Vodafone has announced it will begin rolling out LTE Advanced, aka 4.5G, in Birmingham, London and Manchester this month, with rest of the country to follow over a year’s time. The operator will be the first in the UK to launch commercial LTE-A network services.
At an Intel event in London this week, Telecoms.com sat down with VP and General Manager of Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, Rose Schooler. During the conversation, Schooler outlined Intel’s ecosystem and community for NFV and SDN advancement, Intel Network Builders’ Program (NBP), and the company’s view on the origins of NFV.
Lenovo has announced it is to establish a direct-to-consumer, internet-based mobile business in China next year. The new company, which will operate under a separate brand name (yet to be announced), will focus on smart devices and services. According to Lenovo, the motivation behind the new business is to target the fast growing mobile device [...]
Telefónica’s Big Data Director Richard Benjamins has urged the European Union to unify the continent’s telecoms market and level the playing field between operators and OTT players. He said unless action to create more transparent and fairer market is taken soon, Europe will lose its chance to be at the forefront of Big Data.
After years of dramatic sales growth the global smartphone market is slowing down, according to new data from analysts CCS Insight. The firm is forecasting global smartphone sales growth of 25% in 2014, down from 40% last year and slowing further to 15% in 2015.
Qualcomm has announced it will purchase UK-based chip maker and Bluetooth innovator CSR for approximately $2.5 billion in a bid to capitalise on the Internet of Things (IoT). The chip giant said the acquisition will strengthen its product offering and add channels and customers in the IoT and automotive infotainment markets.
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has completed an NFV Proof of Concept (PoC) trial in which interoperability of multi-vendor virtual functions was successfully demonstrated. The trial, involving Ericsson and NEC, focussed on the orchestration of the virtualised evolved packet core (vEPC) between multiple vendors.
IT giant Dell is seeking to apply its infrastructure and virtualization knowledge to the telco vertical with the launch of its NFV platform and accompanying operator starter kit. Dell intends to differentiate its offering by using open standards and ecosystem partners to maximise the platform’s scalability and flexibility.
Iliad has ceased its pursuit of T-Mobile US after its second bid to acquire the business was rejected by owner Deutsche Telekom and some TMUS board members. This marks the end of a four-month project for Iliad trying to enter the US market.
China Mobile and KPN have claimed the first successful trial of international, IMS-based VoLTE (Voice over LTE) roaming between operators. The service is based on technology developed by KPN subsidiary and mobile operator solutions provider iBasis.
Amdocs has launched Network Cloud Service Orchestrator, which is designed to help service providers with operations and process management for NFV and software defined networking (SDN) solutions.
EE, Vodafone and Three have responded to the story recently published by the Guardian, and followed up by many other media, about the automated sharing of customer call records with law enforcement officers. They insist the practices have been in place for some time to comply with existing law.
Mobile industry association, the GSMA, has unveiled a specification for embedded SIMs that already has the support of several major stakeholders and which the GSMA is hoping will boost the M2M market by at least 34% in the next five years.
Samsung Electronics claims to have broken speed barriers in the development of 60GHz wifi technology. The 802.11ad wifi standard, dubbed “WiGig”, is claiming data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 gigabits per second (Gbps), a five-fold increase on current speeds of 866 megabits per second (Mbps) through the 802.11ac standard.
Korean telco KT and Alcatel-Lucent have announced a technical collaboration agreement to accelerate the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV) in Korea.
Ofcom has announced it is coordinating testing of wireless technology that uses white space spectrum to potentially deliver a range of digital services including internet access in rural areas, wifi-like services, video streaming or M2M connectivity.
Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have announced a connected cars joint venture to be established in China at the beginning of next year. The initiative is targeted at the automotive industry and aims to enable the provision of 4G-based vehicle information services to ‘connected’ drivers.
The European Commission has confirmed that two fixed line markets will no longer be subject to regulation in Europe. The retail market for access to fixed telephony, and the wholesale market for fixed call origination will no longer be affected by price caps.
CaixaBank, one of Spain’s largest banks, has moved into the wearable payment technology space with the launch of an NFC-enabled wristband capable of making contactless payments. Security vendor Gemalto has supplied its Optelio Contactless MiniTag, which links the wristband to the user’s existing payment card.
BT and Huawei have successfully trialled a 3 Terabit per second (Tbps) super channel connection over an existing fibre optic link, paving the way for significant capacity on BT’s core fibre optic networks without having to replace cables.