Comms regulator unveils broadband maps for USA

A wide shot of The Statue Of Liberty.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates interstate and international communications through cable, radio, television, satellite and wire in the US, has unveiled the pre-production draft of its new broadband maps.

These maps provide the best picture available to date of where broadband is and is not available across the country, and the FCC believes the maps will only get better from here.

Broadband consumers are empowered like never before. Maps that...

Space tech can help achieve one-sixth of emissions cuts needed to reach net zero by 2050

Satellite technologies are already reducing carbon emissions by 1.5 billion tonnes (or 1.5 gigatons) every year, according to independent research report Can Space Help Save The Planet?, commissioned by Inmarsat from leading consultants at Globant’s Sustainable Business Studio.

This is equivalent to almost four times the entire UK’s annual emissions in 2021 or the lifetime emissions of 50 million cars.

Demonstrating the possibilities of space technologies in the...

5G drone trials help emergency services patrol UK national parks 

Snowdonia.

With nearly three quarters (73%) of Brits having walked or hiked at a UK national park this year, or planning to in the near future, Virgin Media O2 has announced plans to trial 4G and 5G connected drone technology with the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre to help emergency services and Mountain Rescue volunteers protect lives.  

The telecommunications company is providing vital 4G and 5G connectivity to the Snowdonia area via the ‘Dragon’ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS / drone)...

European telecoms firms call for web giants to contribute to soaring network costs

European telecoms companies have called on the world's web giants to contribute financially to the increasing costs of maintaining internet networks.

16 chief executives of telecoms firms, including BT, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, released a joint statement this week, in which they said the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Netflix should be made to pay some of the soaring costs for the huge amount of global internet traffic they carry on their telecoms...

India plans nationwide 5G coverage within two years

The Taj Mahal at the sunrise.

India's National Broadband Mission, which operates under the Ministry of Communications, has revealed that the country's Government will announce the launch of 5G services in the country at India Mobile Congress on October 1.

Mukesh Ambani, India's Reliance Industries’ chairman, Bharti Airtel’s CEO, Sunil Mittal, and Vodafone Idea India’s CEO, Ravinder Takkar, are expected to unveil the plan during a joint presentation at the event.

According to reports, the...

Vodafone working on satellite tech that can locate IoT devices within centimetres

Planet Earth as seen from Space.

Vodafone and Topcon Positioning Group are developing a new mass-market precise positioning system that will locate Internet of Things (IoT) devices, machinery, and vehicles with a greater degree of accuracy than using only individual global navigation satellites systems (GNSS).

Vehicles, scooters, and even robot lawn mowers can be securely monitored in real-time to within a few centimetres when connected to Vodafone’s global IoT network and using technology from Topcon which...

Third of IT decision-makers rely on ‘gut feel’ when choosing network operator

Someone grabbing flab on their stomach.

A third (32%) of business leaders admit that over 50% of their decision-making process is based on emotional response or ‘gut feel’ when choosing a network provider. 

This is according to a new report from Arelion (formerly Telia Carrier), a provider of telecommunication services.

Decision-makers in the US are particularly driven by emotion, with 46% attributing over half of their decision-making processes to it. The survey was conducted in the US,...

Ericsson, Qualcomm and Thales to take 5G into space

The Andromeda Galaxy.

Ericsson, Thales and Qualcomm Technologies plan to take 5G out of this world and across a network of Earth-orbiting satellites.

After having each conducted detailed research which included multiple studies and simulations, the parties plan to enter smartphone-use-case-focused testing and validation of 5G non-terrestrial networks (5G NTN).

The result could effectively mean that a future 5G smartphone could use 5G connectivity anywhere on Earth and provide complete global...

Jurassic Fibre unveils fibre network growth plans as Rishi Sunak visits headquarters

Rushi Sunak being given a tour of Jurassic Fibre's HQ.

Jurassic Fibre, a broadband internet network developer, has announced ambitious plans to increase the rollout of its ultrafast fibre network to cover 500,000 homes and businesses across 30 towns and villages in the South West by 2026.

The announcement coincided with a visit from The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP to Jurassic Fibre’s Devon headquarters in Honiton.

During the Chancellor’s visit, Michael Maltby, CEO of Jurassic Fibre, outlined the...

Lumine Group snaps up connectivity monetisation firm TOMIA

Someone counting a fan of US dollars.

Lumine Group, a division of Volaris Group focused on the communications and media vertical, has acquired TOMIA, an innovator in global connectivity monetisation solutions.

TOMIA’s software optimises and orchestrates critical inter-carrier business processes including data and financial clearing, network roaming, real-time campaign management and interconnect solutions.

Many of the industry’s leading service providers are said to rely on TOMIA’s technology to...