Telecommunications

Looking into the present, telecommunications companies are gearing up for some of the biggest technological advancements the industry has seen in years. Emerging trends such as the 5G revolution and the advancement of the internet of things (IoT) will reshape the  sector and force innovation on a massive scale. 

5G will bring three major upgrades from greater speed to move more data, decreased latency for shorter load times and increased ability to connect more devices at once. 5G networks will enable more detailed and efficient augmented and virtual realities, higher resolution video, fully autonomous vehicles, massive connected IoT networks (such as smart cities), and more. 5G is the most highly anticipated change to the future of telecom since……4G!

The IoT consists of a network of connected devices, able to communicate with each other that can be controlled and monitored remotely. There are now an estimated 30 billion connected IoT devices worldwide, many of which are thought to be industrial connections which are an essential component of smart cities.

Smart cities take the IoT a step further by creating an interconnected network that residents can access online, often through mobile apps. A network like this will provide data and communication channels allowing users to better manage their day-to-day activities, from corresponding directly with their government to instantly finding a parking spot on a busy day.

The main goal of smart cities is to create a better quality of living for their citizens by streamlining urban services such as energy and transportation through the use of smart technology. However, prior to the promise of 5G networks, experts couldn’t foresee the capacity to support the amount of data a truly connected city would generate. Now that 5G is a reality many major urban areas will be racing to be the first to introduce their own smart city. 

The use of AI in the telecom industry encompasses a myriad of focus areas. Customer service and network optimisation are at the top of that list. Some of the biggest implementations of AI will be in these spaces and predictive analytics is one of the most promising capabilities of AI technology, especially for the telecom community. AI-based analytics provide telecom companies with the ability to use data and machine learning software to predict future industry trends and potential infrastructure snags, and to continuously assess their service for bugs or potential pitfalls. Additionally, AI-based chat-bots and virtual assistants will transform the way businesses handle customer service. They can automate conversations and successfully mimic human speech, while drawing data and insights to provide personalised and positive experiences.

Diversified Ecosystems will play a large part too as  much like ecosystems function in nature, industrial ecosystems are a network of cross-industry organisations that work together to create a stronger, more advanced industry. The telecom industry will see a move toward creating those lucrative ecosystems. Ecosystems could unlock up to £100 trillion in value during the next 10 years by unlocking competitive agility. Telecom companies have the highest potential to come together and form such alliances. Industry leaders agree, with 83 percent citing ecosystems as an important piece of their disruption strategy.

The introduction of IoT networks, backed with 5G capabilities, will make this even easier and will allow companies to seamlessly collaborate to advance these technologies across their networks.The telecommunications industry is a vital center for cutting-edge technology adoption. With the integration of AI technologies, 5G networks, and the IoT, telecom organisations will continue to be at the forefront of technological growth.

Industry News

  • Nvidia boosts GeForce Now cloud gaming service with RTX 3080 clusters
    by Peter Cohen on October 22, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Nvidia's new GeForce Now RTX 3080 SuperPods promise console gaming performance in the cloud, for gamers willing to pay a premium. The post Nvidia boosts GeForce Now cloud gaming service with RTX 3080 clusters appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Telenor selects NEC, Cisco for 5G xHaul transport networks in Norway, Denmark
    by Catherine Sbeglia on October 22, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Telenor has selected NEC and Cisco to deploy 5G xHaul transport networks in Norway and Denmark. Deemed “a flagship initiative,” this project positions Telenor as one of the first carriers to benefit from the Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) established between NEC and Cisco in April to expand their partnership for accelerating the deployment of The post Telenor selects NEC, Cisco for 5G xHaul transport networks in Norway, Denmark appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • O-RAN Alliance announces new specifications, MWC LA demonstrations
    by Catherine Sbeglia on October 22, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    The O-RAN Alliance, a global community of more than 300 companies operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry, has released another set of technical specifications for Open RAN. In addition to the nine technical specifications outline below, another 39 technical documents have been established to extend and add features to the existing specifications. Initial The post O-RAN Alliance announces new specifications, MWC LA demonstrations appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Auction 110 update: $18.7 billion and counting
    by Kelly Hill on October 22, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    The 3.45 GHz spectrum auction began to look like a real competition this week and is now approaching $19 billion in bids, up from around $10 billion earlier in the week. The reserve price of $14.7 billion has been met, and after 50 rounds, the auction’s bids total more than $18.7 billion. Last Thursday, the The post Auction 110 update: $18.7 billion and counting appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Chinese carriers already deployed 47,000 5G base stations in Beijing
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on October 22, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Chinese mobile operators have already deployed a total of 47,000 5G base stations in China’s capital Beijing, local press reported. According to data released by the Beijing Communications Administration, the 5G network infrastructure currently reaches almost the entire city. The Beijing government recently said that there were over 12 million 5G users. The 5G network The post Chinese carriers already deployed 47,000 5G base stations in Beijing appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Test and Measurement: Viavi debuts Open-RAN field test capability
    by Kelly Hill on October 22, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Viavi Solutions’ OneAdvisor-800 cell site testing instrument can now be upgraded with an application that emulates Open RAN distributed units (O-DUs) to verify field deployments of O-RAN radios, the test company said. The OneAdvisor-800 is a modular unit that already supports testing of fiber, radio frequencies and the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI); now Viavi The post Test and Measurement: Viavi debuts Open-RAN field test capability appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • 5GCroCo demos cross-border 5G tech for connected cars
    by Scott Bicheno on October 22, 2021 at 10:59 am

