• Speedcast Adds 13 Gbps of New Capacity to Its Unified Global Platform at Record-Setting Pace to Meet Customer Growth Surge

    Speedcast Adds 13 Gbps of New Capacity to Its Unified Global Platform at Record-Setting Pace to Meet Customer Growth Surge
    Strategic network expansion supporting European and Alaskan cruise sectors and global energy market demand Speedcast made substantial investments in network management technologies, with future-ready, software-defined services that helped make the capacity acceleration possible Major increase to the company’s total network capacity from 2020 pre-pandemic levels was completed at rapid pace over a five-week period Houston, Texas — May 25, 2022 — Speedcast announced today that in
  • TIM and Open Fiber pick up €3.4 billion in broadband funding

    TIM and Open Fiber pick up €3.4 billion in broadband funding
    Italian telcos TIM and Open Fiber have won government funding worth a total of €3.4 billion to roll out high-speed fixed broadband to uneconomic areas of the country.
    Italy’s Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition (MITD), headed up by telecoms veteran Vittorio Colao, has announced the results of its Italia 1 Giga tender, through which it offered  close to €3.7 billion in funding to telcos willing to tackle connectivity in tricky places.
    The only players
  • Verizon security report finds record rise in ransomware

    Verizon security report finds record rise in ransomware
    US telco Verizon warned this week that corporate ransomware attacks are increasing at an “alarming” rate.
    In its 15th annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) – which analyses security incidents to identify among other things the type of attack, their origin, success rate, and attack vectors – Verizon Business found that the number of ransomware attacks on organisations has grown 13 percent year-on-year. That’s more than the last five years combined. Ransomwa
  • Amdocs to acquire Mycom OSI for $188 million

    Amdocs to acquire Mycom OSI for $188 million
    Israeli telecoms software firm Amdocs has agreed to buy UK based Mycom OSI, which specialises in cloud-native assurance applications for 5G networks and wireline operator networks.
    Absorbing Mycom OSI will beef up Amdocs’ roster of services to include Mycom’s service assurance suite, which includes performance management, fault management and service quality management, and artificial intelligence and machine learning tools designed to detect and predict anomalies and enable ‘i
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  • Simplifying on-board Wi-Fi deployment with a new compact active rail antenna from HUBER+SUHNER and ELTEC Elektronik

    Simplifying on-board Wi-Fi deployment with a new compact active rail antenna from HUBER+SUHNER and ELTEC Elektronik
    A new active in-carriage antenna launched today by HUBER+SUHNER and ELTEC Elektronik is designed to simplify the deployment of Wi-Fi on trains and help rail operators achieve higher data throughput for a better on-board Wi-Fi experience. Featuring an integrated highly compact Wi-Fi access point from ELTEC, the HUBER+SUHNER SENCITY® Rail ACTIVE In-Carriage antenna can provide multiple access points along the carriage ceiling. This builds on previous systems which have one fixed access point t
  • OpenRoaming Surpasses 1 Million Global Hotspots as WBA Launches OpenRoaming Release 3

    OpenRoaming Surpasses 1 Million Global Hotspots as WBA Launches OpenRoaming Release 3
    Consumers & Businesses Benefitting From Automatic, Secure, Private & Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Across Offices, University Campuses, Arenas, Airports, Hospitals and More London, UK, May 25th, 2022: The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced that the number of OpenRoaming™ hotspots has passed 1 million worldwide. This milestone is the latest example of WBA OpenRoaming’s success in providing Wi-Fi users seamless and automatic network access, enterprise-grade security and &m
  • SCF Small Cell Award Winners for 2022 Announced

    SCF Small Cell Award Winners for 2022 Announced
    Industry gathers to celebrate best small cell deployments and technology innovations of the year London, UK 25th May 2022 – Small Cell Forum (SCF) has announced the winners of the SCF Small Cell Awards 2022, recognizing outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the global small cell industry. The awards were presented at a ceremony during Small Cells World Summit in London last night. Open to the whole industry and judged independently of SCF by a...Source: RealWire
  • A Queer Britain museum gallery has opened in King’s Cross

