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Polkomtel scores Poland's first CA test

on 12 November 2014. Polkomtel has become the first operator in Poland to successfully trial carrier aggregation, hitting speeds of 300MBps. The Polish operator, which trades under the Plus brand name, brought together 20MHz of spectrum in its 1800MHz and 2600MHz holdings. Ericsson provided its equipment and assistance with the tests.  Oliver Kanzi, Ericsson’s CEO in Poland, said he expected ... Read More »

Kore buys Raco Wireless to broaden M2M scale

on 12 November 2014. M2M specialist Kore Wireless has bought rival RacoWireless, as it looks to broaden its reach within the Internet of Things sector. The combined company will provide a portfolio of “connected technology, location aware solutions and management tools”, Kore said. It added that the deal would allow it to offer its customers access to a more diverse ... Read More »

Vodafone UK soft launches NFC payments service

on 12 November 2014. Vodafone UK has quietly launched its NFC-powered SmartPass wallet, allowing UK customers to make payments with smartphones. The operator has been rolling out the service across Europe since it first went live in Spain in late 2013. It is also present in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Customers top up their account with a credit or ... Read More »

BICS to connect Africa “notspots” with satellites

on 11 November 2014. Wholesale carrier service provider BICS is bringing IP over satellite (IPoSat) services to Africa, to bring connectivity to landlocked countries and back-up for fibre and submarine cables. The Belgacom subsidiary said its SatFlex and MultiFlex services allow operators to keep its customers connected amid troublesome geographical and environmental locations, where fibre or submarine cabling cannot guarantee ... Read More »

Cisco and Ruckus reap benefits of booming Wi-Fi market

on 11 November 2014. Cisco and Ruckus are enjoying the spoils of the growing carrier-grade Wi-Fi market, as an increasing appetite for next-generation hotspot technology puts the demand for equipment on the rise. New research from ABI revealed the rapid deployment of technology such as Hotspot 2.0  and the acceleration of Wi-Fi standardisation is leading the market towards a US ... Read More »

Broadcom opens IoT doors to developers

on 11 November 2014. Broadcom has extended its channel partner programme to include module makers, design house and original device manufacturers as it looks to build its Internet of Things product range.  The new global network will provide companies and developers with greater access to Broadcom’s Bluetooth-based WICED Smart and its WICED Wi-Fi platforms, as well as its range of ... Read More »

IoT bingo arrives at 30bn connected devices by 2020

on 10 November 2014. ​The debate around the potential Internet of Things market has continued, with IDC predicting there will be 30 billion connected objects by 2020, with the sector worth $3.04 trillion (€2.44 trillion). A new report from the research firm predicts standards will be essential for the market to realise its potential. It said it was vital for ... Read More »

Pre-5G tech will show the way to new telco standards, claims ZTE

on 10 November 2014. Technology such as massive MIMO and multi-user shared access (MUSA), dubbed pre-5G, will bridge the gap between LTE and future telco standards, a ZTE executive has claimed. The Chinese vendor is developing a range of products that it says will advance the telecom industry beyond LTE. The new solutions will offer high throughput and low latency, ... Read More »

Enterprises driving mobile security market

on 10 November 2014. Enterprises accounted for more than half of all mobile security software sales in the second half of 2014, as new research from Infonetics predicted the device protection market will grow 25 percent annually until 2018.  The emergence of “rogue apps” and ransomware such as screenlockers, mainly aimed at Android devices, caused revenue from mobile protection software ... Read More »

Security of connected cars to be explored by new group

on 07 November 2014. Cybersecurity in the increasing number of connected vehicles will be explored by a new partnership that includes digital identity expert Intercede, transport engineering R&D centre MIRA and automotive systems specialists Plextek.  The group said that it is “critical” that car components can communicate with each other and only the driver can control the vehicle.  Chris Reeves, Commercial ... Read More »