    A European consortium created to develop ways of maintaining seamless connectivity even when driving from one country to another has been showing off its work.

  • US Huawei blacklist revealed to be pointless
    by Scott Bicheno on October 22, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Despite being on a US export blacklist, Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has apparently been able to buy billions of dollars of US technology.

  • TIM increases Open RAN footprint again
    by Mary Lennighan on October 22, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Just over a month after launching its second Open RAN location, TIM has added a third to its footprint.

  • EE offers online course to help children avoid a life of Internet misery
    by Nick Wood on October 22, 2021 at 8:38 am

    BT's mobile division EE has launched an online course designed to teach children how to safely use the Internet when they get their first phone.

  • Google cuts Play store commission to 15% for subscriptions
    on October 22, 2021 at 6:59 am

    (Telecompaper) Previously Google allowed a reduced rate of 15 percent from the second year of a subscription. Going forward the lower rate will apply from day one...

  • Editorial Webinar: Creative destruction: How network disaggregation changes everything
    by RCR Wireless News on October 21, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    There’s a big change hitting the telecom industry right now. Hardware and software are being decoupled with cost coming out of the former and strategic investments shifting to the latter. This sea change could serve to threaten the long-standing business models of large, incumbent NEPs; smaller, more nimble innovators are poised to embrace this software- The post Editorial Webinar: Creative destruction: How network disaggregation changes everything appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Verizon: 5G adoption ‘tracking well ahead’ of 4G adoption rate
    by Kelly Hill on October 21, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Verizon updates guidance for ~4% wireless service growth for the year; ‘Great momentum’ in 5G device adoption Verizon has “great momentum” in 5G device adoption across its customer base, with more than 25% of its consumer wireless customers using a 5G-capable device, CEO Hans Vestberg said during the company’s quarterly call. “This is tracking well The post Verizon: 5G adoption ‘tracking well ahead’ of 4G adoption rate appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • AT&T sees postpaid phone surge in Q3
    by Kelly Hill on October 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    AT&T saw its best postpaid phone gains in a decade during the third quarter, adding 928,000 postpaid phone lines out of a total of 1.2 million postpaid net adds overall. AT&T also added 249,000 prepaid phone net additions, and 293,000 “other” net adds, while recording a loss of 3,000 postpaid tablets and other branded computing The post AT&T sees postpaid phone surge in Q3 appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Singapore announces 5G testbed for public sector use cases
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on October 21, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    The government of Singapore announced a 5G testbed in Sentosa, which will trial promising public sector use cases that could be rolled out in the country in the next five years. The initiative, dubbed ‘5G@Sentosa’, is a public-private sector collaboration led by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) and local carrier The post Singapore announces 5G testbed for public sector use cases appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Belgian govt approves 5G auction terms
    on October 21, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    (Telecompaper) The draft decrees and legislation were first approved by the federal government in January...

  • Glotel Awards 2021 shortlist unveiled
    by @telecoms on October 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The companies, products and services shortlisted for a Global Telecoms Award represent the best of an industry that continues to thrive.

  • AT&T grows underlying sales in Q3 on mobile, HBO expansion
    on October 21, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    (Telecompaper) AT&T said it was on track to meet its full-year targets after reporting improved profits for the third quarter...

  • Global 5G connections set to break the billion mark next year
    by Scott Bicheno on October 21, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    5G connections will reach well over 1 billion next year, despite the threat of component shortages hitting the supply chain this Christmas, according to new analyst forecasts.

