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MWC2017: IoT has no compelling need for 5G

MWC2017: IoT has no compelling need for 5G New topics, such as virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), have gained traction in the past couple of years at MWC, but IoT continues to be a key theme of the industry’s annual get together. In this article, we explore some of the IoT developments from the 2017 event. LTE-M gained ... Read More »

IMS: The Faithful Bedfellow of MNOs Everywhere

IMS: The Faithful Bedfellow of MNOs Everywhere Despite the daily hoopla surrounding 5G, carriers continue to invest heavily in 4G-related technologies, especially IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). Although it doesn’t have the mystique of 5G, it more than makes up for it by being currently available and not just a faint promise of what may or may not actually happen. IMS ... Read More »

Nokia throws LTE hardware support behind 600 MHz spectrum band

Nokia throws LTE hardware support behind 600 MHz spectrum band Nokia said it has completed prestandard testing of commercial hardware compatible with the 600 MHz spectrum band, which is set to be unleashed by the Federal Communications Commission. The 600 MHz spectrum band support testing is said to have included an end-to-end LTE call using a test device; the use ... Read More »

Digitimes Research: MVNOs growing in Japan due to government easing unlocking rules

Digitimes Research: MVNOs growing in Japan due to government easing unlocking rules The Japan government relaxed regulations on unlocking SIM of handsets in early 2017 and consequently MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) business has been in booming development in the Japan mobile communication market, with several MVNOs expanding retail networks and offering more services to attract subscribers, according to Digitimes ... Read More »

Virtual Network Operators May Thrive With 5G Network Slicing

Virtual Network Operators May Thrive With 5G Network Slicing The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is a concept that has been around for more than a decade, but with the advent of 5G and network slicing, the virtual operator of the future could look a lot different than it does today. Today, MVNOs like Boost Mobile or Tracfone offer wireless ... Read More »

8 Important Considerations When Switching To An MVNO

8 Important Considerations When Switching To An MVNO Before you make the switch you need to think about a few things. Having good cellular service has become an important thing for most people. We use our phones for everything from keeping in touch to keeping entertained when we have a few quiet moments. It’s pretty great that we have such ... Read More »

Edu Mobile to target students with new MVNO in South Africa

Edu Mobile to target students with new MVNO in South Africa A new MVNO aimed at students, called Edu Mobile, is set to launch in South Africa in the next three months, according to founder Kyle Isaacs. He told Mybroadband.co.za that the MVNO is handling its own systems in-house, but declined to say which network it will use. Its main ... Read More »

Virgin Mobile UAE’s New Brand

Virgin Mobile UAE’s New Brand The announcement of a third mobile service provider in the UAE late last month caught the market unawares and set off a barrage of questions and speculations: who is it? What changes will it bring to the telecom market? How would it benefit consumers who have long been under the yoke of the duopoly of ... Read More »

LTE speeds outpace home internet with new Qualcomm and Intel modems

LTE speeds outpace home internet with new Qualcomm and Intel modems With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections get faster. That’s because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at unprecedented download speeds. The top modem providers are Intel and Qualcomm, whose cellular chips are used in the iPhone. On Tuesday they both announced modems that will ... Read More »

Despite 5G, LTE will be even bigger five years from now

Despite 5G, LTE will be even bigger five years from now In 2022, even after 5G has officially launched, 4G will be bigger than ever. An ABI Research report released Monday reinforces what mobile operators and network builders have been saying about the move to 5G: It will be a gradual transition, not a wholesale replacement. Over the next decade ... Read More »