5G will spark re-invention in a defining year for telecoms

The potential for 5G with its seemingly limitless list of use cases is something that service providers have teased for a number of years. 5G represents a significant network evolution and there is far greater contrast in the step up from 4G to 5G than was experienced during the rollout of LTE networks. Across the next 12-18 months, standalone 5G will be rolled out enabling service providers to start to see a return on 5G infrastructure and spectrum investments. This will be a year for...

Verizon CEO: 5G is ‘the platform that makes other innovations possible’

During the opening keynote of this year’s CES, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg took the opportunity to hype 5G’s potential.

5G is “the platform that makes other innovations possible,” Vestberg said.

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Verizon made several announcements, including a collaboration between the company’s subsidiary Skyward and UPS Flight Forward.

The companies are working together on delivery drones which will use 4G at first...

Six ways blockchain will impact the telecoms industry

As the telecoms industry nears the new era of 5G and disruption, organisations need to focus on innovation and how to continue competing in the sector.

To become more efficient and customer-friendly, many companies are looking for new technologies to help reinvigorate and future-proof their business; preparing them for the inescapable disruption to come.

When it comes to streamlining operations, unlocking new business models, and reducing operational costs, there’s one...

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 computing 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...

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...