Ericsson is hiring 250 people ‘to support 5G growth’

Ericsson has announced plans to hire 250 people at its R&D centre to work on projects that will “support 5G growth”.

The roles will be based at the Swedish vendor’s R&D centre in Athlone, Ireland. Ericsson’s software development campus is one of the country’s largest.

“Today’s significant announcement by Ericsson, a company that has had a presence here in Ireland since 1957 and an R&D facility in Athlone since 1979 is terrific news and...

RootMetrics examines five years of call advancements

A report from mobile network performance specialist RootMetrics examines the past five years of call advancements.

The UK is set to bid farewell to copper landlines and upgrade to a fully digital call network. RootMetrics’ report highlights some of the advancements over the past five years that have made this switch viable.

By 2025, the UK intends to switch off its copper landline network in favour of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). As with any transition, there...

Report highlights audio-video experiences that will be ‘only on 5G’

A report from InterDigital and Futuresource highlights audio-video experiences that will only be available using 5G networks.

“Significant engineering and innovation has shaped the emergence of 5G and we are beginning to realise the benefits of this enhanced wireless ecosystem, particularly for video and video-enabled experiences,” said Henry Tirri, Chief Technology Officer, InterDigital.

“This report in partnership with Futuresource Consulting highlights myriad...

CityFibre’s full-fibre to deliver over £40B of direct economic benefits

New research suggests that economic benefits worth over £40 billion will be reaped by CityFibre’s full-fibre rollout.

The research – conducted by consultancy firm Hatch – covers a 15-year period and examines the rollout across 285 cities, towns, and villages in England and Scotland.

Boosts to productivity and innovation account for £22 billion of the economic benefits; with poor connectivity no longer posing a barrier.

As more people transition to...

Opensignal: Three UK dominates in 5G download speed, leads in availability

Three UK has achieved some impressive 5G results in OpenSignal’s latest Mobile Network Experience Report.

The UK’s smallest mobile operator by subscribers got its name from being the first to launch a 3G network in the country. When it came to 4G, many reports found that Three often fell behind rivals in speed and availability.

With the rollout of 5G now fully underway, Three is making a serious effort to secure its leadership.

Three UK customers saw...

Ookla finds Starlink now averages over 100 Mbps

Research from Ookla finds that Starlink now averages over 100 Mbps in 15 countries.

The results, from Q4 2021, suggests that SpaceX’s satellite system continues to beat median fixed broadband speeds in most locations:

StarlinkFixed BroadbandAustralia141.5551.35Austria131.8450.33Belgium155.1576.94Canada106.6496.39Chile118.95168.92France102.1575.47Germany115.5865.86Ireland123.5165.89Italy124.3949.56Mexico141.9436.56Netherlands138.4095.55New...

US telcos added far fewer broadband customers last year

According to Leichtman Research, US telcos were unable to maintain the huge surge in customers they saw in 2020.

In 2020, the largest cable and wireline phone providers in the US – representing about 96 percent of the market – added an eye-watering 4,860,000 subscribers.

Of course, the notable thing about that year was the emergence of COVID-19. Lockdowns meant that more people had to subscribe to more telecoms services to work, study, and socialise.

New...

Consumers aren’t happy with Web 2.0 but lack Web 3.0 understanding

Research conducted by the National Research Group (NRG) finds that most consumers aren’t happy with Web 2.0 but lack Web 3.0 understanding.

When asked about their views of the web over the past five years, consumers believe that it’s become more commercialised (80%), addictive (79%), and encouraged people to treat each other more cruelly (69%).

Furthermore, 7 in 10 Americans say they no longer feel in control of how their data is used online. 53 percent are concerned...

Samsung and Keysight sign MoU to advance 6G research

Samsung and Keysight have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the research and development of 6G technology.

While 5G has plenty of life yet, it’s never too soon to start preparing for what comes next. The MoU signed between Samsung and Keysight aims to do just that.

Sunghyun Choi, Executive Vice President at Samsung Research, said:

"The signing of this MoU with Keysight will greatly advance Samsung's 6G strategy of combining the company's...

Research: The leading 5 sectors for 5G investments

Research commissioned by World Wide Technology (WWT) has uncovered the leading five sectors for 5G investments.

Investors are excited about 5G and its potential returns. Among the investors surveyed for the research, 92 percent are either invested – or plan to invest – in companies that depend on 5G.

In declining order, the top five sectors identified for 5G investments are:

Cloud computing (identified by 72% of VCs and investors)Smart mobility (70%)Media and...