  • Enhanced Internet Backbone for a Multi-cloud and Hybrid WAN Era
    by TeleGeography Staff on October 21, 2021 at 11:58 am

    As workload migration to the cloud becomes the standard, enterprises are redesigning their WAN backbones to ameliorate internet performance. However, improving your internet performance isn’t so easy-breezy when you're wrestling with unknowns—like the perfect combination of broadband and direct internet access or the right ISPs to modernize your network with. TeleGeography Senior Manager Greg Bryan will join Singtel on November 10 at 10:30 a.m. SGT for a live discussion on this topic.

  • Vodafone creates 7,000 new software jobs in bid for IT autonomy
    by Scott Bicheno on October 21, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Operator group Vodafone is aiming to improve its in-house IT competence by adding thousands of new software engineers to its European workforce.

  • China Mobile is adding 11 million ‘real’ 5G users per month
    by Mary Lennighan on October 21, 2021 at 11:07 am

    China Mobile is adding 5G customers at a rate of around 11 million per month according to its latest financial report, which shows a strong performance from the telco across the board.

  • Marketing Tools You Need for a Successful Business in 2022
    by Yash Chawlani on October 21, 2021 at 10:06 am

    What tools should your business use for marketing?  Marketing is more than just advertising. It’s everything that helps you get the word out about your product or service and convert … Read more "Marketing Tools You Need for a Successful Business in 2022" The post Marketing Tools You Need for a Successful Business in 2022 appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Telia lifts Q3 like-for-like service revenue by 2%, content costs hit EBITDA
    on October 21, 2021 at 7:41 am

    (Telecompaper) Telia Company said it is making no change to its outlook for the full year after third quarter net sales fell by 1.2 percent but rose 3.8 percent on a like-for-like basis...

  • PayPal makes USD 45 bln bid to acquire Pinterest - report
    on October 21, 2021 at 6:36 am

    (Telecompaper) PayPal has offered to buy Pinterest for USD 45 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters...

  • RingCentral Named a 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ Leader
    by Anand Eswaran on October 20, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    The most valuable real estate in tech? The most prestigious address? Kensington? Knightsbridge? To us, it’s a small, exclusive patch at the upper right corner of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant.” A … Read more "RingCentral Named a 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ Leader" The post RingCentral Named a 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ Leader appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • The Importance of Backhaul Performance in Wireless Networks
    by catherines on October 20, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Wireless Networks are at the core of modern communication and enable ubiquitous, high-bandwidth connectivity independent of the user’s location. While the term “wireless” may imply that all the communication happens in a wireless fashion, it is actually only the last-mile from the radio tower to the end user device which is traversed over the air.

  • Tesco takes on Amazon with its first checkout-free store
    by Scott Bicheno on October 20, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    A new Tesco store trial called ‘GetGo’ uses similar technology to Amazon Fresh shops to automatically charge you for any stuff you walk out with.

  • Verizon lifts outlook again as mobile services drive growth in Q3
    on October 20, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    (Telecompaper) Verizon has improved its outlook for full-year results again, after reporting solid figures for Q3...

  • Ofcom pushes reporting services after summer of scams
    by Mary Lennighan on October 20, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    The vast majority of UK consumers received suspicious phone calls or text messages this summer, according to Ofcom, which is now pushing reporting services to help mitigate telecoms scams.

  • Google creates its own chip for the Pixel 6
    by Scott Bicheno on October 20, 2021 at 11:07 am

    US internet giant Google has joined the DIY chip gang with its latest smartphone launch in the shape of the Tensor SoC.

  • Orange hooks up Chinese subsea cable in Marseille
    by Mary Lennighan on October 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    The latest subsea cable designed to ease capacity constraints in East Africa has landed in Marseille, according to Orange, which will operate the landing station in the French city.

  • How Communication Guides Customers Through The Sales Funnel
    by Drew Gula on October 20, 2021 at 10:57 am

    We’re all familiar with the concept of a sales funnel. For most marketing teams, it’s a term that is an essential part of any strategy—knowing a person’s “next step” helps … Read more "How Communication Guides Customers Through The Sales Funnel" The post How Communication Guides Customers Through The Sales Funnel appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Facebook fined GBP 50 mln by UK competition regulator over Giphy investigation
    on October 20, 2021 at 10:39 am

    (Telecompaper) Facebook has been fined GBP 50 million by the UK Competition and Markets Authority for failure to cooperate with the regulator's investigation into Facebook's proposed takeover of Giphy...

