Month: September 2020

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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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.
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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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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
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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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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 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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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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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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