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Rakuten Mobile signs deal to carry out digital twins research

Rakuten Mobile views digital twins as a fundamental requirement to achieve the validation of efficient and reliable networks in the future Japanese carrier Rakuten Mobile signed an agreement with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with the aim of collaborating on research into digital twins...

BRCK provides free, public Wi-Fi on Kenyan ride-hail buses

BRCK says Africa’s internet challenge is no longer one of availability, but one of affordability BRCK, a Nairobi-based internet hardware and service startup, is working with Egyptian ride-hail venture Swvl to install its routers on Swvl buses in Kenya. The routers will run BRCK’s Moja service, which offers free public Wi-Fi....

ZTE to return to profit in Q1 after recovery from U.S. sanctions

ZTE expects profits for the first quarter to reach almost $179 million Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation forecasted a first quarter profit of up to CNY 1.2 billion ($178.18 million) as it recovers from sanctions imposed by the U.S. government in 2018. Shares of ZTE rose as...

Editorial Webinar: Mobilizing millimeter wave—A key enabler of 5G

The vision for 5G includes support for multi-Gbps throughput for a range of devices, both fixed and mobile. Early 5G deployments show the promise of millimeter wave in delivering enhanced broadband, but what's next? In the U.S. the FCC is planning spectrum auctions for high-band...

Editorial Report: Mobilizing millimeter wave—A key enabler of 5G

The vision for 5G includes support for multi-Gbps throughput for a range of devices, both fixed and mobile. Early 5G deployments show the promise of millimeter wave in delivering enhanced broadband, but what's next? In the U.S. the FCC is planning spectrum auctions for high-band...

Editorial Webinar: The small cell scale problem: How do we get to ultra-dense networks?

How does the telecom industry get to 5G and ultra-dense networks? Small cells don't really scale well now -- not because of the equipment itself but because of siting and regulatory issues plus cost and backhaul. How does the industry get to even denser...

Unlocking the value of network slicing

5G networks open up a host of new possibilities for mobile network operators. Three very distinct initial capabilities are envisioned for 5G networks: enhanced mobile broadband, with high capacity and gigabits-per-second speeds; ultra-reliable and low-latency communications; and massive machine-type communications to support the internet of...

Nokia, China Mobile sign $1.17 billion frame agreement

Nokia will provide technology solutions to help the Chinese telco transition to future-oriented networks Nokia and China Mobile have signed a one-year frame agreement to support the Chinese mobile operator's transition to a future-oriented network infrastructure. Nokia said the agreement is valued at up to...

The role of network interoperability in telecommunications

The need for interoperability Network interoperability has become increasingly important in the telecommunications industry with the emergence network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined network (SDN). These sorts of technologies have freed customers from vendor lock-in by replacing proprietary hardware with open source software, which allow...

FiSci Technologies and Gigabeam Networks launch high-speed internet

  On Sept 9 FiSci Technologies and Gigabeam Networks launched a new, low-cost, high-speed internet service for the residents of Whitesburg, KY. Citing frustrations from Whitesburg residents with current internet providers speed and price, FiSci Technologies approached Gigabeam Networks with the intention of providing the back-end...

Good design key to solving enterprise Wi-Fi needs

Learn from iBwave how to minimize costs while delivering carrier-grade Wi-Fi Whether in large corporate campuses or public venues like stadiums and transportation hubs, Wi-Fi connectivity is required by enterprise stakeholders and expected by consumers. Projects led by service providers, system integrators or enterprise users...

Editorial Webinar: Managing Unlicensed Spectrum and Networks

Wi-Fi carries a significant portion of enterprise and consume data traffic and increasingly, voice. Mobile operators are increasingly looking to unlicensed spectrum to supplement their licensed holdings to boost performance and improve experience while keeping costs down. Some wireless networks, such as those of...

Sigfox secures new funding, eyes rapid network expansion

Sigfox announced earlier this month it is closing a $160 million (150 million euros) funding round it intends to use on expansion of its low power wide area network. Companies including Salesforce, Total, Henri Seydoux, Alto Invest, Swen CP and Tamer Group joined existing shareholders...

MQTT protocol minimizes network bandwidth for the internet of things

MQTT and the internet of things. MQ Telemetry Transport, invented in 1999 by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM and Arlen Nipper of Eurotech, is an open standard messaging protocol created for constrained devices and low-bandwidth, high-latency or unreliable networks. Its design principles are to...

Senet partnership brings smart farming to LoRa-based LPWA network

Senet, a low power wide area network provider for North American LoRa-based "internet of things" applications, today announced a partnership with Paige Ag, a manufacturer and supplier of wire, cables, cable assemblies and electrical accessories, targeting smart farming and irrigation in agriculture. Poor wireless coverage...

How Huawei set the tone for NB-IoT, cellular’s LPWA network

In 2015, Huawei published a report titled "NB-IoT: Enabling new business opportunities," arguing that wide area low power networks, which had already been around for a decade, were fragmented – having poor reliability, security and high operational costs. Its response was narrowband-IoT, the cellular...

Smart street lighting enabled by LoRaWAN network in Budapest test site

A LoRaWAN test town for Hungary Szada is a small town on the outskirts of Budapest, Hungary, with a population of around 5,000. Its economy has relied on agriculture for centuries, with a recent trend towards vine growing. Thanks to its proximity to Budapest, Szada...

What is network densification and why is it needed for 5G?

This year’s Small Cells Americas Conference focused around talks on "5G," in-building infrastructure and the "internet of things." If there is one concept that filled the expo hall and session rooms as much as any other, it was network densification. What is network densification? There...

ZenFi builds dark fiber spider web for 5G across five boroughs of NYC

There may be no more appropriate place in the United States than New York City for a discussion on network densification and the challenges of "5G." ZenFi, a dark fiber backhaul company claiming to have the first solution of its kind deployed specifically to...

What is a service level agreement and what’s the SLA place in IoT

Defining SLA and examples of its coverage A service level agreement is a contract between the provider of a service and its internal or external end-user or customer that defines what services the provider will offer and the level of performance it must meet as...

The elements required for IoT and a 5G network

DALLAS–Prabhakar Chitrapu, lead member of the technical staff for small cell platforms at AT&T, gave a presentation on the road to a 5G network as part of a workshop titled Small Cell Forum@SCWS: The Path to 5G Workshop at SCWS 2016. He mapped out some...

How to rapidly deploy an LPWA network for IoT

LPWA: low cost, fast expansion DALLAS – Dave Kjendal, CTO and VP of engineering at low-power wide-area network provider Senet, gave a talk titled “Enabling rapid IoT network deployment to capture market share” at this year's LPWA Americas conference. Low cost is the single most important...

Keeping Denmark’s milk cold with IoT monitoring solutions

Keeping things cool with IoT monitoring Every time the door to a milk cooler or freezer does not close properly, an alarm goes off on a computer screen in a control building in Odense, Denmark, thanks to an "internet of things" monitoring solution. AK-Centralen provides continually-supervised alarm...

Network topology guide for the internet of things

Network topology guide for IoT A network topology is how computers, printers and other devices are connected, and describes the layout of wires, devices and routing paths on a network. When referring to topology through the lens of the "internet of thigs," it is how sensors, actuators...

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