Japanese operator Rakuten Mobile, a unit of e-commerce giant Rakuten, has announced the availability of its commercial 5G service in certain areas across six prefectures of the country. The service, initially offered via Non-Stand Alone (NSA) 5G architecture, is already available in parts of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Hokkaido, Osaka and Hyogo. The company’s 5G launch
Japan’s telecoms market is undergoing major upheaval this week. Yesterday, it was revealed that ex-monopoly NTT has plans to buy back mobile unit NTT DoCoMo for around $40 billion, perhaps in part inspired by governmental pressure to reduce mobile fees. Now today, after months of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic… Japan’s telecoms
A lot is happening in October. We’ve the return of gun-toting Mirzapur, Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian, zombie horror The Walking Dead, and futuristic sci-fi Star Trek: Discovery to look forward to. Elsewhere, we’ve movies and miniseries involving the likes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nicole Kidman, Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, and Ethan Hawke. That’s not all.
Nokia has clinched a deal with Britain’s biggest mobile operator BT to supply 5G radio equipment, the Finnish company said on Tuesday, in one of the first major wins under new CEO Pekka Lundmark. The deal will make Nokia BT’s largest equipment provider and comes just months after Britain said it would ban China’s Huawei from
Google fleshed out the details of its first 5G Pixel smartphones, after a limited unveiling early last month. The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 both feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor; a dual rear camera system with 12MP main and 16MP ultra-wide lenses; 128GB of storage; and a Titan M security chip. Pixel 4a 5G
A report in the German press claims that the government is going to impose new restrictions on Huawei’s involvement in the 5G network that amount to a ban in all but name. The leak comes from Handelsblatt, so we are indebted to Google Translate for its help once more. It claims to have been chatting
Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have been launched as the latest flagship models by Xiaomi. Both new smartphones are the upgrades to the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro that debuted in February, and come with an identical hole-punch display design and 144Hz refresh rate. The phones also include Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and
Having won online retail, Amazon is increasingly looking to dominate the bricks and mortar world too, as the launch of a palm-reading device illustrates. Amazon One is described as ‘a new innovation to make everyday activities effortless’. Leaving aside the toe-curling tautology, it does seems to have considerable potential. Palm readers are a similar concept
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
Nokia have announced that BT has chosen them to provide 5G RAN equipment, making them the operator’s largest RAN supplier. Previously, it was expected that BT’s 5G RAN infrastructure would be a mix of both Huawei and Nokia, but the start of this year saw the UK government decide to limit Huawei&’… Nokia have
The Xbox Series X and Series S might look like the future of Xbox, but Microsoft isn’t playing just one game anymore with the next generation of, well, gaming. Yes, it has two boxy machines that are launching on November 10 worldwide, including India. But Microsoft has an eye on other avenues too. After all,
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,
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.
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
The Realme Narzo 20 Pro sports some interesting specifications; and it’s also interesting that this is the first device in the Narzo series to get a ‘Pro’ badge. The price of the Narzo 20 Pro starts at Rs. 14,999, and there are very few phones that offer such hardware and specifications in the value segment.
Canadian telco Rogers has pledged to invest C$3 billion in Quebec, including 5G spend…but only if it is able to buy broadband operator Cogeco. Family-owned Canadian broadband provider Cogeco blocked an acquisition attempt tabled by Rogers and partner Altice USA earlier this month and does not seem predisposed to accepting Rogers’ sweetener now. A spokesperson
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
Today, Three Ireland has announced the switching on of its 5G network across the nation. Around 315 base stations have been deployed so far, giving a total coverage of around 35% of the Irish population. Around 500 more are expected to be deployed by the end of 2020, with Three having invested around €100
Flipkart has announced the arrival of the Big Billion Days sale in India. The e-commerce giant says that the sale will begin soon, and access for Flipkart Plus members will be earlier than the rest. Flipkart has partnered with SBI Bank to offer 10 percent instant discount on debit and credit cards. It has partnered
Jio users are taking to the Internet with complaints about Twitch being blocked by the telecom operator. Both Reliance Jio and Jio Fiber subscribers are reporting of this issue. Users report that this arbitrary blockage began around the same time as IPL 2020 cricket tournament kicked off. Few Twitch members are reportedly streaming IPL matches,
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
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
Oppo A33 (2020) has launched as the latest smartphone offering from the company. This phone has been introduced in Indonesia and looks like a slightly trimmed-down version of the Oppo A53 that was launched a while ago. The Oppo A33 (2020) packs a 5,000mAh battery and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. It has
Korean carrier SK Telecom said it expects to target clients in the corporate segment once it expands its 5G network later this year with standalone architecture, local newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily reported. According to the report, SK Telecom aims to launch its 5G SA network later this year using spectrum in the 28 GHz band.
2020 has been nothing if not different. With the pandemic forcing the telecoms sector into the limelight more than ever before, innovation in connectivity has exploded. At the Connected Britain Awards 2020, we sought to reward those who had come above and beyond, creating fascinating and practical solutions to connectivity challenges around the country. Each
Apple has purchased Cherry, the first film directed by the Russo brothers since their all-time record grossing Avengers: Endgame, in a major deal expected to boost the new streaming service’s Oscar hopes. The opioid crisis drama from Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, will debut on Apple TV+ early next year. It
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
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
The US President’s crusade to tackle what he perceives as biased political censorship by social media platforms is gathering momentum. The US Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the Trump administration, has sent draft legislation to Congress to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. According to Reuters’ good summary of the situation,
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