Over 2,000 complaints were sent to the FCC relating to COVID-19

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has revealed that the telecoms regulator has received over 2,000 complaints relating to COVID-19.

Speaking to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, Pai said the FCC has received around 2,200 complaints relating to the pandemic. Of the complaints, around 1,400 have received a response so far.

Approximately 500 of the complaints were specifically filed under the Keep Americans Connected pledge which the FCC announced in response to the...

Open Networking Foundation launches Aether platform for 5G edge cloud as a service

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has announced the introduction of Aether, the first open source platform to deliver Enterprise 5G/LTE edge cloud as a service.

The platform offers mobile connectivity and edge cloud services for distributed enterprise networks, all provisioned and managed from a centralised cloud. According to ONF, Aether is easy to deploy, highly scalable and is designed for rapid...

KT and Samsung to develop 5G-powered medical service

KT Corporation, along with Samsung Medical Center (SMC), have announced the launch of a 5G-enabled medical service as an initial step to setup a 5G-based smart hospital. The pilot project, which is developed by the Seoul-based South Korean telecom giant, developed service environments in operating and proton therapy rooms and performed a test operation.

Based on the results from the pilot, both KT,...

Telefonica launches blockchain pilot in APTE partnership – reports

Telefonica is partnering with the Association of Science and Technology Parks (APTE) in order to test blockchain technology.

As first reported by Total Telecom, the partnership will offer approximately 8,000 Spanish firms an opportunity to access Telefonica’s blockchain network.

Telefonica will be deploying Hyperledger-based blockchain nodes at 52...

Xiaomi to further 5G and AI investment pot to tune of £5.3bn – reports

Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi is set to invest more than 50 billion yuan (£5.3bn) in 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming five years, according to reports.

As first reported by Reuters, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun posted the news on official social media accounts but fell short of disclosing specific investment details.

The company has long...

How blockchain technology is disrupting the telco industry: A guide

According to Statista, the telco services market - including fixed-network and mobile services - will grow to almost $1.46 trillion by 2020. The majority of this growth is expected to occur in the Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America regions.

In a bid to leverage this growth, both industry newcomers and incumbents have begun to explore the disruptive potential of blockchain technology....

First 6G whitepaper from University of Oulu aims to paint picture for 2030 wireless landscape

In February, US president Donald Trump sent out a tweet which demanded the United States be at the forefront of emerging technology innovation amid a turbulent wireless industry landscape. In that month alone, aside from the ongoing Huawei saga, Verizon touted an edge computing solution as a way to reduce 5G latency, while Sprint and AT&T were at loggerheads over alleged misleading 5G-E branding.

The...

How Optiva and Google Cloud aim to alter perception – and adoption – of public cloud in telco

A few weeks ago at MWC19 Barcelona, telecoms software provider Optiva announced that its BSS-focused Optiva Revenue Management Suite was available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It is a move which could have ramifications for how telcos approach the public cloud.

The concept of ‘telco cloud’ has been a long-standing – and potentially confusing – one. Previously, it revolved...

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom team up in blockchain for identity play

MWC19 Compared to other technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and the ubiquitous 5G, blockchain is expected to have a lesser role to play at MWC Barcelona this year. Yet a few stories are showcasing this aspect - and one in particular from two of the telco industry's biggest players.

There's something of an irony in this reasoning. Previously, blockchain had not exactly made the biggest impression at Mobile World Congress because, well, it wasn't...

The future of blockchain in telecoms: Standardisation and disruption

Since its introduction over a decade ago, blockchain has become one of the most talked about technological developments in years, with organisations across all industries considering the impact it might have on their business. While its technological capabilities continue to evolve, however, Gartner believes it is not yet capable of justifying the hype in terms of mission-critical use within the enterprise. But this note of caution doesn’t...