Month: September 2020

Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Emmanuel Jean, Projects Coordinator at Télécoms Sans Frontières, details the unique challenges associated with providing connectivity in emergency situations. In moments of crisis, many of us instinctively seek human connections. We reach for the phone to
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Verizon cleared a major hindrance to its fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G home broadband ambitions, making long-awaited hardware available which executives previously stated was needed to improve deployment economics. The operator stated the 5G Internet Gateway router offers typical data rates of 300Mb/s and a maximum of 1Gb/s, with self-installation guidance offered through an app.
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Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone said it will spend JPY 4.25 trillion (roughly Rs. 2,96,637 crores) to take its wireless carrier business private, in a deal that opens the path to lower prices as the government calls for cuts. NTT will launch Japan’s largest-ever tender offer for the 34 percent of NTT Docomo stock that it does not own,
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Driving interoperability, ecosystem development, and future innovation Today, we take it for granted that our wireless devices and applications just work out of the box —smartphones can connect, make calls, and receive and send data anywhere in the world; laptops can seamlessly connect to any Wi-Fi access point and Bluetooth peripheral; and the video recorded
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Tech giant Microsoft has created a special bit of its cloud platform called Azure for Operators, on the back of recent strategic acquisitions. Historically it would be fair to say that Microsoft’s forays into the telecoms space have not been an unqualified success. The Ballmer administration was especially reckless in its insistence that it could
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The long-running saga of Uber vs Transport for London has been finally decided in favour of the former, meaning Londoner’s access to cheap taxis is secured. The Westminster Magistrate’s Court delivered its judgement on Uber’s appeal of TfL’s November 2019 decision not to renew its license to operate in London. TfL’s main stated reason for
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The combination of Samsung’s fully-virtualized 5G end-to-end solutions on Azure will bring cloud-based network solutions to operators and industry Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced an agreement to collaborate with Microsoft on an end-to-end, cloud-based private 5G network solution. As a part of this collaboration, the two companies plan to advance the virtualization of 5G
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German authorities were rumoured to be hatching a plan to help Deutsche Telekom enter China’s mobile market, WirtschaftsWoche reported, with speculation the move could be part of a deal related to Germany’s 5G policies. The publication did not divulge what shape Deutsche Telekom’s involvement in China’s mobile market could take, with the operator already offering
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In yet another illumination of the extent to which technological capability is increasingly seen as tied to national security, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is starting up its first-ever federal lab program, with a broad focus on the intersection of technology and intelligence that ranges from augmented and virtual reality to “future wireless and telecommunications
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BIG 5G EVENT: Executives from Cisco, T-Mobile US and Ericsson stressed simplicity as key for widespread enterprise 5G adoption, arguing too many options and requirements could be overwhelming. During a panel session, Cisco VP of product management for mobility and automation Masum Mir said there is demand from large enterprises for sophisticated 5G-powered applications including
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The United States has imposed restrictions on exports to China’s biggest chip maker SMIC after concluding there is an “unacceptable risk” equipment supplied to it could be used for military purposes. Suppliers of certain equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation will now have to apply for individual export licenses, according to a letter from the
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3GPP Organizational Partner, ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions), recently delivered a webinar (video & slides below) titled “5G Standards Developments in 3GPP Release 16 and Beyond”.  3GPP News details: An expert panel brings you up-to-speed on the current state of 5G standardization. The webinar delivers a broad overview of 3GPP’s work and introduces some of
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Global sales of tablets will grow this year for the first time in six years, one analyst firm predicts, with an increase in home usage meaning consumers are turning to larger-screen devices. Sales will be up 1% in full-year 2020 to 160.8 million units, according to the latest forecast from Strategy Analytics. It’s a small
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BIG 5G EVENT: Executives from AT&T and Orange tipped standalone (SA) 5G as a catalyst for fixed and mobile network convergence due to the drastically lower latency on offer. During a panel session, VP of technology strategy and development at Orange’s US subsidiary Gabriel Sidhom said the less than five millisecond latency expected from SA
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Canada’s BlackBerry posted a surprise 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Thursday, as sales of its security software product rose and its patent licensing business strengthened. US-listed shares of BlackBerry, which sells security software to companies and governments as well as infotainment software to carmakers, rose 6 percent in early morning trade. BlackBerry’s QNX car
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Let’s frame the Open RAN value proposition to better understand the benefits of disaggregating radio hardware and software, trading single-purpose equipment for general-purpose hardware and moving vital network functions into the cloud. First and foremost, network economics need to change; for 5G, and LTE, to scale and provide the kind of meaningful business value touted
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