    A Queer Britain museum gallery has opened in King’s Cross
    A new museum opened earlier this month, in King’s Cross devoted to all things alphabetical — the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum.
    It’s actually called Queer Britain, which the museum says in an explanatory sign is because Q is “the most inclusive letter in the evolving LGBTQ+ umbrella”. It’s a bit of a concern when the first thing you do in a museum is to justify your name. That’s usually the sort of thing that very old buildings named after inconvenient
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  • Malaysian telcos continue to clash with govt over 5G

    When it comes to 5G, Malaysia’s strategic approach has been somewhat unorthodox, with the government setting up a national wholesale 5G network operator, DNB, back in 2021.This approach, the government claimed, would allow for a more efficient rollout of 5G infrastructure across the country and ensure fairer prices for the country’s citizens. The nation’s telcos, however, disagreed, saying that the wholesale prices proposed by DNB were too high and that it would be more effect
  • Lithuania begins long-awaited 5G spectrum auction

    While most of Europe is now in the process of rolling out 5G networks, the Baltic countries have been notably slow to adopt the new technology, having faced various delays to the auction processes, from the onset of the coronavirus pandemic to internal squabbles surrounding licencing obligations.  Latvia was the first of the three to successfully award spectrum back in January this year…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • European fibre networks to grow by over 50% in next five years

    Following its annual conference in Vienna, the FTTH Council Europe has announced that Europe now has 200 million homes able to receive fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B) services, with this number expected to increase by over 50% in the next five years. Based on the latest data from Idate for the council…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • Amdocs buys Mycom OSI in $188m deal

    This week, US software specialist Amdocs has announced the acquisition of UK-based Mycom OSI for $188 million, aiming to expand its service offerings with Mycom’s 5G assurance, automation, and analytics capabilities. Mycom OSI ’s service assurance suite comprises performance management…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • BT fuses fixed and mobile connections to boost copper speeds

    BT fuses fixed and mobile connections to boost copper speeds
    UK telco group BT says a new technology can double download speeds and make upload speeds ten times faster on average for businesses which are not able to upgrade to fibre broadband.
    BT claims its Hybrid Speed Boost is the first product in the UK to combine a copper broadband line with a 4G network which provides an automatic uplift in speeds, apparently by bonding connections from the broadband and mobile networks together.
    BT says the upscaled connections provide an ‘average download spe
  • Ukraine conflict leads to 10% European smartphone shipments fall

    Ukraine conflict leads to 10% European smartphone shipments fall
    The latest European smartphone shipment data from analyst firm Canalys reveals the impact of the Ukrainian conflict.
    In Q1 2022 shipments were down 10% on the same quarter a year ago. It should also be noted that the war in Ukraine only kicked off well into the quarter, so the numbers for the three months to the end of June are likely to be even worse. As you would expect, economic activity in Ukraine has massively dropped off and the extensive sanctions imposed on Russia for its aggression have
  • Ukcraine conflict leads to 10% European smartphone shipments fall

    Ukcraine conflict leads to 10% European smartphone shipments fall
    The latest European smartphone shipment data from analyst firm Canalys reveals the impact of the Ukrainian conflict.
    In Q1 2022 shipments were down 10% on the same quarter a year ago. It should also be noted that the war in Ukraine only kicked off well into the quarter, so the numbers for the three months to the end of June are likely to be even worse. As you would expect, economic activity in Ukraine has massively dropped off and the extensive sanctions imposed on Russia for its aggression have
  • 65,000 people rode the Elizabeth line this morning

    65,000 people rode the Elizabeth line this morning
    The Elizabeth line’s core tunnels through central London opened at 6:30am this morning, and by 10am, some 65,000 had taken a trip on London’s newest railway.
    Yes, the first couple of trains out of Abbey Wood and Paddington were packed with train fans, but they swiftly started exploring the stations, and by 8am, the trains were mostly filled with commuters making use of the new railway to get to work.
    The impact of the core tunnels is even more evident through TfL’s figures for
  • Why 50G PON should be your next PON upgrade

