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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 »

Veridian Systems SRL and Business Logic Systems Ltd Team up Together to Offer Contextual Engagement Capabilities for MVNOs in Romania

Veridian Systems SRL and Business Logic Systems Ltd Team up Together to Offer Contextual Engagement Capabilities for MVNOs in Romania Veridian Systems, the principal and sole enabler of Mobile Virtual Network services in Romania, have teamed up with Business Logic Systems (BLS), a global provider of digital customer value, lifecycle and loyalty management solutions and services. Announcing the signing of ... 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 »

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 »

Telefónica, Vodafone Spain sign fibre access deal

Telefónica, Vodafone Spain sign fibre access deal Telefónica and Vodafone Spain have reached a commercial agreement for wholesale access to Telefónica’s fibre-optic network Vodafone will now be able to access Telefónica’s fibre, not only in certain areas that are subject to regulation but also where Telefónica has been freed of wholesale fibre access obligations. “This agreement allows Vodafone to count ... Read More »

MVNO Blog guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

MVNO Blog guide to the week’s virtual operator developments China Unicom Global (CUG) has launched a new CUniq-branded MVNO business in the United States, following the successful launch of its UK MVNO in December 2016. Expanding on CUniq UK’s approach, which permits data connectivity in 45 countries, CUniq US has increased the accessible global footprint to 47 countries. Further, mirroring ... Read More »