Ahead of CommunicAsia2016, Alan Marcus, Head of ICT Agenda, Member of Management Committee, World Economic Forum, and speaker at Asia ICT Innovation Forum 2016 at CommunicAsia, shares his thoughts on some of the changing dynamics, as well as rulemaking opportunities in the digital world. Rapid advancements in digital technology are redefining society. The plummeting cost of advanced technologies (a top-of-the-range smartphone in 2007 cost $499; a model with similar specifications cost $10 in 2015) is revolutionising business and society. In…
The past century has delivered an extensive range of communication tools, from the invention of the telephone, to cable television. But nothing has advanced human interaction quite like OTTs (Over-The-Top services). With cheap, efficient and globally available communication tools like Skype, WhatsApp, Netflix and Google, the world is witnessing a shift away from traditional communication outlets. Do old-school forms of communication stand a chance against the rapid growth of OTTs? On-demand internet services have revolutionized communication all over the world.…
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) allow for improved network capacity in both indoor and outdoor crowded areas such as sports arenas, hotels, shopping malls, conference centers and hospitals. DAS is a way to deal with isolated spots of poor coverage by installing a network of relatively small antennas throughout an area to serve as repeaters. Leading global wireless providers are adopting the technology at a steep price because the usefulness of DAS is groundbreaking. Expectations for consistent wireless network availability are…
By Anis Khoury, operations manager, MENA Distributed Coverage & Capacity Solutions (DCCS) Buildings are important to us; we spend a large portion of our lives inside buildings. Indeed, the Royal Institute of British Architects has stated that we spend an average of 20 hours each day inside commercial or residential buildings. As the planet’s population continues to expand beyond the current seven-and-a-half billion people, so too will the buildings in which we live and work. They will naturally become more…
New telecom industry trends are driving OSS/BSS systems requirements, with new service layer architecture and customer experience management at the core, causing a move to automated systems and management-as-service logic. The most glamorous part of networking is unquestionably the hardware that moves and delivers information. Historically, the least glamorous part has been the operations support systems and business support systems (OSS/BSS) that support the service providers' day-to-day operations as business entities. But making a profit by delivering a product or…

LTE & wearables: When connectivity collides

Written on Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:27
The 2016 Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast reported that global mobile data traffic already grew a total of 74 percent in 2015. It had reached 3.7 exabytes per month at the end of 2015, which is up from the 2.1 exabytes per month at the end of 2014. This shows that mobile data technology has been growing consistently and has escalated 4000-fold over the past 10 years. The expansion of mobile data traffic can be…
Surging consumer and business demand for mobile content, either at home or on the go, will outpace the ability of service providers to provide it unless investments are accelerated in areas like 5G and the cloud, according to a report by Bell Labs Consulting, a division of Nokia Bell Labs. The report focuses on the future of wireless networking for the new digital era by offering a unique perspective on the intrinsic demand for wireless capacity through 2020. It analyzed…

Make way for smart homes of the future

Written on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:44
Imagine the alarm clock ringing on a typical Monday morning, except this time the curtains draw themselves back, the bathroom lights switch on automatically and you smell fresh coffee brewing. This concept goes as far back as the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago where the home of the future was unveiled. Since then, the automated home has morphed into the smart home. It can do more than turn on our heating and our lights; in fact, it can actually think…
Forty-two years ago, an engineer at Motorola, Martin Cooper, had the bold idea of wanting people to be able to carry their phones with them anywhere. Sure enough, in April 1973, he became the first individual to make a call on a portable mobile device. The phone weighed more than two pounds back then and it took 10 hours to charge it for a mere 35 minutes of conversation. Today, smartphones are an inevitable part of our existence. They have…
The ICT industry is commonly known to be male-dominated, especially in China. As a woman, Chen Zhiping, Director of Wireless Solutions at ZTE Corporation, has managed to rise up through the ranks of a company surrounded by male counterparts. Chen Zhiping (Summer Chen) is an excellent role model for women who aspire to work in the ICT sector. She is able to balance her young family with a top management position at one of the leading global telecom corporations in…
Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, booming with potential. By 2013, Indonesia was the world’s third largest telecommunications market in terms of mobile subscribers. The industry has played a vital role in the development of the country’s growing economy. With increased connectivity, other areas of Indonesia’s economy have benefitted, such as banking, financing, software, hospitality and trade. The driving force behind Indonesia’s connectivity growth in the Association of Southeast Nations is Rudiantara, Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Information,…

Huawei @ Mobile World Congress 2016

Written on Sunday, 17 April 2016 06:35
Huawei has redefined quality ICT services and products, catering to a loyal international customer base, particularly prevalent in the Middle East. Never missing a chance to impress, the leading Chinese ICT solutions provider was one of the most prominent names at Mobile World Congress 2016 held in Barcelona, Spain, in late February. Huawei consistently announced a range of exciting developments throughout the Congress, ranging from multiple MoU signings, 5G predictions, insights about smart cities, to the official launch of the…
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