5G trials on 28GHz spectrum

Ericsson and SoftBank have announced the next step of their 5G trial to 28GHz, after successfully completing the 4.5GHz and 15GHz spectrum on basic 5G trials in Tokyo.

Started in August 2016, the comprehensive 5G run included base stations and user equipment with control signal feedback using mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, which is now one of the future candidate bands for 5G services in Japan.

The upcoming 5G tests will be conducted both in indoor and outdoor trial environments covering both device mobility...

By Telecoms, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Mobile, Networks.

GSMA report forecasts 5G connections to reach 1.1 billion by 2025

Commercial 5G networks will be ‘widely deployed’ by the beginning of the next decade, according to a new report from the GSMA.

The report, titled ‘The 5G Era: Age of Boundless Connectivity and Intelligent Automation’, was based on an extensive survey of 750 operator CEOs and other industry stakeholders and released at the time of Mobile World Congress last week.

GSMA has predicted that commercial 5G networks will be widely deployed at the beginning of the next decade and, by 2025, will...

By Telecoms, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Networks.

South Korea’s first NFV-based routing deployment launches with LG U+ and Juniper

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South Korean cellular carrier LG U+ has chosen Juniper Networks to help carry out the country’s first routing deployment based around network functions virtualisation (NFV), according to a release from the network provider.

There were no prior public NFV-based routing references deployments in Korea, and LG U+ wanted someone with a proven track record to provide guidance and support on the 5G project. Juniper worked closely alongside LG U+ from the initial stages of the project to...

By Telecoms, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, NFV, Operators.

China Mobile opts for Brocade’s NFV to aid government Internet Plus initiative

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Networking solutions company Brocade has announced that mobile communications service provider China Mobile has selected Brocade’s advanced network functions virtualization (NFV) solution to support its most strategic corporate development initiative.

With the deployment of Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager (vTM) at important data centres of China Mobile, China Mobile will be able to deliver highly available and agile cloud services while keeping the operating cost under...

By Telecoms, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, NFV, Operators.

Gartner predicts global semiconductor spending to grow 2.9% in 2017

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Gartner has predicted an increase of 2.9% in global semiconductor capital spending in 2017, reaching $69.9 billion (£56.7bn). The estimation for 2017 is down from 5.1% growth in 2016.

David Christensen, senior research analyst at Gartner, said: “The stronger growth in 2016 was fuelled by Increased spending in late 2016 which can be attributed to a NAND flash shortage which was more severe in late 2016 and will persist though most of 2017. This is due to a...

By Telecoms, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT.

Straight Path settles spectrum dispute with FCC

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Straight Path Communications has reached a comprehensive settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to the company’s wireless spectrum licenses, the company has announced.

As part of the agreement, the FCC has terminated its investigation of Straight Path, and now the company can move forward with the vast majority of its nationwide 39 GHz spectrum fully intact, and its 28 GHz spectrum unchanged.

Both 28 and 39 GHz, spectrum bands were the recent...

By Telecoms, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Spectrum.