In a networked economy, everything is connected, tracked, personalised and direct. Over the past 12 months, we have most significantly seen an increase in the use of alternative payment methods having a big contribution to the networked economy we live in. Most notably we have seen a rise in mobile payments and there are now a number of key options available: Apple Pay, Google Wallet and CurrentC.
Making the customer experience fit for the digital age has become one of the main focuses for communications service providers (CSPs). Across the UK, and in fact around the world, CSPs are racing to differentiate themselves with new digital services and features for the people and businesses they serve.
The agility of open source software enables CSPs to deploy applications in minutes or hours instead of weeks or months, avoiding costly long-term projects and physical infrastructure deployments across globally located datacentres. As the future of the mobile datacentre continues to evolve, CSPs can use open source technologies to build and scale a tailored datacentre designed for their specific requirements.
Today, LTE is the fastest growing wireless standard in history with over 300 commercial networks already launched as of mid-2014 and LTE subscriptions predicted to reach 1.6 billion by 2018. With this huge worldwide investment and momentum building, cellular operators are looking at how they can leverage that investment into the rapidly growing IoT space.
With the recently released Apple Pay, the media hype surrounding mobile payments and mobile wallets has reached “banked” countries. It may sound like a great new idea for some, but for the 200 million people already using similar services for some years (most of them in “unbanked” countries), it looks obvious.
The term ‘femtocell’, yet another hyped technology, was penned several years ago to cast away our cellular coverage woes but at a price. Fortunately, nowadays, you no longer hear mobile operators telling consumers that they must dip into their pockets to resolve those coverage issues that were fundamentally their responsibility.
With NFV, operators have a chance to fight back by creating their own products and services that can be prioritised over OTT applications. Not only will this help generate new revenues, it will also increase brand loyalty as subscribers become accustomed to the greater quality of service they receive from native operator applications.
It’s been estimated that the volume of global monthly mobile data traffic will exceed 15 exabytes by 2018. LTE is already proving to be a major bandwidth hog. While 4G represents only a fraction of mobile connections today, it accounts for at least 30% of mobile data traffic, thanks to a surge in high-bandwidth content such as video calling and music streaming.
Carrier Aggregation – one of most popular features of LTE-Advanced – is currently in the innovator and early-adopter stages of the technology lifecycle. As such it is still relatively immature and complex to implement with the risk of disappointing early consumers.
The Weightless-W standard will be disbanded and the all new Weightless-N will be developed with the help of NWave, a recently signed-up member to join the group. NWave will help to draft the next generation of white space technology: v1.0, which is proposed to be published by the end of Q1 2015.
In September 2014 Phones 4u entered into administration after it became apparent that it would be unable to continue as a going concern following the loss of its distribution agreement with EE and Vodafone. Having seen consolidation of the UK mobile industry at network level with the merger of Orange and T-Mobile to form EE, we are now witnessing consolidation at retail level.
During a speech this summer, Google executive Tim Carter declared that operators simply can’t afford to innovate, claiming that that the “luxury” of digital innovation is now the sole preserve of the rich (i.e. Google) and entrepreneurs with little to lose. But is this really true?
Mobile Operators are facing unprecedented data growth in their networks resulting in financial and technical challenges. These challenges require not only new tools and techniques but new thinking to resolve.
Payment models have changed dramatically, leading to reduced margins for mobile operators. Unless traditional telcos look to reap back these revenues from additional streams, the environment will become even more challenging.
In this second feature, I want to take a closer look at why white space has seemingly stumbled, despite its surrounding hype. I have to confess that, in my experience, there’s always an associated amount of puffery within the telecommunications industry – an inflated balloon of hyperbole used to garner momentum for a new technology.
The shortlist for the inaugural LTE Asia Awards, with submissions impressing our panel of expert judges with their innovation, hard-work and commitment to LTE.
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is the result of an agreement between 27 European countries to create a single patent for Europe (the ‘Unitary Patent’), with a single court (the UPC) to handle validity and enforcement matters.
A recent survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence showed that 66% of operators have deployed or are planning to deploy virtualized BSS by 2016. Beyond the cost optimization that virtualization promises, operators are leveraging virtualization concepts to transform their BSS environments in order to innovate more rapidly, drive new revenues and better compete.
Three or four years ago, white space radio was surrounded by enormous hype and it embarked upon a news flurry, which witnessed the industry ‘stop in its tracks’ as a whirlwind of excitement swept the technology off its feet. Crikey, white space radio was primed to solve so many problems!
According to research by IDC, 1.5 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017 and consumers will be doing more than ever on them. As a result, more businesses recognise the importance of delivering quick and seamless mobile payment capabilities to cater to consumers who demand the ability to transact when, where and how they choose.