  • Elisa raises FY EBITDA guidance slight after 3% rise in Q3, M2M and IoT lift mobile subscriptions
    on October 20, 2021 at 8:05 am

    (Telecompaper) Elisa said it now expects full-year EBITDA to be "slightly higher" than in 2020 as it published its third quarter results, having previously...

  • America Movil organic service revenue up 4.5% in Q3 as mobile growth continues
    on October 20, 2021 at 7:09 am

    (Telecompaper) America Movil reported a small drop in third-quarter revenues, down by 2.6 percent to MXN 253.4 billion due mainly to a stronger peso...

  • Google launches Pixel 6 smartphones with new Tensor chip, services bundle
    on October 20, 2021 at 6:38 am

    (Telecompaper) Google has unveiled its new Pixel 6 smartphone. Running Android 12 and Google's own Tensor processor, the phone starts at USD 599 for the standard model and USD 899 for the Pro version...

  • Virgin Media O2 flirts with Samsung as a RAN vendor
    by Scott Bicheno on October 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Newly-merged UK operator group VMO2 is going to conduct trials with Samsung to test the compatibility of its 4G and 5G kit with legacy networks.

  • Vodafone moves to cut massive plastic use in SIM cards
    by Mary Lennighan on October 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Vodafone is making a lot of noise about its plans to replace its SIM cards with ones made from recycled plastic.

  • Who Really Cares About Latency?
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on October 19, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Specifically, which applications and network operators have latency on their minds? Well, content providers, gaming companies, financial enterprises, and cloud service providers, to name a few. TeleGeography Senior Analyst Paul Brodsky recently joined experts from Ciena and Angola Cables for an hour-long discussion centered around Connecting to Africa with Low-Latency Services.

  • Ericsson did OK in Q3 21 despite China crisis
    by Scott Bicheno on October 19, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Swedish kit vendor Ericsson saw sales fall by 1% in the third quarter but that was mainly down to its well-publicised market share losses among Chinese operators.

  • Spain looks ahead to lifting all fibre access rules
    by Mary Lennighan on October 19, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Spain's telecom regulator has lifted fibre access regulations in a large swathe of the country and is looking ahead to the possibility of an entirely rule-free set-up in just a few years.

  • How To Run an Agile Sprint With Your Team
    by Samantha Clayton on October 19, 2021 at 9:10 am

    The agile sprint and project management, otherwise known as the scrum methodology, is a set of practices that give structure to development teams. The main objective of these practices is … Read more "How To Run an Agile Sprint With Your Team" The post How To Run an Agile Sprint With Your Team appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • RingCentral Joins Google’s Chrome Enterprise Recommended Contact Centre Solutions
    by Gayathri Krishnamurthy on October 19, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Highlights: Companies must provide more agile digital options that can meet customers where they are. The right contact centre solutions can boost agent productivity and agility in operations while also … Read more "RingCentral Joins Google’s Chrome Enterprise Recommended Contact Centre Solutions" The post RingCentral Joins Google’s Chrome Enterprise Recommended Contact Centre Solutions appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • The ‘right’ to fast internet: fairy-tale or reality?
    by Guest author on October 18, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    An increasing number of countries are passing laws making fast residential internet access an essential right – similar to rights concerning access to heat, water and electricity.

  • The Telecoms.com Podcast: BBWF, mmWave and Google Cloud
    by @telecoms on October 18, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    In this special episode, recorded on-site at Broadband World Forum 2021, the pod welcomes special guest Dario Talmesio, an Analyst at Omdia. They start by reflecting on the key talking points at the show, including an accelerated move towards fibre and digital transformation apparently catalysed by the pandemic, before moving on to Nokia’s claimed millimetre wave breakthrough and Google’s recent cloud announcements.

  • eBook: Powering Wireless Networks
    by catherines on October 18, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    To keep pace with the changes and, more importantly, to satisfy user expectations of 24/7 availability, mobile operators need to re-evaluate all aspects of their power infrastructure. That means taking stock of where we are from a solution standpoint, where we need to be, and developing a cohesive, future-capable strategy to get us from here

  • Is Facebook Haunted?
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on October 15, 2021 at 11:55 am

    In honor of spooky season, our list of October reading recs begins with a scary story. (Spoiler alert: Facebook died and—like a zombie—rose from the dead hours later.) The best horror stories are the ones that are true, after all. In other Facebook news, the company is shelling out money to support yet another submarine cable. What else? Comcast Business is investing in network updates in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Ethernet is experiencing a real need for speed. And Lynk’s new network may give your ordinary phone satellite connection capabilities. Read on if you dare.