    Why 50G PON should be your next PON upgrade
    As fiber broadband providers weigh their next steps after deploying 10G PON, they should look at upgrading all the way to 50G PON rather than just moving up to 25G PON.
    With customer demand for broadband bandwidth now growing at the astounding rate of 25% a year and doubling every three or four years, service providers should look at how best to future-proof their fiber (FTTH) networks for many years to come.
    This means that providers should take a close look at upgrading their fiber networks fr
  • Digicel Deploys Enea AdaptiveMobile Security to Protect Mobile Networks in 26 Caribbean and Central American Markets

    Digicel Deploys Enea AdaptiveMobile Security to Protect Mobile Networks in 26 Caribbean and Central American Markets
    Stockholm, Sweden and Dublin, Ireland May 24, 2022 Enea the world leader in mobile network security, today announced that Digicel Group has deployed Enea AdaptiveMobile Security’s comprehensive signaling security solution to protect mobile networks and subscribers in 26 markets across the Caribbean and Central American region. Using the Enea AdaptiveMobile Security SS7 and Diameter signaling security platform, together with unique threat intelligence services, Digicel ensures unrivalled pr
  • Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers, goes on show

    Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers, goes on show
    Although he was a successful writer already, it was the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836 that was to transform Charles Dickens into the publishing legend that we know today, and there’s an exhibition about that first novel at his eponymous museum.
    The novel wasn’t published as a novel, but was serialised over 20 months, as was often the case at the time, and it was the serialisation that made the novel such a success, with people having to wait for a month to get the next s
  • 5G is here – what this means for content creation and streaming

    5G is here – what this means for content creation and streaming
    Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Eric Bolten, VP Business Development at Zixi, looks at the impact the 5G era is having on the digital content sector.
    After several years of false starts owing largely to the global impact of the pandemic, 2022 is set to be the year where the 5G ecosystem really starts to take off. The consumer side is now essentially a given — Apple’s new 2022
  • Telefónica’s WEF sustainability grandstanding feels a tad self-serving

    Telefónica’s WEF sustainability grandstanding feels a tad self-serving
    Telefónica’s CEO, José María Álvarez-Pallete (pictured) explained to Davos how crucial digitalization is and how telecommunications infrastructure can save the planet.
    He delivered a speech at the Davos World Economic Forum, where he was on a panel called ‘Unlocking Digital Innovation for Net Zero. In It he said that “green and digital transitions go hand-in-hand” and that “without digitalization there is no green transition”.
    The t
  • The Telecoms.com Podcast: Rakuten Mobile, Big 5G Event and Ericsson

    The Telecoms.com Podcast: Rakuten Mobile, Big 5G Event and Ericsson
    The Telecoms.com Podcast · Rakuten Mobile, Big 5G Event and Ericsson
  • Ericsson, Nokia and Dell help T-Mobile US tap 5G enterprise opportunity

    Ericsson, Nokia and Dell help T-Mobile US tap 5G enterprise opportunity
    T-Mobile US has launched a raft of new enterprise 5G services in partnership with some big industry names, aiming to capture the much-hyped revenue opportunity in this space.
    The US mobile operator introduced 5G Advanced Network Solutions (ANS), a suite of managed network solutions aimed at enterprises and government organisations. It has signed up Dell, Ericsson and Nokia to help it deliver ANS, and it pitching global sailing league SailGP as its reference customer, although there are apparentl
  • Unlocking multi-channel marketing with RCS

    Unlocking multi-channel marketing with RCS
    Expected to reach 3.8 billion mobile users by 2026 and skyrocket the revenues of mobile operators. A conversational channel leveraging first party data to target customers with undeniable marketing performance for mobile operators, advertisers and brands.
    Enter RCS (Rich Communication Services); a must-have addition to any mobile marketing multi-channel campaign that combines the capabilities of SMS and OTT platforms such as Whatsapp and Viber.
    All you need to know about RCS fitted into one whit
  • Camden Highline moves forward with plans to open up a disused railway

