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...

Eight 5G solution providers join Ofcom and Digital Catapult-led OpenRAN initiative

Eight 5G solution providers have joined an OpenRAN initiative led by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom and innovation centre Digital Catapult called SONIC.

The vendor-neutral and interoperable equipment OpenRAN delivers is seen as being the solution to disrupting the perceived monopoly held by the large telecoms vendors—helping to drive innovation, improve security, offer flexibility, and reduce deployment costs.

SONIC (SmartRAN Open Network Interoperability Centre) is a...

Apple is already preparing for 6G despite expected 2030(ish) launch

Cupertino has already begun looking for talent to help it get ahead of the competition when 6G begins rolling out.

Apple is rarely first to support new technologies, it’s happy to sit back and wait for them to mature a little. Some would argue Apple was late to 5G while others would say the company was about on time given the relatively limited coverage in most places.

However, companies like Apple don’t get to where they are today without looking...

Web 3.0 storage provider Filecoin reaches 2.5EiB capacity

Filecoin, the largest decentralised storage provider, has surpassed 2.5 exbibytes (2.5 billion gigabytes) of capacity.

The provider is aiming to be the storage backbone for Web 3.0, the next evolution of Tim Berners-Lee’s invention which returns to his original vision of a medium where “no permission is needed from a central authority to post anything ... there is no central controlling node, and so no single point of failure ... and no “kill...

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...

Four major European operators commit to supporting OpenRAN

Four of Europe’s largest operators have committed to supporting and deploying OpenRAN solutions.

In a joint statement today, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone said they are joining forces “to support the rollout of Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) as the technology of choice for future mobile networks to the benefit of consumer and enterprise customers across Europe.”

OpenRAN aims to disrupt the current RAN vendor monopoly with interoperable and...

Nokia to provide 5G technology and expertise for US cybersecurity project

Nokia has been selected to lend its 5G technology and expertise to a US federal project led by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

The NCCoE is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a collaborative hub where industry organisations, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses’ most pressing cybersecurity issues.

NCCoE’s latest project explores how the latest generation mobile...

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UtCumF6W0g

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...

Ericsson says its 5G rollout will create 800 British jobs by 2022

During a time when unemployment figures are at record highs, it’s heartening to hear Ericsson’s job creation expectations.

Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson predicts that its 5G rollout will create an additional 800 jobs in the UK over the next couple of years.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:

"I welcome this investment in the UK by Ericsson which will create hundreds of skilled jobs across the country and accelerate the nationwide rollout...