  • What is a Virtual Office? How to Get Virtual Offices in London
    by Allyn Jayawon on October 14, 2021 at 10:00 am

    If you’re a small business owner or sole trader, you’ll know that the cost of renting a physical office space can be prohibitive. That goes double for premises in central … Read more "What is a Virtual Office? How to Get Virtual Offices in London" The post What is a Virtual Office? How to Get Virtual Offices in London appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • The Global Internet: Then and Now
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on October 12, 2021 at 11:55 am

    It turns out that birthday celebrations are in order. The latest update of our Global Internet Geography research—which you can read up on here and here and here—marked our twentieth year of internet statistics and commentary.

  • 6 High ROI Ways to Make Your Call Centre Agents More Productive
    by Bojana Djordjevic on October 10, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Image Source  Call centres are typically fast-based work environments, with agents needing a breadth of knowledge and some quick thinking for their daily work. It’s no surprise, therefore, that call … Read more "6 High ROI Ways to Make Your Call Centre Agents More Productive" The post 6 High ROI Ways to Make Your Call Centre Agents More Productive appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Capacity Europe 2021 Goes Hybrid
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on October 6, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Quick public service announcement: after a virtual 2020 event, Capacity Europe is back in action for their 2021 conference. Participants are gathering in London October 18-21. (And for those who can't attend in-person, virtual participation is still available.)  Even better, the TeleGeography team will absolutely be among those in attendance. 

  • The Mystery of International Bandwidth Demand
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on October 4, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Over the last decade, there has been substantial growth in demand for international bandwidth on major subsea cable routes. In response to this rapid pace of demand growth (our research implies that demand is more than doubling every two years), there are over $2 billion of new cables entering service this year alone. In short, demand is going up and we're seeing new cables. This all makes sense. But who is actually using this capacity? And will international demand continue to grow so expeditiously?

  • What Is a Scrum Meeting and How Can You Run One?
    by Samantha Clayton on October 4, 2021 at 9:22 am

    This is the third part of RingCentral’s Make Meetings Matter series. We offer up advice on how to make all meetings purposeful, engaging and effective. Common in everyday businesses, the daily … Read more "What Is a Scrum Meeting and How Can You Run One?" The post What Is a Scrum Meeting and How Can You Run One? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • 10 Best Business Management Tools for 2021 (By Use Case)
    by Ryne Knudson on October 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Inefficiency affects businesses of all sizes, from independent contractors to international corporations. And the reasons for inefficiency don’t vary much based on business size: A lack of processes, poor internal … Read more "10 Best Business Management Tools for 2021 (By Use Case)" The post 10 Best Business Management Tools for 2021 (By Use Case) appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Someone Made a 3D Visualization of our Submarine Cable Map
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on September 30, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    The internet has been buzzing this month. What cut through the noise and captivated us in September? First and foremost, a coder adapted our renowned Submarine Cable Map into a neat 3D visualization, sparking a larger conversation about all things cables with the team over at Vice.

  • 5 Best Collaboration Tools for Sales Teams
    by Allyn Jayawon on September 30, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Sales can be competitive, dynamic, and reactive. At a time when hybrid working is on the rise, business leaders and sales managers must ensure their teams have the tools they … Read more "5 Best Collaboration Tools for Sales Teams" The post 5 Best Collaboration Tools for Sales Teams appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • ICYMI: How to Improve Your IP Traffic Performance and Security
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on September 29, 2021 at 11:45 am

    The COVID-19 bump is over, at least as far as internet bandwidth demand goes.  This was a recurring theme during the recent discussion "How to Improve Your IP Traffic Performance and Security: Key Trends, Challenges, and Strategies," which was a special Carrier Community webinar sponsored by the team at GTT. 

  • Uganda Loses Number-Three Cellco
    by pbell@telegeography.com (Pete Bell) on September 28, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Uganda’s wireless market has been rocked by the announcement of the imminent closure of number-three player Africell.

  • Connecting to Africa with Low-Latency Services
    by TeleGeography Staff on September 27, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    As Africa fuels new submarine cable development via the world’s highest international bandwidth growth rate, African network operators are rapidly evolving from network connectivity providers to digital service providers. This metamorphosis requires a high-performance low-latency submarine network, broad geographic coverage, and access to data center assets. Join our own Paul Brodsky and experts from Ciena and Angola Cables on October 6 at 11:00 a.m. ET for a live discussion on this topic.