    Camden Highline moves forward with plans to open up a disused railway
    Plans to convert a disused railway in North London into an elevated walkway for pedestrians has taken a step forward after the team behind the project filed for formal planning permission for the first of three phases.
    If approved, the Camden Highline will regenerate a disused railway viaduct to create a new elevated park that links Camden Town via Camley Street to just north of Kings Cross. The Camden Highline route will be 1.2km long, running 8m above the ground, with entrances on Camden High
  • Nokia expands enterprise offering with new 5G gizmos and digital twin product

    Nokia expands enterprise offering with new 5G gizmos and digital twin product
    The Finnish kit vendor has unveiled a new spread of 5G enabled industrial equipment and an accompanying Nokia Network Digital Twin service to create virtual replicas of workspaces.
    Nokia has partnered with manufacturer partner Savox on some new accessories, which includes  hand-held remote speaker microphones (RSMs), headsets with noise cancellation and helmet compatible headsets, designed to help those is tough or dangerous environments such as first responders or mining engineers. Users w
  • A fifth of telco customers are blood-sucking leeches

    A fifth of telco customers are blood-sucking leeches
    Operators need to overhaul their customer acquisition and retention strategies to stem a loss of earnings.
    This is according to data analytics firm Sagacity, which on Tuesday published statistics claiming that 20 percent of telco customers are responsible for up to a 40 percent drag on profitability. Meanwhile, the top quartile of customers account for more than 65 percent of profit.
    It suggests that operators are struggling with customer lifetime value (CLV), and are focusing too heavily on win
  • Beyond Now’s Digital Business Platform Available on Google Cloud Marketplace

    Beyond Now’s Digital Business Platform Available on Google Cloud Marketplace
    Infonova Digital Business Platform enable customers to adopt new business models using its advanced ecosystem orchestration and monetization capabilities on Google Cloud Dublin, Ireland – May 24th, 2022 – Beyond Now, a fast-growing ecosystem orchestration and digital platform provider, today announced that its Infonova Digital Business Platform is now available on the Google Cloud Marketplace empowering organizations to embrace new business models and grow revenue together with an ec
  • Excited crowds cheer the opening of the Elizabeth line

    Excited crowds cheer the opening of the Elizabeth line
    To cheers as the doors closed, the very first Elizabeth line train to run through central London departed a packed Abbey Wood station at 6:30 this morning.
    Abbey Wood has probably never seen anything like it. A brand new station, and a queue that snaked around the side streets as huge crowds turned up to be able to say “yes, I was there” on the day that the first train carried paying passengers.As the queue waited to be let in, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, Andy Lord arrived a
  • Russia’s MTS starts discounting smartphones as sanctions sting

    It should go without saying that the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February this year has had severe implications for the Russian telecoms industry.From the enormous international sanctions rapidly applied to the broader Russian economy to the withdrawal of key Western players from the Russian market, the country’s telecoms operators are beginning to feel the strain.The country’s largest mobile operator, MTS is a prime example. Just last week, MTS announced a 76…read mo
  • Orange announces new CEOs for B2B and Africa & Middle East operations

    The following changes will be implemented:  Aliette Mousnier-Lompré is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orange Business ServicesThis appointment follows the departure of Helmut Reisinger in January 2022 and the interim period overseen with considerable commitment by Aliette. She will join the Group’s Executive Committee…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • Open RAN players selected for NTIA’s 5G Challenge

    For a number of years now, the US has been a huge proponent of Open RAN technology, arguing that open interfaces and interoperable subsystems will be key features of mobile networks of the future, ensuring greater vendor diversity and increased security.Despite major breakthroughs in the technology in recent years, however, Open RAN remains in its infancy, with much work to be done to see adoption take place on a national or international scale…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • The Great British Beer Festival returns in August

    The Great British Beer Festival returns in August
    The Great British Beer Festival will be returning to Olympia London from 2-6 August 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
    The Great British Beer Festival, now in its 45th year, will once again feature beerd from across the British Isles. Craft brewers will join stalwarts of the brewing industry in a collaborative effort to celebrate and showcase the very best beer Britain has to offer. This year visitors will also be sample American cask beers, thanks to a cask beer exchange set
  • BT presents a straightforward use case for 5G at live sports

