Elon Musk: SpaceX’s internet service will go live in around six months

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he expects the company's satellites to be delivering internet connectivity in around six months.

A private beta of the service is expected in around three months. The public beta, in around six months, will start with high latitude satellites.

SpaceX first launched its operational high latitude satellites in May 2019. The high latitude means connectivity may be intermittent and speeds will be relatively slow.

Last year, the company...

Standards body ETSI begins exploring TCP/IP alternatives for 5G

Standards body ETSI has established a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) which aims to define an alternative to TCP/IP for 5G.

TCP/IP was first developed in the late 1970s before wider adoption occurred in the 80s. The suite of internet protocols provides end-to-end data communication specifying how data should be packetised, addressed, transmitted, routed, and received.

With a new generation of mobile network rolling out, ETSI wants to explore a modern alternative...

UK Budget 2020: £5bn for gigabit broadband among ‘huge’ investments

British chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged £5 billion for gigabit broadband in a "huge" Budget designed to boost the UK economy during global uncertainties. The latest Budget is Sunak's first since being appointed chancellor earlier this year and the first since the UK left the EU. It was always going to garner a lot of attention, but more so amid the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent impact it’s having on the global economy. Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK Head, Infosys Consulting,...

Assessing the state of the mobile industry: Capturing the next growth wave

Analysis Smartphones have changed people’s lives in a revolutionary way. The popularity of devices packed with apps for productivity, entertainment and wellbeing has seen mobile networks hit with an avalanche of data. In the last eight years, data volumes have grown 24-fold while the price per megabyte has fallen by well over 95%. Only very rarely in history has a single industry managed to cut prices by so much in such a short time.

So where to from here?

Traditional...

Vodafone is the latest partner to bail from Facebook’s Libra project

Facebook’s digital currency initiative Libra continues to fall apart as British telco Vodafone becomes the latest partner to bail from the project.

In a statement, Vodafone said: “Vodafone Group has decided to withdraw from the Libra Association. We have said from the outset that Vodafone’s desire is to make a genuine contribution to extending financial inclusion.

“We remain fully committed to that goal and feel that we can make the most contribution by...

How a Zero Trust security model can be applied to 5G networks

5G will provide a significant increase in the number of devices connected to the internet, producing a vast amount of data. But at the same time, new security threats will get introduced along with the attack surface.

In November, AT&T released its most recent Cybersecurity Insights Report (email required), which focused on security aspects in the 5G network. The facts and numbers that came out in...

Huawei remains confident about its UK future as it opens innovation centre

Huawei remains confident about its future in the UK as the Chinese vendor opens a new 5G innovation centre in London.

The vendor describes its new facility as a “base for knowledge and skills sharing” and intends to promote collaboration between innovators and businesses in 5G. Visitors can experience 5G applications, such as VR and AR, as well as test out brand new innovations.

“With the opening of our 5G Innovation and Experience Centre in London we, as a...

EE streams live AR music gig to multiple locations using 5G

UK mobile operator EE has streamed a live gig to multiple locations using 5G and augmented reality technology.

Commuters passing through Birmingham's New Street Station were treated to the show by four-piece group Bastille, best known for their track Pompeii, in-person.

In a demonstration of how 5G is bringing live shows to consumers wherever they are, EE also streamed the show to people passing through Liverpool and Edinburgh city centres.

Nreal’s mixed...

Telecoms sector leads R&D growth as UK shrugs off Brexit concerns

Data from the ONS shows the telecoms sector is the fastest growing R&D spender as UK businesses "shrug off" Brexit concerns.

Telecoms companies in the UK increased their spending on research and development last year by £192 million to £947 million.

With a growth of 25.4 percent, R&D spending has reached a four-year high. However, analysis by R&D tax relief specialist Catax has found this is still below the spending high reached in 2007 of...

Deloitte: Consumers are currently apathetic about 5G networks

Research from Deloitte suggests consumers are currently struggling to become enthused about 5G networks.

Operators around the world are currently trying to drum up excitement for 5G, often in a bid to get customers to part with more cash each month.

Demos of ways that 5G can be used have been conducted as part of operators’ marketing blitzes. We’ve seen 8K VR streaming, people being remotely rugby tackled, and drones being piloted in other countries.

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