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mmWave, sub 6GHz driving small cell backhaul market to $4bn

on 08 April 2015. Demand for 4G small cell solutions in urban areas will drive the sector’s backhaul market to reach $4 billion (€3.7 billion) by 2020, new research has claimed.  New findings from ABI Research said the demand for LTE solutions to connect densely-populated areas will result in microwave, millimetre wave and sub-6GHz backhaul technologies overtaking 3G solutions in ... Read More »

White label Wi-Fi calling app targets operators, MVNOs

on 08 April 2015. Operators and MVNOs will be able to launch their own Wi-Fi calling app for Android smartphones, after a new company launched a white label service.  Dubbed Switchboard, the service from Mobilise Consulting offers operators an app and management system to deliver voice over Wi-Fi.  The technology was soft launched in January and uses Mobilise’s CC Routing ... Read More »

Free Mobile meets 3G credentials, moves to build out LTE

on 07 April 2015. French operator Free Mobile has hit 78 percent population coverage for its 3G network, surpassing obligations set by the country’s regulator. ARCEP had said the French challenger brand needed to cover at least three quarters of metropolitan France by 12 January this year without the help of any roaming agreements with rival networks. The regulator recently ... Read More »

EE goes live with Wi-Fi Calling service

on 07 April 2015. EE has become the first operator in the UK to launch native Wi-Fi calling, with the company predicting more than five million customers will have access to the service by the summer. The service is initially limited to a handful of devices given the lack of compatibility with the relevant technology. Wi-Fi Calling will be available ... Read More »

Thread partners with Zigbee to open up smart home

on 07 April 2015. IoT consortium Thread Group is working with the ZigBee Alliance to widen the amount of wireless products that can be used in the smart home. By enabling the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over its networks, Thread said it was hopeful it could improve the development of smart home products. The Cluster Library standardises functionality at ... Read More »

Huawei, Telefónica complete trial of SDN-based IP/optical tech

on 01 April 2015. Huawei and Telefónica’s Peru subsidiary have completed a field trial of combined IP and optical transport technology using software-defined networking (SDN). The field trial in Lima used Huawei routers and optical transport network (OTN) switches, as well as Reconfigurable Optical Add-drop Multiplexer (ROADM) transport platforms, which enable users to remotely switch network traffic at the wavelength ... Read More »

New forum to drive IoT across licensed, unlicensed spectrum

on 01 April 2015. A new Internet of Things (IoT) forum has launched to help drive the deployment of wide-area IoT technologies across both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.  The Wireless IoT Forum said its aim was to promote the deployment of the IoT by providing market representation for companies involved in building M2M ecosystems, including operators, vendors, app developers, SMEs, ... Read More »

ZTE, GreenPeak develop sensor-based smart home solutions for seniors

on 01 April 2015. ZTE is working with smart home connectivity company GreenPeak Technologies to develop connected home solutions that allow senior citizens to live at home independently.  The first solution that the two companies have unveiled is a monitoring system that tracks the activities of people in their home. The “self-learning” Senior Lifestyle System uses sensors to monitor a ... Read More »

Bouygues Telecom to launch LoRa-based IoT network in France

on 27 March 2015. Bouygues Telecom will launch France’s first internet of things (IoT) network in June, based on low-power, long range (LoRa) technology.  Bouygues said the flexibility of LoRa, a form of low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology, made it ideal for IoT networks by allowing connected devices to share data packets over a wide area at minimal power consumption. LoRA ... Read More »