    BT presents a straightforward use case for 5G at live sports
    UK telco group BT used the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Saracens v Northampton Saints as a showcase for an understated but practical sounding bit of private 5G.
    BT Media & Broadcast (the media focussed bit of BT) installed its Vena network and hooked up cameras in the stadium to a private 5G network, and these cameras’ feeds then formed part of the live BT Sport coverage of the match.
    What’s the presence of 5G bringing to the table? BT says that broadcast cameras usu
  • Elizabeth line to add over 300 new advertising sites to London

    Elizabeth line to add over 300 new advertising sites to London
    When the Elizabeth line opens on Tuesday morning, alongside the huge new central London stations, what will also be noticed is a new look to advertising inside the stations. No more posters plastered on walls, and in with large digital display screens, and screens that can be tied together to show adverts running the length of platforms and escalators.
    With the adverts switched off. (c) TfL
    Some may decry the need for advertising in the stations, but it’s a commercial necessity these days,
  • 5G Slicing-based Cloud Phone Verified — Shanghai Mobile and Huawei Deliver Optimal Experience

    5G Slicing-based Cloud Phone Verified — Shanghai Mobile and Huawei Deliver Optimal Experience
    [Shanghai, May 20, 2022] On this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, China Mobile Shanghai (Shanghai Mobile) and Huawei released the result of their verification of China Mobile’s 5G network slicing-based cloud phones. The result shows that with 5G slices, China Mobile’s cloud phones can deliver optimal experience in multiple respects like bandwidth, latency, and jitter.The 5G slicing-based cloud phone can benefit various application scenarios. For busin
  • London tube station staff to go on strike

    London tube station staff to go on strike
    The RMT union has called a tube strike for two weeks time, and says that some 4,000 station staff will walk out.
    Around 4,000 staff will walk out on Monday 6th June from midnight for 24 hours, meaning that many tube stations will have to close all day.
    The union says that the strike is because TfL is looking to cut around 600 jobs from the stations. However, TfL is not currently planning to make people redundant but has been looking at whether people should be replaced if they leave.
    The plans,
  • Three UK claims population coverage crown from EE

    Three UK claims population coverage crown from EE
    UK mobile operator Three reckons its 5G network now covers 54% of the population, which is a bit better than EE.
    There’s not a lot more substance to the announcement than that, but the timing of it is intriguing. Not only does it come just a couple of weeks after rival EE did a spot of coverage chest-beating, but it also coincides with the day Three is reintroducing roaming charges. It’s almost as if the Three comms team were charged with manufacturing a distraction.
    “We are re
  • Italy falters again on 5G funding

    Italy falters again on 5G funding
    The Italian government has opened a tender for more than €500 million worth of funding for the provision of 5G connectivity to areas without high-speed mobile coverage.
    That seems like a positive step, until you consider that this tender is essentially a re-issue after a previous attempt to allocate cash for 5G in problem areas failed to draw any interest. This time around the state has changed the parameters, including reducing the total sum available to €567 million from the €97
  • Unusual tanker ship passing through Tower Bridge

    Unusual tanker ship passing through Tower Bridge
    Tower Bridge usually opens for cruise ships and sailing ships, but in a couple of weeks time, a tanker ship will be visiting London and passing through Tower Bridge.
    (c) Furetank
    The chemical tanker, M/T FureVinga is owned by Swedish shipowner Furetank, and is the seventh in a series of ten vessels that are being designed with a special focus on minimal impact on the environment. The vessels have a battery hybrid solution and several innovative features that reduce fuel and energy consumption re
  • Qualcomm makes flagship Snapdragon chip a bit better

    Qualcomm makes flagship Snapdragon chip a bit better
    US mobile chip giant Qualcomm has further complicated its new Snapdragon naming scheme by throwing a ‘plus’ into the equation.
    It has only been six months since Qualcomm unveiled the fruit of its product marketing department’s labours. The new cunning plan involved ditching the old three-number Snapdragon naming scheme in favour of a single number – 8  – followed by ‘Gen 1’. We inferred the next one would be ‘Gen 2’ and so on, in referen

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