Featured: Telecoms’ list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

Wherever you are reading this, every country has rightly cheered its frontline healthcare workers over the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic. But just as vital have been another frontline group; those people and companies keeping us connected when we’ve needed it most.

In this feature, Telecoms will be looking at some of the vendors delivering the innovations that are enabling people to work, learn, and live, even in the midst of a global pandemic. In alphabetical...

Virgin Media trials Infinera’s XR Optics to deliver multi-gigabit speeds

Virgin Media is trialling Infinera’s XR Optics technology with the possibility of using it to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to customers.

Jeanie York, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Virgin Media, said:

“Our next-generation network already offers gigabit connectivity to more than seven million homes, but with data use and demand for hyperfast speeds surging, we’re continually investing in our network to prepare for whatever the future...

Tesco Mobile and debt charity Money Advice Plus call for price hike reversal

Tesco Mobile and debt charity Money Advice Plus are calling for plans to hike telecoms prices to be reversed following concerning new research.

In the next few weeks, many British mobile and broadband operators are set to introduce some of their highest price increases on record.

Karen Perrier, CEO of Money Advice Plus, says:

“Household debt is increasing daily – calls into our national services have increased by 20 percent over the past few months, with an...

BT utilises EE for ‘unbreakable’ broadband in latest convergence play

BT has debuted Halo 3+, a broadband service which uses EE’s widespread mobile network as a backup for increased reliability.

Halo 3+ introduces a new device called Hybrid Connect which works straight out the box to quickly give confidence to customers that they’ll remain connected even in the event of an issue with their fibre connection.

For new BT customers, or those who’ve just moved into a new house, Halo 3+ also means users can get online while they wait for...

Nokia and Vodafone set gigabit fibre broadband record

Nokia and Vodafone have joined forces to set a new gigabit fibre broadband record through a successful Passive Optical Network (PON) trial.

PON implements a point-to-multipoint topology, in which a single optical fibre serves multiple endpoints by using unpowered fibre optic splitters to divide the fibre bandwidth among multiple access points.

Nokia’s renowned subsidiary Bell Labs provided its innovations for the trial, including the use of state-of-the-art digital...

Verizon expands its 5G UWB to cover more homes and phones

Verizon has announced the expansion of its 5G Ultra-Wideband (UWB) network to cover a greater number of homes and phones.

"We create the networks that move the world forward, and our 5G network brings incredible capabilities that will drive us all as we move into the new year," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group.

"We're committed to providing our customers with access to the newest technologies and experiences that will shape our future."

Customers...

MPs reckon the UK will miss even its lowered broadband and 5G targets

A parliamentary committee believes the UK will miss its broadband and 5G targets, despite revising them lower just weeks ago.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee published a report this week which said that the industry had “no genuine belief” the UK will hit its targets.

Nationwide gigabit broadband was a key pledge made on the steps of Downing Street when Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office. Initially, the government planned for nationwide...

Connected Nations 2020: How networks handled an extra demanding year

Ofcom has released the 2020 edition of its Connected Nations report, providing insight into how networks handled an extra demanding year.

Whether it’s getting work done from home, or binging on Netflix. Checking in with phone calls to elderly relatives, or posting the latest TikTok trend video. Never has the connectivity we’re blessed with today been so appreciated.

Demands on fixed and mobile networks soared this year as a result of the pandemic. Ofcom notes that...

GWS: One-third of Brits suffer from ‘inadequate’ internet speeds

Research by Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) has found that almost one-third of Brits are stuck with “inadequate” internet speeds.

Internet access is now often seen as a human right. Without sufficient connectivity, parts of society – or even entire countries – can be held back compared to others in what’s referred to as the “digital divide”.

For a first-world country, the UK has a shocking digital divide. Inner cities are relatively well-served but the...

SpaceX will give Starlink launch another go after weekend abort

SpaceX is set to give the launch of its latest batch of Starlink broadband satellites another go after aborting a weekend attempt.

The 16th batch of Starlink satellites was scheduled to launch at 9:56pm EST on Sunday with the 45th Space Wing forecasting the weather to be 70 percent a “go”. Unfortunately, the SpaceX team was forced to call it off.

"Hold, hold, hold," SpaceX's launch director said in a live audio webcast just 30 minutes from launch. "We're standing...